Taking place in July is the Hyper Japan Festival, a celebration of all things Japanese, with two events taking place, one in Los Angeles, California, and one in London, UK. As part of the event Japan Character VR Matsuri will be using the latest virtual reality (VR) technology to exhibit works from various Japanese creators and their characters.
Japan Character VR Matsuri will be bringing along two leading Japanese publishers – Shueisha Inc. and Kodansha Ltd., alongside five VR experiences, One Piece Cube, Death Note VR Escape Game, JUMP Cube, JUMP Art Gallery and Hop Step Sing!
One Piece Cube gives attendees a closer look at original manga illustrations from the internationally-popular series in both black and white and colour. With Death Note VR Escape Game visitors will be able to head into the world of Death Note, taking on the role of Misa Amane, who’s been imprisoned in a creepy basement. It’s quickly filling up with water, with players challenged to escape before it’s too late.
For those that love their JUMP manga, Hyper Japan Festival has two gallery experiences on offer, with JUMP Cube full of original illustrations including Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), Haikyuu!!, and Naruto. While JUMP Art Gallery, is a virtual museum on Samsung Gear VR with artwork from Dragon Ball, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom), Naruto, One Piece, and Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia).
Lastly there’s Hop Step Sing! a VR idol project by Kodansha featuring three Japanese girls, Niina Nijikawa, Shikiri Shiishiba, and Mikasa Minowa. They perform a concert with bright neon changeable backgrounds, that is quintessentially Japanese.
Hyper Japan Festival 2017 takes place from 1st – 4th July in Los Angeles, while the London event takes place from 14th – 16th July.