Various Booths at AFA16, Part 2
Continuing from Part 1, here are more booths at Anime Festival Asia 2016…
JK Meshi / CG Galaxy / Nazotokine
One of the more interesting booth in the event, Kodansha showcased their VR Idol Stars Project ” Hop Step Sing!”and allows you to experience watching a virtual live concert event in a VR environment.
The appropriately nicknamed Wotagei Simulator allows you to witness 3D anime idols performing in front of your eyes via HTC Vive headset, of which you can use in conjunction with the controllers that act as light sticks so you can cheer the VR idols on. XDc
Naturally, some participants tried to peek under the VR idols’ frilly skirt for some pantsu shots, but you don’t really need to do that as the VR floor are reflective, so you can see them mirrored just fine as it is.
I’m speaking from experience. XDc
The Plamo maker is going full force promoting their line of Frame Arms Girl, which is akin to Bandai’s very own Armour Girls Project as well as a spiritual successor to Konami’s Busou Shinki.
The booth features a variety of experience zones where you can personally tinker and play with the sample kits and pose them for cool photo shoots accordingly.
FA:G is going to have a collaboration with Danny Choo’s Smart Doll line and will release a Gourai Smart Doll in the near future.
Furthermore, the line will receive an anime adaptation in 2017, announced during their showcase at main stage area.
Another interesting experience I had at this very booth.
MSI, the manufacturer of computer graphic cards and motherboards, prepared a VR experience zone for AFA visitors using the HTC Vive VR Headset + Controllers. As such the place is usually full of curious onlookers and those in queue to have a go at the VR gaming.
Participants are given a try (Usually lasts about 7-10 minutes) one person at a time, at an early access Steam game called Raw Date, that lets you defend against waves of robotic enemies with guns and swords, although for most of the time the gun mode is utilised for the demo.
I was one of the few lucky ones that got to try the sword mode of the game. Apparently I’m a natural in VR gaming, although it does make me dizzy if I played it for a long period.
The sword mode allows you to slash enemies with swings and thrusts, throwing the sword as boomerangs as well as deflecting laser bolts ala a Jedi Knight. So much fun! Even the booth attendant is amazed and impressed of my skill at the game, and I was asked for a photo while wearing the VR headset by a visitor as well.
NHK World TV
Real Akiba Boyz
This year, RAB have their own booth selling their own merchandise as well as mingle and dance with fans at times!
There are more booths to cover, stay tuned for part 3 and the final part of the post…