The large banners on display at the Comiket venue often hold New Year's messages or other bits of information, but the Free! banner with the image of Haruka surrounded by Makoto, Rin, Nagisa and Rei extending his hand towards the participants said "Happy New Summer!" instead of Happy New Year. Plus, images found from the Comiket-exclusive illustration books after the jump!
As the name would suggest, Comic Market, or Comiket, is focused on doujinshi manga. There's also plenty of indie doujin games, enough to fill a half hour preview of original games of Comiket 85, and an hour survey of doujin games in general. Get a look after the jump.
Magical girls are awesome, but not everyone can be one. You have to be chosen, elected, or make a contract with an alien creature to become one and you have to be a girl...until now. The new drama CD, Mahou Chunen☆Ojamajo 5 introduces 5 middle-aged Japanese men with careers who are also magical girls that look like middle-aged men in magical girl costumes. Dare to jump for more images.
Manga magazine Sunday GX has been previewing the special goods planned for Comiket 85 doujinshi event. In addition to the ever interesting Black Lagoon merchandise, they've offered a look at some based on Jormungand author Keitarou Takahashi's new schoolgirl assassin series Desutoro 246. Check them out after the jump.
Comic Market Preparation Committee will host a blood drive in collaboration with the Red Cross Blood Center at blood donation rooms in Japan from December 29 to January 31. The first 5,000 donors can receive a set of six special posters. It has become a regular event for them since December 2011. Check the posters after the jump.
As we recently mentioned when looking at her Gundam fan art, Lily Hoshino is a boys' love doujinshi artist with plenty of Naruto work to her name. For Comiket 85, the winter edition of the biggest doujinshi event, her work with be unmissable, with illustrations on the catalog and DVD ROM. Get a look after the jump.
Doujinshi circles are lining up up their fan manga for the winter edition of mega event Comic Market. Two of the three top subjects aren't too well known among English fans, but their positions at the apex are unsurprisingly never the less. The perennially popular Kuroko's Basketball is joined by the expansive material around bullet hell doujin shooter Touhou Project and the battleship girls of Kan Colle. See the numbers after the jump.
The main attraction at the otaku mega event Comiket (short for Comic Market) is its fan published doujinshi, but, there's also cosplay to see, and more. And, there's industry presence, with various entertainment companies promoting their latest, or even Microsoft showing the bishoujo Windows personifications. While Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate distribute Ender's Game in North America, Disney will be bringing it to Japan in January and promoting it at Comiket in December.
For those who have watched Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, you might remember that game of hide-and-seek at the end. It was such an emotional scene, I would not blame if any fan would want to seek Menma out at any chance they get. A Twitter user spotted a Menma cosplayer at the last place you would want to find her, or him (ahem) at summer Comiket. Find out where after the jump!
The Majestic Prince official booth at Summer Comiket C84 prepared a 2.2 meter tall Red5 statue for sale for 3.25 million yen! Limited to only one in the world, they hoped it would sell out quickly. Although they did receive few inquiries, unfortunately, it did not sell. Check out the chronological observation of booth activity through their Twitter after the jump!
Many popular anime companies and TV stations participated in the industry booth section of the 84th Comic Market/Comiket, the world's largest doujin event, to promote their latest anime titles to the fans. Check the photo report of the second day (August 11) for their booths after the jump!
It's Summer Comiket weekend in Japan! The Comiket staff are there to ensure the peace, order and the safety of the participants and occasionally leave funny comments that make the headlines of Comiket related news during the event. Some staff even wear cosplay while they are on duty and this year, they are the Survey Corps from Attack On Titan! See the photos after the jump!