Shueisha, the famed Japanese publisher behind popular shonen manga, hosted Jump Festa 2019 from December 22 to 23, 2018 in Makuhari Messe. Over the course of this event, fans of ONE PIECE, My Hero Academia, Hunter x Hunter, and many more series gathered for this annual Jump celebration. Manga Planet had the opportunity to attend this high energy convention and take photos for all our fans!
What is Jump Festa!
“A dream festival where you can see, play, and get!”
Above is the description from the official website of Jump Festa, an annual exposition held in Japan and produced by Shueisha. Much like this official copy states, fans of series published in Weekly Shonen Jump, Shonen Jump+, V Jump, Jump Square, and Saikyo Jump can “see” exclusive exhibits, stage events and panels, “play” the latest Jump games, and “get” limited edition merchandise. Shueisha started Jump Festa in 1999 and the event has grown every year with more and more participation from game companies like KLab Games, Square Enix, and Nintendo as well as animation studios like Toei Animation and Toho Animation.
Although based on manga properties, Jump Festa brings a little bit of everything for manga, anime, and game fans alike.
Jump Festa Photo Report
Jump’s manga series is the core of Jump Festa. Upon entering, fans encounter the “Jump Genga World,” an exhibit of original artwork, manga pages, and color illustrations crafted by the talented mangaka.
Signed illustrations line the walls of the exhibit below the large mural of popular Jump characters and outside the “Jump Genga World.” Ardent fans gathered around to take photos of art touched by Yoshihiro Togashi, Haruichi Furudate, Kohei Horikoshi, and more.
Within the manga ladened walls of the “Jump Genga World,” guests could stand up close and personal with pages from Jump’s hottest series.
Yoshihiro Togashi wowed readers with his intricate artwork from the latest Hunter x Hunter’s Dark Continent Arc.
Fans of Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia could say hello to Shoto Todoroki and many more characters in these panels and illustration.
Katsura Hoshino’s D Gray-man series, currently serializing in Jump SQ.RISE, continues to turn heads with these color illustrations at Jump Festa.
Any fans of Yuragi-sou no Yuuna-san? This romantic…shonen manga series by Tadahiro Miura hit small screens last summer and is currently available in English thanks to Seven Seas Entertainment.
Jump Genga World captures the Haikyu! love with these panels. This Jump Festa also marked a special for fans of Furudate’s sports manga as well! According to an announcement at Jump Festa 2019, Haikyu! Season four will air in fall 2019.
Much like how Luffy, Rin, Hinata, and Deku are larger than life in their respective series, their inflatable version towered over Jump Festa throughout the halls.
Jump Festa sells a myriad of goods, but penny-pinching fans can snag free copies of manga and samplers from this huge pile in the center the expo.
In this photo spot at the Shueisha booth, fans jumped onto the cover of Weekly Shonen Jump.
Shueisha brought Yuto Tsukuda and Shun Saeki’s Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma to life with Soma Yukihira’s restaurant.
This kitchen also showcased character drafts for this Weekly Shonen Jump cooking manga.
Although Jump Festa draws a lot of attention from shonen manga fans, this exposition also showcases series from Shueisha’s seinen magazines, Weekly Young Jump and Ultra Jump.
Golden Kamuy fans can feast their eyes on this illustration of Hajime Tsukishima by mangaka Satoru Noda.
Ultra Jump is serializing Hirohiko Araki’s JoJolion, part eight of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Natsume Ono, well known for ACCA and multiple BL titles under the pen-name basso, is currently Lady & Old Man, a series featured in Ultra Jump.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure lovers could join Bruno Bucciarati’s crew in this photo spot.
Giorno and company tower above the Shueisha booths.
Yasuhisa Hara’s Kingdom manga series will become a live-action film in April 2019. This Kingdom corner gave fans a sneak peek into the costumes used in the film.
Young Jump did not forget ONE and Yusuke Murata’s hit manga series One-Punch Man at Jump Festa and included an overhead banner and photo spot for fans.
The Jump Amusement Island brought games and attractions for all ages.
Within the Jump Amusement Island, fans could take a photo with Luffy and the other Straw Hat Pirates in the cover of the VIVRE CARD ~One Piece Illustrated Guidebook~.
Fans could see the Vivre Cards in person next to the photo spot. Vivre Cards are collectible illustrations that include data on each of the characters in ONE PIECE.
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