Friday, August 01, 2008

World Cosplay Summit Opens in Nagoya

The two day cosplay sumit of Japan opened this week to thousands of otaku from around the world dressed to compete for the best cosplay of the show among a bevy of awards.

Cosplayers came from all aroud the world, many of whom won an all expenses paid trip to the summit to represent their home country and favorite anime or manga characters.

This year's winner was Brazil which found a cosplaying pair dressed as Joe and Jango from "Angel's Adolescence". Most teams participated in pairs in skits during the event.
Over 12,000 spectators visited the show and there were many excellent guest judges on hand.

Read more at the offical WCS site and see clips from the events.

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4 Comments:

At Aug 10, 2008, 7:49:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

As you can see by the post date, this story sat in draft mode for a while.
Fear not, I shall try to update more soon!

 
At Aug 20, 2008, 9:24:00 AM, Blogger Kami... said...

Some say The World Cosploay Summit is a good chances for other nations and cultures to experience and share in Japanese culture, while others argue that since Cosplay is more popular in North America and REALLY has nothing to do with Japanese Culture... the WCS is actually detrimental and confusing others about Japans Culture...

Guess which I'm in agreeance with.
(o^-')b

 
At Aug 20, 2008, 4:21:00 PM, Blogger Kip said...

Really, I've seen a lot of anime convention cosplay events in Japan before.

In fact I think one of the most popular places I've found to cosplay is Singapore!

So it's certainly not an American thing, especially when you consider how many teams from over the world competed and participated!

 
At Aug 21, 2008, 1:54:00 PM, Blogger Kami... said...

With the conventions in Japan, most of the people that are dressed up are the ones that work there... like Race Queens and such.

Usually the time people do dress up was for school festivals and such... but usually something looked down upon.

I've seen people here dress up to watch Musicals and even Movies! Hair Spray? Let me grease my hair and get my leather jacket...
Rocky Horror Picture Show? Let me get my... ummm... nevermind...
New Star Trek Movie? You got your ears ready?
Star WaRs? The Force is with me...

Let's not forget All Hallow's Eve...

How many conventions in North America? How much percent of people that attend dress up?

Dressing up (for something) is SEEMINGLY quite more popular and more accepted in North America than Japan.

 

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