So it is that time again this year and Tokyo Comic Con 2017 came to Japan on the 1st (Fri), 2nd (Sat) and 3rd (Sun) of December. FAQ Japan decided to check it out, held in the popular venue of Makuhari Messe – Chiba. Please check the video above and the rest of the article below for our full report.
The exhibition had 3 main exhibitions from the likes of Marvel, DC Comics and Star Wars, with smaller displays from the likes of Hasbro (Transformers), Hulu and a plethora of lego, action figures and toys available for purchase.
The Cost of Loving Comics
The cost of entry was 3,200 yen if you reserved a ticket online, or 3,500 yen at the door. Knowing Japan’s love of long queues, we went with the online reservation, yet the price still ended up being close to 3,500 yen each (after including processing fee, credit card fee, gaijin fee … ).
Diehard fans and comic lovers alike also had the opportunity to purchase additional bonus photo ops or autograph time with many celebrities attending the event, including the mastermind behind many Marvel superheroes, Stan Lee himself. Indeed many people thought this may be the last opportunity to meet the celebrity creator, who features as a cameo in all of Marvel’s movies, but at a steep 15,000 yen a piece, we decided ‘pass’.
The timing of the event was also important for some of the most recent movie releases, including the highly entertaining ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ the third in the series from Marvel. The other recent addition being DC’s Avengers equivalent ‘Justice League’, featuring the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and his cast of courageous crusaders.
Probably the biggest turnout of the event was the Star Wars exposition, just in time for their imminent release of the 8th part of the series ‘The Last Jedi’. This was Disney and Lucas Film’s last crack at building hype for their upcoming and highly anticipated premiere of the saga. The arena was filled with screens, posters, toys, models, pictures, games, lego displays and more showing off the Star Wars logo. Perhaps most impressive though, was the overabundance of followers and ‘force sensitive’ lovers of the films, circling the booths and posing for photographs, decked out in all their cosplay glory.