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A Summer of Scorching Hot Cosplay! – Comiket C96

*sniff* *sniff*

Do you smell that? Cosplay, fan works and games are in the air! That can mean one thing and one thing only…a convention! But not just any convention, no no no! I’m talking about the biggest convention! The one convention to rule them all! COMIKET!

Huh? What’s that?

Comiket has already taken place? The ninety-sixth iteration? It finished over a month ago? My metaphorical sense of smell is incredibly delayed?

No matter, the show must go on! 

That’s right – you may have had your fill of cosplay from this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival, but I sincerely hope you left room for dessert! As I alluded to earlier, Comiket is the BIGGEST fan convention in the world and somewhat of an otaku mecca where anime, manga, games and of course cosplay are taken to entirely new levels!

Wait! I don’t know what Comiket is! Help!” I hear some of you cry!

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about you! For the uninitiated, a brief history of the event and how it came to become the titan of an event it is today.

Photo Credit: Kentagon

Comic Market (or Comiket for short) is a 4-day doujin (self-published works) fair that takes place twice a year in Tokyo, Japan that has been ongoing for an insane 44 years! This makes it the second longest running fan convention in the world, surpassed only by San Diego Comic Con which first opened its doors in 1970 (49 years ago). Before 1996, Comiket bounced around many different locations before landing at the Tokyo Big Sight, a venue which has since become synonymous with the event.

Comiket is mainly focussed on the sale of doujinshi (self-published comics), however over the years and with the growth of the event, the categories of items available for sale has increased exponentially – it’s not uncommon for self-published video games, music and clothing amongst other items to be sold at the convention. Some of the most popular series represented over the years include the Fate franchise, Idolm@ster, Love Live!, Touhou, Granblue Fantasy, Kantai Collection and even Virtual YouTubers such as Kizuna Ai and Kaguya Luna!  

Okay, that’s enough of a history lesson! For those of us unfortunate enough to not be able to attend Comiket in person, the next best thing is the seemingly never-ending flow of photos of all of the amazing cosplayers at the event! To call Comiket a major outlet for cosplay enthusiasts is a humongous understatement! Sadly, I can only highlight a few because If I were to share all of the photos that I was personally a fan of, we’d be here all day!

Hey, it’s Asuna and Kirito! And Kirito…and Kirito again…and another Kirito…and one more Kirito…and some more Kirito…and Kirito…and Kirito! I’m an Sword Art Online fan, but I think that’s more than enough Kirito for me…

This is a great selection but like I mentioned earlier, we’d be here forever if I shared all of the cosplay that I loved!

According to the organisers of the event, the Comic Market Preparation Committee, there were over 3800 cosplayers alone on the final day! If you’ve been inspired to check out some of the amazing costumes coming out of Comiket 96, just type in #C96コスプレ (C96 Cosplay) or  #C96 into Twitter or Instagram!

The next Comiket is due to take place in December from the 28th to the 31st! If you could, would you go? Do any of you actually plan on going?

Let us know over on our Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

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Yemi Oladimeji

Yemi is a huge fan of anything anime, manga, light novel and video game related. He often spends his spare time binging various series, streaming over on Twitch or crying over various gacha game rolls. You can find more of him over on Twitter, @OraMagi.

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