HYPER JAPAN Festival
10-12 July 2015
The O2, London
Pop Culture at the HYPER JAPAN Festival 2015
This summer’s HYPER JAPAN Festival will feature an enormous array of Japanese pop cultural delights for visitors to enjoy, including: the latest demos from video gaming giants; exclusive seminars from anime experts; autograph sessions by celebrated artists; as well as a wealth of activities and attractions for cosplay fans, such as COSParades, expert cosplay guests, a photo booth, community tables and one very special photograph prop! Popular culture is such a huge part of Japan’s global appeal, and our event will be bringing the very best of this fascinating world right to your doorstep in London.
Gaming: Nintendo and Bandai Namco
In our HYPER Game & Anime Park, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a jam packed, hands-on experience courtesy of Nintendo, with an exciting array of Wii U and Nintendo 3DS titles. Splatoon, Super Mario Maker and Star Fox Zero will be available on Wii U, as well as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes on Nintendo 3DS, plus many more besides. Visitors to the Nintendo stand will also be able to delve into a special 30th Anniversary section dedicated entirely to Super Mario, and a special themed area that will showcase some of Nintendo’s most iconic games.
Additionally, the Super Smash Bros. Cosplay Competition will see Super Smash Bros. players dressing up as chosen characters in a bid to be awarded Best Costume. Nintendo will also hold amiibo team-up tournaments throughout the show that will see players fighting for glory alongside their amiibo against other trained, level 50 amiibo players and amiibo teams. Nintendo will be offering an exclusive range of merchandise at the event, which is normally only available on the Nintendo Official UK Store.
Bandai Namco will be bringing along an action-packed selection of PlayStation and Xbox titles to their area of the HYPER Game & Anime Park! Visitors to the Bandai Namco booth will be able to defend or destroy cities in as they try out Godzilla, choosing from a cast of familiar characters such as Godzilla, MechaGodzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra, Hollywood Godzilla, and many, many more! The 20th anniversary of the Tales of franchise is marked by Tales of Zestiria, promising an epic adventure as players take on the role of Sorey, a kind-hearted adventurer, to try and save the world. Coming to the UK for the first time, Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4’s multiplayer demo and Sword Art Online: Lost Song will be available for players to test out.
Additionally, One Piece Pirate Warrior 3 will also be on offer for fans of Monkey D. Luffy who want to once again jump into the world of adventurous, treasure-hunting pirates! As if all this wasn’t enough to get your heart pounding, Dragon Ball Xenoverse, J-Stars Victory Vs+, and Saint Seiya: Soldier’s Soul will also be on display for fans.
Cosplay: COSParade, Photo Booth, Cosplayer Tables and Special Guests!
This year’s event will cater to fans of cosplay (the act of dressing up as a character from anime, gaming or film) to a larger extent than ever before! We will of course play host to another installment of our beloved COSParade, which has always given cosplayers the opportunity to showcase their extraordinary outfits onstage. A new Photo Booth area will also be available, featuring a changeable green screen backdrop that will allow cosplayers to take perfect photographs in front of an array of spectacular backgrounds. Cosplayer Tables will allow newcomers to this scene to interact with veteran cosplayers, and gain some hints and tips about the various complex steps involved in creating an elaborate cosplay outfit from scratch. Finally, a selection of experienced cosplay guests will be running workshops throughout the event, as well as selling a choice selection of their handmade goods.
Anime and Manga: Industry Experts, Film Screenings and Manga Artist Signings
An impressive array of anime experts and industry professionals will be educating HYPER JAPAN Festival visitors about the ins and outs of the anime world. Kobun Shizuno, director of smash hit anime film series Detective Conan, will appear alongside a special screening of his latest sci-fi anime sensation, Knights of Sidonia. Former Studio Ghibli producer Hirokatsu Kihara will give a talk on Japanese ghosts and monsters, whilst Takamasa Sakurai, a pioneer of Japanese pop cultural exchange and co-founder of the “Kawaii Ambassador” project, will give a special presentation on the remarkable global success of Japanese pop idols. Michihiko Suwa, who has been involved in several representative television anime and underpinned the anime industry for many years, and Testuya Watanabe, an expert on the Japanese anime business model who is involved in Cool Japan events around the world, will give a joint presentation entitled “Talking Anime”. Kaoru Wada, orchestrator of hundreds of highly regarded anime music pieces, and Keiichi Ito, a digital sound expert who knows exactly how to use music to make anime successful, will talk on “Making Music for Anime and Kaiju”. The Japan Anima (tor)’s Exhibition will also hold several screenings of their top selection of short anime films. Finally, well-known manga artist Kiriko Kubo will be signing copies of her best selling “Cynical Histerie Hour Vol.1”, complete with an exclusive present for her fans.