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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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The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day Two photo
The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day Two
by Josh Tolentino

Gosh, is it day two of Comiket cosplay already? It's as if our day one Comiket cosplay gallery went up just yesterday!

Wait, that makes perfect sense.

Cosplay goodness continues as Comiket slowly starts to wind down. The cosplayers are melting under the 40+-degree heat (that's above a hundred you Fahrenheit-fans), and the internet's collective photo tubes are clearing out, likely in anticipation of the bandwidth to be taken up by the endless torrent of porn due on Comiket day three.

While there aren't as many amazing costumes in this installment as yesterday's, a few notables still stand out, not least that amazing Naruto cosplay in the header pic. It's so, er, good that it got on the news!

Among my favorites is an awesome Sengoku BASARA group shot, surprisingly accurate cross-play for Tiger & Bunny's male leads, a Steins;Gate Mayushii/Christina combo, and several pretty ladies that wield duckface to devastating effect.

Check out the gallery, then tell us which costumes caught your fancy! I'd bet it's the Lupin III one, or the Devilman Lady one.


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9:00 AM on 08.13.2011

The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day One

Ah, Comiket! That most essential of otaku events is going full speed ahead, and the first day has just passed. And before everyone is overwhelmed by the tide of perverted doujinshi and other obscene material (that's for day t...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 08.16.2010

Comiket 78: Yui vs. Uiharu!

So Comiket 78 has been pretty intense so far with a massive amount of people attending: 560,000!But, that's nothing compared to what Canned Dogs mentioned earlier today. Apparently K-On's Yui and Railgun's Uiharu got into a v...

Ben Huber

Check out some of Fall's anime in shaky-cam glory photo
Check out some of Fall's anime in shaky-cam glory
by Josh Tolentino

It's that second time of year, and the summer Comiket is upon Glorious Nippon. Besides sweltering heat, teeming masses of sweaty otaku, and countless instances of quietly ignored copyright infringement, there's also anime.

Specifically, promotional videos for the Fall/Autumn season's anime. Intrepid Comiket-goers armed with video cameras (or awesome cellphones) captured several of the preview videos in all their shaky-cam glory.

Watch some of them below and get hyped up for such productions as the next seasons of A Certain Magical Index, Hakouki, To Heart 2, and To LoveRu, or newer series like My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute! (aka OreImo), A World Only God Knows, Yumekui Merry, MM!, Otome Youkai Zakuro, and more! 

There are also clips in there of some non-TV productions, including the Blu-ray release of Fate/Unlimited Blade Works, the Railgun OVA series, and the eighth (!) Hellsing OVA series.

Or if you'd rather not have your eyes bleed and ears ripped raw by the cacophony of Nippon's greatest otaku gathering, expect a more detailed season preview coming soon.

And on the chance that you'd rather focus on the current shows in progress, there's always Annotated Anime, our weekly recap!

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3:00 PM on 08.09.2010

Mr. Frontier Create, I have newfound respect for you

This latest single, "Ultra Tengu," is an impressive piece from 2010's Summer Comiket. I am also fearful of all things Touhou for the rest of my life. Thank you?

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 12.16.2009

Touhou oil painting for the true fan (auction of the day)

Who here likes Touhou? What's better than bullet hell shooters featuring shrine maidens? Not much, apparently, as Pixiv artist Kabaji has put up on the Yahoo! Japan auction site three Touhou oil paintings featuring: Marisa, R...

Ben Huber

8:00 PM on 11.20.2009

Monthly Musing Reminder: The Best Thing Ever

Hey everybody, don't forget about this months musing. Tell us what is the best thing ever. It can be a show that you've watched, are currently watching, are currently dating, are currently doing naughty things to, whatever!&n...

Pedro Cortes

5:35 PM on 08.25.2009

Promo buses prowl Akiba, bring you maid hostesses and creepy cosplay

Now these are buses I wouldn't mind being thrown under. Taking the grand tradition of the customized otaku car (ita-sha), promotional ita-buses are becoming a more common sight in nerd-infested areas. The one seen abov...

Josh Tolentino

4:30 PM on 08.25.2009

Like Monster Hunter? Like it enough to put these panties on your head?

Monster Hunter is a phenomenon. In fact, just one iteration of the series, Portable 2nd G, has sold more copies in Japan alone than there are people in the country of Kuwait. In case you were wondering, that's a lot.The franc...

Josh Tolentino

6:45 PM on 08.19.2009

My God, it's full of nerds: Comiket 76 draws half a million otaku

The pilgrimage has concluded, and the numbers are in: Comiket 76 broke the attendance records once again, drawing more than 560,000 visitors over three days, ten thousand more than last summer's Comiket 74. Though the raw num...

Josh Tolentino