Outing – Mangas, costumes, video games… A wonderful dive into Japanese pop culture, this weekend, in Orléans

A giant Pikachu makes its way through the aisles, passing young girls in pleated skirts and Japanese schoolgirl shirts. Greens, pinks, blues, the hair of the strollers wears the same fluorescent colors than those of manga heroes or villains.

Here, Genshin impact protagonists are doing the talking. There, these are characters from the anime (Chinese) Tian guan cì fú posing for the photo.

Japanese pop culture in all its forms

Joyful, childish, passionate atmosphere, this weekend at CO’Met, where thousands of visitors flock to a highly anticipated Japan expo : this third edition follows a hiatus… of ten years! Pop culture comes in all its forms.

The costumes worn by the fans, therefore. But also the adrenaline of video games, the discipline of martial artsthe delight of Japanese curry or octopus fritters, the threat of rows of katanas, the flamboyant colors of manga posters, the figurines of the Knights of the Zodiac, the statue of Goldorak, the exhibitions on the land of the rising sun, the door -keys, postcards, jewellery, bowls of rice decorated with flowers, costumes hung on the stalls, traditional kakemonos…

The Japan expo is admired, the Japan expo is bought : they are rare, the visitors who leave the show empty-handed.

The irruption of other universes

Children, teenagers, young adults, forties… Fans of Japanese culture mingle with other worlds. A “dementor” (Harry Potter) watches Spiderman pass; Darth Vader oversees a lightsaber tournament

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“Stuff from my childhood, what”

Anaïs and Tiphaine, 24 and 26, proudly display their katanas. They came from Cantal to take advantage of this show all weekend. One prefers manga, the other anime (cartoon drawn from manga). Both are radiant, “but it’s the bank account that suffers”: posters, figurines, jewelry… “The exhibitors have created some very beautiful pieces”they swear.

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Anaïs, 36, made the trip to Issoudin (Indre). Elegantly dressed in her black kimonoshe does not hide “preferring traditional arts: martial arts, tea ceremony…” As proof, she has about thirty kimonos in her wardrobe.

Her friend, Laura from Orleans (37), probably finds her happiness more, she who loves video games and manga: Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2… “The things from my childhood, what”.

The manga is a hit, two specialized bookstores have emerged in Montargis: in Gien, it’s still hanging around

“Redesigning my heroes today on software”

Because if there is not only manga, this one remains at the heart of the weekend.

1667676465 51 Outing Mangas costumes video games A wonderful dive into“I was born in 1987, I grew up with the Dorothee Club. When I was little, I drew my heroes. Growing up, I kept following anime. And as I am a graphic designer, I take this opportunity to redraw my heroes today on software.

cute (poster exhibitor)

Enthusiastic, this exhibitor of posters from Seine-Saint-Denis presents his favorite works: One peace, My hero academia, Naruto, Demon slayer, Dragon ball… “And then there is Bleach, which is back in anime after ten years of wait!” No question, for this fan, of missing the Orleans convention“which is the biggest manga-themed one in Europe, I think”.

Do you need to be knowledgeable to appreciate the exhibition, you ask? Nay. “Happiness is find the atmosphere of the crowd and admire the costumes of the people“, promises Laura.

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Practical information. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Prices: 12 or 14 euros. Tickets neither refundable nor exchangeable. No cash desk at CO’Met, tickets are to buy online. Co’Met, rue du Président-Robert-Schuman, in the Saint-Marceau district of Orléans. Access: Tram A, bus line 1.

The festival continues this Sunday

1667676465 526 Outing Mangas costumes video games A wonderful dive intoAnd here are some of the appointments…
cosplay showTalented cosplayers and confirmed amateurs take to the stage to offer a colorful show. From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Concert Mion The Japanese J-pop/J-rock singer-songwriter, Mion, will perform for the first time in France in Orléans during the Japan Expo Center! His concert will feature a mix of his own original music and covers of Japanese songs from different musical genres such as J-pop, J-rock and ballad. From 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Signings from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Takuya Wada Lecture “The evolution of animation”: this animation prodigy learned the techniques of the greatest, including Miyazaki: animation, cinema, Hollywood special effects. From 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Signings from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
2022 Animated Special InversotronThis game puts your knowledge of TV series credits to the test: you must find the series from which the extracts broadcast are taken. But beware: the sound and images have been reversed. From 4:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Korea K-pop dance on stageNamja Project is a dance group sharing their taste for Korean culture and their love for dance. From 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Text: Caroline Bozec

Photos: Pascal Proust