Fandom response (updated)

I think it’s safe to say that the Tiger & Bunny only doujin event GO NEXT! that was held yesterday has confirmed that this is no longer just an anime. This is a phenomenon.

These are just shoppers queueing to get in to the venue of the event. Aki pulled this picture from a Japanese blog where people were joking about how queueing requires Kotetsu’s endurance. Reports say that catalogs (which also act as tickets to the event) were sold out in advance, and many circles sold out before the end of the event all the shoppers even managed to get in. (See comments for more on this.)

Of course events like this are just one way to measure popularity, but you have to take into account that just about all merchandise is selling out on preorders weeks or even months before they’re released. Figure preorders sell out in minutes. Aki talked to her Japanese friend who estimated that Tiger & Bunny is starting to hit the same level of popularity as series like Durarara!! and Hetalia which have been around for years. Tiger & Bunny is also extremely popular among 25-40 year old females.

The overall response to episode 16 has also been amazing. People who joked about Lunatic are apologizing now and joking about him isn’t cool anymore in general. Everyone seems to want Kotetsu and Barnaby to just be bros and hug it out and everything will be fine.

Director Sato, whatever you are doing, you are doing it so right that no one can keep up. Please don’t stop.

It’s over 900!


There’s a Tiger&Bunny only doujin event in Tokyo on July 18th. So far the T&B doujins we’ve seen haven’t been anything special, but because I have great hopes for this event I’ve been keeping an eye on the site for a few weeks now.

About a week ago they announced that because there was so much interest from the artists wanting to take part, the event was moving to a bigger venue with space for over 900 circles. At the time I thought that it felt like total overkill. I mean, when the sign ups for the event closed there were only 9 episodes out. How many books could there be? And today, the circle list went up.

At the same time our jaws hit the floor.

There are 974 circles taking part. That’s a completely mindblowing number for a series that hasn’t even reached its halfway mark. If we do a little math here… I pulled 10 random doujins from my bookshelf and measured them (for science, of course). On average a doujin is about 3,5mm thick, give or take a bit. If each circle releases at least one book (and some already have more than one out!) and they’re piled up, that pile would be 3,4m high. (That’s 11’15” for you non-metric people.)

I have no idea where to start compiling our shopping list for the event.

Aki_the_geek: …. you’d have to spend the whole day browsing the circles’ sites
Aki_the_geek: if you spend one minute per site that’s like 16 hours
Aki_the_geek: mother of-
derpchan: insanity
Aki_the_geek: WHAT IS THIS
Aki_the_geek: I DON’T EVEN

In general the amount of new fan art that flows into Pixiv each day is indescribable. Right now the count on the tag says 28,190 illustrations. A Pixiv index page shows 20 artworks, so that’s over 1,400 pages of just Tiger&Bunny art. And there’s another 4600+ non-illustrated stories listed under the tag, too. I don’t remember any other fandom I’ve been part of that had such an explosive start.

We think it’s actually… kinda awesome. Can’t get enough of this stuff. (Also, this is more math than I’ve done in months.)

Uh, we’d love to get recs for artists we should check out before the event… If there’s someone out there who isn’t as overwhelmed by the list as we are.