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K-ON! Real World School to Host Anime Conference

Accordinging to an Otaku USA Magazine report, an anime conference will take place in Toyosato Elementary School, the visual inspiration for the high school setting of the famous slice-of-life manga/anime K-On!, on November 23, 2014.  The defunct building in Shiga Prefecture (part of Japan’s Konsai region) reportedly attracts 50,000 people to it per year. The magazine states that the conference will have many “talks and workshops will be held by creators in the anime industry for those looking to break into the industry.”

Toyosato Elementary School is one of the most popular sites for “otaku pilgrimages,” journeys where fans travel to the real-world locations that inspired settings in famous anime. This includes places like Kamiichi, the setting of Mamoru Hosoda’s 2012 film Wolf Children, and Hakone, the inspiration for the main setting of the iconic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Source: Otaku USA Magazine

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Categories: Anime News, Manga News

Author:Tom Speelman

A lifetime of reading comics and watching television has left Tom with an inexhaustible supply of pop culture knowledge from the obvious to the obscure. Rather than keep it all in his brain for use at parties, Tom turned to writing a few years ago to help him share that knowledge with as many people as are remotely interested. Tom writes for several websites including The Mary Sue, Strange Horizons, Loser City and others. For even further rambling, follow him on Twitter @tomtificate.

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