Hyper Japan

Hyper, Hyper!! by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilains, 

Hyper Japan runs from Friday July 15 to Sunday July 17 at Olympia in London.  The festival will feature a 'Game & Anime Park' area 'dedicated to otaku merchandise and activities,' with Crunchyroll, Nintendo and other companies getting in on the event.

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The festival has also confirmed the following anime-related guests:

Saturday

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Azumi Inoue, who sung the songs in Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the Sky.

The Vocaloid character IA.  IA's voice is provided by the singer Lia, who sang theme songs for Air, Clannad, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Angel Beats!, Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku, Little Busters! Refrain, and Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil.

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- Kaoru Wada, musician for numerous anime including Ninja Scroll, InuYasha, D.Gray-man and D.Gray-man Hallow.

- Suwa Michihiko, Chief Producer at the animation department of Yomiuri TV, who has production credits on many incarnations of Detective Conan, City Hunter, InuYasha and Yawara!

- Watanabe Tetsuya described as "a leading advertising agency producer of Japan," who has worked on such series as Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo (The File of Young Kindaichi).

- Hirokatsu Kihara. He formerly worked in production at Studio Ghibli, where he was involved in Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki's Delivery Service.

- Takaaki Kono, a Japanese male singer who sings  covers anime songs.

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There will also be Manga workshops all over the show with your favourite anime distributors like Manga Entertainment, Anime Limited and MVM just to name a few.

This is your time to get a ticket (still some tickets are available at the door) and have fun in a place where you can be a kid again... plus enjoy the saki!!

link: hyper-japan

@ukanifest

The Hype Is Starting... by UKAnifest

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Hi Civilians, 

 As you SHOULD know, Hyper Japan is going to be held at the O2 in July. This festival is going to be the best yet because it is going to be diverse, bigger and exciting!

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ALL-NEW TRIO OF J-BARS

This year for the first time, HYPER JAPAN Festival will be providing visitors with an exciting trio of “J-Bars”! These bars will offer an array of soft drinks, authentic sparkling and yuzu sakes, as well as refreshing Japanese beer.

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What’s more, these hard-to-come-by refreshments can be enjoyed in different locations around the venue. Say ‘cheers’ with a cheeky round of Kirin beer out in the sunshine on our HYPER terrace, or savour some choice sake alongside tasty morsels from our Eat-Japan Food Court. You can even sip at your preferred Japanese drink whilst appreciating the amazing musical acts on our HYPER Live stage. 

HYPER Live Area

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This summer’s event will feature the first live concert house in HYPER JAPAN history, where an unmissable line-up of Japanese artists will perform over the weekend. Prominent among them are video game and cosplay-loving idol group Dempagumi.inc, and anime music singer Eir Aoi of “Sword Art Online” and “Kill la Kill” fame. Tokyo Girls’ Style, LOST ASH, TOMOCA, Heisei Kotohime, VANIRU, ILU GRACE, Less than Love, Die Milch and May J add their talent to this all-star musical guest list. Onstage entertainment will also be provided by dance troupe Takarabune, comedians Mukoangie and swordplay masters Katanaya-Ichi. In our HYPER Theatre, former Studio Ghibli illustrator and Godzilla expert Kihara Hirokatsu, esteemed anime director Kobun Shizuno and other famed members of Japan’s anime industry will be giving seminars on their respective fields of expertise, while Japan Anima(tor’s) Exhibition will screen a top selection of short anime films.

HYPER Game and Anime Park

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This year, our HYPER Game and Anime Park will be packed with Japanese pop culture activities and goodies, including: video games, anime and manga, character merchandise and other otaku favourites. Gaming giants such as Nintendo will offer visitors the chance to play titles starring their world-famous characters, while cosplay fans can enjoy the thriving cosplay community and CosParade shows taking place on our Festival Stage. 

In Collaboration with JAPAN NIGHT, VAMPS, [Alexandros], OKAMATO’s and Ling tosite sigure. 

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This year, HYPER JAPAN will be teaming up with JAPAN NIGHT, a J-rock event which showcases Japanese artists around the world! On the evenings of Friday 10th and Saturday 11th July, rock bands VAMPS, [Alexandros], OKAMOTO’S and Ling tosite sigure will play at indigo at The O2. HYPER JAPAN visitors can purchase tickets at a special discount price!

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We will update you on more news when we get it... It's clear to say that this year we are in for a treat!! 

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HYPER JAPAN 2014 Performers, Cosplay and F:east Japan by Aisha Anime

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The excitement continues to build for this summer's HYPER JAPAN 2014! With new guests and exhibitors constantly being confirmed, we're now starting to put together a provisional main stage timetable, which you can see here. Masked Ninja HIROKI will be flipping, twirling and spinning his way onstage (fans of Ninjaman Japan will love this), while traditional Japanese stage arts meet modern choreography and production values with the DEN Entertainment show "The Sake".  

Hyper Japan willl have a very different meeting of cutting-edge tech and Japanese tradition in the form of Opera: AOI's debut, where synthesised singing gives voice to Bunraku puppetry. July's HJ will also feature the return of crowd-favourite "KimoCos" duo YANAKIKU to London! There's so much going on, and so much more to be added still, so as always, check out the website for the latest updates. 

Masked Ninja HIROKI,   YANAKIKU and  AOI's debut

Masked Ninja HIROKI, YANAKIKU and  AOI's debut

Once again HJ is at the forefront of cosplay in the UK, and the gateway to the international stage! We're very excited to announce that we're hosting the UK preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG), a chance for UK cosplayers to win a place at the finals  at 2015's Japan Expo in Paris as well as a HJ prize bag.  For more casual cosplayers who still want to have their ensembles compete with their peers, there's also their own CosParade contest.

On top of the competitive fun, the cosplay area's getting a makeover to go with the move to Earls Court One. They've got a new-and-improved HYPER-OTACHIDAI stage area in the works, complete with photographers and lighting rigs, where we're organising group photoshoots and meets, you can check out the provisional timetable through the link. We look forward to seeing you among the cream of the UK's cosplay crop this summer! 

Hyper Japan's Cosplay group photo 

Hyper Japan's Cosplay group photo 

Visit F:EAST JAPAN 7 - 8 June & WIN A TRIP TO JAPAN


Saturday and Sunday 7th - 8th June sees Japan Centre Piccadilly taken over by F:east Japan, complete with delicious food stalls, free craft workshops, food demonstrations and a fantastic prize draw to win a trip for two to Japan courtesy of JAL and JRpass.com, as well as more fantastic prizes!


This two day celebration of all things Japanese is the perfect destination for anyone interested in Japanese food and culture, so make sure you write it in your diary in permanent marker now. There’ll be fantastic free tastings and festival stalls from great food producers such as Ajinomoto, Taywell, Itoen, Clearspring and more, as well as workshops by The Japan Society and JC Sushi Academy.

For more info see the F:east Japan website