Comiket is exhausting. The weight on your shoulders is unbearable some times, and all that walking made me realise that I have muscles I never knew existed. At the end of the day, I was terrified to the prospect of having to take a train to return home (my hotel), and I certainly can’t sleep outside… What could I do?
Well, there’s nothing like an anime bus coming to save the day! There is such a bus running from the venue back to the city. I took the bus on the first day of Comiket 91! How about a photo report? Yeiiii!
‘Aniten Tokkyuu’ is a groundbreaking bus that lets you listen to original drama CDs as it takes you from the Comiket venue to the Animate shops in Ikebukuro or Akihabara. It seems that the destination changes every year, but they mainly go to Akihabara and Ikebukuro. Once you get there, you won’t get mobbed at the platform like in the first arc of my Comiket adventures. You can also roam the town of otaku before you go home! That’s pretty cool.
In case you need some nice places to go in Akihabara or Ikebukuro, here are two guide articles I have written for MANGA.TOKYO:
I was so excited that I couldn’t feel fatigued. The first thing that caught my eye was the cheering paper fan.
The prism sparkle fans featured three characters from Over the Rainbow.
The destination was, of course, paradise (I’m imitating the line from the movie.) I couldn’t believe this was happening. Anime Bus, take me to paradise!
The inside of the bus was decorated with love and the seats were well-sized. It was very comfortable.
Since it was okay to cheer, I got a disposable penlight. Of course, you can bring glow sticks. I slightly regretted not bringing one.
When the sign ‘Cheering OK’ showed up, we cheered wildly. I felt as excited as when I watched the movie for the first time. Hiro-sama! Kazuki-senpai! Kouji-kun!!
The original drama CD, which is playing exclusively on this bus, starts with the scene where the three from Over the Rainbow go to a certain exhibition to perform at the doujin event called Purike. However, they run into a problem on the way, so they have to get to the venue on their own by any means.
I laughed at the word Purike each time, but in the last half, there were stories about the relationships between them and their work, and there were sad scenes too… It was a very entertaining drama full of laughter and tears. It was so impressive that everyone got excited and waved penlights! I guess happiness can make you feel less tired!
After the main part finished and when I thought we would go straight to Ikebukuro in peace, we heard a surprising announcement that we got messages from the three characters!
Kouji-kun, Hiro-sama and Kazuki-senpai each described how they felt towards Over the Rainbow and towards the fans, and showed their deep appreciation. It was such an exciting moment for otome game lovers. My heart still aches…
On top of that, the background music was the intro of Flavor… I couldn’t hold my tears… (I actually cried a little.)
After the messages, and while I was still a little emotional, the bus suddenly arrived at Ikebukuro! There was a familiar-looking Animate store standing there… It was around 50 minutes from the venue of Comiket at Tokyo Big Sight!
I had been on the bus for a long 50 minutes and I cried, laughed and cheered, and felt like I was in the theater. I feel so nostalgic about that cheer screening at SUN-SUN theater!
The CD that had been played in the bus, and a heart-shaped pocket warmer were included in the ticket fare! Now I can listen to their voices when I get home. This version was exclusive to the bus, but you can get a commercial version at Animate stores.
I realized when I got off the bus that it had such a cute round shape! There were also some Karakore figures by MOVIC on the bus.
I have a lot of Karakore figures, because they are cute, you can collect a lot of them, and you can put them on ita-bags… Most importantly they have adorable faces, so you’ll be happy everyday just by displaying them in your room!
Check out their website. They have Haikyuu and Touken Ranbu as well as King of Prism! figures.
And the bus to paradise disappeared in the dark of the night. I was so sad… I want to ride it again…
The problem with Comiket is that public transportation gets so crowded. Getting onto a packed train with a lot of swag requires so much endurance, and you need to worry about whether or not you have everything with you, and if you will still have everything when you reach your destination. In fact, on the way back on the second day when I didn’t take the bus, I had to take an over-crowded train with my shoulders falling off from the weight of the stuff, and I had to transfer trains… It was hell… Now I think that I should’ve taken the bus on the second day too.
If you use this ‘Aniten Tokkyuu’, you can go to central Tokyo comfortably, and it’s not just about the traveling, you can also have fun in the bus. You can travel while listening to a drama exclusive to the bus. Think about it. Isn’t it like the proper treatment for an otaku fan…? And you get souvenirs!
The anime they collaborate with changes every year, so if they collaborate with the anime you like even a little bit, I suggest you take it. In the past, I heard they had collaborated with K and Uta no Prince-sama!
Goodbye, Anime Bus…
After I left the bus, I roamed around Ikubukuro and then took a not-crowed train back to my hotel. It would be much more convenient if you booked a hotel where the ‘Aniten Tokkyuu’ stops.
What will next the Comiket collaborate with…? I can’t wait. If you have a plan to go to Comiket, check out ‘Aniten Tokkyuu’! Have a good otaku life and don’t let anything interfere with your happiness!
I'm a good-for-nothing otaku who works as a freelance web writer.
I live in Kyoto, Japan, but I am so often in Tokyo for anime-related cafes and products that people frequently misunderstood that I live there. Yowamushi Pedal helps me overcome all difficulties. I'm also a huge fan of Touken Ranbu! In order to deliver to you the latest otaku info and trends, I'll keep dwelling in the 2-D world. Thank you very much!