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Comic Market 103, the 103rd iteration of Japan’s biggest “doujin” (fan/amateur/hobbyist-made content) event, Comic Market (also known, primarily in the west, as “Comiket”) was held at Tokyo Big Sight on 30-31 December 2023.

Official website (ENG): https://www.comiket.co.jp/index_e.html

COVID-19 led to the event limiting entry following the guidelines determined by Doujin Japan 2020 since Comic Market 99, which resulted in less participants than pre-COVID days: While Comic Market 97 saw a grand total of 750,000 attendees over four days, making for an average of 187,500 people showing up each day, C99 limited attendees to 55,000 per day, and C100 increased the number to 85,000 which was still less than half C97’s count. C101 saw a slight increase to 90,000 attendees per day. As Japan has formally determined that the COVID-19 crisis is over, C102 did away with the restrictions accordingly, resulting in over 260,000 people attending over two days, and Comic Market 103 followed in the same vein and saw even more attendees, with 270,000 people attending over two days.

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  • Participants (day 1): 140,000
  • Participants (day 2): 130,000
  • Doujin circles (day 1): 13,700
  • Doujin circles (day 2): 12,200
  • Cosplayers (day 1): Male – 2076, Female – 3976
  • Cosplayers (day 2): Male – 1706, Female – 2693
  • Corporate entities: 114

Due to overwhelming demand, C103 saw the participation of 13,700 doujin circles on the first day, setting a new record; this resulted in the need to reduce the amount of space between them and also the use of east hall 7. There was also a significantly larger number of cosplayers compared to C102 as well.

While Comic Market is known primarily for its doujin (fan-made content) side, consisting primarily of doujinshi (fan-made comics, books, and magazines) but also including doujin games (not just video games, but analog games like card and board games too), doujin music, and other things like keychains, stickers, and various accessories, the event also has a significant corporate presence including numerous anime and game companies promoting their latest works and selling merchandise, and we compiled an assortment of photographs of the corporate area at Comic Market 103 below.

While Comic Market might seem confusing to the point of being impenetrable to foreign visitors, the event does in fact have an international desk that can provide aid in English, Chinese, and Korean, and the official website also has a section to help foreign visitors.

Comic Market is something truly special, and anyone interested in otaku culture, manga, anime, Japanese video games, or cosplay should definitely check it out.

We had a professional photographer covering cosplay at the event too: Follow us on X (formerly Twitter) or Facebook to get reminded when it goes up!

Also check out our coverage of previous Comic Markets!

Comic Market 102 (Summer Comiket 2023) Event Report

Comic Market 101 (Winter Comiket 2022) Event Report

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