The official web site of Comedian Market, generally known as Comiket, the largest fan gathering on the earth, introduced on July 12 that the winter occasion, Comiket 99, can be canceled because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the difficultly of holding an occasion in wake of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
— コミックマーケット準備会 (@comiketofficial) July 12, 2020
On the web site, the Comedian Market Preparations Committee explains that they have been going ahead with the winter occasion earlier than Tokyo Massive Sight, the place Comiket is held twice a yr, launched their ‘Response Tips’ to the coronavirus. The rules lay out how occasions could be run throughout the pandemic, together with distancing pointers and the way many individuals could be contained in the halls at one time. In response, the committee held a examine to see if it was potential to carry the occasion underneath the brand new pointers and got here to the conclusion that it wasn’t, so that they went ahead in canceling the occasion.
Moreover, as a result of the East Halls at Tokyo Massive Sight is at the moment fitted out for the Olympic video games, Comiket 99 was going to be held over 4 days, similar to Comiket 97 was. However the occasion could not be assured the occasion house wanted as they’d solely booked for a three-day occasion earlier than the pandemic occurred. The committee famous that even Makuhari Messe, which is in Chiba and the second greatest occasion house in Tokyo, is not in a position to accommodate Comiket for the standard days it is held in December.
Due to this, an ‘Air Comiket’ is deliberate to be held throughout the end-of-year holidays within the place of the real-life occasion, and the subsequent scheduled Comiket is aiming for an occasion throughout Golden Week in 2021. Extra data on the subsequent occasion can be launched in fall 2020.
Tokyo Massive Sight for Comiket 96 (photograph: Daryl Harding)
Within the assertion, the organizers of Comiket have additionally requested the governments of Japan for his or her assist for occasions, venues, and organizers throughout this time to alleviate the burden of cancellation charges, change of venue charges, and every other charges that may come up in order that occasions like Comiket will nonetheless be round as soon as the pandemic is over.
Supply: Comiket on Twitter
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll Information. He additionally runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff known as TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photographs of his travels on Instagram.