This is what happens when one of the country’s most adulated cosplayers makes an appearance at a cosplay convention.
Back in 2016, Japanese cosplayer Enako blew everyone’s minds by announcing on television that she earns more than one million yen (US$9,700) a month through cosplay.
The professional cosplayer went on to reveal that she can earn up to 400,000 yen for live appearances, and when she sells her photo collections at Comiket, Japan’s semiannual independent comics event, Enako can earn 10 million yen in just two days, which is more than what most people make in a year.
Given her immense popularity, it should come as no surprise that Enako has an ardent group of devoted followers, but even then, nobody could predict the chaos that the 23-year-old cosplayer would cause when she turned up at the World Cosplay Summit in Japan on 5 August.
まえだ (@7yu_mt) August 06, 2017
Enako initially revealed that she would be appearing at the Summit via her official Twitter account on the morning of 5 August, saying she would be dressed as virtual YouTuber Kizuna Ai.
今日のコスサミは バーチャルYouTuberのキズナアイちゃんで参加しますー！ 見かけたらよろしくお願いします(๑˃̵ᴗ˂̵)✨ https://t.co/WpZ8bBsEu5—
えなこ (@enako_cos) August 06, 2017
Take a look at the video below to see the virtual schoolgirl in her introductory video as host of A.I.Channel on YouTube.
As soon as Enako was spotted at the venue in Aichi, Nagoya Prefecture, fans rushed towards her, encircling her with cameras in hand, capturing all her cute poses with photos that were quickly shared on social media.
日和@コスサミ (@hiyori_cs) August 06, 2017
今日初撮りさせていただいて思ったのが、えなこさんって、ホントにどの角度で見てもカワイイんだなって。そして表情が豊かすぎますね。どのポーズとっててもカワイイし、もう本当に天使すぎる（嬉泣）。 #コスサミ #えなこりん #えなこ https://t.co/TGVtIItjiJ—
si○riが○い人。今は一えなこりん好き (@hutuuno_ossan) August 06, 2017
The star, who was at the centre of a ring of snap-hapy fans, received the same amount of attention as a Hollywood celebrity.
みかん (@dslr_mikan) August 07, 2017
えなこりんほんと可愛かった… こんな前列で撮ることが出来てほんと良かった(￣^￣゜) まぁ欲を言えばカメラ目線が欲しかったところだけど、それは来週のコミケでチャレンジする！えなこみゅにも行く！ 今日はほんといい1日だった！ (語彙… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…—
一姫@コミケ全参加 (@Anima1997) August 06, 2017
Some photographers were disappointed they couldn’t capture better images of the star, given the jostling of the crowd they had to contend with.
えなこちゃんほんとに可愛すぎたけど、人が多すぎていいの撮れなかったけど終わってからの対応が凄かったから人気あるのが分かった😀 #コスサミ #2日目 #えなこりん https://t.co/IOnYPQ5UlG—
新垣は別格推しむっし (@musasiloveharo) August 06, 2017
Despite the huge crowd of people that gathered, thankfully fans were able to maintain an orderly sense of pandemonium, maintaining a respectful distance from the star, although they still managed to block thoroughfares with their zeal to capture a photo of Enako in her Kizuna Ai costume.
えなこりん可愛すぎるやろ😭💓 やばいわ…ブログとかツイート見るのがホンマ楽しみ https://t.co/9JNLgq9vDs—
ザッキー西野家 (@Pu_syan_Kana318) August 07, 2017
Enako enjoyed cosplaying as the virtual YouTuber, posting these photos on her Twitter account shortly after her appearance.
コスサミ2日目はバーチャルYouTuberのキズナアイちゃんやってました！ 撮影してくれた皆さんありがとうございました(o・v・o)♪ https://t.co/YDjYbziRB7—
えなこ (@enako_cos) August 06, 2017
Her fun and spirited poses even inspired some cute fan art following the event.
てらりん (@terarin08) August 07, 2017
Fans who want to see more of Enako will be happy to know her next appearance is coming up this weekend, where she’ll be present at different locations over three days at Summer Comiket from 11-13 August.
【お知らせ】 8/11(金)〜13(日) 夏コミの予定です！ 🌟1日目:サークル参加 🌟2日目:TVアニメ「Dies irae」 マリィ公式コスプレイヤー(企業ブース) 🌟3日目:バーチャルYouTuber・キズナアイ(一般参加… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…—
えなこ (@enako_cos) August 08, 2017
If you’d like to see Enako in person, be sure to head down to the venue at Tokyo Big Sight at Odaiba from this Friday. Before you go, though, you might want to read up on your Comiket survival guide and don’t forget to pack your camera!