Hello, I am Kawasaki, otaku writer for Manga.Tokyo!
I visited the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (Kyomaf) 2016 on September 18. It is one of the biggest anime and manga events in the Kansai region. I’ve always wanted to visit, but never had the chance before. Since it was my first time at Kyomaf, I wanted to share the excitement with all of you!
45,000 people showed up at this year’s Kyomaf. One of the reasons Kyomaf is so popular is that you can get the latest information on anime and manga, and also buy limited items. For example, the company and school booth on the third floor had the latest info on all upcoming anime and information on the latest technology!
On this article, I am going to write about the most fun and interesting booths!
Stage Events Give the Latest Information on Anime
Stage Events are known for giving all the latest information and having as guests famous voice actors and staff members. During the event for The Eccentric Family, they announced the second season for the first time. We also had the chance to hear backstage stories you wouldn’t have the chance to hear anywhere else. Horikawa from P.A. Works was so passionate when he talked about the title. This is the kind of experience you can only have during an anime event.
My Favorite Booths at Kyomaf
Production I.G was the booth I was looking forward to the most. I watched Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie in Virtual Reality (VR). I experienced VR for the first time, and to be honest, it was far funnier than I expected.
When you experience VR, you wear goggles and sit on a chair. I could see mechas 360 degrees around me. I felt like I was actually in the world of Ghost in the Shell. When you watch a movie in VR, you move your eyes to follow objects. In the scenes where the protagonist was falling, I felt the imaginary gravity. It was very realistic.
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics
The Kyoto College of Graduate Studies for Informatics had pen tablets and you could draw illustrations. Additionally, the students assigned by the college usually give about five lectures a day on illustration and coloring techniques.
Osaka Electro-Communication University, Digital Game Department
Here, you could make your own pins. It’s as simple as taking a picture and picking a background, and there you have it, your own pin. According to the people who held this booth, this was their third time in Kyomaf, and next year they will return with new experiences!
This year, the Black Butler booth of ANIPLEX+ was very popular. The limited edition items were all sold out.
At this booth, they were selling not only original items, but books as well. Additionally, they had Japanese style umbrella (wagasa) and kakejiku themed after Bungo Stray Dogs. The collaboration between Japanese traditional items and anime is a fascinating subject, and I thought that this may become more popular in the future.
Red Wing Charity
At the Red Wing Charity booth outside of the building, you could get a clear file if you donated to the cause. There were so many different kinds of files to choose from.
At the KBS Kyoto booth they displayed cute limited items of Inari Kon Kon.
Tokyo Otaku Mode
Tokyo Otaku Mode supports the sales of foreign authors of doujinshi, and at their booth you could hold the authors’ works in your hands. Some people came to check some of the details of the works, which you can’t see online.
Tezuka Production has created popular works such as Astro Boy and Black Jack. At this booth, they displayed items with Tezuka’s characters, and kimonos made with traditional techniques of Kyoto.
It is possible that they will rent kimonos in the future.
Shogakukan Manga ONE
The popular anime, Mob Psycho 100’s original drawings were displayed here.
SHAFT is famous for Bakemonogatari and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. At the booth, you could buy books with original drawings. There were also panels of March comes in like a lion.
Panels and Information
Bungou Stray Dogs
The main characters’ panels were very popular.
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
Touken Ranbu is a popular game app. The booth displayed life-sized panels of the main characters. Many female fans were taking pictures with the panels.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc
At the booth of Blue Exorcist, there were life-sized panels of the characters and a board where fans could share their thoughts. The board was covered with messages from the fans, which shows how popular the title is.
At the booth of MBS Animation, there was a huge screen where they played classic anime songs.
Kyomaf is the Otaku place to be
Kyomaf is an awesome event for otaku fans. At stage events, you can see voice actors and producers who you can’t usually see in person, and learn the latest info. There were so many limited edition items and various experiences.
Additionally, the staff at the booths love anime and manga, so you can talk to them about your favorite titles. If you plan on visiting next year, I recommend you write down which booths you would like to visit beforehand. The event is huge! I hope I’ll see you there!
I'm Yuti Kawasaki, the writer. I like anime which is created as a work.
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