Wonder Festival is an biannual event in Tokyo which showcases figurines and miniatures which attracts thousands of Otakus each time. The 2008 winter fest was held in late February.

Wonder Festival 2008 Spring Cosplayers at Wonder Festival 2008 Spring
Saber figurine at Wonder Festival 2008 Spring Cosplayers at Wonder Festival 2008 Spring Haruhi figurine at Wonder Festival 2008 Spring
Lucky Star figurines at Wonder Festival 2008 Spring
Figurines and cosplayers at Wonder Fest (Image from Dengeki, Akibablog and Akibana)

You can view more pictures at Akibana, Akiba-Ch, Akibablog, Heisei and Dengeki. Mind that some of the pics are not safe for work.

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“The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu; 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱) is a 2006 television anime based on the light novels of Suzumiya Haruhi. It is one of the most popular animes in recent years.

The anime adaptation is directed by Tatsuya Ishihara; the main original Japanese voice actors/actresses (seiyū) include Aya Hirano, Tomokazu Sugita, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto and Daisuke Ono etc.

Buy the anime seriesVolume 1 l Volume 2 l Volume 3

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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Video – people from all around the world doing the Haruhi dance… [Hat tip to Darkmirage]

Video – Maggie, an American student studying in Japan, and a worshipper of Haruhi Suzumiya, doing the famous Haruhi dance all over Japan…

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” is arguably the most popular anime series in 2006/2007. The Haruhi-dance at the end of each episodes has become a phenomenon itself; lots of people are imitating it and uploaded their videos online.

Maggie’s version happens to be one of the more unique Haruhi dance videos imo. Brava!


Video clip of the original Haruhi dance; theme song is “Hare Hare Yukai
(ハレ晴レユカイ; means “Sunny Sunny Fun”)

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