This was a great show that transcended cosplay boundaries. It was pure entertainment.
While the world was watching about the Rio Olympics, otaku fans had their own huge event being held in Nagoya, Japan: COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 2016, the competition to choose the world’s best cosplayer.
This year’s participants have gathered from over 30 countries including four that took part for the first time: Switzerland, India, Canada, and Sweden. These outstanding cosplayers had to pass their country’s preliminaries to get here. Cosplay has its own rules and organizations, and Manga.Tokyo is preparing some very enlightening articles to show you how everything works in the world of competitive cosplay. Wait for them!
Every country made an amazing performance, but in the end it was the Indonesian team that held the precious champion trophy. Here is a photo report of the finals held during the second day of the championship!
About the COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
The COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP is a global competition that decides the world’s best cosplayer. Their criteria involve quality of the outfit, acting and stage performance. All the countries had outstanding presentations, and I’ve got to say that this event is not just about cosplay. It’s a great entertainment show.
The first day of the event held the preliminaries where all 30 countries competed. The top 16 teams advanced to the finals of the following day.
“Costume” Stage Expression (On Stage judging)・・・5 points
Admiration and Respect・・・5 points
A total of 30 points
India / Brazil / Finland / Australia / Italy / Netherlands / China / Kuwait / USA / Taiwan / Malaysia / Canada / Russia / Singapore / Japan / Thailand / UK / Vietnam / Denmark / South Korea / Sweden / Spain / Portugal / Germany / Philippines / Mexico / Hong Kong / Indonesia / France / Switzerland
The Quality of the Costumes was Evident
What’s more exciting about this event compared to other cosplay-related events is that the participants give incredible performances. Everything from outfit to props, and from music to stage effects are made by the participants. The moment they set foot on stage you know that you are witnessing months of hard work needed to make everything from scratch.
The COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP is both a great entertainment show and a new-born cosplay genre that goes beyond the boundaries of cosplay. This year’s preliminaries were extremely heated and a total of 18 teams (Normally 16 teams) have fought hard for the first place.
Manga.Tokyo has photos from all the teams. Enjoy!
Klochkova Anastasiia Title: xxxHolick Character:
Kimihiro Watanuki Performance Outline:
Waranuki desperately struggles in the dark to find Yuko.
They are enigmatically beautiful. Their sophisticated performance and outfit faithfully reflect xxxHolick’s beautiful, gothic world. I was sucked into their mysterious act.
Fischbach Valerie Title: Love Live! School Idol Festival Character:
Honoka Kosaka Performance Outline:
The school that Honoka and Eri go to is planned to be closed down. Honoka convinces Eri to start up a school idol group.
French Team won third place.
Their costumes and dance performances were incredibly kawaii. The audience fell in love with them, and they even captivated the male judges!
Their performance followed the story of Love Live! faithfully.
Murakamisigeki Title: FINAL FANTASY Ⅷ Character:
Seifer Almasy Performance Outline:
Squall’s eternal rival, Seifer, confronts him countless times! Their fierce fighting has at last reached its climax.
Their powerful handling of the two gunblades (that were making sounds as well) was so cool! Their performance was perfect and it almost felt like a musical. Both of them being handsome men, their make-up made them look even more gorgeous.
They had a lot of cheers from the audience. This was a very confident performance.
Desirè Tirolo Title: Pokemon Conquest Character:
Oichi Performance Outline:
The Warlord, Nobunaga, seeks for Rayquaza, the legendary Pokemon. Oichi tries to stop him with her partner, Jigglypuff. Can Oichi defeat Oichi?
The Italian team performed Pokemon Conquest, the unique collaboration game featuring bushou (warlord) and Pokemon. Nobunaga and Oichi’s costumes were extremely well-made with distinctive features and it felt as if they jumped out from the game to the real world.
Their battle performance running around the stage was very powerful!
Kim Synnerborn Title: The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Character:
Link Performance Outline:
This is a story on the floating island, Skyloft. One day, Link and Zelda try to get a picknick basket.
While all the other participants performed serious stories, the Swedish team performed a comedy. Link and Zelda’s sexy dancing performance received a storm of applause and laughter and heated up the event.
Chittaworn Veeraoj Title: Biohazard2 Character:
Leon S. Kennedy
G-virus Performance Outline:
Leon, the new detective, plans an operation to fight the reviving zombies.
The costume for G-virus was the most outstanding. The huge eyeball on the left shoulder of G-virus was graphic and eerie, and the costume for its post-transformation was exquisite.
Their stage interpretation was very exciting!
Felicia Dussault Title: Legend of Zelda, Twilight Princess Character:
Midna Performance Outline:
Midna notices the presence of Link and teleports to the riverside, trying to attract his attention.
They commented, “We love this story the best and that’s why we decided to perform it. Crafting these costumes was fun too.” I could see their deep love for the game through their performance.
Amber Martini Title: Cardcaptor Sakura Character:
Syaoran Performance Outline:
Sakura and Syaoran accidentally discover a Clow Card. They confront it with the help of the guardian, Cerberus!
These Aussies managed to change their costumes three times during their limited performance period of two minutes and a half. Every time they changed the costumes, a big cheer came from the audience.
Their costumes, stage set, and the back screen visuals were all well-matched.
Jenni Suominen Title: Otoyomegatari Character:
Amir Halgal Performance Outline:
Armir visited Pariya who was baking bread. They decided to play their time away while waiting for the bread to be baked.
Feedback Otoyumegatari is a story set in Central Asia. Their traditional folk costumes were really cute.
I loved their playful expression on their faces.
Kyuyoung Han Title: Fate prototype Character:
Saber Performance Outline:
Gilgamesh showed up in front of Saber, with an antidote for the “Poison Blood” her master is suffering from.
Their genuine and powerful sword handling was amazing. This team used the backscreen most effectively out of all the participants. The lights coming from the sword were well-linked with the action and made their performance thrilling.
Marchella Title: Trinity Blood Character:
Seth Nightlord Performance Outline:
Cain has turned into the incarnation of destruction and massacre. Abel and Seth confront him, trying to stop him.
♫ Theeeeey are the chaaaampions, my frieeeeend! ♫
The first place was won by the Indonesian Team. They used surprising tricks to show a body cut in half and floating in the air. Their performance was more like a perfect magic show instead of a cosplay performance!
Diana Tolin Title: Fate/Stay Night Character:
Saber Alter Performance Outline:
Sakura fights to control her new power and servants!
Their amazing costumes and stage set expressed the world of Fate/Stay Night fully. Their acting abilities were very impressive too. I was immersed in their world because of their astonishing performance and plot!
Christian Barron Title: KID ICARUS: UPRISING Character:
HADES Performance Outline:
PIT, the angel, crosses swords with his old enemy, HADES, the Lord of the Underworld, and then…!
The Mexican team won first place last year. This year, their make-up and costumes were also gorgeous.
The quality for HADES in particular was like a work of prosthetic makeup.
I heard they spent a year crafting their amazing costumes. They could just shoot a movie in those costumes. SUGOI!
Shirou Tang Title: Adekan Character:
Shiro Yoshiwara Performance Outline:
Shiro was invited to the world where Anri lives. But trying to leave it offended Anri.
They didn’t get a place unfortunately, but I personally loved their performance the best. I believe their performance was perfect and worth the first prize. Their costumes, plops, and stage set were all very detailed and artistic, while their performance was bold and fearless. Running around the stage with an umbrella made their rather petite figures look bigger than they actually are. I’m sure they received the biggest applause from the audience!
Sarah Juul Wallin
Alexander Hvidberg Title: The Angel of Elhamburg Character:
Lalvan Performance Outline:
Lakvan abruptly breaks into the castle Perseus confined himself in. When the two meet again, the wheel of fate begins to spin.
The Danish team won second place. The Angel of Elhamburg is known for its beautiful drawings, and yet these two performers were more beautiful than the manga.
The medieval European armor suited the contenstant so well. The total time they spent on crafting this costume was up to 500 hours! No wonder it was so amazing.
MIYAKO Title: Odin sphere leifthrasir Character:
Gwendolyn Performance Outline:
Oswald’s soul is imprisoned by Odette, the queen of the Netherworld, in return for the power he received. Gwendolyn confronts Odette to save Oswald!
They were one of the most memorable teams, because they kissed at the climax of the performance! Their lovey-dovey relationship heated up the event. Their performance had a great chemistry, and it wasn’t because of the kissing, silly. It must be fun to cosplay as a couple!
Robelie Annina R. Guerzon
Gomer E. Taboada Title: Phantasy Star Online 2 Character:
Tousha Mononofu Performance Outline:
Tousha Mononofu and Ouka Tenkou left for a journey to defeat Magatsu! The fight was going in their favor until Ouka Tenkou was possessed by Magatsu.
The Filipino team showed us the most powerful performance. The two ran around the whole stage during their battle scene. Their action was very speedy and gave so much presence.
Laura Sindall Title: Final Fantasy Ⅳ Character:
Rydia Performance Outline:
In order to rescue Rosa imprisoned in the crystal cave, Rydia challenges Golbez with spells!
They are incredibly pretty and the soft texture of their costumes highlighted that beauty, They also had a great performance and used a dragon on the stage.
Third place: France
Second place: Denmark
The Champion: Indonesia
I can’t wait for the next Championship
There was laughter, tears, love romances, horrors, etc. Every team had their own unique characteristic.
This was the first year they allowed the use of a backscreen. It made the competition distinctive and a lot of teams utilized it in an effective and expressive way.
The Indonesian team’s performance was outstanding and they deserved, if not the first place, at least one of the top spots.
First, their gothic costumes had a huge pair of wings on the back and they looked gorgeous on stage. Second, their staging was like a magic show and really surprised the audience. They managed to show us a body being cut in half and floating in the air. Such a performance really amazed the audience and heated up the competition. Their acting was brilliant and perfect.
Did you like the photos? Which team was your favorite?
The next year’s “COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP” in 2017 will have more countries participating.
Why don’t you participate in it as well?!
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