Warning! Picture Heavy Post!
If you have been following this blog long enough, by now you should know two things about me. 1, Im a proud Pakistani. And 2, I love anime. Now i know Pakistani anime fans or Pakistani Otakus are not quite heard of. Such is the case even in Pakistan itself as unfortunately anyone that’s interested in things like animated movies or anime is branded childish. ‘Cartoons are for kids!’ They would say. Well i beg to differ! Cartoons are an art form. An art form that must not be overlooked because of the preconceived notion that they are only targeted towards children.
For the longest time i went on with my with the impression that there were no others like me in my country when i just happened to stumble upon a group named ‘Anime Fans Of Pakistan’ on a social networking website. And at that point my life rapidly started to go through change. I met so many interesting people from all corners of Pakistan and people all corners of the world that originated from Pakistan. Together we discussed anime, manga, opinions and talked about Otaku issues. One thing nearly all of us had in common was the wish that there would be some kind of anime or cosplaying convention in Pakistan. At the time we could only sigh and laugh bitterly at our wishful thinking, but then we got word that apparently a community called Metal Seinen planned on organizing a cosplay event in Karachi called Dekho Japan.
At first it was hard for us to believe, but as more and more details came out, we became more and more eager to contribute. Everybody started working on their costumes and then finally the day came and most of the Otakus got to be a part of the Dekho Japan, a two day event that included Art workshops, Anime and Gaming Conventions and Cosplay on the 26th and 27th of October 2013.
Here are some pictures i managed to find of the event. Photo courtesy of Vague Minds, Alyna Hasan Jaffery Photography and Metal Seinen’s fan page. Names go from Left to Right. Enjoy.
Alyna Hasan Jaffery as Howl and Aoi-chan as Sophie from Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle.
Pein from Naruto, Terry Bogard from KOF, Roronoa Zoro from One Piece and Himura Kenshin from Samurai X.
Transformers’ Bumblebee in a suit!
Naruto; A Cloud Ninja in action!
Rei-L Mayer, Ergo Proxy.
Aisha Rizvi as Itachi Uchiha, Naruto.
Roronoa Zoro, One Piece.
Howl Pendragon hangs with Scorpion, Mortal Combat.
L, Death Note.
Hashirama Senju and Itachi Uchiha, Naruto.
Misa Amane, Death Note.
Ryuk, Death Note.
Zoya Pal as Mikasa Ackerman, Shingeki no Kyojin and Howl Pendragon.
Hanji Zoey, Shingeki No Kyojin.
Portgas D Ace, One Piece.
For the first event of its kind, Dekho Japan was very well organized and the turn out was much better than expected. Metal Seinen really outdid themselves by putting up a live Hang out on Google Plus for those of us that were unable to attend. The event did receive some media coverage but i think it shouldve had more attention put to it. Many Otakus did manage to take great photographs and managed to give it some scope on social networking sites. Dekho Japan was the topic of our conversations online for weeks after. It also motivated us to spread more knowledge about Anime and Cosplaying to our Non-Otaku peers.