Watch a Japanese Nerd Stampede

We are days away from the summer Comiket, a huge, self-published comics event in Tokyo that over a half a million people attend. Make that a half a million geeks. This video is a taste of things to come.


It's okay to be a geek! I'm also a geek. Maybe you are, too? If so, you could have a particular way of hurrying or scurrying. The above clip is a few years old, but it shows people rushing at Kokusai-Tenjijō Station on their way to Tokyo Big Sight, where Comiket is held. They don't want to miss the train and be late to Comiket, so they are running.

Online in Japan, the video was recently uploaded again, and people are commenting how the otaku (geeks) in this video seem to run like ninja in Naruto—that or like characters in Attack on Titan. I'll tell you what, though. The dude who blazes out of the gate looks pretty cool. Those bringing up the rear? Less so.

コミケ開催時のりんかい線の様子 [YouTube via 2ch]

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Pfft! Call that a stampede? THIS is a stampede!