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 ok 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 to change trains 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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    • I dunno. More densely packed maybe, but I don’t remember any runners. Everyone was just kind of lazily shuffling in 😛

      I don’t think much will ever beat the E3 stampede where everyone was racing to get to try the Wii.

  • Wow. Thrilling.

    There wasn’t much actual running, just a lot of brisk walking / jogging – nor was there the craziness and disregard for other people’s welfare implied with the word ‘stampede.’ It all seemed quite calm and respectful actually.

  • You’ll find this is the first train (~5.45am) and that the reason people are running funny is because there are staff yelling for people to (please) not run.
    Most people end up sort of trying to pretend not to run; ending in a brisk upright jog/run/walk thing.
    By the time the doors to Comiket open at 10am; there will be a ridiculous (maybe 100,000?) number of people lined up to get in.

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