27th incarnation of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) is set to get underway next week, with
cosplayers around the world set to take the city by storm following the confirmation that this year's event will focus on anime, Asia and the Middle East.
Characters created by the famed director of animated works Hideaki Anno, who crafted the immensely popular Evangelion series, will be seen roaming the streets in his honour from next Thursday (October 23rd).
This spectacle, which is certain to create interest among attendees, is part of a collaboration between the organisers of TIFF and the World Cosplay Summit, which is usually held in Nagoya
between late July and early August and attracts representatives from 22 countries and regions.
Dressed up participants will also perform a choreographed dance routine in Tokyo's fashionable Roppongi district, which will be the central location for most of the film festival's events and press calls.
In addition to this, the cosplayers will hold talk shows as their characters on October 26th, between various screenings of Anno's much-acclaimed feature films.
"One of the largest cosplay events in the world born in Nagoya
will pump up TIFF, one of the largest international film festivals
in Asia," commented Tokumaru Oguri, chair of the executive committee of the World Cosplay Summit.
The collaboration between the World Cosplay Summit and TIFF came into being following a discussion between Nagoya
film publicist Kunio Hiroe and the film festival's executive committee.
Those lucky enough to be in Tokyo
for this very special event are encouraged to check the website for a full programme. However, even if you're not, anime can be enjoyed at all times in Akihabara, the capital's electric town, where you'll find a high concentration of shops piled high with comic books and animated films.
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