ANIME NEWS: Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair draws record crowd

September 17, 2013

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

The second edition of the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair proved so popular that organizers are worried they won't be able to find a venue big enough to accommodate all the exhibitors and visitors if the event grows any bigger.

The fair was held Sept. 6-8 at the Miyakomesse complex and attracted 31,800 visitors, up by about 40 percent from last year's 22,800, organizers said.

The event attracted 15,300 visitors on Sept. 7, compared to 13,400 in 2012. About 16,500 people attended the convention on the second day compared with 9,400 last year.

It was only open to industry professionals taking part in business seminars and meetings on Sept. 6.

The number of companies and organizations setting up booths at the venue rose from 33 to 56, with the number of stage events doubling to 24 this year.

This year, the manga anime fair served as a forum for companies and organizations to introduce their new shows and products ahead of the fall season.

The convention was first held last year to encourage and promote manga and anime-related businesses from western Japan.

The convention nearly took up all the space of Miyakomesse this year, meaning that it will be difficult for the organizers to receive more visitors and exhibitors next year. There are only a few facilities that can accommodate large events in Kyoto.

Visit the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair's official website at (http://www.kyomaf.jp/en/index.html).

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Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
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A balloon in the shape of a character from the "Attack on Titan" manga and anime series draws attention at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair. (The Asahi Shimbun)

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