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4:00 PM on 02.04.2014

The doujinshi fanzine industry is worth a lot of money

I suppose it should go without saying for some more savvy otaku, but the fan-comic industry (aka doujinshi) is pretty big in Japan. That said, not everyone knows just how big it is. Until now. A representative from Comitia, a...

Josh Tolentino


6:00 PM on 12.30.2013

Sushio draws Kill la Kill's Gamagori going to Comiket 85

Sushio (the character designer for Kill la Kill) is one of my favorite Japanese artists. His expressive artwork and dynamic, swooshy lines give his illustrations a great sense of movement and energy. Sadly, it seems he couldn...

Ben Huber

4:30 PM on 10.30.2013

Ender's Game to get promoted at Winter Comiket

The fact that Disney will be at Winter Comiket in some official capacity is already pretty surprising. What's stranger is that they aren't pushing an animated film; they'll be there to promote Ender's Game, which they are dis...

Pedro Cortes

3:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Comic Book Defense Fund gives an epic speech at Comiket

In case you weren't keeping up, the 84th Comic Market ("Comiket") happened in Japan a few days ago. And on the off chance you don't know what that is, it's pretty much Japan's - and possibly the world's - largest comic c...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 08.12.2013

70 year old father makes big debut at summer Comiket

File this one under "random happy stories." A father over the age of 70 made his doujin debut at this Summer's Comiket in Tokyo. The book is about different local restaurants, the prices, and the kinds of food they offer.&nbs...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 12.29.2012

The semicolon returns in Occultic;Nine

With Robotics;Notes in full swing, I don't think anyone was really expecting to hear word of another story from Chiyomaru Shikura. Unlike his past offerings, this one will not be a visual novel. It seems he is about to branc...

Chris Walden

4:00 PM on 12.10.2012

Some jerk's vendetta gets Kuroko's Basket banned

Never underestimate the power of otaku. Now, I'd like to say that that phrase is some kind of testament to nerd ingenuity or some other super cool thing, but the tone I must adopt this time is one of warning, that this is onc...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 08.13.2012

Senran Kagura anime gets a trailer filled with... stuff

I'll leave what that stuff is to your imagination. High speed sidescrolling ninja beat-em-up Senran Kagura is getting an anime adaptation next year and this summer's Comiket brings us the first trailer. As expected, it's fill...

Elliot Gay

2:30 AM on 08.10.2012

Huzzah! A Certain Magical Index film gets a real trailer

A Certain Magical Index is a guilty pleasure of mine. While it's oftentimes completely ridiculous and filled with crazy leaps in logic, I find the world the characters occupy to be absolutely fascinating. The whole concept is...

Elliot Gay

5:00 PM on 01.31.2012

07th Expansion are back with Rose Guns Days

Ryukishi07, the mind behind games such as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Umineko no Naku Koro Ni, has announced that 07th Expansion have begun work on a new title. It's called Rose Guns Days, and if it's anything like the circ...

Chris Walden



JapanaTour: Comiket photo
JapanaTour: Comiket
by Chris Walden

Welcome to the first edition of a new segment us folks like to call JapanaTour, a glance at some of the awesome places and events Japan has to offer. The authors of these articles will be people who have actually visited the place at hand, so if you're planning a trip to the land of the rising sun any time soon, then you may just benefit from some of the information we will inevitably spill! From Akihabara to Sendai to the Good Smile Café, we'll be sure to cover lots of weird and wonderful destinations!

For our first outing, we'll be checking out the famous Comic Market, also known as Comiket. You may have seen it in anime, and to be honest I'll be surprised if you haven't, but have you ever fancied crossing the pond to check it out? Hit the jump to learn more about it, as well as a few... survival tips. 

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The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Last Blast photo
The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Last Blast
by Josh Tolentino

Comiket's over! And with the tide of otaku exiting Tokyo Big Sight comes a tailing wave of sweet, sweet cosplay pictures, including yet more portayals of Madoka Magica.

Now, I know a few of you demanded that I stop gathering pictures of Madoka cosplay to populate this newest gallery. Sorry guys, but the dudes above crossplaying as Madoka, Mami, and Ms. Homerun? They're members of JAM Project, the hard-rock band that produced, among other things, the hyper-manly opening theme for Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector (check it below). That automatically qualifies them, as does the sexiness of a couple of other Madoka-themed pics. You've been overruled.

Don't worry, though. There's some sexy Luka, Haruhi, Evangelion, Duckface Denpa Onna, and even My Ordinary Life cosplay to balance things out. And the Kamen Rider cosplayers finally came out as well. Just look at that Shadow Moon outfit. Plus, it's the first time I've ever seen someone cosplay as Gundam ZZ's Glemy Toto!

What are your picks for this last day? I'd wager at least a couple of you will pick the lady who dressed up as the Shunya Yamashita rendition of Rei Ayanami. OMG TEH SAUCY REI!!!!!!

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