On my second day in Tokyo, I cosplayed as Tofa Lockhart from Final Fantasy VII while attending Comiket 89!! Comiket is a twice-a-year comic market in Japan where artists (official and circles that consist of fans) gather and sell doujinshi and merchandise that may be limited in quantity. The market attracts local otaku and international travelers alike and features an outdoor cosplay area with fans and professional photographers. Over the span of of 3 days, Comiket 89 lasted from Dec 29th-31st. I went on the first day with a group of friends so I could fully catch all of the hype. There were over 500,000 people in attendance throughout the entire event, so some of the lines for official merchandise like from SEGA and Aniplex were extremely long. The indoor area of Tokyo Big Sight fortunately had a lot of room so we could freely move around. After browsing some of the doujin area, we went outside to see all of the cosplayers.
Some of the most notable cosplays were the One Punch Man group, the giant Gundam, and Sailor Jupiter raising the American flag with a group of camouflaged soldiers. Being here definitely reminded me of all of the anime cons I attended in America. However, the atmosphere was slightly different. Here, the emphasis was unveiling merchandise and promoting new anime and artistic works. They also had a strict “outside only” photography rule to prevent blockage in the main hallways. At western cons, there is more of a focus on panels, cosplay meetups and photoshoots, and there is definitely more of a party atmosphere. Though I miss anime cons in the west, I definitely plan on attending future Comiket events in the because I still love cosplay and being in an environment that is friendly and accepting towards different artwork. I plan to go to the next one in August and may cosplay from Tales of Xillia with a group, so stay tuned for more anime adventures!