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A brand new pop-culture magazine from Akihabara, featuring cool OTAKUs, advanced technologies, kawaii-cosplays, Dojins and much more! Read more

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A brand new pop-culture magazine from Akihabara, featuring cool OTAKUs, advanced technologies, kawaii-cosplays, Dojins and much more!

Tokyo, Japan Comics
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※(日本語ユーザーの皆様へ)日本語の説明は下にございます!

This magazine (only in English for the time being) contains a tremendous amount of work from various artists and illustrators, satisfying your inner otaku.

What is “OTAKU” and “Akihabara(Akiba)”!?

OTAKU” (adj., noun) in Japanese is a modern term meaning passion through many levels for specific hobbies and fields. In particular, people who love pop culture such as Japanese music, anime, manga, games and so on. Akihabara (Akiba) is a mecca of globally spread OTAKU culture. The platform of OTAKU is Akiba! Welcome to the holy land!

 AAA Magazine Official Facebook page and Twitter is now LAUNCHED!

 Payment also available at Paypal

 


The standard magazine is about 100 pages, 100% full color! Depending on our pledges, the page count will increase!!! Contents include amazing illustrations from a vast number of talented artists, while introducing you to the popular otaku culture of Japan! 

Of course, all of the artists have the professional skills and amazing talents!

For the first issue of our magazine, we'll be introducing one of Japan's most famous artists, John Hathway! His pen name may sound American, in reality, he's Japanese! He can't speak English at all! John Hathway has been featured in TOKYO OTAKU MODE! (https://www.facebook.com/tokyootakumode)

RCO WADA: A genius at expressing delicate and precise wonderful pictures! She has worked on many game illustrations, comic art, manga, etc.

FUJICHOKO: One of the most famous artists on pixiv, having worked with manga, game illustration, and more! 

MATAYOSHI: A versatile artist. Having worked on picture books and Japanese art books, she also holds private exhibitions.

YUKO TSUKISHIMA: A famous artist who has done many game illustrations.

HASHIMOTO SHIN: Cover illustrations of Japanese novels, color manga, CD jacket illustrations, and more! Yet another versatile artist.

HIME+YOU: A pop artist specialized in cute! Holding exhibitions and selling goods, she's also an associate professor of a university.

KEI: The original designer of Hatsune Miku! Having worked on game character designs, manga, and game illustrations, he is the most famous artist in this field in Japan.

Julie Watai: A fusion of advanced arts, being a pop culture artist, photographer, model and singer. Her photo collection, "Samurai Girl", took #1 in the Amazon charts of the US.

Kawaii!

In addition to illustrations, we present even more!

We'll inform you with all the details of Akihabara, including cosplay, figures, and chara-ben (bento lunchboxes decorated into anime characters).

 #Kickstarter Exclusive promo card: The promo card reward of two copies (you get 2 promo cards) or three copies (you get 3 promo cards) is only one type.

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Hamamoto Ryusuke is Neon Genesis Evangelion's official illustrator!!!!





・JAPAN QUALITY SPECIAL INK "Kaleido"

We are going to explain about the ink, which 

is set up as a stretch goal, that has been developed from the newest Japanese technology. Let’s experience the transparent blue color by Kaleido on AAAMagazine that had not been able to be represented with the past printing for a long time!A stretch goal for a new technology of Japan. Let's experience the transparent blue color only Kaleido ink can provide! It is a specialty that has not been used in past prints for a very long time.

・JH-Lab 3D STEREO ART TECHNOLOGY 

When you wear this glasses with red and blue, you can see that the illustrations are standing out of the book!!We gonna send this book with this glasses as a set.(There is a difference among individuals how the picture is standing out .)
With the power of these red and blue glasses, you'll be able to see illustrations transcending out into the real! The glasses will come together as a set. (How pictures stand out may vary.)

・Live2D JAPAN NEW ANIMATION TECHNOLOGY

Character "Nina" in the video of this KS project page is motioned and animated, using “Live2D" (TM) technology developed in Japan.  “Live2D" (TM)  can animate 2D illustration smoothly without 3D modeling data.

"Nina", the girl featured in the video above, has been animated using Live2D technology, an amazing technology developed in Japan. Live2D can smoothly bring to life 2D illustration without using 3D modeling data.

Original 2D image sample


Live2D(TM)

Shipping Chart: The shipping costs will be added by book quantity and region, as shown in the chart below.

Located in Akihabara, Tokyo, we are JH Lab, a group of otaku of the highest caliber. Not only having fun, we also research the advancements of Japan's scientific technology, aiming for globalization of AKIBA entertainment. If Vol. 00 of AAA Magazine can succeed with your support, the issue count will continue to grow, using the power by love, passion, and ultra otaku power! Those of you backing this KS project will be welcomed warmly by our fellow lab members, if you are ever to pay us a visit.
Sincerely,
JH Lab Founders, Atsushi and Dr. Nakagawa
JH lab Co., Ltd., JH lab USA Inc.

Eric Leiser :Eric is an award-winning artist; a curator working in LA, New York, and London. Being a filmmaker, animator, puppeteer, writer, holographer, and painter, he is an outstanding collaborating partner of JH Lab. Eric's films have been screened at film festivals worldwide, such as the Annecy International Film Festival, Istanbul International Animated Film Festival, San Francisco International Animated Film Festival, EXIS Experimental Film Festival, and Seoul, Korea, and Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival. http://hiroanim.org/ 

Official site: http://www.albinofawn.com/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Leiser

Shotoku Nakahashi : Shotoku is an editorial and graphic designer, also a collaborating partner of JH Lab. Shotoku loves NINJA. Or rather, he could be considered the modern NINJA. Shtoku takes part in our projects as the magazine's chief editor.
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006508723248&fref=ts

We, at JH Lab, have spent years on our research, mastering the concepts driving Akihabara and otaku. We have been severely disappointed about how these concepts have been misunderstood by those residing in the United States. We have been looking for a new means of distributing real authenticity in Akiba culture, sharing it around the entire world. Thus bringing us to three main reasons this project has began. 

Reason One: Sharing. We would like overseas otaku, mainly those of North America, to join this project and give us direct opinions. Reason Two: Finances. To create a top quality product, we need fellow comrades to back us up. And finally Reason Three: PR. We, in Akihabara, do not have have strong connections with overseas media. Therefore, we think it'd be meaningful to let you in on this project through this platform known as Kickstarter.

Icons for use on Twitter and Facebook!

■プレッジレベル■
投資額に応じて
アイテムが増えます。

※すべて日本への送料込みです。

$1   ご寄付という形です。

$5   PDFデータのAKIBA ANIME ART MAGAZINE電子書籍です。

$15   期間限定の早期割引によるAKIBA ANIME ART MAGAZINE本になります。

$18  AKIBA ANIME ART MAGAZINE本のみです。

$26   期間限定の早期割引によるAAAMagazine本+3D画集+3Dメガネ

$30  AKIBA ANIME ART MAGAZINE本 

   + アーティストによる3D立体画集 + 3Dメガネ

$55  AAAMagazine本+3D画集+3Dメガネをそれぞれ2個ずつ

$125  AAAMagazine本+3D画集+3Dメガネ+JohnHathway同人誌2種類

$130  AAAMagazine本+3D画集+3Dメガネ+ポストカード6種+Tシャツ+タンブラー+マウスパッド+トートバッグ+折ポスター8種類+iPhone5ケース

$350  上記の全セットと同様ですが、折ポスターに全メンバーのサインが入ります

$600  JohnHathwayによる購入者の写真を元に魔法町キャラクターにカラーラフで描きおこします。

$1000 JohnHathwayの絵の中にあなたの写真を元にしたキャラクターが登場します。その絵はマガジン&ポスターに掲載されます。キャラクターは遠い距離に小さく登場します。

$1300 JohnHathwayの絵の中にあなたの名前や広告などを看板として入れます。その絵はマガジン&ポスターに掲載されます。

$2000 JohnHathwayの絵の中にあなたの写真を元にしたキャラクターが登場します。その絵はマガジン&ポスターに掲載されます。キャラクターは比較的近い距離に大きめに登場します。

$5000 JohnHathwayの絵の中にあなたの写真を元にしたキャラクターが登場します。その絵はマガジン&ポスターに掲載されます。キャラクターは比較的近い距離に大きめに登場します。さらに美術作品として限定数1のジークレー版画のキャンバスパネル(600mm x 956mm程度)がつきます。こちらは販売用としては唯一のエディションになります。

■アドオン■

以下の額をプラスすることで限定アイテムが増えます。

$5   ポストカード6種類セット

$10  マウスパッド

$16  特製タンブラー

$15  Tシャツ

$28  オリジナルiPhoneケース

$32  トートバッグ

$32  ポスター8種類

■ストレッジゴール■

参加者による総額に依存してオマケや価値が増えます。
本の購入だけで以下のふろくが増えます。

現状確定ふろく 

限定ステッカー、ページ増、サイズ大、インク、限定缶バッジふろく

$4500  この額を超えた時点で本が発行されます。最低目標額です。

$15000  ステッカーがふろくに付きます。

$20000  ページ数が増え絵が増えます。

$25000  本のサイズが大きくなります。

$30000 印刷のインクが色域の広いKaleidoインクになります。

$35000  日本語の解説冊子がふろくで付きます。

$40000  ランダム種類の限定トレーディングカードがふろくで付きます。レアあります。

more...   さらに達成額が増えれば後に特典を順次増やします。

ストレッチゴール人数

500人以上 オリジナル缶バッジがふろくで付きます。

1000人以上 コルク製のコースターのふろくが増えます。

ストレッチゴールFaceBook

500イイねをされるとクリアファイルがふろくで付きます。

すべて日本への送料込みです。

Risks and challenges

This challenge is the first step in our project. We urge for a strong alliance between America and Japan. We're aware of the rules of Kickstarter. If we disobey the rules and get cancelled, we'll accept these terms obediently.
We'll try shipping our products by their release date, though depending on the printing companies, it may come late. Worst case scenario, it could be up to 1-2 months. In addition, the added gifts may have trouble with the manufacturing factories.
To improve the quality of our final product, we may ask more time than intended. There may be a difference among individuals on how illustrations may stand out with 3D glasses. If we are in fact going to make delays, we will contact customers immediately.
Our sincerest apologies if such events occur. If there is a problem with your copy in particular, you may send it back and exchange it for another. We will bear all shipping costs. For convenience's sake on design, such as goods and a book, details may be altered. Especially the figure of goods, as it is only temporary.
Since the portrait is drawn by the sensitivity of John Hathway, it may not meet expectations. For us to create better works, PLEASE support us!!

Thank you.

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    Teriyaki lover:
    Thank you for your support. We will make the great magazine! We send our love from Akihabara! (This is not applicable for the gifts of the stretch goal.)

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    Cyber Otaku:
    You will become the Otaku living in the cyber space! (This is not applicable for the gifts of the stretch goal.) You will get the PDF digital version of AAAMagazine vol.00.

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    Otaku Tengu (legendary creature):
    early-bird reward levels! We will give the AAAMagazine vol.00 including the all stretch goals and early-bird "Special stickers"!! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    545 backers

    Otaku:
    You will become the real Otaku finally! We will give the AAAMagazine vol.00 including the all stretch goals. In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    Otaku Shin-kan-sen (Bullet train):
    early-bird reward levels! In addition to the all gifts of the Otaku pledge level, we will give the next generation 3D book with the state-of-the-art technology and the ink and the special 3D glasses, and early-bird "Special stickers"!! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    376 backers

    Otaku Samurai:
    You are the Otaku with the special power of Samurai! In addition to the all gifts of the Otaku pledge level, we will give the next generation 3D book with the state-of-the-art technology and the ink and the special 3D glasses! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    46 backers

    Otaku Samurai and Geisya (You and Me):
    The pledge level of love, betrayal and miracle dedicated to two strongest! We will give the all pledge goals of Otaku Samurai for two people. This is reasonable since the shipping cost is cheaper! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan areincluded. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    42 backers

    Legendary Otaku Samurai MUSASHI:
    Get the skill of the strongest Japanese swordplay that the legendary MUSASHI teaches! We will give the all pledge goals of Otaku Samurai and the featured JH’s two sets of the omnibus coterie magazines (JH's premium Dojins, Not-for sale) with the autograph of JohnHathway! (This is the original Japanese version!)  In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping cost are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    Otaku Shogun:
    The commander of Samurai is Shogun! This is an ultra luxury set of all pledge goals of Otaku Samurai, postcards, a tumbler, a T-shirt, a mouse pad, a tote bag, and quarto 8 posters! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    26 backers

    Otaku Daimyo: Generals of the Samurai Army, working under Shogun!
    (LATE-Bird of Otaku Shogun level) This is an ultra luxury set of addons, Cost Saver pledge level.

    You get all pledge rewards of Otaku Samurai and stretch goals,also get a set of postcards, a tumbler, a T-shirt, a mouse pad, a tote bag, iPhone case (Sorry Otaku Shogun backers! You also certainly get iPhone case, though the text of Shogun pledge level doesn't say iPhone case. just an error in information filled out), and a set of 8 quarto posters! ($30 Otaku samurai + $138 addons)

    In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included.
    If you are from other countries, please add the shipping costs listed on the main page on your pledge

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    6 backers

    Echigoya: A great merchant of Samurai world:
    9 sets of "Otaku Samurai" rewards (9*AAA magazine, so with 3 complete sets of the AAA trading card and the other stretch goal rewards + 9*3D book)
    In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included.
    If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page,
    so please add the cost on the basic pledge amount.

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    13 backers Limited (2 left of 15)

    NINJA:
    Holding many Shuriken, and adding the deadly attack! We will miraculously give the all pledge goal of Otaku Samurai and the all kinds of the posters with the autographs of the illustrators!

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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    Akiba Paranoia: (50K stretch goal reached!! Newer pledge level)

    AAA magazine special MANGA artist will use photographs that you provide to illustrate your likeliness for the character in the MANGA pages (classical grayscale style) of the AAA magazine vol.00. Your name as the character will also appear on the MANGA page. You get all pledge rewards of Otaku Samurai and stretch goals.

    The shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, please add the shipping cost (same as "Otaku Samurai pledge") listed on the main page on your pledge.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    Master NINJA:
    Dedicate for those who have mastered the way of NINJA! We will give the all pledge goals of Otaku Samurai and JH will draw your portrait in his style. (We will send one picture of you not inside of the illustration. This will be the one premium piece in this world! ) You can use this picture for your wallpaper of your phone or the intro photo for your future fiancé and for anything else! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)

    Akiba Mania:
    You are the respected master who knows everything about Akiba! Even Japanese respect you! You will get all stretch goals of Otaku Samurai and you will appear on a “distant view” of the JH’s illustration! (Let’s show off at Twitter or Facebook! Please send us your photo! You will be on the magazine as a distant view that we will send!) In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Akiba advertising:
    Finally, you are standing on the ground of Akiba! You will get the all pledge goals of Otaku Samurai and your advertisement or your name will appear in JH’s illustration. (The information you send, will be on one page of the magazine!) In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back. Let’s show off at Twitter or Facebook!

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    Akiba Mania Leader:
    You are the respected master who knows everything about Akiba! Even Japanese respect you! You will get all stretch goals of Otaku Samurai and you will appear on the “foreground” of the JH’s illustration! (Let’s show off at Twitter or Facebook! Please send us your photo! You will be on the magazine as the foreground that we will send!) In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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    Otaku Kami:
    You finally become the god of Otaku who is respected from not only the whole world but also the whole space! You will get all stretch goals of Otaku Samurai and you will appear on the “foreground” of the JH’s illustration! (Let’s show off at Facebook! Please send us your photo! You will be on the magazine as the foreground that we will send!) In addition, we will give its "Giclee with the JH’s Autograph"! In this pledge level, the shipping costs in the United States and in Japan are included. If you are from other countries, the shipping costs are listed on the main page, so please add the cost and back.

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