Finally, the 20th Manga Koshien, National High School Manga Championship of Japan, will be held on August 6 and 7 at Cul-Port in Kochi-city, Kochi. Manga Koshien is an annual nationwide high school manga tournament. The name was taken from the famous stadium in Hyogo, which has held High School Baseball Championship. Any manga, comic, and anime club in Japanese high school can participate in the tournament. For the first time in their 20 years history, they will live-broadcast the event to the world on USTREAM.
The tournament's main organizer is Kochi Prefecture itself. They are the only local government which have a Manga-Contents Division in Japan. In other word, the event is sponsored by the tax payers in Kochi. The 35 clubs (3-5 members each) from all over Japan will fight in the two-day final tournament stage. The teams have to draw a manga with a given-theme in a limited time each day.
I (M.Komatsu) will be at the event for the two days. You may find me in the broadcast...
USTREAM broadcast schedule:
10:00 AM (JST): Opening Ceremony
-06:00 PM, August 5 (PDT)
10:30 AM (JST): Lecturing the history of Manga Koshien
11:00 AM (JST): The 1st day's battle begins!
04:00 PM (JST): The 1st day's winners (15 clubs) announcement
10:00 AM (JST): The 2nd days battle begins!
04:00 PM (JST): The champion announcement