News Kyoto to Host Anime, Manga Fair in September
posted on 2012-04-12 16:15 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Representatives of the city of Kyoto revealed at a press conference on Wednesday that it will host the "Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2012" from September 21-23 at the Miyako Messe event hall and the Heian Jingu Shrine in Kyoto.
The event will have booths to introduce new works, and the Heian Jingu Shrine will host live events, voice actor and voice actress stage events, a CG anime contest, and will also sell merchandise. The event will focus on new works as well as discovering new talent. The event's goal is also boost collaboration between anime and manga companies from Tokyo and Kansai-area companies to create new works. For example, the event will sell anime and manga character goods as well as traditional handicrafts as souvenirs.
Mayu Watanabe, self-professed anime fan and a member of the all-female idol group AKB48, is acting as the public relations "cheerleader" for the event, and Keita Amemiya (Tweeny Witches, Zeiram) will design the event's logo.
The first day of the event, September 21, will be a business day, and then on September 22-23 the event will be open to the general public. Admission will be 1,000 yen (about US$12) for adults, 500 yen (about US$6) for middle and high school students, and free for elementary students and younger. The organizers expect a turnout of around 20,000 attendees.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web