The Jeddah Season: the Anime Village, a unique experience for manga fans – KAWA

the Anime Village opened its doors on May 19 and will welcome visitors from all over the world until the end of June. On display, a variety of activities, audiovisual performances, parades and meetings with mangakas !

An immersion in the greatest mangas

The Anime Village is divided into several sections according to the emblematic anime series, such as Attack on Titan, Captain Tsubasa or Naruto. The Jeddah Season has also made the mythical village of Konoha the main setting of the area dedicated to Naruto, in order to dive directly into the universe of the young ninja. Human-sized figurines stand all along the route, enough to take pictures with your favorite heroes. A small museum concludes the walk, presenting famous objects and images of the shonen, to trace all its history.

During the walk in the Anime Village, visitors can also get lost in a big maze while reading famous manga boards, mainly those of Hunter x Hunter, My Hero Academy, Demon Slayer, Bleach and Jujutsu Kaisen. If your sense of direction allows you to get out of the maze, Pac-Man arcades, themed restaurants and shops will be waiting for you to create the maximum memories of this adventure.

Shows and meetings

Three milestones have already made the reputation of the Anime Village. The Jeddah festivities were first and foremost an opportunity to welcome the singer Eir Aoiwhich became the first Japanese artist to perform in Saudi Arabia. After his concert, fans were able to participate in or watch a spectacular cosplay parade, a practice that consists of donning costumes to embody a manga, animated film or video game character.

After the musical and dancing shows, the village set up several conferences. The presence of Miyako Cojimathe author of the most famous Japanese horror stories, and her husband Norman England, director of horror stories, especially of Godzilla, caused a sensation. Cojima said she was pleasantly surprised by such interest in manga in the region. “I’ve only been here for two days, and the atmosphere of Saudi culture is very striking! »