Last November 9, 2019, Manga Planet covered Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2019, Japan’s largest event that focuses content for female fans including anime, manga, otome games, BL, merchandise, voice actors, theater and cosplay. As part of the festivities, manga artist Tamekou (Lala no Kekkon, Lotus Flower in the Mud, You’re My Sex Star, The Dream of the Cuckoos) collaborated with Animate Girls Festival 2019 focusing on the popular love comedy manga Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu. and held the “Tamekou-sensei x GenAi Exhibit.” Tamekou-sensei’s autograph session and a talk show with Tamekou-sensei and real-life “genderless boy,” Toman, a Japanese actor and model. Event-exclusive collaborations goods were also sold.
What is Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu.?
Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu. (literally “I am loved by a genderless boy”) or GenAi is a slice of life shojo manga by Tamekou which gained popularity on Pixiv, an online community for artists. It tells the everyday life of couple Wako, an office worker who works in the publishing industry, and her boyfriend Meguru, a pretty boy who likes fashion and make-up and works at a used clothes shop in Harajuku. Wako, who likes looking at pretty, sparkly things and people, is a big fan of Meguru’s beauty and constantly takes his photos. Manga Planet took lots of photos of the exhibition, hoping it turns you into a Meguru fan, too.
Photo report of Tamekou-sensei x GenAi Exhibit
The Tamekou-sensei x GenAi exhibit was held at the 9F Exhibit Space of Animate Ikebukuro Flagship Store during Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2019 which was held last 9th and 10th of November 2019. There were several corners: one corner introducing the characters of GenAi, another corner for reproduction artworks of scenes from the Volume 1 Chapter 1 of the manga, a corner displaying black and white illustrations from the manga and another for colored illustrations. There was also an area where scenes from the manga were reproduced. Let’s look at these corners one by one!
Panels of Meguru, Wako, Kira and Sasame were gathered in the Character Introduction corner
Reproduction artworks of the first few pages of GenAi Volume 1 Chapter 1 were on display.
Black and white illustrations from the manga were also on display. Tamekou-sensei started a quiz corner: “Which illustration does Tamekou likes?” and left gemstone stickers for attendees to use for voting. The answer is illustration no. 5.
Meguru also announced on his Twitter account (yep, he’s on Twitter!) which top 5 illustrations that received the most number of votes from attendees.
— めぐる (@mmggling) November 12, 2019
You can also take a closer look at the colored illustrations included in the manga.
You can also take a look at some of the pages of the photobook Meguru gave Wako on their 7th anniversary as a couple!
They also introduced BL (Boys Love) works by Tamekou: Lotus Flower in the Mud, You’re My Sex Star and The Dream of the Cuckoos.
Three scenes from the manga were reproduced in the next area: the scene where both Wako and Meguru got free drinks for ladies in Chapter 1, the scene where Kira and Meguru went to get their nails done in Chapter 5 and the scene where Meguru decides to prepare nabe (hot pot) with heart-shaped carrots in Chapter 2.
They also reproduced Meguru and Wako’s room during their 7th Anniversary, including decorations (spot the Pegasus!). They also prepared a photo spot for the fans.
There was a spot for fans to leave their messages, and a screen to watch Tamekou while drawing. Fans can also take a photo with Meguru at the “Genaigram” corner.
Of course, the event won’t be complete without goods. They had a display cabinet where you can see the actual merchandise of the AGF2019 x GenAi exclusive goods.
In addition to event-exclusive goods, physical copies of the GenAi manga, including the Animate Limited Edition set of Volume 2, which came with a 12-page booklet, the December issue of Feel Young Comics, and copies of Tamekou’s BL works were also available for fans to purchase.
Genderless Danshi ni Aisareteimasu. has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment as My Androgynous Boyfriend. Volume 1 will be released on February 11, 2020.
Lotus Flower in the Mud, You’re My Sex Star, and The Dream of the Cuckoos by Tamekou are licensed in English by futekiya. You can read the first chapters for free here: https://read.futekiya.com/browse?ath=5d920c280e704
About Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2019
Dates: November 9-10, 2019
Times: Main venue – 10:00-17:00 (16:30 last entry) *”Fast” ticket entrance: 9:00 onwards
Venue: Sunshine City (3-1-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo)
Official site: https://agf-ikebukuro.jp/
If you are interested in manga and anime events in Tokyo, be sure to read our articles on Hataraku Saibou (Cells at Work) Exhibition, Animate Girls Festival 2019, JUMP Festa 2019, DEVILMAN crybaby SABBATH SHIBUYA, Cheese!’s Ikebo x Shōjo Manga Genga-ten, Land of the Lustrous Exhibit at Yurakucho Marui, Kizu Natsuki at Manga10, Yoneda Kou’s Op: The Colourless Days of Yoake Itaru Book Fair@Shosen and Himouto Umaru-chan Exhibit.
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