There’s something for everyone and like the rest of Tokyo, quite the sensory overload. Doesn’t matter who you are, what you fancy or how old you are. If you’re into animation, there’s something for you. Kawaii? Check. Action? Check. Comedy? Check. Dark? Check. SD? Check. Boys? Check. Girls? Check. Kids? Check? Adults? Check. It had everything anyone needed 🙂
The first couple of days, it’s opened to the industry players and I heard come the weekend, the suits disappear and it’s cosplay heaven. Not quite Harajuku but the booths are manned by characters rather than suits 🙂 Wish I was there for that but I was already back in Singapore by then.
Going to a market as an officer from a government agency is a little different from a player of the animation industry, being surrounded by all that different shows, sure did, make me reminisce about the good old days of development, production and selling of our own products. Concepts, pilots, series that we spent hours developing and producing. It was hard work, not that what I’m doing now isn’t hard work but how do I say this … it’s a different kind of hard. When you believe in something with every bit of your being, hard work becomes … becomes worth it. Yet I still remember very clearly the time when every bit of being was so worn down and the day I realise I had to take a break from it all before I started to resent the things I so love to do and the people I care about.
As I walked through the halls of the fair, it got me thinking if it was time for the break to be over. In all honesty, I don’t know. What I do know is that, just when I needed it, the opportunity for the break made itself evident and hunting for the perfect opportunity to go back is not my style. The perfect opportunity doesn’t quite exist … not now anyway.
Meanwhile, I scratch my creative itch by enjoying the work of other people, let them kick start my creative engine and think about as far as I can possibly go in my head. Hey, if I can’t enjoy conjuring up my fantasies how will I ever go back to creating them. I’m just saying 😉