Azumanga Daioh. Shakugan no Shana. A Certain Scientific Railgun. What do they all have in common? Well, aside from being media-mix juggernauts, they were serialized in the monthly seinen anthology from ASCII Media Works, Dengeki Daioh. Heck, Azumanga even takes its title from the publication! Join us at the 20th anniversary retrospective held at Akihabara Gamers.
Tracing the covers from 1994 to the present, you can see how anime art has evolved over the years. The tall, slender designs with exaggerated bug eyes and sharp noses that dominated the 90s were sanded down to the round, petite frames that define the current standard of 2D beauty. Makes you wonder what moe will look like in another twenty years!
The collection of covers spans the life of the magazine and is enough material for a stand-along exhibit, but the organizers outdid themselves with this gallery of illustrated signboards! Can you recognize your favorite author just from their drawing style?
No retrospective would be complete without a popularity poll. Despite the exhibits strong push for The Irregular at Magic High School, Miyuki is being trounced by Mikoto, Yukina and...Taiga?! Titles such as Toradora! continue on as manga even after the original light novel concludes, keeping them close to the hearts of fans.
The exhibit set aside space for another Dengeki property, Shiro Hime Quest. The upcoming social game from GREE transforms stone and wood structures into flesh and blood girls to serve as your army of moe-ified Japanese castles. Dust off the history books and lay claim to your waifu now before she has other would-be warlords knocking at her gate.
Official homepage: http://dengekionline.com/shirohime/
Event dates: April 27th-June 8th
Address: 1-14-7 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Takarada Building 7F
Official homepage: http://www.anibro.jp/museum/index_dengeki.html