Ever heard of the TOKYO OTAKU MODE fan page on Facebook? TOKYO OTAKU MODE (or TOM, for those in the know) is a website specializing in bringing all the best in anime, cosplay, Akihabara, manga and all things otaku to a global audience. It's got 8.7 million fans. It's kind of a big deal.
So let's take a look at Otaku Camera, TOM's first foray into mobile apps.
Take this pic:
And mangatize it into something like this:
Let me first introduce a couple other manga-fication app options. First up
is the immensely popular, but iPhone-only, Manga Camera. It's unfortunately marred by a couple bugs, like not supporting the front-facing camera, being unable to convert previously taken pics, etc., giving it a "close, but no cigar" rating from me. Plus, no support for Android is a big minus for us Android users (rumor is that a port is in the works though).
For Android, we also have Manga Generator, which is pretty good, but I find myself getting bored with the limited number of frames available.
So now we've got Otaku Camera, only recently released in Japan. Why so late? Well actually, this app has been out for awhile in the rest of the world and has been making waves on numerous top download lists. Most notably in Thailand, Otaku Camera has hit the top spot among camera apps, beating out other big shots such as YouTube. Japan is actually one of the last countries in which it was released, strange when you consider it's a manga app.
Enough of this idle-speak, let's see what this app has to offer!
I'll use my beautiful daughter for our first attempt:
Add a little Dragonball-style cloud to ride on, mangatize it and voila!
Now with some Fist of the North Star-style punching action:
Perfect for all the dyed-in-the-wool otakus among us. Showing other people regular pictures of my darling daughter usually elicits polite but disinterested reactions. Running my adorable daughter's pics through Otaku Camera and then showing them around
is much more successful still elicits the same reactions.
Below the picture are two bars that you can adjust to change stroke thickness and darkness. Manga Generator only has five darkness settings, so I'm quite grateful of Otaku Camera's ability to make tiny adjustments.
Otaku Camera offers 35 different frames for your pics. Compared with the other mangafication apps, Otaku Camera frames seem to use fewer words/characters and are more "action-y." I hope they continue to update this app with new frames.
Otaku Camera is free, so what are you waiting for? Give it a download!
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Time used: about 2 days
Device used: AQUOS PHONE SH01-D
Publisher: Tokyo Otaku Mode Inc.
Last updated: 11/29/2012
Compatibility: Android 2.3.3 or higher
Translation by Jason Morgan