Dragon Ball Z's Goku to Appear at Thai Anison Event
posted on by Gia Manry
On July 24 and 25, 2010, at the Central Plaza in Bangkok, the second annual Thai Anime Song Contest-- a Japanese and Thai cultural exchange event arranged by the Japanese Embassy of Thailand --will take place. A costumed version of Dragon Ball Z's protagonist, Son Goku, will appear as the event's special guest.
The two-day event will feature preliminary nominations on July 24, followed by 15 finalists competing on July 25. Later in 2010, Bangkok sister city Fukuoka, Japan will host a new event called Cosplay Idol Asia Cup, a competition between 112 entries, including representatives from Thailand.
Thailand is home to many anime fans: in 2009 a life-size Gundam bust, built by fans, was unveiled in Bangkok prior to the city's 2009 Gundam Expo. A Thai creator won the 3rd annual International Manga Award in 2009, and in 2007 the BBC reported that Hello Kitty, Japanese company Sanrio's primary mascot character, was being used by the Thai police to punish police officers for minor transgressions. A Dragon Ball Z-themed bus has also been seen in Thailand.