The Hyper Japan festival is coming to the Olympia in London this weekend, bringing otaku fun, games and merch in their Game & Anime Park area, and with Crunchyroll and Nintendo in attendance from Friday, July 15th to Sunday, July 17th. Anime Limited have also tweeted that they will be represented at the festival, with more details soon to come.
Over the past few months, Hyper Japan have been revealing their guests from in and around the anime industry, with singer Azumi Inoue being among the first. Known for singing the themes for Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro and Laputa: Castle in the Sky among others, Inoue, with her daughter Yuyu, will perform on Friday at 6:30pm and in the first Saturday session at 11:45am.
The Vocaloid IA, who also made an appearance at the Hyper Japan’s 2015 Christmas Market, will be performing at 5:45pm on Friday, 7:30pm in the second Saturday session and 4:30pm on Sunday. IA’s voice is provided by the J-pop star Lia, a renowned anison singer who has performed themes for CLANNAD, Gunslinger Girl: Il Teatrino, Angel Beats! and many other anime series.
From anime including Ninja Scroll, InuYasha and D.Gray-man comes musician Kaoru Wada, appearing in both sessions on Saturday, at 1:45pm in the first session and 4:00pm in the second session. He will also be joined in both Saturday sessions by Suwa Michihiko, Yomiuri TV’s Chief Producer with production credits on many incarnations of Detective Conan and InuYasha, and Watanabe Tetsuya, described in Hyper Japan’s announcement as “a leading advertising agency producer of Japan”, who has worked on anime series such as Kidaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (The File of Young Kidaichi).
Kihara Hirokatsu, who previously worked on production at Studio Ghibli, will appear at 5:00pm in the second Saturday session and at 2:00pm in the Sunday session. He was involved in the makings of Laputa, My Neighbour Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Hyper Japan teases, “We have it on very good authority that Mr. Kihara will be bringing something incredible with him. Hint: He was at Studio Ghibli, after all.”
And finally, Takaaki Kono will be singing his anison covers in the Friday session at 4:15pm and in the second Saturday session at 6:00pm. In addition to all of these events, there will be manga workshops taking place during all four sessions of the festival, led by a team from the manga training school Mangajuku. These classes will cost £20 to attend (not including the festival entrance fee).
If you’re heading to Hyper Japan this weekend, we hope you enjoy yourselves!