Why a venue packed with thousands of otaku is no fun


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!

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Research results

Q: What things at Summer Comiket makes you want to avoid it? (Sample size=500)

Rank Votes
1The “Comiket Fog” hovers inside the venue132
2The biggest queues are for the toilets97
3There’s people who may be cosplaying, or who may just be dressing their own way83
4Looking at the people on the train to Big Sight I involuntarily tag people as heading to Comiket77
5The venue pongs of B.O.71
6The ATMs keep running out of cash and have to be refilled63
7=Running is forbidden within the venue, but there’s a lot of Olympic walkers around48
7=Smartphone battery runs down really quickly48
9Sexy cosplayers are swarmed by Kameko, Kamera Kozou, teenagers with cameras42
10There’s always applause at the opening and ending of each day34
11Cute cosplayers turn out to be guys33
12=Celebrities participate in the Comiket31
12=I get heat exhaustion queueing up outside31
14=Shops and vending machines sell drinks in containers with moe (cute but dodgy under-age) illustrations30
14=Foreigners are also buying books at Comiket30
14=I lose 3 kilos per day just going to Comiket30
17I spend all day queueing up at just one booth28
18Free gifts are always drinks, other fluids27
19I return home on the train carrying my purchases in a moe (cute but dodgy under-age) illustrated paper bag26
20Being sodden with sweat is the trophy of my struggles at Comiket24
21Moving between the East and West Halls is too difficult, so I give up on it23
22=It gets a bit awkward when I bump into colleagues, classmates22
22=I take many changes of clothes for when I get sodden with sweat22
24I take lots of chilled drinks from home to Comiket20
25=I’ve just been to Comiket, but got a good suntan so people ask if I’ve been overseas19
25=I get sympathetically sweaty when I see people in full body suit outfits19
27I get downcast when I see the “Sold Out” sign going up just as I get to the head of a queue17
28After the venue closes I join into the stream of people and end up in a strange place10


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.

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