Welcome to the second part of out Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2017 (Kyomaf) report! If you haven’t read the first part, click here!
In the second half, we look at some more booths, have a bite to eat and even solve a mystery!
Wander Around Kyomaf and Find Your Favorite Series
There were all kinds of cardboard cutouts and items on display:
Kukuri and Nike from Mahojin Guru Guru
I came across a booth featuring wall scrolls and traditional Japanese paper lanterns and umbrellas. The series featured were Bungou Stray Dogs, Vatican Miracle Examiner, and Mahojin Guru Guru.
Bungou Stray Dogs Wall Scrolls
Bungou Stray Dogs and Vatican Miracle Examiner traditional paper umbrellas and lanterns
Mahojin Guru Guru traditional paper umbrellas
These items were a collaboration between publisher Kadokawa and traditional paper umbrella maker Hiyoshiya. We visited and interviewed them last year, so please take a look if you want to learn more!
Traditional Japanese Umbrellas and the Future of Anime
We visited the nearby Weekly Shonen Jump booth, which was promoting the manga of Black Clover, which will be getting an anime very soon.
Panels from the manga Black Clover were up near the ceiling
Color illustrations from the manga Black Clover
We even received a copy of the first few chapters of the manga!
It didn’t take long to find panels for the currently airing TV anime, My Hero Academia.
Everybody was crowding around this group of cardboard cutouts for the anime My Hero Academia
This wire structure was amazing. From one angle it looked like Izuku, and from another it looked like his teacher and hero All Might!
From Izuku Midoriya to…
There were plenty of displays promoting anime due to air in Fall 2017.
This Yowamushi Pedal display was made to represent traditional sliding doors decorated with gold leaf.
This beautiful cutout of Gilgamesh was standing in a recreation of the autumn foliage at the Fate/Grand Order booth
Hate him or love him, Gilgamesh cuts a mighty fine figure amongst the autumn foliage
Official Booth Cosplayers
What’s an anime event without cosplayers? Here are some photos of the official cosplayers handing out information at the booths.
One of the girls with signed cardboard cutouts of the members of Wake Up Girls
This cutie was promoting TV Tokyo’s Anitele service
What is an anime event without Mikasa from Attack on Titan?
This is a cosplay of Tama from Tama and Friends!
Oh hi, Mr radish dragon monster thing
Lucky passerby fans could even see these adorable Fate/Grand Order mascots putting on a show
Saber and Mashu from FGO are as cute as they are deadly
The Biggest Anime-Themed Cafe of Kyoto
After all that wandering around, it’s no surprise that my stomach was getting empty. As tickets to Kyomaf allow you to exit and re-enter the venue as many times as you wish (just don’t forget to get your hand stamped when leaving!], you can go anywhere you would like for food.
In the venue, however, there was a veeeeeery long line for food. This was because of a special Fate-inspired menu! Both currently-airing anime Fate/Apocrypha and smartphone game Fate/Grand Order had special collaborative menus with the Sega Collab Cafe. Each order came with a very high-quality FGO coaster, so we waited almost 2 hours to try it out!
Our order from the Sega Collab Cafe plus FGO coasters!
We tried two items from the Fate/Apocrypha menu.
The Lancer of Black fried chicken is speared with ‘lances’, befitting of Vlad the Impaler
Lancer of Black fried chicken
We also got the Master of Black fried potatoes. There were also Master of Red versions available, which seemed to be seasoned with paprika.
From the Fate/Grand Order menu, I tried the Excaliburger Morgan. The Excalibur Morgan is a black blade with a red pattern, which inspired the color of this burger.
Excaliburger Morgan Packaging
The burger bun was completely black! The red cabbage is obviously supposed to represent the patterns, but I love red cabbage so I kind of wish there had been more inside…
A strange-looking burger indeed
You may already be aware, but one of the fun parts of collaboration cafes is finding out what coaster you are going to get. Coasters are usually handed out at random, so you cannot choose which design you will receive. I managed to get Elizabeth Bathory, Jeanne D’arc (Alter), and Mashu!
For drinks we went to the Ensemble Stars! Animate Kitchen Car next door. Unlike the Sega Cafe, this one was handing out timed tickets, so you didn’t need to wait in a long line. We actually drank the drinks while waiting in line for the Fate menu!
The kitchen car is promoting the upcoming Ensemble Stars! AR concert
I was so excited to get the Ensemble Stars! drinks that I only managed to snap this less-than-stellar shot. The drink on the left is the ‘Tea Club Half Time Ice Tea’. Unlike most iced teas in Japan, this wasn’t overly sweet. The cookie says ‘Hurray! Hurray!’ but unfortunately I dropped it within a minute from getting the drink. The next day the cafe were handing out lids to prevent such accidents from happening again. The drink on the right is the ‘fine airline presents ~blue sky apple drink~’ and the blue color of the drink represents the sky. The kitchen car will also be making its way to Nagano and Ishikawa in October, so keep an eye out if you are in those areas!
Drink representing the Tea Club and drink representing Fine from Ensemble Stars!
Solve a Mystery Alongside Conan
Many of the booths were interactive, and one of my favorites was the Detective Conan puzzle-solving game.
Detective Conan‘s Ran Mouri in a beautiful long-sleeved kimono.
First of all we were given an answer sheet that explained our mission and on which we could write down our answers.
Answer sheet for the Detective Conan mystery game
We then had to find the boards around the venue and answer the questions
This board told us to erase 3 animals, so we crossed out the animal names from the answer paper.
This was the most difficult for us. It was a game of shiri-tori, and we had to put the items in the correct order
After we showed the staff member our correct paper, he gave us a second answer sheet along with a translucent sheet of red plastic. We covered the original paper with the red sheet and we could see a clue. It said something about ‘clubs’ and ‘traffic lights’. I noticed the black marks and crystals on the answer sheet, so I folded it up like this.
The folded-up answer sheet
Notice the club symbol in the middle of the paper? I also folded it so that the red, orange and blue crystals were lined up like traffic lights. Note that in Japan, the green traffic light is called ‘blue’ (ao), hence the blue-coloured crystal.
After I folded the paper, I didn’t understand how to find the answer. Looking puzzled, a nice staff member came up to me and said I needed to use the red sheet again. So, we tried sliding it into the origami and…
Wow! A word appeared! This says Red Eye (レッドアイ) in Japanese, and was the answer to the puzzle! We had solved the mystery at last. I’m going to be the next Holmes, I’m sure.
How did you enjoy the trip around Kyomaf? There were plenty of interesting things to see right? Kyomaf runs every year in September, so if you are ever planning a trip to Kyoto, then please bear it in mind. MANGA.TOKYO’s Kyomaf coverage is not over yet, as we still have reports on some of the stage shows that took place.
Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair (Kyomaf) 2017
16 – 17 September 2017
Miyako Messe and Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan
Official Website; http://kyomaf.kyoto/