The Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (Kyomaf for short) was held in the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto on 16 and 17 September 2017. There was plenty to be seen, from beautiful Kyoto-inspired merchandise to stage talks with famous Japanese voice actors! Check out our photo report of the weekend!
The venue for Kyomaf was easily accessible via the Tozai Line on the Kyoto Municipal Subway. If you were lucky, you could ride one of the decorated carriages! We were able to ride in a carriage decorated with images from the extremely popular mobile phone game, Ensemble Stars!.
I’m sure many of you are not yet aware of Ensemble Stars! and I don’t blame you. Although the game is very….VERY popular with girls in Japan, it hasn’t been released overseas yet (although a slightly different version of the game is available in Chinese). However, there is an anime in the works, so expect an Ensemble Stars! boom sometime in the future!
Even the hand straps were decorated
After getting off the subway at Higashiyama station, we were greeted by all kinds of posters!
Some of the posters at the subway station
After exiting the subway station, the first thing you notice when making your way to the Kyomaf venue is this enormous torii (a gate that indicates the entrance to a Japanese shrine). This torii is one of the biggest in Japan, and marks the entrance to Heian Shrine.
The torii indicating the entrance to Heian Shrine
The main venue for Kyomaf is Miyako Messe. This place is also famous for hosting the graduation ceremony for the very prestigious Kyoto University. Did you know that many attendees actually go to the ceremony in cosplay? Yes, it’s true! Check out an article on this year’s ceremony here.
Cosplay at Kyoto University’s 2017 Graduation Ceremony
Welcome to Kyomaf, Kyoto’s Pop Culture Paradise
This year, Kyomaf had two whole floors filled with all kinds of booths. From broadcasters and manga publishers to education facilities. There were all kinds of booths to enjoy.
This booth was from Kyoto Saga University of Arts. A student was live painting throughout the day.
The artwork in the morning
The same artwork later in the afternoon
Pikachu Honors Kyoto’s History
These Pikachu are dressed in traditional Japanese outfits. The boy pikachu looks like he is from the Heian Period and the girl Pikachu seems to be a maiko.
These Pikachu are only available at the Pokemon Center Kyoto
These boxes contain a traditional sweet from Kyoto called yatsuhashi. It’s made from rice flour and I love it!
Pikachu made a new friend!
The Elegance of Kyomaf’s Merchandise
Not only were there a variety of goods on sale, but there were many things on display too!
These items use traditional Japanese techniques.
Purses and bracelets inspired by Detective Conan
The purses at the top are inspired by One Piece. The phone case in the front is inspired by Touken Ranbu -online- and the pink purse at the front is inspired by the one and only Sailor Moon
This display case featured coasters, can badges and acrylic stands of characters from Ikemen Sengoku.
The Good Smile display cases were also very popular! It was difficult to even get close enough to take photographs
Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is dressed in a beautiful kimono befitting of Kyoto. You can see Homura enjoying the event too
This breathtaking figure is of Anastasia from Idolmaster
Superstar Hatsune Miku was here too, of course!
These beautiful and highly-detailed figures are of Mikazuki Munechika (left) and Izuminokami Kanesada (right) from the game Touken Ranbu -online-
We also came across Kotobukiya’s Frame Arms Girl booth.
Ao and Gourai from Frame Arms Girl enjoying the autumn leaves in Japanese clothing.
Cute little ball-jointed dolls of some of the FA Girls
Gourai from Kotobukiya’s Frame Arms Girl series of figures
This figure of Ao has a tiny little Gourai on her palm!
The Love of the Fans for these Idols is Limitless
Oh? There is a very long line of people here. It seems some of them have been waiting at least an hour!
What could they be waiting for?
They were actually waiting to buy goods from the Ensemble Stars! booth! They were selling merchandise exclusive to Kyomaf, so fans couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. Even the cardboard cutouts of in-game unit Switch were dressed in kimono for the occasion.
The kimono are decorated in the bright green and yellow of Switch.
My favorite Ensemble Stars! in-game unit, Ryuseitai, looking ready to celebrate along with Valkyrie on the right
Looking around, there were also cardboard cut-outs of characters from Fate/Apocrypha. They were part of a digital stamp rally. I downloaded a special app and held it up in front of the cardboard cutouts, and it recognized each face and put a stamp in the digital stamp book. After I collected all the stamps, I got a pair of Fate/Apocrypha stickers!
The panel of Fate/Apocrypha‘s main character, Sieg
Sieg’s namesake Siegfried was also nearby
The Lancer of Red, Karna, was an impressive cutout
Saber of Red, Mordred, was standing outside a bookshop.
There is more from Kyomaf in Part II
That’s just a taste of what there was to see. Check out Part II to see more booths, the special Fate collaboration food and even some Detective Conan puzzle-solving!
[Kyomaf 2017] Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair Photo Report Part II