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Manga, gamers, cosplay to shine at Depot Island

Date Posted: 2012-03-30

Itís being billed as the Mihama Manga Mega Expo, and organizers say itís going to be a day of costume play, Manga, Otaku, games, an anime car show, fantasies and a flea market.

The March 30th event at the Depot Island event space in Chatan Townís Mihama district is open to the public to participate in costume or in street clothes, sharing the excitement of Cosplay, a Cosplay Dance Party, a car show, and even darts. The Mihama Manga Mega Expo starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and runs into the early evening. Some activities are free, and others have admission fees.

The Cosplayers meeting, where visitors can dress up in all sorts of costumes to participate in activities or just watch, begins at noon in the event space. Japanese Manga culture is popular, and organizers invite first time cosplayers, student cosplayers and foreigner cosplayers to interact, taking pictures together and enjoying costume play. What to wear, whether itís an anime suit, Gothic & Lolita, a loud style, simple anime, game figures, manga, OTAKU or even disguises are all welcome.

A Cosplay Dance Party at Loco Paradise 77 kicks off at 3 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Thereís no age limit, and admission is •500, which includes a drink. Loco Paradise 77is a restaurant located on the third floor of Oak Fashion BLG. Anime music will be played during the event.

A Costume Play & Darts event, Cosplay Paradise, takes place at Gurume-kan next to Dragon Palace, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A reception mixer starts at 1 p.m. Entry is •500. The Mihama Manga Mega Expo Costume Print Club takes place in Dragon Palace, and visitors are encouraged to wear a costume. Picture will be taken and available, and some Print Club items will be 50% off to those wearing costumes.

An auto show featuring anime cars, the Mihama Manga Mega Expo Animae Car Auto Show, takes place throughout the day at the side of container village near the Oak Fashion BLD. Pictures of costumes and anime cars is permitted. Thereís also a handmade accessory shop, Torch, offering discounts for cosplayers during the day. The glass accessory shop is on the first floor of Distortion BLG Torch. Shoppers participating in costume play can buy products at 10% off. Shopping is also permitted at MakeMan Chatan branch in costume, but helmets and masks are prohibited.

There are a few prohibitions established by the organizers, including entry to some shops that have signs posted regarding entry. Photographs are permitted only in designated areas, as is smoking. Generally, Depot Island is a no smoking area. Model guns that shoot water, water guns with water, metallic swords and pointed staffs are prohibited. Photographs of the fronts of shops and in shops are prohibited.

Other than that, the Mihama Manga Mega Expo executive committee invites everyone to the ďparadise of Manga! Enjoy costume play!

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