Free giveaway at Animate Akihabara store was called off early by the cops for over-crowding
Life continues to imitate art in unexpected ways, because a recent flash event held in Akihabara for the Pop Team Epic TV anime drew so much attention from adoring fans that the cops had to come in and break it up.
The trouble all began with an announcement on the show's official Twitter feed that there would be a free giveaway of "Clone Popu-chin" masks at the Animate store in Akihabara from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM JST on January 20, 2018.
Unfortunately, the event organizers severely underestimated fan demand, and problems arose when hundreds of eager Pop Team Epic fans showed up and created a traffic jam with their bodies.
本日15時と16時からアニメイト秋葉原にて予定しておりました、『クローンポプちん』(お面)配布会ですが、沢山の方が集まり過ぎてしまったため、危険な状況と判断させていただき、中止とさせて頂きました。誠に申し訳ございません。— アニメ「ポプテピピック」公式 (@hoshiiro_anime) January 21, 2018
As a result, the local police deemed the situation too dangerous to continue, and instructed the event organizers to close up early. The event organizers apologized to the public in a Tweet explaining the situation.
Source: Hachima Kikō
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