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We went to Hyper Japan 2016 so you don't have to! (but you should anyway)

Wednesday 20th July 2016


This weekend saw the 10th edition of the UK’s biggest J-culture event, Hyper Japan! Darcy headed down to the Kensington Olympia on Saturday to check out what was happening and give us the festival lowdown.

Hyper Japan held its first event in 2010 at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, but has since set up shop at the O2, Earls Court and most recently the Olympia. Last year it welcomed more than 85 000 visitors, making it the place to be for UK otaku!

Hyper Japan 2016

Now, the first thing to try is always the food - we got to sample some amazing takoyaki (fried squid balls) with bonus pumpkin croquettes and gyoza! Also on offer was bubble tea, bento, donburi, matcha ice cream… in short, Japanese food heaven.

Hyper Japan 2016

Hyper Japan showcases traditional nippon art with a bonsai exhibition, kimono rentals, pottery and traditional dancing...

Hyper Japan 2016

Hyper Japan 2016

Hyper Japan 2016

... but also modern Japanese culture with lolita fashion, gaming, candy and cosplay!

The focus for us was obviously anime, which was (unsurprisingly) well represented: we ran into the DBZ crew...

Hyper Japan 2016
...(and drank their ramune)!

Hyper Japan 2016

We also stopped by the Hyper Theatre to catch the Anime Insiders panel, with industry experts Michihiko Suwa (producer, Detective Conan), Tetsuya Watanabe (ad-exec, Young Kindaichi) and Kaoru Wada (composer, Inuyasha) for an in-depth talk on the anime industry in Japan and around the world.

Hyper Japan 2016

Former Studio Ghibli Production Coordinator Kihara Hirokatsu (who also worked on our very own My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too!) stopped by to show off some original artwork from films he’s worked on, including My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service!

Hyper Japan 2016

Smaller than Comic Con, and with a sharper focus on Japanese culture, Hyper Japan is a lot less hectic than your usual con but retains everything that makes a vibrant and dynamic event - there’s plenty to do and see, and definitely enough stalls to eat up your spending money. We especially love the fact that there’s something for everyone, and it isn’t just modern or mainstream j-culture on show. It doesn’t matter if you’re into origami, anime, J-pop, gaming or bonsai-tending - you’ll find something you love!

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Akira (the Collector\'s Edition) Triple Play Edition (incl. Blu-ray, Dvd, Digital Copy)

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Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future. Akira’s arrival shattered traditional thinking, creating space for movies like The Matrix to be dreamed into brutal reality.

Neo-Tokyo, 2019. The city is being rebuilt post World War III when two high school drop outs, Kaneda and Tetsuo stumble across a secret government project to develop a new weapon - telekinetic humans. After Tetsuo is captured by the military and experimented on, he gains psychic abilities and learns about the existence of the project's most powerful subject, Akira. Both dangerous and destructive, Kaneda must take it upon himself to stop both Tetsuo and Akira before things get out of control and the city is destroyed once again. 
AKIRA The Collector’s Edition features both the original 1988 Streamline English dub and the 2001

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