The most effective cosplayers of Day 1 of Winter Comiket 2021【Photos】

Welcome back, Comiket cosplayers!

Following a two-year hiatus, Comiket, Japan’s largest convention for doujinshi (self-published manga) and otaku culture, finally returned to Tokyo’s Big Sight convention center on Thursday. In total, we’ve missed three Comikets in the course of the pandemic (summer 2020, winter 2020, and summer 2021), making this an especially joyful homecoming to the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center not only for artists and collectors, but for cosplayers too.

Testing all of the cool costumes on display took somewhat more planning than usual this yr. As a part of its pandemic protocols, not only was there a day by day attendance cap in place for Comiket 99 (because the winter 2021 Comiket is numbered), but movement between different sections of the venue was restricted to designated paths and times, to stop crowding of the access corridors. We made sure to work out a schedule that may get us into the cosplay area at the center of the day, though, and here were the very best outfits to be found, starting with Hololive virtual Youtuber Shirogane Noel (cosplayer: Moe Iori).

Something otaku found incredibly saddening concerning the cancelled Comikets was the lost opportunities for Uma Musume cosplay, for the reason that anthropomorphized race horse series got a brand new TV anime season in 2020 and the launch of its mobile game in 2021. As the primary Comiket since that double bump within the franchise’s popularity, we weren’t surprised to identify some horse girls within the cosplay area

Symboli Rudolf (cosplayer Kirara Momokawa)

Mejiro Ryan (Yokohamaken)

This was also the primary post-Genshin Impact iteration of the event, and so it was Hu Tao’s (Sakiccho) Comiket debut.

It wasn’t all trendy recent series being represented, though, as there was still plenty of affection for evergreen anime favorites.

Code Geass’s Kallen Kozuki (Mayoka) and C.C. (Mogu Horigaya)

Immediately, schools are on winter vacation in Japan, which explains why Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club’s Karin Asaka (sis) wasn’t in school…

…and neither was fellow schoolgirl idol singer Chisato Arashi (Reni Kashiwagi) from Love Live! Superstar!!

Several sorceresses and magical girls also made their strategy to Big Sight, including Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation’s Roxy Migurdia (Rio Kureha)…

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina’s Elaina (Ringo Chan)…

…and Cardcaptor Sakura herself, Sakura Kinomoto (Bella).

Speaking of old-school anime icons, we also encountered two of Dragon Ball’s most beloved-to-be-hated villains, Cell (Rei Kinu) and Frieza (Freza), the latter in his regularly forgotten pink form.

▼ Yet one more antagonist with an enormous fanbase: Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth (Sato #29) reenacting his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate scene with Super Mario (Shota) in his Super Mario-kun manga form.

And last, we come to the mysterious guy who simply gave his name as Chainsaw Man, and considering how authentic his outfit is, we truthfully think there’s a probability that it truly is the character himself who’s stepped into the true world, as opposed to simply someone cosplaying as him.

An enormous thank-you to all of the cosplayers who braved the cold so fans could snap photos on this chilly winter afternoon, and hopefully it won’t be one other two years before we are able to see you all again!

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