Ri’s loot from Animate Girls’ Festival 2010 (9~10 October 2010) :D Me wants Akira! *grabby hands* XD And she has very kindly shared with us her pics and coverage of the event!
Event: Animate Girls Festival 2010 (アニメイトガｰルズフェスティバル2010)
Date: 9-10 October 2010
Official site: http://www.animate.co.jp/special/GirlsFestival/
This was a two-day event, so Ri prebooked her tickets for both days. She went for the event on Saturday and managed to get all the goods she wanted ^^ (you lucky girl you…) so she decided to skip the second day. It must be quite tiring to go for events like these, right? I remember feeling wasted after attending a similar event held locally.
Ri’s tip if you want to go to events like these? Pre-book way in advance because the entrance tickets would be sold out, so don’t risk it by trying to buy tickets at the event on the actual day. Quote: “Really, Japan event is all about booking in advance.”
The ticket was in the form of a small magazine/pamphlet. For the Saturday event, it was pink and on Sunday you get the blue one.
There was a stamp rally where if you gathered more than 15 stamps by visiting each listed booth, you could redeem a poster or something. Ri managed to collect all the stamps and redeemed two postcards ^^ (Quote: hmm…maybe I just miss reading it *my Japanese is sucks* or the poster is out already) The postcards look lovely, don’t they? Illustrated by Yura-sensei! <3
There were a couple of Halls with different themes during the event. Hall A was about Manga. Publication booths (both novel and manga) were mostly located there. There were chairs for visitors to sit and read manga freely. Hall B was mostly occupied by booths which sold goods.
The signing sessions for mangaka were also held in Hall A. Ri managed to get a picture of the signing session but she couldn’t participate because according to the official site, you have to buy a selected manga at an Animate store to exchange for a ticket for the signing session.
The mangaka in the photo should be Nekota Yonezou-sensei (ねこ田米蔵) who had a signing session scheduled at 4pm)
This room was also decorated with real manga script (from draft to final) including corrections from the editor. They were mostly works published by Libre.
Ri’s fave here is the latest “Mr. Secret Floor ~ Shousetsuka no Tawamure na Hibiki” (小説家の戯れなひびき) collaboration of Tsurugi Kai-sensei (剣解) and Asagiri Yuu-sensei (あさぎり夕). Quote: *believe me, it’s hot*.
Works by Yamane Ayano-sensei (やまね あやの).
Tanaka Suzuki-sensei’s Aitsu no Daihonmei (田中 鈴木, アイツの大本命)
Another thing that really stood out was: Akihito from Viewfinder dakimakura cover. Quote: “Oh how I itched to have this T_T but too expensive. It’s just my personal opinion though, but his proportion a bit off in my opinion. The head too big, or the body too small.”
Title: Yamane Ayano illustrated [finder no hyouteki] Takaba Akihito Hugging Cushion cover やまねあやの描き下ろし「ファインダーの標的」高羽秋仁 抱き枕カバー
Price: 8,800 Yen (w/tax)
Btw, you can now order the dakimakura from B-boy’s online store but you’ll need the help of a middleman/forwarding service because they don’t ship international.
She also bought the Aburakami (the paper to get off oil from your face) with “Aitsu no Daihonmei” design.
In the other hall, Kotobukiya booth was located near the entrance. Gift’s booth had tons of sexy plushies from Togainu no Chi 咎狗の血, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan 薄桜鬼and Lucky Dog 1 ラッキードッグ1. There were goodies from Natsume Yuujinchou 夏目友人帳 too. The Square enix booth was kinda empty when Ri was there and the only BL related item was Komadori Ciel (dress version).
Hobibox booth with Tatanakana/Chinatsu Kurahana-sensei’s latest works (倉花千夏, たたなかな)
There were a lot of people promoting and giving out brochures.
According to Ri, there were many cosplayers too and some of them were quite cool and she had to queue to take their pictures.
There was also a Togainu no Chi 咎狗の血 animation booth.
The organisers also provided a booth for photo-taking. Inside the box there was a desk with an old telephone. Ri got the help of someone there to help her take her pic with the Hetalia guys… :D Quote: *with broken Japanese ask somebody around* lol~ You go, girl! ^_^)b Love Italia- chibi!
Ri mentioned that there was a stage at the corner for an event. It was raining and the queue was so long it stretched all the way out of the building! Although she joined the queue and waited a long time in the rain, it proved to be in vain because a mobile phone booking message was needed as proof of entry OTL. Poor thing :(
There was a booth near the exit where it sold event-related goodies, such as the mascot etc. Not much was left by the time she got there.
Here are more pics of Ri’s loot from the event ^^
And the first thing that Ri did when she returned from the event was…
Quote: “…take off Akira’s clothes and make this ^^;;”
lol~ I would have so done the same thing XDD
Thanks Ri for your lovely pics and coverage! XDD
Event Background information:
Event location: サンシャイン 文化会館2階 Dホｰル The 2nd floor in Sunshine Culture Centre (D hall)
Address:〒170-8630 東京都豊島区東池袋3-1-1 [Map]
How to get there:
It is 3 minutes on foot from Tokyo Metro Yurakuchou Line Higashi-Ikebukuro Station.
It is 4 minutes on foot from the Toden Arakawa Line Higashi-Ikebukuro-yonchome stop at 8 minutes on foot. JR, Tokyo Metro, Seibu Ikebukuro Line, and the Toubu Toujou Line Ikebukuro station
Time: 10:00~17:00 (16:30 last entry)
Entrance Ticket: On sale at all Animate Japan stores from 4 September 2010
Price (General): Pre-event 800 Yen / Actual day 1,000 Yen
Price (Cosplayers): Pre-event 1,300 Yen Yen / 1,500 Yen (I didn’t know you have to pay more if you’re a cosplayer :P)
* All prices inclusive of tax
* Event pamphlet is included with ticket purchase.
* General, cosplayers receive pamphlets with same contents.
* Limited tickets. If sold out pre-event, no more tickets will be sold on the actual days.
* Pamphlet preorder bonus: AGF Limited Otomate Still Collection Set (Hakuouki 薄桜鬼, Nise no Chigiri 二世の契り)