The first ever Comic Con Nepal was hosted by Koto International LLc and ZEROSTAR conjunction with OTAKU CLUB NEPAL on 9th of September 2017 at Heritage Garden, Sanepa, Lalitpur Nepal.

The objective was to promote Otaku Culture (Otaku typically used to refer to a fan of anime/manga but can also refer to Japanese video games or Japanese culture in general), creating an Otaku forum for the fans and give up-coming Nepali writers, manga artist, and game creators an opportunity to explore and share their enthusiasm for Japanese / American media and pop culture. This event will also create a fantasy world where people of all ages can showcase their skills and artistic creativity.

The Comic Con Nepal was inaugurated by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Masashi Ogawa and Comic con Nepal founder/President CEO of Koto International Jeffrey Kashida.

One day event showcased stalls by several Nepali artist and venders. Also featured several workshops, interactive sessions, interviews, speeches by various Nepalis comic book artists, writers and movie producers/Directors. Highlight of the event was Cosplay Contest AMV contest, Art Contest and concert by one of the biggest name in Nepali music Rohit John Chettri.

Anticipated attendance was 3500, however attendance was far more than anticipated, and quickly reached 5000 not counting of professionals and exhibitors, full capacity of the hall.

 INTRODUCTION TO THE ORGANIZER

 ZEROSTAR

  • Privately held subsidiary of KOTO INTERNATIONAL LLC: a USA based enterprise that provides management solutions and industry services. Has been a driving force to distribute and promote Japanese based toys and collectable toys to North America market. license from franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, and DC Comics etc.…
  • Founded on 2016 in Nepal By Jeffrey Kashida

OTAKU CLUB NEPAL

  • Founded on a sole purpose to unite all the Nepali Anime and Comic lovers under one roof. Has been the pioneers in the cosplay events in Nepal. Hosted various small and big cosplay and comic con events till date as well as other events like art competitions. Participated and won various International cosplay events

PRE-EVENT
Pre-event was held at the Civil Mall Kanti Path, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal on 28th of August 2017. Where the pre- audition for the cosplay competition, Video game competition and audition of local talent took place. In total event was scheduled to be for four hours however with the request of the attendee’s event was extended for two hours. Event was attended by closed to 2500 people of all ages. This event was free of charge. Pre-Event was closed by the Rohit John Chettri with thirty minutes of live music.

POST-EVENT

Pre-event was held at the Nepali Chulo restaurant Lazimpat Road, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal on 16th of September 2017. Where the awards for the competition’s and the certification presented to all the winners, participants and volunteers. In total event was scheduled to be for two hours. Event was attended by closed to 250 people of all ages.

EVENT FEATURES following COMPETITION:

Art Contest: 251 in total participated in the competition.
Winners

1st prize Sailendra Shrestha
2nd prize Dolma Dong
3rd prize  Kinzal Kunwar
Honorable Utsav Gurung

 

Music Video AMV’s Competition: 120 officially registered and participated in the competition
Winners:

1st prize HALFASSES (Kishwor Sherchan)
2nd prize CREEPY EYES (Sanam Thapa Magar)
3rd prize  Etasis Asis (Ashish Maharjan)
Honorable Dark Emperor (Umanga Kayastha)

 

Video Gaming Competition: TEKKEN 7: 140 officially registered for game contest however around 400 in total participated in the competition.
Winners:

1st prize Tenzing Samdup
2nd prize Sundeep Shrestha
3rd prize  Raj Singh

 

Cosplay Competition: 180 officially registered for cosplay competition, however 120 in total participated in the competition.
Winners:

1st prize Suzuse Rai (Vengeful Spirit)
2nd prize Kriti Rai (Saber)
3rd prize Winner Man Maharjan (Dota 2)
Ambassador Award Saugat (Toahiro Hitsugaya)
KOTO INTERNATIONAL CEO Award Arju Family (One Piece family)
ZEROSTAR Award Maniraj Rai

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE EVENT:

Anime Theaters
Featuring multiple award-winning Anime and documentaries to event attendees:

In This Corner of the World:
In This Corner of the World is a 2016 Japanese animated historical drama film produced by MAPPA, co-written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi, featuring character designs by Hidenori Matsubara and music by Kotringo. The film is based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno. It premiered in Japan on November 12, 2016 and will be premiering 3Q of 2017. Nominated and winner of several prestigious Award including Japanese Film Best10 Osaka Cinema Festival 2017 and 21st Japan Internet Movie Awards Best Film. It will make its south Asia debut at Nepal Comic Con.

Concert
Concert by one of the biggest name in Nepali music Rohit John Chetri

EVENT SPONSORED BY FOLLOWING SPONSORS

KOTO INC ZEROSTAR GENCO
HISENSE HIMALAYA TV CIVIL MALL
LOTTE BANDAI NAMCO
COSPLAY NEPAL NEKOP PRINT JAMMY’S BUBBLE TEA
MYMCHA SUPREME NEPAL ANIME STORE

Watch the interview of Koto International’s CEO Mr. Jeffrey Kashida on the Evening Show at Six.

Watch the video of our television coverage by Himalaya Television

Speech By given by Mr. Masashi Ogawa (Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan) -Embassy of Japan and Mr. Chet Bahadur.