50-year-old acclaimed animator/character designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi joined a live-drawing event held at the Machi Asobi event in Tokushima Prefecture on Sunday, then the official Twitter for the My Hero Academia anime franchise has posted his three illustrations of Deku, All Might, and Tsuyu, from the event. Check out his special illustrations after the jump!
No matter how cruel and gruesome the ending to Fate/zero was, it's great that ufotable keeps giving us fans the glimpse of how the show could be if their world was peaceful. The Machiasobi project, lead by ufotable CEO Kondou Hikaru to promote his home town of Tokushima with anime was successful at creating a special package of samples of 5 popular and established local sweets, with Fate/Zero characters gathered in a new family-friendly poster to promote it. Get a look after the jump!
Tokyo Anime Center in the Akihabara UDX building is a permanent facility created to promote Japanese anime to the world. It is now holding a special exhibition called "Newtype x Machiasobi Anime Award Great Thanksgiving Festival" to introduce popular anime titles which were featured at the last Machiasobi event in Tokushima-city. Check the photo report after the jump!
The eighth "Machi✩Asobi", a biannual anime/manga/game event in Tokushima-city, was held on May 3-5. The highlight of the event was Cosplay Fashion Show on the second day, which cosplayers could enjoy catwalk on the over 100m long red carpet through a shopping arcade in the city. Check the video after the jump!
Here's the final section of the Machi Asobi Vol.7 report, various photos from the event. Tokushima-city, where the all Machi Asobi events were held, is one of many local Japanese cities facing serious sluggish economy in recent years. The people is expecting the power of Japanese pop culture (manga, anime, game) can save the situation somehow. Check the third photo report after the jump!
"Machi Asobi" is the biggest anime/manga/game event in the western Japan. It has been held three times in a year (January, May, October) in Tokushima-city, the capital of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku island, since October 2009. I had an opportunity to attend the final day of the seventh event yesterday. One of the main events of the day was Cosplay Fashion Show on the over 100m long red carpet in a shopping arcade. Check the latest Cosplay photos from Japan after the jump!