Tokyo International Anime Festival 2010 – Day One


The Tokyo International Anime Fair 2010 began at the Tokyo Big Sight yesterday, starting off with 2 “Business” days before opening to the general public; even so, a plethora of interesting products have already emerged.

TAF 2010, the same event whose annual animation award winners were reported here some weeks ago, is a 4-day long event; Day 1 did not provide any particularly noteworthy announcement or reveal, but that is something to be expected from this sort of event – those unfamiliar with Japanese style conventions would get a more accurate concept of them by imagining something like a huge dealer’s hall.

Individual companies or franchises receive set up their booths to be as attention grabbing as possible, such as with the impressively sized Unicorn Gundam (Destroy Mode) visible above.

Gundam fans would also be interested in these displays:



This one above is a timeline of Gunpla’s (Gundam plastic models) long history.


Aniplex’s booth had this trumpet on display, modeled after Rio’s own trumpet in Sora no Woto.


Another almost bizarre prop was this alarm clock, a real life model of the clock Yuno uses to wake up at the beginning of most every Hidamari Sketch episode.

Yunocchi’s stuffed bear would’ve made a good partner to her clock, but was nowhere to be found, sadly enough…


The moesome Yuno herself, just besides her clock.


A cute piece of Macross F art.

Note Michel’s halo and wing!


Some more enticing Macross material.







The TAF is not especially oriented towards figures, but there naturally are plenty of the plastic goddesses for attendees to gawk at, even if most have been seen before:


This Max Factory Mio looks simply wonderful!


The guitar detailing isn’t bad, also.


Good Smile Company’s prototype Rin figure is another stunning piece – just look at that hair!


A closer look at the business end of the figure…


This Nadeko prototype, also from GSC, has a good amount of potential, but it seems hard to judge this one without its paintjob.


Again, an appreciated close up of some of the important bits.

Hopefully, the contrast between Nadeko’s thighs and the sukumizu’s blue color, combined with suggestive enough crease-lines, will make this end of Nadeko stand out in the complete version.


A cute little Shinobu Nendoroid Puchi.


More Nendo Puchi, but of Nanoha, Fate, another Nanoha, and the boys Chrono and Yuuno up in the top left.


Yet more Puchi of some alternate Nanoha and Fate Nendoroid, along with Nanoha’s schoolfriends, plus furry little Arf.


An unpainted prototype of the new Yoshika full sized Nendoroid, in preparation for Strike Witches’ upcoming second season.


Sebastian’s accessories look impressive for a Nendoroid.


Gift’s Nanoha plushies.

Apologies to Fate for not having a better image…


Eva Figma always look especially great, partly due to the plug suits helping to hide the joints needed to allow movement.

All three girls look wonderful…


This sexy Sakuya figure is actually going to be a limited edition mail order only item available through the May issue of Comp Ace.

The original illustration incidentally comes from Tomsooya, one of the best Touhou artists around, who was featured in a previous post some time ago.


An SD Gundam, looking as disturbing as always.


The upcoming Black Rock Shooter OVA has this impressive promotional booth.



Black Rock Shooter’s Dead Master gets a figure incarnation.



More information on the Tokyo International Anime Fair can be found at the official website, including an English version.

Images courtesy of Akiba Hobby and Dengeki Online.


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