JEDDAH: Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, Master Roshi, Piccolo and more ‘Dragon Ball’ characters showed off their breakdancing moves on stage at City Walk’s Anime Village on Wednesday.
Team Anime DXB is a group of versatile dancers and performers turned cosplayers based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
They performed different characters from “One Piece”, “Demon Slayer”, “Dragon Ball” and “Naruto” throughout the Jeddah season.
Filipino Carl Dalitan, who played the role of Gohan on stage, said playing in Jeddah was delightful because of the audience’s recognition of the character.
Dalitan was surprised by the roaring reaction from the audience when the band took the stage.
“I had no idea (there was a huge ‘Dragon Ball’ fanbase in the Kingdom) that’s why we were surprised and happy that they liked ‘Dragon Ball’ and the anime,” said he told Arab News.
Impressed with the Anime Village event space, the artist said, “I thought it would be a small pavilion, but when we got here in City Walk, it turned out to be really big, (it) has the looks amazing and the buildings are fun.”
Dalitan emphasized that he enjoyed the interaction with the audience the most during their roaming sessions. “I liked the way they watched our show and especially when we were wandering around the field,” he said.
“It was very easy for them to get our attention, they wanted to take pictures with us as characters,” he added.
British performer Thomas Carré, who played Piccolo, said Saudi audiences were very receptive. “Which is amazing for us – just to see the love for the characters themselves and for us as performers, that’s all we could ask for,” he told Arab News.
“The Saudi public loves all the performances we do, it’s amazing to see the resonance with them, with us on stage. The more energy you give us, the more we give back, that’s what we love about everyone of them,” he added.
Carre said the team expected one or two styles of anime events at the City Walk, but was impressed with the sheer variety of events.
“Everything that’s going on and all the experiences that they bring every day – the bands, the artists, the anime creators – it’s amazing what they’ve done to cooperate for the past three months, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
Webster Gonzales from the Philippines played the character of Master Roshi and said he had fun entertaining the children.
“Playing on stage is really amazing, you can see in the crowd that they are enjoying it, especially the screaming kids,” he said.
“When you enter Anime Village, you can feel that you are in Japan, the structure is amazing here,” he added.
Team Anime DXB has already performed in other Arab and Middle Eastern countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, and Egypt.
Eyad Qasem took his children to the event, telling Arab News that this form of entertainment is inclusive for all ages.
“I know ‘Dragon Ball’, it’s an anime classic. It was so much fun for me as an adult and it’s something my kids really enjoyed too; they immediately started jumping and dancing with the music,” he said.