Sunday, September 16, 2007
Kigurumi Only Event GURU-CON!
Photo by Yuuki
There're many anime conventions worldwide today. But I suspect a large number of these conventions treat anime generally... I mean, many anime are the subject of conventions.
Here in Japan, Many conventions (in many cases, it is correct to say dojin market) treating specific one anime are held and they are called as "Only-Event"
For example, today Sep 16, 30(!) dojin markets are held in Japan, and 22 of them are "only event". Namely, mimi(girls with animal ears) only, HUNTERxHUNTER only, Hayate-no-Gotoku only, Gintama Sakata x Hijikata only, Characters of Prince of Tennis with Glasses only, so on and on.
Though each dojin-market is small (joined by 40-500 circles) compared to larger one such as Comic Market(50,000 circles), These are held every weekend and nearly all genres are covered. It's not going too far to say that the world of dojin-shi are based on these only events.
It is that only event. 1st Kigurumi only event "GURU-CON" was announced to be held on October 7th 2007. I suppose this is the only "only event" in kigurumi world. This event will include phototaking, broadcasting via internet, and market related to kigurumi.
In the 0th GURU-CON trial last year, about 30 kigurumi joined. The number of kigurumi is comparable to WF, thus could be considered as one of the largest festival of kigurumi.
I don't know well what plan is prepared in this GURU-CON, but something interesting must come, I'm looking forward to join and enjoy it. Please wait carefully for the report.