Hong Kong animation, comic and video game enthusiasts gear up for Ani-Com

Fair follows on from the success of the recent seven-day Hong Kong Book Fair, which attracted more than 1 million visitors

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 7:59pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 July, 2016, 9:49pm

Virtual reality games, the latest Japanese animated TV series and costumes of characters from Star Wars and Captain America are expected to steal the show at the five-day Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong fair, which starts on Friday.

The show will feature biggest virtual reality trial zone ever set up in the city, with 17 PlayStation VR headsets and 12 games ready for the public to try out.

For animation and comic lovers, a newly introduced online broadcasting channel, Ani-One, presented by MediaLink and myTV SUPER, will air the latest TV series to help expand the animation culture in the city.

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Costumes from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and “Captain America: Civil War” will be on display to catch up with the American hero trend, while cosplay enthusiasts from home and abroad will show off their creations in a cheerful carnival and contest.

“We want people to see as many things as possible,” said Leung Chung Poon, managing director of In Express Expo, which organises the Ani-Com fair at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

It comes after the seven-day Hong Kong Book Fair, which recorded a record number of visitors, at 1.02 million, as it lowered its curtain yesterday. However, spending per visitor was flat at HK$902 on average, according to the book fair organiser, Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

Among the crowds were Mrs Leung and her 12-year-old son Ou Chi-kit, who went home with a suitcase and three backpacks full of books worth more than HK$2,000.

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“One third of the books are school exercises for my son,” Leung said. “But I tend not to let him be burdened with too many workbooks.”

Booksellers offered tempting discounts on the last day of the book fair, which ranged from HK$100 for three high school mock exam papers to up to 90 per cent off for Art and Design albums. But some exhibiters said there was a decrease in sales this year.

“As the TDC banned us from selling R18 books, which are considered inappropriate for people aged under 18, like Fifty Shades of Grey, there were fewer choices for the adult readers,” Eugen Ng, deputy general manager of Cite Publishing Group, told the Post.