It's August, and the annual ACGHK (Animation-Comic-Game Hong Kong) is back for a 5-day period from 1st to 5th August in HKCEC. Like the name suggets, it is a convention/fair for anime, manga, games, and a small amount of doujin material.
The ACGHK was originally the Hong Kong Comics Festival, which featured comics such as manga (Japanese comics) and manhua (Chinese comics). This underwent several changes over the years: In 2004 the convention was called the Animax Summer FUNtasy as it was sponsored by Animax. In 2006 it was renamed Ani-Com Hong Kong and held at the same time with Hong Kong Game Fair, and this year the two merged together to have an all-round convention covering the different interests together.
Large kiosks for online games can be seen upon immediate entrance to the hall.
XBOX 360 kiosk with Gundam Operation Troy and Soul Calibur IV on the big screens.
Some lads testing their skills on Counter-Strike Online.
A mixture of manga and manhua on a huge stall.
Various Transformers toys on display with a special version of Optimus Prime in the centre.
A large Optimus Prime for people to take pictures with.
Boxes and boxes of gunpla from Toys "R" Us. I have to admit that these are more expensive than the ones I usually see in nearby shops.
This 1/60 Exia is a Gunpla Expo exclusive version that features transparent parts.
Walls of original designs and lineart for Mobile Suit: Gundam
A lineart for the cockpit of the core fighter (i.e. for Gundam, Guncannon, and Guntank)
SD Gundams are popular with the Hongkongers due to their small sizes, wide variety, and collectibility.
The large Kadokawa stall can be seen from quite a distance away. What made me heartbroken was the fact that I didn't know that Noizi Ito (the original artist for Suzumiya Haruhi and Shakugan no Shana) was there for signature event the day before I came... I wish I'd come on Saturday as well T_T
When it comes to pretty girls (whether it's cosplay or not), one should always expect huge crowd with cameras flashing at the rate of an autocannon.
Doraemon has been a familiar character to Hongkongers of various generations.
A doujin drawing Lelouch Lamperouge (from anime Code Geass) on a T-shirt.
Doujin Hatsune Miku products.
Revoltech figures from Kotobukiya stall. There are hardly any figure stalls in the convention. thhis is perhaps due to the high costs and the fact that parents want to keep these material away from younger attendees.
A few more figures out on display. I don't know these too well, but I see Horo from Spice and Wolf and Nekomiya Nono out there. The newly released Ringo Noyamano mentioned by Danny Choo is out there too.
A new wing of the HKCEC seen in construction as I left the convention centre. That will conclude the general content for this year's ACGHK 2008. The next post will be solely on the gunpla models displayed in the convention for the competition. Stay tuned for it!
All images are available via my photo album