Inside TGS 2007
September 28, 2007
TGS is finally over, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. Not only am I still trying to adjust to the time difference and struggling to figure out what day it is, but I've also got a bunch of video left from the 3rd day of the show. This was the first day the show was open to the public and it's when things got really crazy. We're talking droids, booth girls, cosplay, games where you scrub down other men, and the longest line you've ever seen in your lives. It's all in this video. Check it out!
September 28, 2007
You may or may not have seen the segment on On The Spot yesterday where I talk to booth girls about current events and then try my hand at speaking Japanese. If you missed it or you want to see it again, I've uploaded that clip as a user video. I know some people thought I was making fun of the girls and being mean, but we let each one know ahead of time (in Japanese) that we were shooting a humor piece, so they knew what was going on. It was all in good fun!
September 23, 2007
TOKYO--One of the highlights of every TGS is the creative costumes that cosplayers come up with, and this year was absolutely no exception. On the public days, cosplayers can be found in the wild hanging out in between halls three and four. The minute they start to strike a pose, a horde of fans descend to take their picture, asking them to strike a variety of different poses, and taking up to five minutes to shoot to ensure that they have images of the outfits from every conceivable angle.
Naturally, the majority of the crowd being male, the longest queues were for the ladies, although there were also some great costumes from the guys. GameSpot stood in line to chat to some of this year's best cosplayers to ask them about themselves and why they do it.
Imo was one of the very first cosplayers to strike a pose at today's Tokyo Game Show, and was clearly a veteran of the event. The Tokyo lass made her costume herself, and like many of the other cosplayers hanging out, had chosen a character from the Final Fantasy universe to dress up as. A big Final Fantasy fan, Imo chose sky pirate Elza, one of the three pirates that Reddas employs in the Nintendo DS game Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Revenant Wings is currently only available in Japan, but is due for a US release on November 20. When asked why she chose that costume, Imo said, "pirates are cool and I love the outfit too."
Standing across from Imo was Hifumi, who also made her costume herself. The 'proper' cosplayers all do this, although costumes for popular video game characters can be bought here in shops like Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku. She laughed when we asked her if she wears the costume out. "No, no, no," she said. "I only do this at shows." She started cosplaying because some of her friends were into it, and they got her interested in the scene. One of many Guilty Gear characters, Hifumi was dressed as the nun-like Bridget from the Japanese 2D fighting game series. She told GameSpot, "I look forward to TGS every year, because I love doing this. I'm here with all my friends too, so it's really fun." She's now been cosplaying for two years, and says it's so much fun she's going to be doing it for a while yet.
Next to Hifumi were two friends who had also come to the show together, Sakura and Yuki. They had both dressed as the same character, but in different colours--Sakura is wearing the black costume, whereas Yuki is dressed in white. They both chose Dead or Alive Live's Kasumi to pose as. The two are avid gamers, and they love the Dead or Alive series. They're relative newbies to the cosplay scene, it's Sakura's first time posing, and Yuki started last year. Sakura said she wasn't sure what to expect, but she found herself really enjoying it. She said, "I'll definitely be back next year."
One of the most impressive costumes of the show is the huge vinyl suit modelled by a guy by the name of Tora. Tora is wearing a huge vinyl suit, which he painstakingly made himself--and which took him one whole year to make. His character is Shin Getter Robo, a mecha which appears in the Getter Robot Go manga. He has been cosplaying for three years. In the hot, sticky Tokyo heat, it must have been rather uncomfortable inside the huge suit, but Tora says he doesn't mind. He said, "I don't care. I love wearing it."
Next to Tora was another guy--hey, guys love cosplay too--who goes by the name of Kinuzeru. Kinuzeru is dressed as the big, tough guy Barret Wallace from Final Fantasy VII. Barret is the leader of the military organisation Avalanche, and then joins hero Cloud Strife to help him defeat the evil Sephiroth. Tora has only been in the cosplay scene for eight months, and he says that he chose Barret because, "He's manly."
It wasn't only the Japanese who were out parading in their cosplay outfits--some Westerners had travelled all the way to Tokyo just for the privelege. These included three Western Australians from Perth, who were helping outthe WA government to promote the region at this year's TGS. They are from left to right, K (Sora from Kingdom Hearts II), Vel (Axel from Kingdom Hearts II), and Drayke (Link from The Legend of Zelda series). K and Vel describe themselves as big into cosplay in their homeland. The two have both been cosplaying for over five years, and have their own business cards and fan sites. Isn't TGS a little far to go just to wear an outfit? "Cosplaying's great," says Kay. "It's really fun to dress up. We came here because we had to come to the country where cosplay started."
Another pirate fan, Anya has been cosplaying for 10 years, although only as six months in this particular outfit. She bought herself the online game Final Fantasy XI, and found herself enjoying the vitual world so much that cosplaying was a way of almost stepping into that virtual world in reality. Her costume took her a month to make, and she bought accessories to make it complete. Her character is called Koseya.
Anya's friend Haide has been cosplaying for 14 years, and drew the biggest crowd around her, as she struck a variety of different poses for the cameramen (and women--but mainly men) that lined up to snap her picture. Her character is also from online role-playing game Square Enix's Final Fantasy XI, and is called Alta Madoushi. So, obviously, she can't have been a Final Fantasy XI character for the whole ten years--which others has she played? Haide said, "Hmmm... that's tricky. I've done so many I really couldn't count."
September 22, 2007
3 hours and 30 minutes in line to play Metal Gear Solid 4 at TGS? Not if I have anything to say about it.
September 22, 2007
This season the TGS babes have gone for a more sophisticated look than in previous years, blending part trolley dolly, and part cosplay. This year's colours are red, black, and a sparkling whiter than white. Wigs have been encouraged. The teeth are still terrible.
Recent TGS 2007 Updates
TGS 2007 Videos
TGS 2007 Replay: TGS in 15 Minutes WII
Ryan and Homer cram as much TGS goodness into 15 minutes as humanly possible.
Posted 9:42 pm PT Sep 21watch download
TGS 2007 Replay: Merchandise Blowout WII
GameSpot scours the TGS floor for all the best in toys, clothes, and...pillows?
Posted 7:04 pm PT Sep 21watch download
Sony 2007 Pre TGS Party Video Feature PS3
A whole slew of Sony games, presented at their Pre-TGS 2007 event!
Posted 12:23 pm PT Sep 20watch download
TGS 2007 Replay: Day Two Floor Overview X360
Ryan and Homer hit the show floor on day two of TGS 2007.
Posted 6:06 pm PT Sep 21watch download
TGS 2007 Replay: Day One Floor Overview PS3
The GameSpot crew hits the floor on Day 1 of the 2007 Tokyo Game Show.
Posted 5:58 pm PT Sep 20watch download
TGS Sega Booth Video Feature 2008 PSP
Take a look at what Sega brought with them to TGS 2007!
Posted 11:48 am PT Sep 20watch download
Metal Gear Online Official Trailer 1 PS3
Check out this action-packed trailer for Metal Gear Online from the Tokyo Game Show 2007.
Posted 8:23 pm PT Sep 19watch download
No More Heroes Interview 1 WII
GameSpot sits down with the producer, writer, and designer of No More Heroes, Suda 51.
Posted 7:07 pm PT Sep 21watch download
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Official Trailer 9 PS3
You don't want to miss out on this lengthy trailer for Metal Gear Solid 4 from the Tokyo Game Show 2007.
Posted 10:08 pm PT Sep 19watch download
Shirokishi Monogatari Video Feature 1 PS3
Here is a short walk-through of the TGS 2007 hit, Shirokishi Nonogatari on the PS3!
Posted 10:13 am PT Sep 24watch download
Featured TGS 2007 Games
White Knight Chronicles International Edition (PS3)
A fantasy role-playing game in which the main character can transform himself into a huge knight as he strives to rescue a princess.
Devil May Cry 4 (X360)
Devil May Cry 4 is the fourth installment in Capcom's demon-hunting series, but this time it stars a new character, Nero, and his powerful demonic arm.
- Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (DS)
- echochrome (PS3)