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A Guide to Comiket: Beyond the Myths

The Comic Market, or Comiket as it is more widely known, takes place twice a year at Tokyo Big Sight and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each time. For those that are not familiar with this huge event, this article will hopefully help you understand the significance of this event for manga and anime lovers living in Japan.

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At Comiket, artists of all trades sell their self-made works. These can be music CDs, figures and plushies, doujinshi, and even games. Most of these works are based on anime, manga, or specific Japanese games such as Kantai Collection or Touhou.

What We Cover:

  • How to Enjoy the World’s largest Comic Market
  • Tips for Comiket Cosplayers and Photographers

This event takes place twice a year on three consecutive days, and the main topics for each day are divided as follows:

Day 1: Anything anime and manga

Day 2: Anything Kantai Collection and Touhou

Day 3: Primarily adult works, in addition to original works of all kinds

While this outline gives you a basic idea of what’s available to buy at Comiket and when to buy it, understanding what drives so many people to set aside three days of their life twice a year in order to attend Comiket may be difficult. It’s not so much the fact that you can buy almost all products at unbeatable prices, but rather that whatever you buy, you’ll be buying it directly from the artist who created it. This means that not only can you meet your favorite artists, but you can also talk to them and get their coveted signatures! If you’re a true fan of manga and anime, this may just be one of the greatest experiences you’ll ever have, and something you won’t forget anytime soon. If you’re lucky enough to be in Japan to attend Comiket, you’ll probably end up draining your savings account at the ATM before returning to your hotel room aching all over from a day of standing in line, but just remember that this opportunity doesn’t come along very often, so make the most of it.

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