Hello, everyone! This is evospace, a staff working over in the Japanese office of MangaGamer! I would like to take some time to introduce the two awesome conventions that are happening in Tokyo during the last few days of the year: Denkigai Matsuri and Comic Market.
For those of you who are visiting Japan this winter, and attending either event, I hope you will use this post as a guide! For those who are not able to attend, I hope it’ll at least be an interesting read for you!
“Denkigai Matsuri” literally translates to “Out of the Electric Town Festival” and it originally started in Summer of 2009 by one of our partners, minori! The reason it was called “Out of the Electric Town” was due to the event taking place in Shinjuku, and while that isn’t in Akihabara (otherwise known as the Electric Town), it’s actually is the most concentrated convention there is in terms of bishojo games. Because the commercial side of Comic Market is becoming more mainstream every year, small to mid-sized eroge developer are having trouble obtaining a booth, so they all started migrating to this convention, which takes place on Day 0 of Comiket, instead. Although the size of the convention hall is tiny compared to Comic Market, you can find over 40 developers in this compact place. And, just like Comiket, it takes place twice a year.
Here’s a quick list of our closest partners who will have a booth this time!
BaseSon / NEXTON
(Koihime Musou, Kuroinu)
Comic Market 91
Dec 29 – Dec 31, 2016
Tokyo Big Sight
This is the more famous convention throughout the world, which happens during the Obon Festival and last three days of the year. The main attraction of the event is the doujin (indies) side which spreads across all 3 days in different categories featuring over 20,000 circles. You could actually find some artists from the game companies, having their own personal booth featuring doujinshi from their personally favorite anime/games as well.
The commercial side of Comic Market is also growing every year, with participation from different game, anime, and publishing companies. It has gotten so mainstream in recent years that you can find booths from an ordinary clothing store selling cosplay tools to Unity, the programming engine. If it’s your first time attending, and planning to go there early, keep yourself warm and securely find the end of the line to the hall that you want to go to by asking the con staff because there will be thousands of people. It’s usually first divided into, west hall commercial, west hall doujin, and east hall doujin, and then they disperse into individual lines for each companies/circles.
Carnival/St. Michaels #3341
(A Kiss for the Petals series, Da Capo)
(Da Capo series, Dal Segno)
(ef – a fairy tale of the two., eden*, Supipara, Trinoline)
NEXTON Booth #3113
(Koihime Musou, Kuroinu)
softhouse-seal Booth #3312
(Boob Wars, Cum on! Bukkake Ranch!)
Ani (Ultimate Boob Wars) – Joint Booth with Yuzuki
Day 3(Sat): East Hall ソ02b
Coffee Kizoku (Free Friends)
Day 3(Sat): East Hall A25a
Fuguriya/Yuririn (A Kiss for the Petals)
Day 1 (Thurs): West Hall は01ab
Itoh Life (Imouto Paradise)
Day 1(Thurs): East Hall A28a
Onigiri-kun (Rance, Beat Blades Haruka)
Day 3(Sat): East Hall A29a
Yamakaze Ran (Princess Evangile)
Day 3(Sat): East Hall ム51a
Morningstar RUSH/Hentai Industry (Ruby Striker, Orc Castle)
Day 1(Thurs): West Hall ふ12a
Lastly, the head chairman of Hentai Industries was awesome enough to send us a message to all the English speaking fans out there. I think it represents the thoughts and feelings of the Japanese developers well!
I am Alamar Chinkokusai, the chairman of Hentai Industries.
I will be attending Comiket held in Ariake on 12/29.
Since I won’t be bringing any English games with me, my selection this year might not be as interesting for you, but if you let me know that you’ve read my games at MangaGamer, I might think about bringing some English games to Comike next time!
Just to warn you, I don’t understand a word of English, so I could barely greet you.
However, the MangaGamer staff taught me two lines:
– The greeting, “Hello,” used for close friends.
– The proper greeting, “Your money is mine!,” used when I meet new people.
Although I don’t understand what these mean, I’m sure they are wonderful phrases. If I am at the booth when you stop by, I’ll try my best to greet you kindly. I’m the guy with the long beard, so you can’t miss me.
I might be gone by 1PM though, so I’m sorry if I’m not there when you get there!
***I tried to look up as many related artists as I can, but I’m sorry if I couldn’t catch your favorite ones!***
There’s also one other major convention called Character 1 in Spring, but I’ll save that for next time! There’s only a few more days left in 2016, but don’t let your guard down because it’s not over yet!