Welcome to Hyper Japan a convention dedicated to all things Japanese! The line ups were bigger and better with so much to pack into the timetables I wish I could split into two to watch everything. Here are some of the highlights I was lucky to catch at Earl's Court:
Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets premiered their film on screen at Hyper Japan and I caught up with the team at the weekend. The director explained they finished putting it all together on the friday the day before the screening! It was all a team effort from Chihiro (voice actress of the Vocaloid database) for months of recording her voice to the puppeteers which were three per ;puppet to the composer creating the original music. One of the important questions was:
Why is this debuting as pre recorded film rather than a live show?
“Advantage of the film is that we can look close up to the puppets themselves. If we preformed on stage, you can’t see the face and the small, subtle movements of the puppets and the face since it’s far away... Also, video is portable, easy to display & distribute to many people and we want many people to watch.”
For more information on Vocaloid Opera Aoi with Bunraku Puppets go to their website.
I caught up with the ASOBISYTEM models in colaboration with Moshi Moshi Nippon including twin sensations and Yura to find out there favourite fashion styles. Surprisingly the twins absolutely love British vintage fashion and love to base their outfits around that theme. On the other-hand Yura preferred to base her outfit around her shoes. There are significant differences between Japanese and British fashion when I asked what did the ladies wear they look puzzled and explained they could wear what they wanted from a certain designer for themed shoots and there was never a restriction on what they did with their hair ie. cutting it short or doing pig tails they could also choose to wear natural or over the top makeup at their own desecration.
It was amazing to see the ladies strut their stuff on stage and alongside some British hopefuls, one of which chosen was our very own Himezawa the aspiring German model and cosplayer. She was very exciting to be walking alongside the pros and wore some exclusive items she'd seen in magazines - my personal favourite was the Sailor Moon themed outfits ! The catwalk occurred three-four times each day with lots of different outfit themes.
One had to drop by the Broken Doll stall after they started talking to the public on facebook, the friendliest band ever. Ken from Broken Doll even made all the merchandise to sell, super kawaii jewelry alongside their CD's. Ken told me that their gig the previous night at Namco Funscape courtesy of Japan Underground was a roaring success. I then proceeded to fire kami hami's at the other band members who fan boyed over my Dragon Ball Z cosplay of Femme Gohan.
Sadly I missed YanaKiku's performance on stage but they waved me down at the fringe area as they recognised the Japanese character on my cosplay saying 'Grandson' they proceeded to make a calligraphy gift for me. It was an absolute honour to meet the friendly duo and they were more than happy to talk to me about anime ! Seriously they sing, draw, have great personalities I wonder what else they can suprise their fans with next !
Karaoke was a serious thing at Hyper Japan especially when tickets to Japan were at stake - enthusiasts to youtubers battled to get picked and win the glorious tickets. NHK World certainly got a huge buzz at their stall with that alone without having Mr Domo Kun prancing around having his digital self captured on cameras or the just the good old fashioned the massive mascot.
After grabbing some delicious salmon curry from Sushi & Friends which you can order online I declared myself king of the feylines and poogies on the Monster Hunter chair (which Capcom kindly brought with props for people to pose at) and on my way to leave caught the last performance of the electric Shiro-A.
This year's Hyper Japan had such a wide variety of entertainment I spent most of my time on my feet admiring the fashion, listening attentively to the new and familar music. HJ also introduced a few new things too with their massive stalls sections separated into fringe and normal. Looking forward to the Christmas Market edition of
For more photos go to my page ~ Aisha Anime ~
Hyper Japan Friday Album