It’s summer time again in Japan, which means the biggest Cosplay celebration in the world is back once again filling the streets of Nagoya with characters from the worlds’ best anime, manga and videogames. Of course, I’m talking about the World Cosplay summit, and as it is a tradition for BMJ, we attended so we could tell you highlights of the event. The 2015 edition of this international award was the grandest in its history, bringing participants from 26 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, UK, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Portugal, and Kuwait. This proves that cosplay, a practice that was born in Japan, is not just a hobby exclusive to the Land of the Rising Sun, but it is an activity that brings communities of fans together from all over the world.
The festival began in the usual way, with the traditional red carpet in front of Nagoya’s International Hotel. The parade opened with a small group of people dressed in traditional Japanese clothing, wearing the costumes of Geishas, Oiran and Samurais, bringing alive a snippet of Japan’s Edo period history. Next, the various competing teams showed some of their best costumes, which differ from those seen in the main contest.
Before the main contest, we took a walk through the Oasis 21 mall, which has hosted the event from the very beginning. This has been the place where cosplayers and fans from all over the world meet to show their best outfits, take pictures, get to know each other and share their passion for cosplay.
Finally, during the main event each team must do a performance in which they do not only model their costumes, but also must act out a scene that showcases the anime, manga or videogame from which they decided to create their outfits. This year the champions were the representatives of Mexico, the team TWIN Cosplay, who gave a performance based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. They were the favourites among the Judges of the competition, and also won the Nico Nico Audience Award, which is awarded to the audience’s favourite act. Second place was awarded to the Italian team, who gave a performance of the mecha series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Team USA obtained the third place with their Paradise Kiss performance.
Other prizes awarded were:
Best Wig: Spain (Cyperous)
Best Sound Effects: Japan (Joysound)
Best Costume: USA (Brother)
Best Performance: China (LIVEDAM)
Most “Thrilling and Exciting” Team: Hong Kong (HIS)
Best “Respect to the original Score”: Hong Kong (Mobi Book Indie)
Without a doubt, this was a very exciting weekend in Nagoya. We wish to congratulate TWIN Cosplay, who for the first time in the World Cosplay Summit history, won first place for Mexico. Congratulations!!!