View Full Version : japanese vs. american

04-02-2003, 08:40 PM
I currently live in osaka, (im moving to yokohama soon tho!!!)and In August I'm planning on visiting my grandparents in georga, and I will be leaving in october to come back
anyway, while im there im planning on attenending the awa convention
Their website was not very helpful so i'm turning to you all for help as I always do.
can someone decipher the diffrence between japanese cons and american cons,
or more specifically the diffrence between japanese cons and anime weekend atlanta? please?
Or can you give me a website that would provide this info?

04-03-2003, 10:33 AM
Well I can't provide a comparison but I can at least tell you about american cons.

There are many common events and things to do at american cons.
1. cosplay: big event, usually saturday night, where people in costume perform skits. prizes are awarded

2. video rooms: watch anime. it could be dubbed but usually subbed.

3. panels: there is a diversity of topics. most panels will include the guests of honor talking about what they know

4. video game room: play lots of games or compete in tournaments

5. autographs: get the opportunity to have the guests sign something

6. many people wear costumes during the convention. some people venture out in public in their anime outfits.

7. karaoke: sing along with your favorite japanese songs. note: this is very low tech. most of the songs that people sing to still have the vocal track on it. karaoke versions of songs are in short supply here

8. dealers room: a place to buy lots of spiffy merchandise

9. artists alley: a place for fan artists to gather and sell their work.

10. art auction: artists will put their art up for auction to the highest bidder

11. anime music video contest: fans take anime and music and create videos. these videos are compiled and shown at the convention. attendees usually get to vote for the videos they like the best.

Alrighty. That's not a complete list of what goes on at an american anime convention but it does cover alot.

04-03-2003, 10:52 PM
sounds cool, can't wait.
at japanese cons we can't walk around the whole con in costume, and I seem to piss people off easily because they think i'm a tourist (english kid living in osaka)

04-04-2003, 08:44 AM
You can walk around the entire convention in costume. If you leave the convention area you are likely to get strange looks, but that happens. ;)

American anime cons are lots of fun. There is so much to do. I'm curious about japanese cons. I already knew that the costuming was limited to certain areas but what other things do they do there?

04-04-2003, 08:49 AM
You can wear your costume eeeeeverywhere at conventions here. XD It's lots of fun.

04-05-2003, 12:59 PM
You can't wear your costume everywhere? Ack...what's the point? O_o (Is it because it's too crowded or because just nobody does it?) The best part of a convention for me is just an excuse to cosplay and go invade the nearby mall/restaurant or whatever and scare the normal people. I usually don't even care much about the actual con events - it's just become a great time to wear costumes, share art and hang out with my friends I wouldn't see otherwise. I think American cons are less about an expo to present new series and merchandise and more a social gathering.

04-05-2003, 10:47 PM
yeah really, japanese cons are either based around one basic theme or series, or they are used to promote future events.
from what fansview.com told me, American cons are alot more laid back than japanese cons. Our cons are taken very seriously, and I think that may be what in fluenced the no costume rule (which, might I add, only exists in certain parts of the cons, and only some of the main ones)

Golgo M.
04-06-2003, 08:26 PM
Here is what I can gather about general cons in America and Japan. I've been to Comiket six times (five cosplaying) and a smaller con in Yamagata (it had to be four hours long with only three hundred attendees):

Japan cons: Every time I've gone to Comiket, I've paid to cosplay, although getting in is free. Lots and lots of self-authored comics are made and sold. Almost no guests, period, unless a company like Broccoli drags in a few cute voice actresses for the males to go nutz over.

American cons: I really can't say, having only been to two in three years. Usually it's pay $40 for the weekend (aside from travel and hotel lodgings). The companies that release anime show up to peddle their ware. Voice actors and actresses, local authors, experts, and producers/directors/actors/creators from Japan show up for panels. Other than that, it's a drink-fest for the 21+ population.

04-07-2003, 12:11 AM
Um, I actually have to speak up about that stereotype of those of us over 21. I don't drink ever, and I've noticed that many people who might occasionally do not especially at a con where they have to get up early for cosplay. I do see that a lot of us just hang out in the hotel rooms with all our game systems and DVDs, but that doesn't mean we're all drunk. Really, the weekend is expensive enough just for food and the dealers' room, and would you risk being sick? Really, I find alcohol probably least previlant at an anime con than...oh, just about any other gathering of people. Not to say that there aren't pissed idiots somewhere in the hotel, but it's not an obvious impediment to enjoying the con yourself.

04-07-2003, 12:26 AM
I dont know in the US, but--

There's a lot of events in Japan for just cosplay ^-^; But I think it is more restrictive to KANTO area because there is more people who have interest. Also, you can cosplay at some store and park every week end, no matter. Some jobs even, you can cosplay at ^-^/ My friend works in Mandarake Shibuya-- they have to wear cosplay every day as part of the job!

Some neighborhood has a lot of cosplay as part of style-- like Harajuku is gothrori/visual style, shibuya is ganguro, etc. So-- some styles which become mainstream-- every one wears it out on the week end just for fun!

And music cosplay-- at every concert! And anime cosplay at seiyuu events too...

There is also COMIKET, and other manga and comic market in which cosplay is encourage-- but limited for sales reasons. (Because many people want to do business and cosplay photo taking will clutter it!)

But in Japan, cosplay is very common. You dont only need a event. And also-- I think, maybe in Osaka, you can find some people cosplay at Osaka-jyo koen ^_^/ Look for them!

haha... I am also curious about American event!

04-07-2003, 12:58 PM
I would so love to work at a place and get paid to cosplay. I love costumes they are so much fun.

04-07-2003, 08:43 PM
Originally posted by kris
Some jobs even, you can cosplay at ^-^/ My friend works in Mandarake Shibuya-- they have to wear cosplay every day as part of the job!

I remember when the Mandarake on Santa Monica Blvd. was still open, and they were hiring. Their requirements were that you had to be a cosplayer and make your own costumes, which you would wear as your work clothes. I wanted to apply for that job, but they said that you had to be 18, and I was 17 back then... ;_;

Now, I'm 18, they've closed down... T_T

Anybody know why they did?

04-07-2003, 11:03 PM
In osaka people get crazy with the cosplay. It's not uncommon to see people cosplaying in the streets without reason. But in all of my years of cosplaying (ok so i've only been cosplaying for two years) I've never seen people get paid to wear costumes. Ive seen people get paid for making costumes, but not wear.

Anyway, I'm thinking about just not going to america until october, then i can catch the summer comiket.
do you think I should go to comiket or AWA? (I heard summer comiket was alot more crowded than the winter)

Golgo M.
04-08-2003, 12:42 AM
You could do AWA and Comiket, as there is a month between both.

04-08-2003, 08:55 AM
AWA is probably not the one to represent all american cons. It's a smaller sized so-called party-con and intended for hanging out more than seeing panels and guests etc. The costume contest is a walk-on only, and the art show is one small room only. They do have a great music video contest! It's a fantastic place to be with friends, see fine costumes and chill, but not if you're planning on experiencing some serious "conning". I live in Atlanta and go to AWA maybe one day out of the weekend. It's not been worth it to me personally to take days off work.
Wish you could make it in time for Dragoncon ^_^.

04-08-2003, 02:16 PM
i've heard alot about dragoncon in the forums. When is it? I may go.
I hadn't considered going to both AWA and comiket, but based on the stories i've heard I don't think I wanna go to summer comiket.
Is there a signifficant diffrence between AWA, and Dragoncon?

04-08-2003, 03:46 PM
Check out www.dragoncon.com, it's one of the biggest fantasy/sci-fi conventions in the western hemisphere, and anime is increasingly becoming a part of it. This year it will be August 29th - Sept. 1st. This is a con where you will see anything you can imagine, and could experience anything as well. Last year they had over 25000 attendeed I believe. As a costumer you will be accepted and loved no matter what you dress up as, and you will be flocked by photographers from all over the world. It's also a prime hang-out for actors, models and other celebrities. It's not an anime con perse, but I simply love it. My favorite con of the year ^_^.
Check out the Dragoncon thread for more info and opinions:

04-15-2003, 02:28 AM
Originally posted by ummmm
sounds cool, can't wait.
at japanese cons we can't walk around the whole con in costume, and I seem to piss people off easily because they think i'm a tourist (english kid living in osaka)

Don't worry; I used to live just south of Yokosuka... this was after I was in the Navy... I had to put up with a ton of people who didn't like me because I was American dating a Japanese woman! Well atleast her dad liked me, but I cant say the same about her mom... hehe. Oh well gotta roll with the punches.