C81 Cosplay Collection!

Cosplay

The season is winter, and one thing is always on the mind of tens of millions of anime fans worldwide.

Comicket kicked off its 81st session at Tokyo Big Sight on 2011/12/29 to great fanfare.

Accompanying each Comicket session are the host of high-quality cosplayers decorating the scene. Although there are less of the revealing cosplays that you’ve seen with Comicket 80 (due to winter coldness), there are plenty for everyone to see.

Check out some of the best shots of the first day at Comicket 81.

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See all images at 2ch matome.

C80 Cosplay Collection Part 2

Japan, News

A few hours after posting the original C80 Cosplay Collection article, I came across another thread – this time, slightly more ecchi.

So, without further ado, here they are – enjoy!

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C80 Cosplay Collection

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Comicket 80 (C80) concluded earlier today after setting a one-day record of 200,000 visitors and a three-day tally of 540,000 visitors.

For the cosplayers, it was an important day as the regulations were loosened for C80, allowing for objects longer than 30cm to be brought in. This in turn led to a more colorful cosplay session compared to previous years.

Below are some of the nicer photos that I’ve picked from a 2ch C80 Cosplay thread.

Click on any to see it in its original size. Link to original thread is at the bottom of this post.

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Original Thread is Here.

The 2011 Sendai Earthquake

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As many of you may already know, a M9.0 earthquake has stuck Japan on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm. A tsunami came 5~30min after the initial shaking.

I’m an expat that lived there for half my life. I’m Japanese in every way imaginable.

I have also lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake, the largest modern earthquake that struck Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara on January 17, 1995. 6434 people died in that earthquake, measuring M7.9. My experiences mean that this earthquake is relevant to me in every way.

It’s just hard to imagine a quarter of my homeland be turned to nothing in the most horrific way imaginable. It’s utterly difficult and dreadful…

Granted, I lived in the Kansai region, in the west so I have no relatives in the Tohoku region. However, I do have friends and people I know there – including one in Sendai, one of the hardest hit areas. He is doing fine, alongside 20-odd other friends scattered around Tokyo, Yokohama and Saitama.

For me, twitter has been instrumental in collecting information, as well as Ustream. The TBS live broadcast is on Ustream – go look for it if you can understand Japanese. I am also reporting for the English community by translating TBS broadcast live.

The images and videos of shaking and the waves just brought me close to tears. Beneath that wave are potentially hundreds of people that never got a chance to run away in time. Among the tons of rubble are people that never was able to get away. It makes me feel utterly powerless just sitting here, on the other side of the Pacific. I want to do something. I want to join a rescue team and go back.

For now, I have donated to the Canadian Red Cross. If you care about Japan, please help in any way you can. There’s more to Japan than anime and manga. There are the lives of people that make them, the lives of people that support the nation. Just because Japan is a developed world, does not mean we don’t need assistance.

Thank you for reading this.