With Comiket over, some attention turns to what could be thought of as its figures equivalent, Wonder Festival. The winter version of the twice-yearly expo for garage kit hobbiests and professional figure makers is coming up February 7th at Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, and again, Kiyohiko Azuma, author of manga Yotsuba&! and Azumanga Daioh, has illustrated the latest incarnations of mascots Wanda-chan and Reset-chan. Get a look after the jump.
Niigata-based nipper manufacturer GodHand, well-known for its anthropomorphized mascot character of nipper, Nippako, will offer "Ultimate Nipper Arpeggio Collaboration Model," five nippers inspired by the characters from the Arpeggio of Blue Steel -Ars Nova Cadenza- film at the next Wonder Festival event. Check the details after the jump.
While commercial figure makers don't have any Shirobako statues scheduled, fan circles have their own prepared for this summer's iteration of the twice-yearly Wonder Festival figures event. This figures equivalent of Comiket takes place at Chiba's Makuhari Messe on July 26 and half-a-dozen have already been previewed. Get a look after the jump.
Historically, the major, twice-yearly figures event Wonder Festival's mascots, Wanda-chan and Reset-chan, were illustrated by Keinojou Mizutama, who sadly passed away at the end of 2014. During her preceding illness, Kiyohiko Azuma, was invited to illustrate the pair for last summer's event. He then drew sheep inspired designs for winter's event. And, with Neon Genesis Evangelion celebrating its 20th anniversary, it's plug suits for summer!
It may have taken them a while, but otaku event shutterbugs Netageo have finally delivered a great report on the anime figure and garage kit highlights from last Winter’s Wonder Festival in Japan. Enjoy a parade of Mikus and mecha and much more below!
Broadly speaking, Wonder Festival is to figures what Comiket is to doujinshi. With the event coming up February 8th at Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan, Baibadi Production has previewed their Gurren Lagan Tengen Toppa Solvernia garage kit. Nia's "by your side" mech from The Lights in the Sky are Star movie is a follow-up to their Tengen Toppa Yoko SP from last year. Get a look after the jump.
Japanese figure manufacturer PLUM will offer 200-limted character figure "Lilith Asami -white swimsuit ver.-" at the upcoming Wonder Festival Winter 2015 to be hold at Makuhari Messe on February 8. Lilith's anime voice actress Yumi Hara will join the event to directly hand deliver the figures to the fans. Hit the jump for more details.
Broadly speaking, Wonder Festival is to figures what Comiket is to doujinshi. While there are plenty of garage kits and customs, familiar figures makers also bring their goodies. With the event coming up February 8th at Makuhari Messe, in Chiba, Japan, Good Smile Company has previewed their semi-event exclusive figures, offered at WonFes, online during the event, and in some cases at other events.
Broadly speaking, Wonder Festival is to figures what Comiket is to doujinshi. Historically, its mascots, Wanda-chan and Reset-chan, were illustrated by Keinojou Mizutama (original character designer on MAOYU and Brigadoon), who sadly passed away last month. During her illness, Kiyohiko Azuma, author of manga Yotsuba&! and Azumanga Daioh, was invited to illustrate the pair for last's summer event. This winter, he's back, updating the duo for the year of the sheep. Get a look after the jump.
Are "Girls" and "Tanks" the key of the success in the anime business today? It is officially confirmed at Wonder Festival Summer 2014, which is being held today at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, that an anime adaptation of Mamo Williams' 4-panel comedy manga Miritari! is in the works. Hit the jump for more details.
Broadly speaking, Wonder Festival is to figures what Comiket is to doujinshi. Its mascotshave been illustrated by Keinojou Mizutama. This year, Mizutama has been battling health problems, so, with best wishes for a speedy recovery from all involved, Kiyohiko Azuma, author of manga Yotsuba&! and Azumanga Daioh, was invited to illustrate the pair for the summer event.
Wonder Festival 2014 is currently being held at the Makuhari Messe expo center in Japan and Free! fans are glued to the Alter booth for the new and improved prototype figures for Haruka Nanase and Makoto Tachibana that are on display. Dedicated Japanese fans have already created a side-by-side comparison image for the rest of us to stare at. See the detailed comparison and bonus Free! Ocha-Tomo figure photos after the jump!