Comiket is Japan’s semiannual or so COMIc marKET, a huge gathering of comic book otaku and cosplayers, self-described as:
Comic Market is a “space” that functions to expand the possibilities of self expression, where the aim is to accept creators of doujinshi and all other types of creative endeavors and maintain continuity.
With that in mind, please enjoy this survey from goo Ranking into what typical happenings at Summer Comiket makes people want to avoid it.
I wasn’t really interested in going myself, so this survey confirms all my biases, and stuff like this won’t change my mind!
Q: What things at Summer Comiket makes you want to avoid it? (Sample size=500)
Rank Votes 1 The “Comiket Fog” hovers inside the venue 132 2 The biggest queues are for the toilets 97 3 There’s people who may be cosplaying, or who may just be dressing their own way 83 4 Looking at the people on the train to Big Sight I involuntarily tag people as heading to Comiket 77 5 The venue pongs of B.O. 71 6 The ATMs keep running out of cash and have to be refilled 63 7= Running is forbidden within the venue, but there’s a lot of Olympic walkers around 48 7= Smartphone battery runs down really quickly 48 9 Sexy cosplayers are swarmed by Kameko, Kamera Kozou, teenagers with cameras 42 10 There’s always applause at the opening and ending of each day 34 11 Cute cosplayers turn out to be guys 33 12= Celebrities participate in the Comiket 31 12= I get heat exhaustion queueing up outside 31 14= Shops and vending machines sell drinks in containers with moe (cute but dodgy under-age) illustrations 30 14= Foreigners are also buying books at Comiket 30 14= I lose 3 kilos per day just going to Comiket 30 17 I spend all day queueing up at just one booth 28 18 Free gifts are always drinks, other fluids 27 19 I return home on the train carrying my purchases in a moe (cute but dodgy under-age) illustrated paper bag 26 20 Being sodden with sweat is the trophy of my struggles at Comiket 24 21 Moving between the East and West Halls is too difficult, so I give up on it 23 22= It gets a bit awkward when I bump into colleagues, classmates 22 22= I take many changes of clothes for when I get sodden with sweat 22 24 I take lots of chilled drinks from home to Comiket 20 25= I’ve just been to Comiket, but got a good suntan so people ask if I’ve been overseas 19 25= I get sympathetically sweaty when I see people in full body suit outfits 19 27 I get downcast when I see the “Sold Out” sign going up just as I get to the head of a queue 17 28 After the venue closes I join into the stream of people and end up in a strange place 10
goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 13th and 19th of July 2016 500 members aged between 20 and 39 of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. The sample was 50:50 male and female.