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Tokyo International Anime Fair Loses 40% of Exhibitors

by dtshyk
Jan 26, 2011 5:03 PM | 38 Comments
According to Mainichi news, the number of the exhibitors of Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2011 will be 153, down 40% from 244 a year earlier. 117 exhibition booths were canceled and the decrease in the income is expected to be 110 million yen ($1 = 83 yen). Some of the exhibitors are considering partial withdrawal from the TAF because of the boycott by the major manga publishers and the expected decline in the number of visitors.

Sources: Mainichi, IT Media
Related topics:
Anime Producers To Hold Anime Contents Expo in Opposition to TAF
Ten Major Manga Publishers To Boycott Tokyo International Anime Fair

20 of 38 Comments Recent Comments

man this sucks

Jan 28, 2011 5:20 AM by Mr_Gutts

BAHAHAHAHAHA FIGHT THE POWER

r.i.p TAF

Jan 28, 2011 12:40 AM by Corpse69

Hoppy said:
Iisan-kun said:


So either the industry dies and Japan takes a huge economic blow, or they get their artistic freedom back. I know which one I am hoping for.


If the industry dies we'll all have to get new hobbies and unless you only like FPS, don't expect gaming to hold you over much as if it comes from Japan, it may be banned. Not to mention the extreme loss of revenue that can never be recovered for 50 years plus if ever. Also, the loss of international curiosity and support that'll never recover.

There really needs to be at least a 70% exhibitor loss before Summer then Ishihara will be under too much pressure and drop this bill entirely.


I'm still not convinced that the loss will be enough to pressure anything. I don't know what percent of Japan's GDP the anime industry accounts for, but I'm under the impression that it's 1% or lower. If the industry does die, wouldn't the effect be so small that it's insignificant?

That's why I'm gonna continue being pessimistic until something bigger happens.

Jan 27, 2011 10:29 PM by SweetAegis

wow... that's really a lot of money they loss there but that's to be expected

This year's TAF will be really stupid if they keep going with what they have left.

Jan 27, 2011 3:45 PM by Rand0mless

Cant help myself to ROFL

This one is a great straight punch

Jan 27, 2011 1:20 PM by sisore

Supergrunt8 said:

Might be a stupid question but......is Ishihara really so blind that he won't see the negative effects that this might produce on Japan? or is he living in his own dream world or something?


He's not only blind, but he's living in this dream world, that he has governors' seat forever and otakus are gone from the world.

Jan 27, 2011 12:53 PM by Hoppy

i dont understand any of these serious matters, but after reading your comments my thoughts - they're in deep shi* and we can't do anything and just read news ?
Ahh. i hope soon everything will be alright[ with no dead bodies ;]

Jan 27, 2011 12:26 PM by Erynys

Hoppy said:
There really needs to be at least a 70% exhibitor loss before Summer then Ishihara will be under too much pressure and drop this bill entirely.

God, I hope this will happen. Getting a huge loss in one year is definitely worth it to revive the industry (Well, it's not like it's dead). But 40% gone now makes it seem possible for 70% before the summer >:3

Jan 27, 2011 12:17 PM by Azathoth

Hoppy said:
Iisan-kun said:


So either the industry dies and Japan takes a huge economic blow, or they get their artistic freedom back. I know which one I am hoping for.


If the industry dies we'll all have to get new hobbies and unless you only like FPS, don't expect gaming to hold you over much as if it comes from Japan, it may be banned. Not to mention the extreme loss of revenue that can never be recovered for 50 years plus if ever. Also, the loss of international curiosity and support that'll never recover.

There really needs to be at least a 70% exhibitor loss before Summer then Ishihara will be under too much pressure and drop this bill entirely.


Might be a stupid question but......is Ishihara really so blind that he won't see the negative effects that this might produce on Japan? or is he living in his own dream world or something?

Jan 27, 2011 12:13 PM by LibertyPrime

BigJim4652 said:
I'm surprised they haven't canceled the event. The attendance is going to be pathetic since most of the big names pulled out.

Because canceling and making NO money is a brilliant idea.

Alipio said:
I'm only hearing about news about these boycotts and stuff, I wonder how it's really like if I'm actually in Tokyo...

People probably aren't giving two shits.

Jan 27, 2011 12:12 PM by Sabinlerose

Iisan-kun said:


So either the industry dies and Japan takes a huge economic blow, or they get their artistic freedom back. I know which one I am hoping for.


If the industry dies we'll all have to get new hobbies and unless you only like FPS, don't expect gaming to hold you over much as if it comes from Japan, it may be banned. Not to mention the extreme loss of revenue that can never be recovered for 50 years plus if ever. Also, the loss of international curiosity and support that'll never recover.

There really needs to be at least a 70% exhibitor loss before Summer then Ishihara will be under too much pressure and drop this bill entirely.

Jan 27, 2011 11:21 AM by Hoppy

leeahseng said:
much lesser than what i expect


The enterprise that exhibits includes "There is no exhibit" enterprise.
The consequence changes to which basis the major publishing house compromises.

Jan 27, 2011 10:18 AM by siokan

Jan 27, 2011 7:15 AM by Yanoflies

Jonijonh said:
Neverarine said:
lol... but partial withdrawl? lame do it or not you cant do both...


They have commitment issues...

Not really, they just realized that with all the big name and popular manga out of the equation that not nearly as many people would attend the TAF as they hoped, so they're cutting back on the size of their exhibits, to tailor to the new, smaller, crowd.

Jan 27, 2011 7:04 AM by Paladin65536

much lesser than what i expect

Jan 27, 2011 5:09 AM by leeahseng

Ouch. I wonder how would the responses will be, in such a situation. The fair might as well be closed if things keeps on like this.

Jan 27, 2011 4:09 AM by MysticHrist

what the .. 40 %

thats a lot

Jan 27, 2011 3:42 AM by Eternal_Shield

Neverarine said:
lol... but partial withdrawl? lame do it or not you cant do both...


They have commitment issues...

Jan 27, 2011 3:03 AM by Jonijonh

I'm only hearing about news about these boycotts and stuff, I wonder how it's really like if I'm actually in Tokyo...

Jan 26, 2011 10:22 PM by Alipio