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Tokyo International Anime Fair

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Visitors sit next to cardboard cutouts of anime characters at a booth at the Tokyo International Anime Fair at Tokyo Big Sight on Thursday. The fair, one of the world's largest animation expos, runs until Sunday and is expected to attract around 100,000 visitors, according to organizers.

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Why would the men wear black interview suits to an anime fair?

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Why would the men wear black interview suits to an anime fair?

perhaps that is also a part of Japan's Anime Culture. wonder if this "International" show was inaugurated by Aso Taro !

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I like watching anime but every time I see these conventions it reminds me of the old comic book conventions held in the US. I just won't go.

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Maybe men wear black interview suits due to an international anime fair?

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Hm. Not a suggestive photo at all; there's no hint of bias here. Given how deserted the floor space seems, and clean, I'd guess this is before the show opened - maybe these are execs or booth staff?

I was persuaded to go to an anime expo in San Jose, CA, and was surprised to find the crowd was not the complete stereotype I expected. Sure there were cosplayers and nerdy otakus, also a few rather suspect attendees, but that population was well balanced by regular folk of all ages and walks of life - just enjoying the sub-culture.

Perhaps the composition of the crowd in Tokyo is different. Here are three older guys in suits at a booth for what looks like the kind of pre-teen show my niece watches; she's 10.

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Bo.ring.

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What the hell is that anime? Is that a new Precure series or a gambling moe anime ala Kaiji?

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Hm. Not a suggestive photo at all; there's no hint of bias here. Given how deserted the floor space seems, and clean, I'd guess this is before the show opened - maybe these are execs or booth staff?

I attended the show yesterday to cover it for my blog. When I got off Yurikamome there was no one outside so I had a momentary panic attack as I thought I got the date wrong, which would have been very embarrassing. But went inside and it was on. At 10 when it opened it was pretty empty inside as it was just Business Day, for buyers, sellers and creators. Some of the booths have some really good stuff, while others from small companies won't interest the casual passerby much. I'm pretty sure those guys would be staff at that booth.

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This picture captures completely why it is so embarrassing to admit that I, too, enjoy the occasional anime... It's a severely misrepresented media genre.

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It's not open to the public until tomorrow....when all the otaku will rush in for limited edition prints and figs. I have my ticket already!

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Which ones are the cardboard cutouts?

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Why would the men wear black interview suits to an anime fair?

May be there's a careers fair in one of the other halls, and they're like, "Screw it, I'm gonna do masters next year"

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Visitors sit next to cardboard cutouts of anime characters at a booth

For each his own, but I seriously hope the guys that visit these type of events realize that those are cardboard females......much different from real human females.

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1000000 visitors?? There is A LOT of money to be made there. I shouldve studied how to draw anime. :(

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Lame

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Maybe they are wearing black suits because they are typical "salary men". The first 2 days of the fair is only open to the industry. < http://www.tokyoanime.jp/en/> Never been to the one in Tokyo but have been to the Anime Expo in LA which is more or less an industrial show and Otakon in Baltimore which is more of a fan convention. These are the flag ship convention in the US. In Canada, you have Anime North in Toronto. There are many, many more... The industry has revenues of about 207 billion yen. The revenues have fallen recently and some blame the global economy but I would say it has more to do with what they have produced in recent years. The number of conventions as the Tokyo fair.... <http://animecons.com/events/ > The one in San Jose is Fanime which was better when they used to hold it in Feb instead of May.

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Here is some video from Kawaii Kon Anime convention last weekend in Hawaii... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RF_BmxEGS8E

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I think the photo is just a pose. These guys are probably working at or around this display and hence the suits, and were asked to sit at the booths for the photo. They sure don't look interested in what they're 'watching'.

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Anime is one of the great contributions of modern visual culture that Japan has made to the world. We are very lucky that the artistry, dedication and skills necessary are available in Japan, for no one else could have created the vast and remarkable visual literature that is anime. I am glad to see the show is doing well. I hope there is more coverage, it would be good to see more.

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