Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2014by Kyle Cardine,
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2014
September 20-21 at Miyako Messe in Kyoto, Japan
The third annual Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair (KYOMAF) brought in over 32,000 people this year to promote upcoming shows and products from those in the industry. The fair was held in the the Miyako Messe building, where industry panels, a showroom floor and a merchandise hall were all open to the public.
The showroom floor contained 43 booths from companies including P.A. Works, Aniplex, MBS, Kadokawa, Weekly Young Jump and others. The most popular booths were the Shaft and Aniplex booths, who were showcasing Madoka Magica figures and items, and the Lisani booth, who gave demos of "Personal 3D Viewers".
In the basement of the Miyako Messe building, an area for aspiring manga artists to pitch their ideas to publishers who attended the event was open. A special CLAMP gallery was also open, including a piece specifically made for the fair, showcasing many of the works the group has done over the years.
Nearby at the Heian Jingu Shrine, a "red carpet" and stage hosted acts from singers, dancers and cosplay performances. An 8-meter-tall (about 26-foot-tall) AV-98 Ingram replica from Patlabor also stood by the stage area. At night, the shrine grounds held Nippon Night, a two-night concert which hosted such acts as fripSide, LinQ, Ray, i☆Ris and others.
Manga artist Kosuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!) also designed the official character for the show, Tomoe-chan.
The Seven Deadly Sins Exhibit
At the front of the Miyako Messe building was a special exhibit for the upcoming anime The Seven Deadly Sins. The exhibit included character model sketches, a van decorated with the cast and a "Boar Hat" bounce house.
The Main Stage and CafeteriaThe main stage featured talks from the cast and staff of many series. Most notably Yuuki Kaji and Hiro Shimono (Attack on Titan's Conny Springer) appeared to promote the upcoming Attack on Titan film, Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~. Kaji also appeared later that day with Sora Amamiya to promote the upcoming The Seven Deadly Sins premiere.
The cafeteria area hosted special Yowamushi Pedal, The Eccentric Family, Ace of Diamond themed stands, as well as a Lawson and Mister Donut. A large number of Gashapon stations were also available.
The Showroom Floor
The Production IG booth mainly consisted of promotional items for the upcoming Uchū Senkan Yamato 2199: Hoshi-Meguru Hakobune movie, but also had goods for the Attack on Titan movie.
Weekly Young Jump Booth
The Weekly Young Jump booth featured art and promotional items for both Tokyo Ghoul and Terraformars.
Terraformars statue on day 2.
The Game-Kun booth allowed attendees to play a variety of Nintendo games throughout the weekend. The most popular game played was Super Mario Kart.
Sword Art Online II gun replica
Ninja Slayer figures
The irregular at magic high school item replicas
Trinity Seven goods
At one point, Kadokawa staff began handing out pins, to which a crowd quickly formed.
Kiseijū: Sei no Kakuritsu sketches and promotional art
Hunter x Hunter animation sketches
Mayumaro, the official mascot for Kyoto, also visited the event and posed at many of the booths
P.A. Works Booth
The P.A. Works booth heavily featured items from the series GLASSLIP.
Tezuka Productions Booth
The Tezuka Productions booth mainly promoted exhibits at the Tezuka Museum, but also sold other goods.
Black Jack Toilet Paper
Monthly Comic Zenon Booth
The Monthly Comic Zenon booth had an extensive exhibit based on the "Strawberry-Flavored Hokuto no Ken" manga, and also had a statue of Kenshiro attendees could pose with.
KBS Kyoto Booth
The KBS Kyoto Booth sold items and showcased sketches from the series Inari Kon Kon.
Rakuen Tsuihō - Expelled from Paradise Booth
TMS Entertainment Booth
The TMS Entertainment booth mostly consisted of Yowamushi Pedal items and goods.
Kyoto's mascot poses at the front of the TMS booth.
Kamisama Hajimemashita's season 2 promotion.
Yowamushi series' team shirts signed by their respective voice actors
Hi sCoool! SeHa Girl section of the TMS booth
Mainichi Broadcasting System Booth
A crowd watches scenes from shows MBS has aired over the years. There was always crowd at the booth.
Kill la Kill's Ryuuko Matoi hands out promotional items at the MBS booth.
Attendees lined up early to pick up exclusive items at the booth (seen below)
Monogatari series sketches
Madoka Magica movie sketches
The Aniplex booth mainly showcased exclusive Madoka Magica figures. The Madoka figure was sold out by the second day of the show.
Attendees demoing the "Personal 3D Viewers".
Mobile Suit Gundam and Walkman collaboration products.
The showfloor also had a space to show autographs from those in the industry
The Marketplace and CLAMP exhibitThe marketplace featured items mainly from companies who were already attending the event. A small section dedicated to local vendors was also included.
The Eccentric Family figures.
CLAMP and Mayumaro collaboration items.
The exclusive CLAMP images made for the fair. No photos were allowed inside the gallery.
The Heian Jingu Red Carpet RoadThe AV-98 Ingram replica looks over performers near the Heian Jingu Shrine. The replica stood up at different times during the day.
The Nippon Night advertisement and stage.
The CosplayersWhile cosplayers were few and far between at the event, some did show up to the fair. A popular place where cosplayers met was at the Heian Shrine itself for photo shoots.
Sailor Moon's Sailor Mercury
Kyousogiga's Koto and Myōe
Inari Kon Kon cosplayers
Love Live cosplayer
Hōzuki no Reitetsu cosplayers
Rurouni Kenshin's Myōjin Yahiko
Sword Art Online's Asuna
Beyond the Boundary's cosplayers
Attack on Titan cosplayers pose in front of the large Colossal Titan head at the MBS booth.
Free!'s Rei Ryugazaki.
Porco Rosso cosplayer.
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