Saturday, December 30, 2017

Comiket 93

I've always wanted to attend Comiket, but I always felt it would be selfish on my part when travelling in Japan with normals. This time was not particularly different, but being in Odaiba on the weekend that Comiket 93 was being held, and with time to kill until sunset so we could view the nighttime illumination of the Rainbow Bridge, we went to take a look at day 2 of the event being held at Tokyo Big Sight.

The cosplayer section was off to the left of the entrance, and extended over to the lower level.

Photography in the lower level seemed more in line with what I was familiar with at events in the U.S., where photographers would kind of surround a cosplayer and take pictures.

On the upper level however, photographers queued up in line to get photos of the cosplayers. The crowd was big, and the first time we got into the cosplay area, we got carried out almost immediately when we became caught in a moving line of people that flowed out the exit.

Here are some of the pictures that I took of cosplayers on the upper level.

Yuuki Asuna

Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee

雪姫 as Minami Kotori

Sakuranomiya Maika

Robot Ram and Rem

Erika of Celadon City

あす as Kanzaki Ranko (Limited SSR ver.)


Ruri as Mizushima Saki

I was thinking about getting to the lower level, but I didn't want to spend too much time trying to figure out how to get down there since it was starting to get late, and I wanted to take a look inside as well.

There were a lot of people inside, but it was a lot easier to move around than outside. A booth outside in the central area between the East and West Halls sold various C93 goods and snacks.

I bought a mug for a friend, then we proceeded to the East Halls.

I was expecting it to be a lot more crowded from all the stories I heard, but traffic was quite manageable. I'm not sure if it was because it was already rather late in the day.

We wandered around the perimeter of the tables, but didn't really go down the aisle, or pause to look at any of the doujin being sold since I was with a normal (I explained that these were amateur comics, but didn't say too much about the subject matter...).

By the time we arrived at Halls 7 and 8, many of the circles were already packed up and leaving, so I decided it was enough for the day. I'd love to come with like-minded friends in the future, but who knows if that will ever happen.

After leaving Tokyo Big Sight, we started walking over to Diver City. along the way over, I saw several places where cosplayers were gathering to take photos. There were some Houseki no Kuni cosplayers I would have loved to get photos of, but I couldn't really understand what the girl manning the entrance at the TFT Building was saying, so I apologized and made a hasty retreat.

At Diver City was the new Unicorn Gundam that was unveiled in the Fall.

As night fell, the sound of thunder and a couple of flashes of lightning announced the start of the Gundam light show. I think that there was a countdown timer that let you know when the action was going to start, so if I had been paying more attention, I could have filmed the entire sequence.

When the Gundam light show ended, we wandered around a bit then headed toward the waterside near DECKS Tokyo Beach and Joypolis.

The day ended with pictures of Rainbow Bridge.

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