It’s that time of the year when Tokyo holds one of the biggest entertainment conventions of the year: Jump Festa! All of the biggest series come together to promote upcoming projects and give special access for fans and hardcore fans alike. Not only do animes and mangas make an appearance, but video game companies also have a chance to promote upcoming titles and even hold tournaments for guests. Here is our day experience going through Jump Festa!
Jump Festa is technically held a little outside of Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture at the Makuhari Messe Convention Center. You’ll get off of Kaihin Makuhari Station, where you will be greeted with signs for getting to Jump Festa. The event itself is totally free! And not only that, you can pick up exclusive Jump Festa items given to guests at just about every booth, even when you step in you are handed a goodie bag to collect everything inside!
As you enter, you’re greeted with a giant inflatable Luffy from the number one manga in Japan: One Piece! Then your adventure begins into the many exciting booths to see. The event, organized by Shueisha, not only invites the popular series, but some obscure small-time series as well. It becomes difficult to figure out where to start, as everything just hits you so fast.
Be on the cover of Shonen Jump magazine! Can you find the two girls in the picture about to pose?
Jump Festa usually separates the manga side from the anime and video game side, so guests can walk through with ease as they can focus on their favorite series. The manga building contained booths from One Piece, Naruto, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gin Tama, and more. They have a Shonen Jump shop too in case you wanted to buy some Jump Festa merchandise.
Small One Piece figures up for sale for any One Piece fan!
Dragon Ball had a bunch of stuff at Jump Festa. I probably counted five booths just for Dragon Ball. They ranged from games, figures, artist illustrations, and previews for the new super Dragon Ball. You could even take a picture with Goku! Kamehameha!
Take a picture at Kame House while the mystical Shen-ron floats above you with the Dragon balls.
They showed off the new Super Dragon Ball Heroes.
They had gacha pon to get your favorite Dragon Ball figure and held a tournament for the game Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2!
Up next, and my favorite booth, was the Square Enix booth. Square is usually there at Jump Festa every year, as they tend to advertise Dragon Quest a lot. They even had demos for the new game Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 3 Professional. They also showed trailers for the new Kingdom Hearts 2.8, and showed a mini trailer for Kingdom Hearts 1.5+2.5 HD Remix.
Sadly no available demo was there for 2.8, but you did receive some post cards for playing the Dragon Quest demo on the floor.
Capcom had their own booth there, promoting their famed title Monster Hunter, but they also showed Biohazard 7 (known outside of Japan as Resident Evil). You had a chance to play the titles, but the wait time was over an hour long.
Playstation VR was also there and had a bunch of titles to play like Star Wars Battlefront, Farpoint, and FFXV. But by the time I got there, they had closed the line for more guests to play. Guess I’ll have to try again next year!
There were various tournaments going on in the building. Naruto Shippuden held one, and even Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh had its own card game tournament!
The booth for this one was HUGE, with over 500 contestants entered and playing for the top prizes.
We definitely can’t forget the cosplayers! They were everywhere! A lot of them ranged from different popular series. Here are a few of my favorite Cosplayers there.
Luffy with his gang from One Piece!
The Legendary Sannin: Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru from Naruto.
As well as the adorable Rikku from Final Fantasy X-2.
Should you come out for Jump Festa in Japan? I definitely say yes if you are fan of manga and anime. Jump Festa was definitely fun explore, and is a must for any fans of anime, manga, and video games. You get to see a lot of big name writers from Shonen Jump. As well as exploring something different from your usual convention from back home, Jump Festa isn’t English friendly, but the staff generally do their best to assist you in any way they can. The event is held every December before Christmas, and is free to the public to enter. You definitely have a chance to buy a lot of amazing merchandise and get free ones too! Definitely make it out for Jump Festa 2018 next year!