When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

This weekend, Comic Market (aka "Comiket") rolled through Tokyo. How scorching was it? Time to bust out the thermal cameras!

Japan's largest networks featured Comiket on their news variety shows, focusing on the boiling temperatures. The country is being hit with a heat wave that has topped 40°C (104ºF). The high temps are serious; sadly, four have recently died from heat stroke.

FujiTV's Mr. Sunday introduced Comiket as an "anime event" (which isn't exactly correct, FujiTV!) and focused on cosplayers in heavy costumes and people sweating.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

Here, an Ultraman cosplayer is talking about how rough it is due to the heat.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

"It's very hot," says this Resident Evil cosplayer.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

And here is one of a couple sweaty backs Mr. Sunday showed.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

Cosplayers sweating through their outfits.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

Showing just how hot this Mazinger Z costume is...

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

...with a thermal camera. The areas in white are 43°C (109ºF). Geez, that really, really looks hot.

Knowing that, it really makes you appreciate cosplayers who were willing to deal with the awful temperatures to don masks, make-up, and heavy outfits.

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

Brave cosplayers like this, who, let's face, could risk heatstroke if they're not incredibly careful:

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

Then, there were the cosplayers dressed as characters in swimwear, which might have helped them beat the heat (though, problematic for those who burn):

When Cosplay Is Too Damn Hot

And with high attendance numbers and all those people packed inside the convention hall, things didn't feel much better for those out of costume, either. Kotaku's Toshi Nakamura summed it up best: "I was there, and the heat was pretty fucking terrible."

Photos: オタク1, 2, 3, 4, oki244_p, はちま起稿, Aeron_Chair, Kein_avp, n9m2k, Log-Channel

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