Fate/Zero Cafe Summer grab bag + Fate Extra CCC giant buttons, Comiket 84

Fate/Zero Cafe Summer grab bag which has a plastic/beach bag, book filled with F/Z C comics, a button set and an Assassin blow up mini beach ball.

There were also some giant button thingies that I grabbed from another place because hell giant Gilgamesh and Archer buttons why not.

And there are two copies of the F/Z Cafe grab bag (and giant Gil button) for Amenia!

So, Comiket 84 is a week away. Let's go over a few things before then, shall we?

Like during Reitaisai, I will post the verified download links for Touhou 14: Double Dealing Character. If you manage to come across it, please direct it my way, so I can post it and share it with the rest of the Tumblr-based Touhou Fandom. I will keep my post up-to-date with the patches released within 2 weeks after its release. If I notice any other games being released, I will make appropriate posts on this tumblr account as well. If you have any game you want me to keep a n eye out for, send me a message and I’ll write it down, then send the links your way.

Now that that;s out of the way, here’s a few ground rules we as a fandom should probably go over before Comiket 84. In my opinion, the last Reitaisai was horrible. Quite a number of the fans were acting very greedy and demanding, some were very rude, especially toward the content and people who enjoyed Touhou 13.5: Hopeless Masquerade (That’s what i’ve been told and the impression I got, at least.). That being said, here is some things to keep in mind for when Comiket 84 roles around.

Common Etiquette:

  1. If you like something about something that happened at Comiket 84, great! Just don’t shove it down other peoples throats, expecting them to enjoy it too, or forcing them to enjoy it as well.
  2. The inverse for the above applies here - It’s okay to not like something, that’s fine and dandy. Just don’t go trying to purposefully spoil somebodys mood because they like something and you didn’t. 
  3. This is a REALLY big one. I can’t stress it enough. The Touhou 14 Release will be here when it is here. Do not hound people over it, do not antagonize people for the links. Furthermore, do not hound the people doing the translation for the Touhou 14; translating the game is hard work, and likely won’t be done overnight, maybe not even within a week. Give the translators time to relax, and work at their pace. Also, do not download any links until it has been confirmed that those links are confirmed and verified downloads. Last Reitaisai we had a few false links floating around which contained the 13.5 demo, as well as a few danmakufu games, claiming to be the 14 demo. This time around it could be a virus. Just be safe and don’t download any links you don’t think are trustworthy. I guarantee the links I post will be verified for legitimacy.

And that’s about it. I do hope everyone enjoys this upcoming Comiket, and has fun in their own way, just remember not to be rude to anybody! Happy danmakuing everybody!


Fate Extra CCC Labyrinth Box, Comiket 84

I bought this and just thought it was the production bits for the opening video for CCC right? Well after opening it, first of all like 50 sakura blossom petals fell out and gave me a heart attack, secondly like wow there is a TON of stuff in this box.

Production book, Storyboard book, Character design, a large A3 double sided poster, three A4 posters, plus two production flip books from the op.

Oh and by the way this only cost about $80 USD.

Tips for Surviving Comiket as a Foreigner

When I decided I was going to attend Comiket 84, I found very few resources in English to really help me understand what to expect - yes, the website does offer a short guide with some rules for cosplay in English, but that was about all I was able to find. So even as a convention veteran who has cosplayed in the US, the UK, and Canada, I was basically going in blind, and I paid dearly for it - so here are some tips for English-speakers so you hopefully are more prepared than I was!!

1. First and foremost, do not be ignorant like me - do NOT expect Comiket to be like an American, British, or Canadian convention. It is absolutely nothing like them; the events are different, the attitudes are different, and the cosplay is different. If you go in expecting one thing and are met with something completely different, it’s not only disappointing, it’s very frustrating.

2. Comiket does not allow you to show up in cosplay, so be sure that you can put your outfit conveniently into some sort of bag that you can take on public transport and then navigate through a crowd of 500k+ people to get to where you can change. You cannot leave in cosplay either so expect to change back out of everything before you leave the site.

3. While Comiket does not cost anything to get into, using the changing area does cost 800 yen, so be ready with your money when you get there. This allows you to use the changing room freely all day as long as you keep the brochure they give you that shows that you paid the fee. You cannot change or do make-up in the bathroom so be prepared going into this.

4. When you enter the changing room, it is literally a big room full of people, and expect to have maybe 2 feet of square space for you to kneel at and have your bag with all of your clothes. You have to stay in this small space, so be ready to completely change here, style your wig, and do your make-up while trying to not bump anyone changing around you. Bring a small compact mirror or you won’t have any way to do your make-up or see your wig or anything. My advice is to practise doing your make-up and stuff ahead of time with just a small mirror and putting on your whole outfit while staying in one tiny spot in your room; it’s a lot harder to do than it sounds and I wish I had practised beforehand because my make-up and wig left a lot to be desired.

5. Plan your cosplay accordingly to suit the weather (unlike me). If you’re going to summer Comiket, remember that it will be probably around 90F/30C outside, and Tokyo Big Sight is not air conditioned aside from the changing room. All of the cosplay areas are also outside in direct sunlight. So if you want to hang out with the cosplayers and get your photo taken, be prepared to be standing for a long time out in the blaring sun, and don’t expect any cool relief when you go back into the insanely crowded, stuffy building. I was wearing all black leather and a trench coat and gloves - I don’t recommend it. In the winter, it will be COLD and the cosplay areas are still outside, so plan accordingly for that too!

6. People that are looking at merchandise/that are in the rest of the convention centre won’t really care that you’re in cosplay. The only areas where you will get attention are in the cosplay-designated areas. The system at Comiket is a bit different than anything I’ve seen before - you basically find a spot to stand, pose, and photographers literally queue up to take your picture, and then you hand them a meishi, or business card, to contact you later to get your photographs. That’s it; that’s cosplaying at Comiket, basically.

7. You’re going to have to carry your casual clothes around with you all day or pay to put them in some of the limited locker space available (the lockers aren’t big, heads up) so plan accordingly, especially if you have a big backpack you don’t want hanging off of your cosplay all day.

I think that’s about all the basic things I wanted to say, and the things I wish that I would have known ahead of time when I decided to go to, and cosplay at, Comiket. I think I would have had a much more enjoyable and better experience if I would have picked a more weather-appropriate cosplay (it usually doesn’t affect me as I’ve done cosplays like Lavi from D.Gray-Man and Jin Kisaragi from BlazBlue at extremely hot conventions before, but I’m used to being able to escape into A/C when it gets too hot…) and I would have gone in having practised getting ready in a small space beforehand, and without the expectations of having the typical ‘American cosplay experience.’

Cosplaying in Japan is different - I’m not saying it’s any better or any worse. I’m just saying that it’s not the same, and it’s best to go in with an open mind and a clear head and an understanding of that ahead of time - and a plan for how you’re going to cope with those differences.

The people at the information desk do speak very good English though, so if you do have an emergency situation of any kind, know that they will be able to help you. I didn’t find anyone on the cosplay staff specifically who spoke English though, so expect to help yourself when it comes to that.

I really hope this helps someone else a lot so you don’t make all of my mistakes!!