It was a big weekend for cosplay with Otakon on American's East Coast and Comic Market 92 in Japan. In recent Comikets, people like builder and rugby player Kuro Mario and bodybuilder Taichi Shimizu have thrilled vistiors with their extreme muscle cosplay. Now, Comiket has been joking about its age of late. See the mascot for last summer's Comiket 90. So, it's fitting that the hit of 92 was a Dragon Ball Roshi.
This weekend, hundreds of thousands of otaku will crowd into Tokyo Big Sight to see tens of thousands of doujinshi circles (amateur publishing groups) present their work. As in recent years Meiji University Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture Comiket researcher myrmecoleon has crunched the numbers. Check out the results after the jump.
Pepper the emotion-reading robot is back to cosplaying -- three Peppers arrived at Comiket in RE:ZERO costumes! The trio garnered lots of attention. See the photos after the jump!
As the name implies Comiket Market (better known as Comiket) is mostly about print doujinshi, but there are still plenty of DIY games being presented... from Touhou tributes, to Touhou crossovers (around 18 minutes in, check out Magical Battle Arena Next: Magical Girl Versus Fantsasy World). With the 92nd edition running August 11-13, a survey video puts together a long look at all that's on offer.
Are you a fan of Monster Musume, Alice & Zoroku, or A Centaur's Life? Then these limited-edition goods are for you! Comic Ryu is selling special shirts, hats, artbooks, and... glasses cleaners?... at their booth this weekend at Comiket 92. Hit the jump to preview their wares!
Taking place at Tokyo Big Sight, Comiket Market (Comiket) has 590,000+ attendees visiting 39,000+ exhibitor spots. While the event has been developing digital guides, the paper catalog still looms large on the otaku landscape. In 2014, they changed which paper they were using, dropping the weight significantly. And yet, it has crept back up and the end of 2016's Comiket 91 is the heaviest ever.
Following last weekend's Comiket, MANTAN WEB's video channel started posting videos of cosplayers from the event, Also, earlier in the month, with new inclusions of India, the first participating nation from South Asia and Switzerland, representatives for 30 countries gathered in Nagoya to crown the champions of the 2016 World Cosplay Summit, and join the city's annual parade to the Osu Kannon temple. MAiDiGiTV also just added videos of the parade.
Cosplay at Comiket isn't the same as it is at American conventions. Rather than for wandering around, it's for designated areas, with plenty of rules on where to costumes can be worn and where to change. On the other hand, cosplay is still cosplay, and as such , last weekend's event was a display of all sorts of shapes and sizes... including the impressively muscled. More after the jump.