Anime Industry Has An ACE Up Its Sleeve

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Not content with a devastating boycott of the Tokyo International Anime Fair, the anime industry has announced it will be holding a new event, the “Anime Contents Expo,” on the very same day as TAF and in neighbouring Chiba’s Makuhari Messe.

The Kadokawa-led alliance of publishers and mangaka who initiated the boycott of TAF in disgust at the Tokyo government’s mistreatment of their industry seem to have sealed the fate of TAF for good:

As a result of our opposition to the new restrictions, our group was most regrettably forced to withdraw our participation from the Tokyo International Anime Fair, the committee chairman of which happens to be Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara.

However, we are most grateful to for the esteemed services of the Association of Japanese Animations in organising the event to date, as it has been exceedingly well received.

On the other hand, we must consider the needs of fans anticipating the fair, and the necessity of a place in which to unveil all the new titles of spring and summer.

As a result, we have settled upon a new event and a venue which should be spacious and convenient enough for all fans to attend – this event will be known as the “Anime Contents Expo.”

The event is to be held at Chiba’s massive Makuhari Messe convention centre, on the 26th and 27th of March.

By some extraordinary coincidence, these dates happen to be the same as those of the Tokyo Anime Fair.

The TAF organisers have so far expressed doubts over the future of the event, but have not cancelled it just yet – with no major anime or manga producers participating and another event mysteriously being held on the same dates, it seems rather unlikely they will get the 140,000 visitors they brag about.

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The Makuhari Messe itself is Japan’s second largest convention centre, with Tokyo Big Sight (best known as the venue for Comiket) being less than 10% larger, so it seems both events will be similar in maximum attendance.

Chiba itself is not necessarily politically safe ground for the industry, but the options in the Kanto region around Tokyo are quite limited for events of any great size – Yokohama is run by an admiring disciple of Ishihara and has a centre only 20% of the size of of Big Sight, and nearby Saitama is very pro-anime but has no large convention centre either.

Further afield, Osaka has a centre on par with Big Sight, but is also stuck with a governor who has already copied and passed Tokyo’s ban. Nagoya has a cosplaying mayor and a convention centre almost half the size of Big Sight, which may yet prove useful if Chiba decides to bite the hand that feeds it.

Thus it would seem the Ishihara-induced anime exodus out of Tokyo has begun – it seems unlikely they will be able to return until Ishihara is out of office, which may be some time in coming considering that the people of Tokyo have in their great wisdom elected him to the office three times already.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    23:18 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    One day, these events will be compiled into a chronicle and an anime would be made about it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 02/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That would be awesome.

    For now I just hope the Japanese moetards keep away from TAF.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    22:49 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Way to go! That's certainly a good way of showing eat-shit-hara the finger.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:12 28/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    The middle one. ahaha

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    Comment by kamiru
    23:49 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    show him all the fingers *slap slap slap*

    04:32 29/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Just kick his old balls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:39 18/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    A beating is NOT enough. A thousand deaths cannot atone for his wanton sacrilege!

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:19 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    or no fingers at all,The fist

    Avatar of Vespertine Aspergerian Nincompoop
    22:14 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    AHAHAHA!

    That's some grade A plot twist material there! Good to see that the real world can spin a good story every now and then!

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    Comment by GREW
    22:09 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Excellent.

    Hope this "castle" won't fall.

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    Comment by Roy
    03:57 29/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    ~~~ CHINESE BAN ON JAPANESE CULTURE ~~~

    Japanese culture has a large impact on Chinese.

    Chinese bribe Ishihara with money...

    INSTANT BAN, More money more bans..

    "Insert old Chinese proverb here"

    triti

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    Comment by King Tiger
    02:42 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i like their style here
    leave tokyo, troll Ishihara's "disciple" :3

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    Comment by draguer

    I'm afraid it will.
    Hope, expect and believe are pointless shields to a cruel reality

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    22:16 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Finally, the anime industry strikes back! It's good for them to hold an event of their own. Take that, Ishihara!

    Btw, good pun there Artefact.

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    Comment by Megidola
    00:35 29/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    He can't see us because of his cataracts, probably.

    This is great, I now have an image of iShitHara sitting by himself in a completely deserted convention hall...

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:58 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "Haha, take that iShitHara! You may have brought that shitty bill, but we, the anime/manga fans, will NEVER GIVE UP! YOU CAN'T SEE US!!!"

    Love, every-loli-loving-otaku-you-just-pissed-on.
    fix'd

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    00:50 29/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Isn't their elections not far away? Feels like some people are gonna be knocked off their high horses pretty soon if that's the case...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:02 29/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    uh, mates
    hate to ruin your party, but this looks like a glorified retreat to me
    its nice to see the industry showing some spunk after being cast out of their main bastion, but unless they gain some political ground fast, they will soon be holding their glorious free conventions in the local cafe of some fishermans village on hokkaido

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    22:37 28/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Haha, take that iShitHara! You may have brought that shitty bill, but we, the anime/manga fans, will NEVER GIVE UP! YOU CAN'T SEE US!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:08 29/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i've told u all... when theres a will, theres a way...

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:12 29/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @GraceUnderFire

    Unfortunately most of the voters are usually old people like iShitHara, they probably don't care that much about this.

    Well, hopefully all the otakus and generally sensible people should go to vote now, just to get rid of this idiot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Damn you, Ishihara!

    Using layman understanding:

    Ishihara said this after slapping a kid(anime industry): Oh, dun cry.. Here a sweet(TAF) for you..

    After the kid finish the sweet, Ishihara slapp a kid the again and say: Oh, dun cry.. Here another sweet(TAF) for you..

    And the cycles continue..

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:42 29/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    While we wait for that old limp fcuker to die off, here's some doujinshi I just found at freedom fighter comrade, Dan Kanemitsu's blog [http://dankanemitsu.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/monkey-business-counterattack-on-bill-156-doujin-style/] about iShit.
    Seems they're creating a manga based on Bill 156 to propagate it's destructiveness, with some trolling on iShit-san. I'm so buying this when it's out

    http://dankanemitsu.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/idiotsguide2bill156_manga06.jpg

    http://dankanemitsu.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/idiotsguide2bill156_manga05.jpg

    http://dankanemitsu.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/idiotsguide2bill156_manga04.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Amen to that! I can't wait to see the look on his face! Then again, I won't be there to see it since Chiba's where the holy ground is

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    Comment by GodMan
    03:00 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I said it once I'll say it again this bill is going to BURN!!!!
    This cant last long...Either Ishithara get a change of heart and repeals the ban(yeah right) OR there will be an assassination attempt and a new anime-loving governor will repeal the ban.
    Either way it's going to BURN!!! and I'll be there to witness the moment. Anime For Life!

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    08:07 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Yoshii-kun

    "Love, every-loli-loving-otaku-you-just-pissed-on.
    fix'd"

    Hey, I don't like loli, but I'm with you people against the ban and the social retard that orchestrated it too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:37 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If this keeps up, watch iSHIThara watch his government yennies disappear out of Tokyo as the tax leans dry up for all his other pet projects~
    Billions upon Billions of yen fluttering up into the sky with all them panties~ Thing is; iSHIThara wouldn't even know why to his last breath as well...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Megidola

    LOL, Fist of the North Star!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ 17:32 anon
    Die twice!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So insignificant you have to answer back , eh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:23 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah sure, that's why you're not paying any attention to us while keeping shut the fuck up.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    14:34 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES!...OMG they have finally initiated it, it is only a matter of time now...

    & now with that said, I will wait for the inevitable to occur, finally something good happens in reality, let's hope it doesn't go down the crapper...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen to that! I can't wait to see the look on his face! Then again, I won't be there since Chiba's where the holy ground is!

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    Comment by Wisteria Berlitz
    02:17 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Yoshii-kun,I love the looks of Ishihara Moefied in the link as much as i hate the real deal

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:08 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shonen version- makes iShit seem way too competent

    BL version- obviously this is iShit's secret desire

    Moe version- would fapping to this count as fighting for freedom?

    All in the name of world conquest- http://dankanemitsu.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/idiotsguide2bill156_manga03.jpg

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    Comment by Shadow C
    03:13 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only way for the anime industry to fight back is a coordinated economic and political attack. The anime industry and it's followers have to make Tokyo lose revenue, causing other people to blame the politicians. Then, the anime fans have to get off their lazy asses and vote while the voting is good.

    Money and votes, that's how you put pressure on a politician.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @Lamberto

    "Haha, take that iShitHara! You may have brought that shitty bill, but we, the anime/manga fans, will NEVER GIVE UP! YOU CAN'T SEE US!!!"

    The only reason why they can't see you is because you otakus are totally insignificant and nondescript.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Did someone say something? For a minute there I thought I saw a little fly in my monitor.

    Ah well, must be another insignificant otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ^ "YOU CAN'T SEE US!!!"

    That's because you're all insignificant and nondescript.

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    Comment by TNinja
    22:23 28/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Hope is what creates a future!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Chiba is next to Tokyo just on the other side of Tokyo bay, around half an hour by local train

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 28/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Ah Good-O!! Does that mean I can still have a hotel close to the Yamanote train lines, so I can have a "Victory Banquet" in a maid-cafe in Akihabara afterwards? (Big Smile)

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    22:55 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    @ Anon 22.29

    Chiba City ain't exactly far, as it's a neighbor and just a few km east of Tokyo prefecture.

    From Tokyo itself, assuming you are departing from JR Tokyo Station, takes around 38mins, using the JR Sobu Line.
    If you've arriving from Narita airport, its 32mins when you take the JR Narita Line - Sobu Line. All are direct lines, so no changing of railways is required.
    Estimated travel time from other stations are available here [http://www.chiba-tour.jp/eng/access/railway.html] at their local tourism portal.

    For the regular travelling nomads from convention to convention all year long, they would have recognized the site and rejoice as another wonderful convention is regularly held at Makuhari Messe twice a year; "Wonder Festival" [http://www.kaiyodo.co.jp/wf/index.html].

    Seeing at "Wonfes 2011 [Winter]" will be held in February with "Anime Contents Expo" on the following month, it's a swell time to visit Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Its all good, I was wondering whether to cancel all plans to Japan when TAF was going under, but now I still can keep my flight ticket but change my hotel bookings to Chiba than Tokyo :P bye bye Tokyo... bye bye Akibahara.... Go and knock Ishibara door for $$$ compensation for loosing customers :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Incidentally, I'm a geography idiot (sorry!!), so just wondering:

    How far a Train-Ride from Tokyo itself is Chiba, or is it in a totally different city hundreds and hundreds of miles away?

    Thank you!!

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    Comment by The REAL Lamberto
    22:28 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "Hope is what make us strong. It is why we are here, it is what we fight with when all else is lost." - Pandora

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:16 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even by bus from Narita to Chiba, Kashiwa it wasn't too terrible of a travel (although I only did that for airport entry/exit) otherwise an express/super express line would be a fairly quick trip anyway...

    Even with changing trains, most trains arrive at the station within 5 minutes tops (unless there was some sad sod who took that extra step of course)

    But definitely good job on giving the man the finger~

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:37 28/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sayounara Bye Bye, Akihabara...

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    Comment by makkun
    22:12 28/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    With this, I hope anime and manga producers gather their strength once more to fight the evil politicians.

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    Comment by Blaine
    22:37 28/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah. I'm digging this.

    They should pull a dozen Comiket organizers off the mineral line to help build this up - everyone should embrace this, it's bigger than an event. This is fighting back.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 29/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    And Chrono Boost the expansions on Makuhari Messe to accommodate future Comikets.






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