I met up with my friend’s friend who came to Tokyo all the way from Singapore yesterday. Coming to Tokyo around this season must imply the certain otaku event, yes the young man is going to join Winter Comic Market for 3 days. I haven’t decided to go yet because it is too cold(really!) now and I actually do not follow doujinshi that much. The only reason why I join Comiket is that I can meet up with some of my friends who I don’t really meet so often.
At any rate, I have not mentioned Comiket so far although there are some words to introduce. Now is the good time, so if you happen to go maybe it will be good to know. However, there are a bit more words than I thought, so day 1 focuses on some odd phonomenon or certain act which are often seen at Comiket.
a. 走り屋[hashiriya]: Normally this means a hot robber[暴走族, bousouzoku], but actually this is a bunch of sweaty male otaku who desperately dash to the doujinshi booths. Usually this happens on the last day(day 3), yes the day for ero-doujinshi. As soon as the gate is open, you can see this is happening near the flyover to East Hall at Tokyo Big Sight. But do not get close to them. If you are invloved in it, you will get hurt or even die. This is also called 男津波[otoko tsunami] or tidal wave of men or エロニーニョ[ERO Ni-no]. That’s well put. I think you already know, but do not run no matter how much you want to get your favorite doujinshi. It is not allowed to run inside the hall anyway.
b. コミケ雲[comikegumo]: You know what I am going to say? This often happens in summer. Caught on? If you have a chance to go to the summer comic market, please look up the ceiling. You might be able to see some white fog around the ceiling all over. It’s like a cloud, and this can be also seen on the last day(day 3). Those sweat of otacustomers changes into vapor and it lifts up to the ceiling. Then it is going to be set as a shape of cloud with the chilled air from the air-conditioner. Now Comiket takes place in Tokyo Big Sight, but before it used to be at Harumi. At that time, the ceiling of the hall was lower than that of Big Sight, so that is why this used to happen a lot. It is also called 晴海雲[Harumigumo].
c. 徹夜組[tetsuyagumi]: A group of people who stays overnight near the venue in order to get in as soon as possible. This is prohibited but there are still people who do so. If something wrong happens to them, the one to be blamed is going to be the sponsors, even if it is not Comiket’s fault. If it goes too far, there would be a possibility that Comiket would never take place anymore. So that is why they strictly forbid customers to wait overnight, but unfortunately it keeps happening every year. Instead of that, there are even people who use a hotel near the venue. Either way, these things are not good to do, though.
Continued to Part 2…