Hong Kong’s Ani-Com anime and games fair opened
today with something for everyone – the chance
to snap up limited edition action figures for some,
and the opportunity to get a free hug from Japanese
ex-porn star Maria Ozawa for others... the latter attraction
being something that would've livened up the comic fairs
I attended as a kid in Manchester considerably.
Last year, the event attracted 680,000 people, which
we’re pretty sure is the entire population of
Hong Kong, and this year expects to see even more visitors.
Only the first forty would benefit from close contact
with Ms Ozawa, though inevitably, many of the more juvenile
(and, I fear, older) fans were more interested in snapping
up cult collectables, either to hoard away or resell
once the price rises.
with a whole crowd of people behind you looking to grab
a rarity, stopping to be squeezed by a sexy girl probably
seemed more like an inconvenience (or a terrifying possibility)
than a pleasure to many attendees...