It’s a lot of fun, with people finding ways to promote their favorite characters and anime — sometimes with text, sometimes with images, sometimes with faked newspapers, and sometimes with the surreal.
Once, with a series of recipes.
Last year, the AGP was taken a bit by surprise when a mob of cosplaying microbes suddenly appeared.
The whole thing was inspired by the already-almost-oryzae Aria super-deformed style.
That year saw a big push for Youko from 12 Kingdoms, so the proryzae faction yielded to the temptation to do a little pandering.
Also appearing were Oryzaka…
A Kanon moe-blob detourned as an oyblob….
As with Akari, the leap from Nayuki to Nayeasti was both small and disturbing.
And when others joined in the fun, we soon had images of Aspergillus Langley Shoyu, Madoka from Kimagure Oryzae Road, the Laughing Oryzae (“I thought what I would do was vote for Asperigillus Oryzae in the AGP”), and an impressionist interpretation of Kamina and Simon (“Believe in me that believes in brew.”).
Also this, which I posted a while back when I came across it in my files:
Very silly, but something of a metaphor for the charm of Moyashimon and its charismatic microbial stars. People found themselves stunned to be supporting fungi and yeast in an anime character popularity contest.
They lost, alas, but narrowly.
That was last year. Who knows what this year will bring.