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Big names in the Anime world expected at Middle East film, comic convention

14 Jan 2020
The Middle East Film and Comic Con, held in Dubai, will welcome some big names during the 2020 convention. (Shutterstock)
The Middle East Film and Comic Con, held in Dubai, will welcome some big names during the 2020 convention. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 16 Jan 2020
14 Jan 2020

Kateryna Kadabashy Dubai

This year’s Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) being held in the UAEis promising some big names for the 2020 event.

Yet to be confirmed – the stars will be available to meet fans during the 2020 convention.

Michael Lamprecht, the MEFCC’s event manager, said: “In the Middle East, or at least in the UAE, (the show) is one of the first animes to be dubbed in Arabic.”

This year’s convention will also host Crunchyroll, a US-based anime streaming company. It plans to screen exclusive content during the MEFCC.

“What we’ve got from Crunchyroll is that they are going to play three movies over the weekend, one of which is almost like a Crunchyroll original, and it will be screened at MEFCC before it is even screened in Japan,” Lamprecht said.

During the event, Crunchyroll intends to sell T-shirts with five exclusive character-based designs which will not be available anywhere else in the world.

Bandai Namco, a multinational Japanese video game developer, will be participating at the gathering too. The company focuses on Japanese content and characters, such as Dragon Ball Z.

In addition, the MEFCC will host two figurine and statue companies, Tsume and Tatsumaki, from Luxemburg and Japan respectively, both of which create works based on Japanese characters.

Tsume is launching a new line designed specifically for the Middle East and has collaborated with UAE company Little Things to design a special line for the country bearing the national flag. Tatsumaki’s presence at the event will mark its regional launch.

Event organizers are anticipating record attendances this year. “The scale of the show is always growing. Last year we had just over 46,000, so we’re hoping for around the 50,000 mark,” Lamprecht said.

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