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Beat Down Boogie's newest video gives the spotlight to the kids


Prepare to go 'daw' a lot
Jan 06
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something wonderful about getting the chance to share a hobby with one's own kid. It acts as a way for the parents to bond with their children in a whole new way, and their teamwork gives off a warming aura to those ...
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Naruto, One Piece, and more besides
Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can ch...

Cosplay Excellence at Jump Festa 2016, Part 1

Dec 24 // Josh Tolentino
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Jump Festa Cosplay photo
Snaps and shots from the show floor
Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can check out hi...

Long Lines and Good Times: A Visit to Jump Festa 2016

Dec 23 // Josh Tolentino
Long Lines and Good Times: A Visit to Jump Festa 2016 As my alarm clock goes off at 6:00 am, I'm abruptly taken away from the dream I was in; attending one of the biggest anime expositions in Japan: Jump Festa. “Today's the first day of Jump Festa! I need to grab the train to Chiba now or I'll be late!” I exclaimed. And so, my journey began. But before I continue, I'll briefly go over what Jump Festa is. Since 1999, Shueisha, the creators of the famous Jump magazines, sponsored the event Jump Festa to focus solely on anime, manga, games, merchandise, and alike. In addition, many manga artists also attend the event and have panels along with Q&A sessions. It's difficult to find data revealing the number of attendees for each year of Jump Festa, however, the latest one reported by Mantan-web revealed attendance figures of 145,000 for 2014 – 11,000 more than in 2013 and a bigger attendance size than AnimeJapan. Assuming the trend continued this year, this year's event could have up to 167,000 fans through the doors. Jump Festa having an admission price of just $0.00 (yes, free), definitely adds to those rapid growth prospects. Now that the introduction is out of the way, we can now move on to Jump Festa 2016. As I sprint out the kitchen with a piece of toast in my mouth (I'm in Japan; I had to!), I catch the JR Yamanote Line at Ueno Station to Tokyo Station, then transfer to the JR Keiyo Line to Kaihin-Makuhari Station. After a two-hour journey (which includes the delays I had on the train), I finally arrive at Makuhari Messe, the venue where Jump Festa has been held for over a decade. [embed]34622:5287:0[/embed] “You've got to be kidding me.” I thought as I looked at the excessive lines (yes, that's plural!) leading to the entrance. A little over an hour later, and somehow being able to guide myself towards the front, I was finally in – but then, there were more lines, and it didn't look like an exhibition hall at all. That's when I realized I actually entered the Jump Festa sale zone, where they sell original goods and limited edition items. The area was huge and attendees were separated by groups. Each group was set for a specific anime or manga series, which included the limited edition goods. However, those groups also had lines. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a glimpse of them due to the overwhelming amount of people. Interestingly enough, none of the items were on display, instead, attendees were given a piece of paper which noted what was offered (photos of the items weren't on the page; some booths in the exhibition hall displayed photos towards the front or back of the line, though). I attempted to tell staff that I simply wanted to see what they offered, and snap a few photos, but they weren't keen on such. Plus, how would I be able to shoot photos? Unless they were going to bring me to where they actually had the inventory. That wasn't going to happen. Nonetheless, I ventured to find the exhibition hall. Thankfully, I saw Naruto Uzumaki & Sakura Haruno roaming the convention; they were kind enough to lead me to the exhibit hall, where we parted off with a “Dattebayo!” Due to the overwhelming volume of people who lined up for special events, panels, and screenings, I wasn't able to attend any of them. However, it wasn't a problem. My favorite part about any convention is the exhibit hall, I believe it's the heart of it all and either makes or breaks the experience. Most of my time was spent in the exhibit hall, booths, and cosplay corners. Attending an anime convention that's 100% Japanese, 0% English is quite the challenge. But it's the challenge that makes the overall experience an adventure. Jump Festa held an atmosphere that no other convention in America, at least, the ones I've been to, have been able to achieve. As you walk pass the Jump gallery and witness the artworks of recognizable manga artists, such as Tite Kubo, Kazue Kato, and Shun Saek, it becomes surreal. As you look around, you hear the Japanese language flowing in every direction, every piece of content written in hiragana and kanji; you realize that the amazing cosplay you've always thought were semi-fake on Facebook are actually legit as you witness great cosplayers roam the halls. At some point, it finally hits you that you're at the heart of all the original stories, artworks, manga and anime that has captivated you from an early age – that's a special experience and not one that can easily be replicated. Wandering around, I found myself in a new area and was thrilled. “Is that Kakashi-sensei? No way, is that Super Saiyan 4 Goku?! I must've entered the anime zone!” I thought, in excitement. To be frank, it was the dedicated cosplay area. While it's true that I've been to quite a few conventions and am used to cosplay, I'm not exactly accustomed to seeing a lot of high-quality ones, nonetheless gathered in one area. The cosplayers did not only resemble the characters but captured their personality as well. For those who didn't exactly resemble said character, it was just as good because the detail put into their cosplay was clearly shown. The highlight my time there - and my personal favorite cosplay -moment was witnessing a senior in a wheelchair. I noticed that he had some sort of outfit and questioned if he was cosplaying. As I approached him, it was clear that he was cosplaying Akainu of One Piece. It was a special thing to see. Even though he's a senior and must use a wheelchair to get around, he didn't allow his circumstances to limit him from having fun, enjoying life, and preparing his cosplay outfit as the days led to Jump Festa. “Sumimasen. Shashin desu ka?” (Excuse me. May I take a photo?) I asked. The young man who was helping the senior looked surprised, as if no one had asked to take a photo. The senior smiled and nodded his head. As he slowly got up from his wheelchair, he adjusted his cosplay jacket and looked straight into the camera, full of character. After the shot, he was all smiles. He definitely has my respect; it's my favorite shot of the entire event because there's a story behind it. As I walked away, it became clear that it wasn't always about taking photos of the “best cosplayers”, but creating memories of the event and showing all the cosplayers who participated that they're appreciated, just as the senior. It can make all the difference. Just a few of those "unrecognized" cosplayers are in the gallery below. One of the main focus points for Jump Festa was the 20th anniversary of Yu-Gi-Oh! along with the movie, Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions. But it wasn't just a promotion, it was actually fun. Booths were set up for attendees to have their photo taken and be placed on a Yu-Gi-Oh! card with either Yugi or Kaiba (free of charge). Some areas were dedicated to one-on-one dueling while others pit two teams of five against each other using huge cards as props (similar to the giant chess set). Attendees were also able to get their picture taken, sign their names, and have it displayed in the theatrical version of the movie's ending credits. Large showcases of cards were up for display, along with a Blue-Eyes White Dragon card cosplay. Another cool setup was the special play area for attendees, which included a mini trampoline, a slide, and small ball pool. Many of the booths interacted with the attendees and provided activities, such as Bandai Namco, Square Enix, and PlayStation that let attendees play demo versions of upcoming games, including One Piece: Burning Blood, Dragon Quest Builders, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. Toho animation held an informative booth, explaining the artwork and how they process the animation. Bandai also held a small musical performance. And, of course, a dedicated area was made for all things Street Fighter. However, I must admit, I was surprised by the lack of non-Japanese fans at Jump Festa. The majority were Japanese, with hardly any westerners in sight. Given that Jump Festa is also a free event, I was baffled. Perhaps it's because Jump Festa isn't really promoted overseas, or at least not to the English-speaking audience. Last year when I was in Japan around the same time, I didn't even hear about Jump Festa. I only discovered it because I was actively searching for anime conventions in Japan for the winter season. I appreciated the fact that throughout the event, the same atmosphere, energy, and hype was still felt, all the way to its final hours. As the event came to a close, I smiled, filled with joy, and looked through the photos I took to recapture the moments. As I took the JR back to Ueno Station, I saw dozens of people on the train with Jump bags. Even though we all didn't know each other, it was our common interest in Jump that brought us together to have a great experience, and that was special. Despite the long lines and lack of English, Jump Festa was an incredible event. They really delivered; the exhibition hall and cosplay area was definitely the heart of the event and were great. The atmosphere, energy, appreciation, and the vibe of being in the home country of Japanese pop culture is a unique experience that cannot be experienced elsewhere. If you ever have the chance to make it to Jump Festa, I'd definitely recommend it. If not, see if you can make it to AnimeJapan, which is held annually in March at Tokyo Big Sight. I'm sure it'll be great as well. What are your thoughts on Jump Festa? Did you attend this year's show, or would you like to see it come to your country? Let us know in the comments, along with your own thoughts on Shonen Jump. For my part, even after the event I found myself learning new things: A number of cosplayers there fans of Tokyo Ghoul, and now I've just got to check out what they were jazzed up enough to dress up for! P.S.: Finally, if there are any Japanator readers in the Tokyo area who's interested in some Jump Festa merchandise, let us know, as well. I came upon quite a bit of swag that I'd love to give away, including manga, stickers, cards, buttons, and other promotional items. Here's a photo of it all:   [embed]34622:5287:0[/embed]
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An event for the best of Shonen Jump
Editor's Note: If you're in Japan and a manga fan, Christmas comes early each year, as Jump Festa, Shueisha's celebration of all things Shonen JUMP, takes place shortly before the big day, promoting manga, anime, video g...


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AKB48

Alodia and AKB48 jam in Manila's Cool Japan Festival 2015


Cosplay and Idols!
Nov 14
// Red Veron
Last November 7 and 8, Team 8 of popular Japanese idol group AKB48 visited Manila, Philippines to perform in Cool Japan Festival 2015. Joining them is idol group AkiShibu along with popular Japanese pop culture-related perso...
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Cosplay

Overcome the heat with Beat Down Boogie's refreshing cosplay videos


Take that, hot temperatures!
Jun 19
// Salvador GRodiles
Summer's around the corner, and the gang at Beat Down Boogie are giving us a tour of ColossalCon '15, which takes place at the Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. Thanks to this glorious combination, the cosplayers were ab...
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Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie gives us a taste of Momocon '15's greatest cosplay


Six minutes of cosplay goodness
Jun 13
// Salvador GRodiles
As we're getting close to finish the week off with a bang, the gang at Beat Down Boogie are up to their usual tricks again. In their latest video, they give us a tour of Momocon '15, which is located in Atlanta. From the pos...
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Cosplay

Check out Beat Down Boogie's rad Animazement '15 cosplay video


It's Animazing!
Jun 03
// Salvador GRodiles
It looks like Beat Down Boogie's got another cool cosplay video up on their channel. In their latest video, the group captures the amazing cosplayers of Animazement '15, which happens to be one of the best small secret anime...
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Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie conjures up another great cosplay video


It's Ash times two!
May 07
// Salvador GRodiles
It's time to take a look at Beat Down Boogie's latest work. This time around, the group shows off Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo 2015's batch of cosplays. Due to the sheer amount of great cosplayers featured in the ...
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Anime Matsuri

See more Anime Matsuri cosplay from RealTDragon


Check out more great cosplay from Anime Matsuri!
Apr 10
// Red Veron
Anime Matsuri was last weekend and I saw some great cosplay at the annual convention in the heart of Houston, Texas. I ran into RealTDragon there who happens to read Japanator and make a lot of awesome cosplay-related videos...
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Have some more great cosplay from Anime Matsuri
[Let's hang out and chat about Anime Matsuri tonight at 10PM Central! We have prizes to give out!]Here is the second batch of cosplay photos for you to enjoy! I apologize for the giant spread picture of Kaori from Your Lie in...

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A taste of the great cosplay at Anime Matsuri
[Let's Chat about Anime Matsuri on our stream at 10PM Central on April 7]Part 2 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay GalleryJapanator was back at Anime Matsuri, Houston's best anime convention this past Easter weekend and we've got pic...

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Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie shows off PAX East '15's cosplays and games


It's about to get groovy in here
Mar 13
// Salvador GRodiles
For a good while, I've been interested in attending one of the PAX conventions. Unfortunately, there were a few life-related events that prevented me from traveling to these events. Once again, Beat Down Boogie does another ...
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Cosplay

Feast your eyes on Beat Down Boogie's amazing Katsucon '15 cosplay videos


Prepare to be amazed!
Feb 27
// Salvador GRodiles
Aw man, it's a good while since I attended a con. Let's just say that my schedule hasn't been open to partake in these events. Luckily, the gang at Beat Down Boogie have done not one but two videos that showcase Katsucon 201...
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Twin Tail Day

Twin Tails day is upon us again and let us celebrate!


Twin Tail Day is Best Holiday
Feb 02
// Red Veron
Today is February 2nd in Japan, which is the officially designated day to celebrate the iconic hairstyle: The Twin Tails. The day "2-2" was chosen because of how the 2's look like two bunches of hair on both sides much like t...
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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass


Colossal cosplay
Nov 19
// Josh Tolentino
I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b...
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Mikasa takes on Colossal Titan!


Damage to the darier
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
This is just sick. Child abuse and Titan butt abuse in the same video. What is this world coming to? Also, what's with the bootleg Dj Snake and Lil Jon going on?
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Corgi power

This corgi's costume is over 9,000


Oh my dog
Aug 29
// Dale North
Cosplay? Corgsplay? With their long shape, oversized head, and ridiculous features, Welsh Corgis make the best costume dogs. And as members of the herding dog group, they're a perfect fit as scouter users. I almost couldn't b...

Otakon '14: Cosplay

Aug 13 // Jeff Chuang
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Loving it live
Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and ...

AX '14: Cosplays

Jul 09 // Jeff Chuang
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Including some esteemed guests!
It's really amazing how Anime Expo continues to be one of the most diverse cons when it comes to cosplaying things from anime and manga. For those of us canvassing the whole thing, note that while the count of Homestucks have...

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Beat Down Boogie

Beat Down Boogie's new cosplay video is full of summertime fun


Need to get to a waterpark stat!
Jun 18
// Josh Totman
Summertime is now upon us which means out with that bulky cosplay and into something a little more fun. By fun, I mean swimwear. Beat Down Boogie just released, what I'm calling, the beach episode of cosplay music videos. Recorded at Colossal Con in Sandusky, Ohio at Kalahari Waterpark resort. You can now see why I'm calling it what I'm calling it. 
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Attack on Titan

A Titan comes to Tokyo


Prance away Mr. Titan
Jun 09
// Josh Totman
D Piddy is out and around Tokyo trying to share his love of Attack on Titan. Some are accepting of it, while others are not. Either way, it makes for a hilarious video! In other news, I'M BACK!

Anime Next '14: Cosplay

Jun 09 // Jeff Chuang
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The Pool is open for business
Anime Next 2014 in Somerset, New Jersey, spotted some terrific weather. It was almost nicer outdoors than indoors because the air conditioning was having problems on Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel, where many of the panels ...

ANorth: Cosplay photo
ANorth: Cosplay

Anime North '14: Cosplay


Every con is going to have a bancho Mako this year huh
May 29
// Jeff Chuang
Anime North 2014 is one huge con this year, and the convention's parking lot proved to be a nice gathering place for all kinds of cosplayers. The sun beat down hard during Saturday's prime hours, but many persevered nonethele...

ACEN '14: The Cosplays

May 19 // Jeff Chuang
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Is that a ship daughter?
Over the weekend, midwest's cosplayers marched out en force at Anime Central 2014. Let's take a look after the jump. The trend with Titan doesn't seem to slow down, and there are a bunch of decent survey corps members roaming...

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WTF

WTF Fridays: I Want Candy


I'm feeling funny
Apr 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm having far too much internal conflict now to give an opinion.
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Anime Boston

AB 2014: The Cosplayers


Dressed up or not, you gotta plan your day right
Mar 22
// Jeff Chuang
Anime Boston 2014 brings out the cosplayers from the US Northeast. If you look at what parades through the bigger cons' halls in the year, the earlier cons give you an indication of what's to come later in the year. Take a lo...
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Cosplay

Sailor Moon and doggy cosplay a match made in awww


Fighting mailmen by moonlight
Mar 12
// Pedro Cortes
Some days I wake up and think I've seen it all. Then I see something that I'm nowhere close. This is one of those days. Instagramer mayama-ya has made a habit of posting pictures of little doggies in cosplay. In particular, ...
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Evangelion

Now you can own a replica of Misato's gun holster


Eva Store has official holster up for pre-order now.
Mar 08
// Ben Huber
Are you a Misato cosplayer? Maybe you're a hardcore airsoft gun fan? Perhaps you're a combination of the two, and cosplay while taking out enemies in intense airsoft battles? I have good news for you -- an official gun holste...
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BlazBlue

Girl Fight: Akiba holds ladies-only BlazBlue tournament


Sorry boys!
Feb 15
// Amber Hunt
On February 10th, there was a tournament for the game BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma in e-Sports Square Akihabara. However, this contest was different from a normal one. The BlazBlue tournament was all girls. That's right, n...

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