Fans of comics, cinema, series, manga, music, anime, cosplay and video games can now prepare to invade Campo de Marte, in the city of São Paulo, during the July vacation. About 120 thousand of them will participate in the Anime Friends, the multi-thematic pop culture festival in Latin America, which turns 13 and takes place on two weekends, on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th, 16th and 17th of July.
The megafestival will have dozens of attractions for the whole family, such as national and international guests, great musical shows with renowned Japanese bands, world-wide cosplay contests, collectibles and comics fair, exhibition and video game championships, meeting with youtubers, typical foods, lectures and autographs with national and international guests.
This year, for the first time, the event will feature the Brazilian stage of World Cosplay Summit (WCS), the biggest cosplay contest in the world. The best pairs from different states in the country will perform on the Fantasy Stage on Sunday. The winner will go to Nagoya, Japan, to represent Brazil in the big world final. The Event also counts with a special program for cosplay lovers, which include lectures with cosmakers, the people responsible for producing the costumes, national guests who will make special presentations and thes competitions traditional event contests: Yamamato Cosplay Cup Brazil, Yamamato Cosplay Cup Internacional, Kids Cosplay Parade and Cosplay Cultural Contest.
On a huge stage full of lights and special effects, national and international artists, such as the acclaimed Japanese band, will perform Sambomaster, known for representing anime themes like Naruto and the Japanese drama Densha Otoko; the Brazilian Detonator and the Muses of Metal, the japanese duo LM.C and the singer and pianist Mai Hoshimura. The event will also have three special shows for established anime series. On the 9th, Japanese singers Hiroki Takahashi, Yuuya Asaoka and Takayoshi Tanimoto will join forces with the Brazilian Ricardo Cruz at the Super Friends Spirits Special Dragon Ball. On the 10th, the special will be for the series Digimon, with Ayumi Miyazaki and Takayoshi Tanimoto. In the special that celebrates 30 years of Knights of the Zodiac, on the 16th, will have Yumi Matsuzawa, Nobuo Yamada and Ricardo Cruz.
Among the national bands that will perform at Anime Friends are Animadness, Akaband, Mr Greek, Obsexion and Banda Marcial de Cubatão, which will make a special presentation with various anime and cinema themes.
Gamers can count on two spaces: the Press Start championships and the Free Play space. The championships, from titles like Mortal Kombat X, Fifa 16 and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, will take place every day. Registrations are made on site. In the Free Play space, you can train for the championships or simply play with a friend the most varied games from different platforms without paying anything.
Japanese actors Shouhei Kusaka, known for playing the Jiban Steel Police Officer, who was successful in Brazil in the 1990s, and Takumi Tsutsui, who played Ninja Jiraya, another successful series in the country, will be at Anime Friends on July 16 and 17, at 4:30 pm, to talk about their careers and meet fans on the Fantasy Stage. For Kusaka, this is the first visit to Brazil.
Dubbing admirers will have a full plate with Anime Friends this year. On Saturday, the 9th, at 4 pm, the voice actors Marco Ribeiro and Duda Espinoza, responsible for the voices of Iron Man and Captain America, respectively, in the film Captain America- Civil War, will be on the Fantasy Stage for a chat with fans. On the 10th, at 16:30, it will be the turn of Guilherme Briggs, responsible for the voice of characters like Buzz Lightyear, from Toy Story, and Freakazoid, take the stage to tell a little about their story. On the 16th, at 1:30 pm, there will be a special meeting with Andreas Avancini, Fred Mascarenhas, Renan Ribeiro and Wirley Contaifer, who dub the new Ninja Turtle films.
Anime Friends has several spaces dedicated to specific activities. There is the International RPG Meeting (EIRPG); a LEGO exhibition festival, the LUG Brasil Festival; and the EXPO Sci-Fi, which brings together fans of science fiction films, such as Star Wars, Star Trek and Battle Star Galactica.