Comiket 76 – All days summary
There’s not a lot of pictures to show, mainly because my hands were usually full with bags, but I’ll post some “look how big these crowds are” photos later.
I woke up slowly at 4 AM and “enjoyed” some cup ramen. Trundling off to the train station, and with a few mishaps, I joined the Comiket queue for the West Halls at 6:30. Then I dialed up my Get This recordings and settled down for a long wait.
7:00 – Sure would be nice to get some shade.
7:30 – The cloud cover and occasional breezes are godsends.
8:00 – Starting to feel ill. Maybe because of the prawns in the cup ramen.
8:30 – Oh lord I don’t wanna dieeeee
9:00 – I’m OK now. Not much longer to go.
10:00 – Everyone claps for the official start of Comiket 76, and gets off their arses to get ready to move.
11:00 (approx) – Into Tokyo Big Site proper, I head towards the commercial booth queues.
11:30 – Waiting in the Good Smile Company queue.
12:00 (approx) – GSC goods get! Off to a couple more commercial booths
13:00 – Get on the bridge to switch to the east halls. Eat my sandwich and finish off whatever water’s left in the bottle.
14:00 – The combination of goods and doujinshi is starting to weigh heavily.
15:00 – It’s all I can take, time to bail.
6:00 – Alarm goes off, I switch it off. Just five more minutes…
7:00 – Wake up, swear quietly.
8:00 – Time to get moving again.
8:30 (approx) – Join the lines for another day of sweat, sweat and more sweat. I’m lining up on the bridge this time, there’s a clear sky and no shade. Argh.
11:30 (approx) – Into Big Site again, drop into a couple more booths. A lot of stuff at Gamers is sold out but I get most of what I want.
12:30 – Something’s gone wrong – the transit from the West to East Halls is moving at a glacial pace, about 3 steps every 5 minutes.
13:30 – Fresh air at last. My stamina’s drained and my brain’s fried, so I head for home.
8:00 – Wake up, head downstairs for breakfast. Today I’m going to take it easy.
10:00 – On the trains to Odaiba.
10:30 – Join the line to the East Halls. It’s taking a winding path around the east side of the building, I’ve never been this way before.
11:30 (approx) – Into Big Site proper. Hitting Halls 1 and 6.
13:00 – Lining up for a particular circle since Adun specifically asked me for goods from there. It’s a tease of a line – the first third is in shade, the rest under the blazing sun.
14:00 – Time to hit the rest of East Halls. I’m not going to chance West Halls thanks to what happened yesterday.
15:00 – Once again the doujins are weighing heavily on my hands and back. Good thing I thought to bring some tote bags from Sydney.
16:00 – That’s enough for me, I make the long slouch to Kokusaitenjijo and head back to the hotel. Grab a very late lunch from a nearby McDonalds.