Anime-related companies/organizations across Japan and the world running their exhibitions, showing off displays, organizing sales, stages shows, and other events.

Anime Japan 2019 was held in Tokyo on the weekend, with 146,500 people attending over both days of the event. The annual convention showcases all things anime related, with sales, exhibitions, stage shows, and cosplayers, and this year, for its sixth iteration, the theme was “rock”, which is a clever play on “roku”, the Japanese word for “six”.

Our reporter Tasuku Egawa headed out to the event to see what types of anime were being featured this year, and as soon as he arrived he was greeted with a huge display from Netflix, which was keen to let everyone know about its role as a major broadcaster of anime content.

▼ Does this mean Amazon and Hulu will be setting up booths at the event next year?

▼ Toei Animation was another big player with a big booth at the show.

▼ And Kadokawa was also represented at the event.

One of the most popular booths belonged to Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, which came with a floating Pikachu and a giant Mewtwo.

The family-friendly event also had some displays set up for younger attendees, featuring kids’ anime greats like Anpanman and Thomas the Tank Engine. Other displays were dedicated to favourites like:

▼ Promare, which is scheduled for release in Japanese cinemas on 24 May…

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▼ And Sword Art Online, which showcased an impressive collaboration with Gibson.

Assisting visitors at the booths were some helpful faces, who were happy to be photographed by our reporter.

▼ Mineva Lao Zabi represented Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.

▼ A trio in orange were there to help out at the Netflix stand.

▼ Neko-Musume from GeGeGe no Kitaro represented Toei Animation

▼ While Satellite channel BS11 had their girls dressed in skimpy schoolgirl outfits.

 DMM Pictures showed their best side on the day.

Attack on Titan pleased visitors with their fierce poses.

Bushiroad, a Japanese producer of collectible card games and trading cards, attracted attention with friendly faces at their booth

▼ And Sega Prize was there to showcase their arcade toys

Outside the venue were a number of cosplayers, who were also surrounded by adoring photographers.

▼ Cosplayer @uramaru_y dressed as titular character Kaguya Shinomiya from Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

▼ Cosplayers @39_iruka and @kuroren_kosu brought us Bradamante and Astolfo from Fate/Grand Order.

▼ While @pipipi__07 and @HaruwwYumi teamed up for Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi cosplay from Puella Magi Madoka Magica

▼ Homura Akemi brought her bazooka along for the event.

▼ Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura was brought to us by @natsumi0913

▼ While cosplayer @meyucoss appeared as Illyasviel von Einzbern from the Fate series

▼ Ai Mizuno from Zombie Land Saga was in fine form, thanks to @yzk_ay

▼ And @noerurururu appeared as Honoka Kōsaka from Love Live!

▼ Cosplayer @rinyanpassan came as D.Va from Overwatch

▼ While Naruto characters Sakura Haruno and Kakashi Hatake were represented by @hana_cos94 and @Mb_Fit_2.

▼ Francesco Pedone appeared as Saitama from One Punch Man

▼ And Jessie and James from Pokémon were there, thanks to  @moon__usako and @darkness0x0.

There was plenty to see and do at the event, and our reporter was definitely glad he went. There were more cosplayers than there were back in 2017, and more awesome goods than those seen in previous years as well. Anime Japan is getting bigger and more popular every year, so we can’t wait to see what next year’s show has in store for anime lovers!

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