Another big part of the year-end festivities for many is attending Comic Market, the sprawling doujinshi event held in Tokyo Big Sight. This year 150,000+ otakus will stand in lines to buy doujinshi and other goods from their favorite artist circles, or score some limited products from companies like Nitroplus. Going to Comiket is great fun, and there’s so much to do and see, from taking pictures of the world-class cosplayers to trawling the aisles for new books by your favorite artists. Every year the Japan Red Cross encourages civic-minded fans to donate blood, and this year they’re upping the ante by offering rare Madoka Magika and other posters to fans who donate 400 ml of blood, which will probably lead to a record number of donations and a lot of lightheaded fans staggering as they ride the train back home.
Another Comiket is upon us.