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Cute Capers and Comic Charms: Navigating the Whimsical World of Komiket!

Comiket (short for Comic Market) is Japan’s largest fan-made comic book fair, held every summer and winter.

Hi how are you? The Comiket Fair, held at Big Sight for two days in the murderous heat of this summer with 260,000 fans, came to a close yesterday.

“Doujinshi”, which refers to self-produced and self-published works of secondary creations or original content related to anime, manga, games, and more, are the focus of this event.

Comiket brings together circles selling doujinshi and general attendees who come to purchase them.

Comiket 102, held at Tokyo Big Sight over two days on August 12th and 13th, concluded with a total of 260,000 attendees.

The event featured 21,000 circles and saw the participation of 2,627 male cosplayers and 4,393 female cosplayers, with attendees representing 61 countries.

Reasons for Comiket’s Popularity

Availability of unique works exclusive to Comiket: Many works that can only be found at Comiket are not distributed through regular bookstores or online platforms.

There is a wide range of pieces available, including limited edition works with special bonuses, making it an irresistible attraction for fans.

Opportunities to meet friends and admired individuals: Comiket provides a platform for people with similar interests to interact, allowing fans to engage with fellow enthusiasts and even directly converse with creators of their favorite works.

It also offers a chance to reconnect with individuals who might have only been connected online previously.

Festive and celebratory atmosphere: Comiket serves as a cultural festival for fan creations, drawing participation from a diverse crowd.

The event showcases various genres and themes of works, alongside cosplayers and merchandise. This spectacle creates a dreamlike world for enthusiasts.

Economic impact and development of fan culture: Comiket not only fosters the growth of fan culture but also holds significant economic importance.

Comiket 80 (Summer 2011) saw over 500,000 attendees over its three days, generating sales of hundreds of billions of yen from doujinshi alone.

Additionally, nearby restaurants and lodging facilities benefit from increased sales due to the influx of Comiket attendees.

What are Popular Genres at Comiket?

Comiket sees a multitude of genres, with a heavy emphasis on secondary creations inspired by anime, games, and more.

Particularly, recently aired shows, popular series, iconic characters, and trending works tend to attract attention.

There’s a significant presence of adult and erotic content. Specifically, there’s a prevalence of works targeted towards men that feature female characters, while those catered to women often depict relationships between male characters.

Original works also hold a strong presence. Notably, creations with compelling storytelling, such as manga and novels, as well as artworks like music and illustrations, receive recognition.

Cosplay is immensely popular. This includes faithful recreations of characters from anime, games, and more, as well as original or parodied interpretations that capture attention.

For concrete examples, the following genres are particularly popular:

“Kantai Collection” (Kancolle): A browser game launched in 2013, featuring anthropomorphized versions of WWII naval vessels engaged in battles and nurturing.

It has gained such popularity at Comiket that it ranks among the top genres for male attendees in their teens.

“Love Live!” Series: A multimedia project that started in 2010, portraying high school girls who engage in activities as school idols. Both male and female attendees in their 20s rank it highly at Comiket.

“Fate” Series: A multimedia franchise originating in 2004, where historical heroes and mythical beings are summoned for battles. It remains popular among both male and female attendees in their 30s and above.

These are some of the popular genres at Comiket. The event provides an opportunity not only to delve into one’s favorite genre but also to explore others, leading to new discoveries and moments of inspiration.

See you next Komiket 103 which will be held on December 30th, 31th!

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古林 茂樹(Shigeki Furubayashi )