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- Wonder Festival 2016 (Photo Gallery)
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The biannual event brings together creators and fans of figures and models in a showcase of the latest additions to popular series, limited edition items, and original creations from manga, anime, and video games.
The Wonder Festival summer session held on July 25 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture featured over 1,800 presenters, including leading manufacturers and individual creators, and was visited by over 52,000 fans.
A life-size model of Kashima from the online game Kantai korekushon, or Kankore for short. In the game players organize fleets of World War II Japanese naval vessels that are personified by young women.
(Banner photo: Kasutamuririi Type-D miniatures from Ryunryuntei.)
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