New Info Announced for Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016
Attendees of the recent Kyomaf press conference included Inori Minase (3rd from left), Daisaku Kadokawa (4th), and Takayuki Matsutani (5th).
A press conference for this fall’s Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016 was held on July 14th at Kyoto’s Nijo Castle.
The yearly trade show, also abbreviated as “Kyomaf”, features booths from publishers, anime production studios, and anime-related companies. Other attractions include live stage shows and appearances by special guests.
For this year’s 5th annual event, the festival will include a number of additions and improvements, signified by the overhaul of its official logo. In addition to last year’s venues, which include Miyako Messe and the Kyoto International Manga Museum, the 2,000-capacity ROHM Theatre Kyoto will be serving as one of several satellite locations. The festival’s previous years saw a record high of 40,000 attendees.
The recent press conference consisted of four talking points. These announcements included the record number of exhibitors scheduled for this year’s festival, plans to cross-promote the city of Kyoto and popular anime and manga series, the inclusion of international works, and an increase in family-oriented events.
Kyomaf 2016 will feature appearances from 68 exhibitors, an increase of 11 over last year’s total of 57. Unique PR images for the festival have been released, such as a cross-promotion between popular manga series “Blue Exorcist” and Kyoto’s famous Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist temple. Local Kyoto candy companies will also be releasing cross-branded products with artwork from various anime and manga series. Expanding upon last year’s inclusion of Taiwanese creative works, this year’s Kyomaf will also add Korean companies to the lineup.
The biggest focus of the press conference was on the expanded slate of family-oriented events. A photo stamp scavenger hunt organized by Ritsumeikan University and based on NHK educational anime series “Ojarumaru” will be held at landmarks across Kyoto, including the Kyoto Municipal Zoo and ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Participants in the scavenger hunt will receive free admission to the zoo and other locations used in the event.
Appearing at the press conference were Kyoto mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Visual Industry Promotion Organization CEO Takayuki Matsutani, and voice actress and Kyomaf 2016 official representative Inori Minase.
According to comments from Mayor Kadokawa, “Japan’s creative works are a source of inspiration for the entire world. We look forward to continuing to establish Japan’s role at the forefront of creative industries.”
Inori Minase stated, “I’m currently appearing in a series called ‘Nobunaga no Shinobi’, set in Kyoto. I hope people are able to learn more about the historic city of Kyoto through this and other anime and manga series.”
At a previous Kyomaf 2016 promotional appearance, Minase created an anthropomorphized version of Kyoto as a mascot for the festival. At the recent press conference, Kyoto confectionary manufacturer Shogoin Yatsuhashi revealed limited edition yatsuhashi candy featuring artwork of Minase’s character.
Kyomaf 2016 will be held on September 17th and 18th at nine venues across Kyoto, including Miyako Messe, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, and the ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Shuttle buses will run between the venues during the festival.
Kyomaf 2016’s official representative will be Inori Minase (Sony Music Artists).
Minase created an anthropomorphized version of Kyoto as a mascot for the festival.
Yatsuhashi candy based on Minase’s character
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair Expands for 5th Anniversary
Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2016