This year will mark Tokyo’s second ever Comic Con, and the scale will be even more massive than last year’s. Affiliated with Silicon Valley Comic Con, this event will have cosplayers, a cosplay contest, gatherings, meet-and-greets, an artists’ alley, booths, exhibits, stage events, and a Japanese food court.
As expected, there will be celebrity guests. This year’s lineup features Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange, Hannibal), Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Star Trek), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy), Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), and… the face of Marvel himself, Stan Lee. Stephen Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, will also attend as a guest, as he is also involved in organizing the event. Unfortunately, these meet-and-greets are not included in the admission fee, so you’ll have to pay extra—and the fees are steep.
Even if you don’t plan to splurge on meet-and-greets, the cosplayers, displays, merchandise, and the fact that Tokyo now has a large-scale fan convention that’s oriented more towards Western media are still good reasons to give the event a try. Just make sure to prepare your wallet, as this event isn’t exactly a cheapo option – for one, the entrance fee is much higher than last year’s. (Admission is free for children of elementary school age and below, while a discount is available for junior high and high school students.)