By José Luis del Río Fortich
Japan Chibi Weekend is an international event focusing on Japanese and Korean culture held in Madrid. Fans can enjoy video games, anime, manga or singing your favorite music as karaoke. There are also cosplay contests and live concerts.
Last year, we enjoyed it with the Dragon Ball Exposition. There were a lot of Akira Toriyama´s original pictures and figures. I have loved Dragon Ball since I was a teenager, so it was a pleasure to see the original artwork and character designs from Son Goku and his family.
Also, Neon Genesis Evangelion had a very special focus with original pictures from the movie and characters designs. In Spain, Evangelion has a lot of fans and they were enthralled by the display.
Spanish fans go crazy with Japan Chibi Weekend Madrid and dress in cosplay based on their favorite manga. The organization says that this year is going to be the greatest; they promise that there will be many activities to delight followers including competitions, workshops, exhibitions, concerts. They are also going to have a bigger space (almost 8.000 m2). It will be a weekend full of Manga.
I will be there attending on 8-9 February, but here is an photogallery of the last Japan Chibi Weekend to give you an idea of what lies ahead. For further information you can visit their site here.
José Luis del Río Fortich is a child of the seventies who grew up with comics and MSX. Then he moved to the Commodore Amiga, Twin Peaks and finally to Macintosh. In his nearly 40´s he keeps reading comics, playing computer games and reviewing series. He loves Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Zombies, Horror Movies and all those things that are not necessary in an apocalypse but we all love. He is @jldelriofortich and on Facebook.