World Cosplay Summit 2011



Since this year, the Anime Festival has been invited to join the fun in the World Championships of Cosplay, the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan! This means that during our regular Cosplay Competition, the best team of two Cosplayers will be chosen to represent The Netherlands as official Dutch entrants for the competition in Japan! Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur, the people behind the Anime festival, in cooperation with Scandinavian Air Service (SAS) will send both winners and an Anime festival staff member to Japan from August 4 - August 10 of 2011 to represent our country at this great international competition!

History of the WCS

The free and dynamic nature of manga was instrumental in the birth of cosplay. Nowadays youth from around the world find this as a common language and a dynamic new form of global interaction. The World Cosplay Summit began in Osu, Nagoya and has grown to include 16 countries from around the world. If you count audience and participants at each preliminary event, the number of people involved is now in the 100s of thousands. For youth who have discovered Japan through manga and experienced Japanese culture through the medium of the World Cosplay Summit, TV-Aichi endeavors to continue the development of this new form of international exchange.

What is the WCS?

The WCS is a cosplay event sponsored by TV Aichi. It stands for the World Cosplay Summit.


What is the World Cosplay Championship?

The World Cosplay championship begun in 2005 and is designed to determine a Grand Champion through stage performances by representative teams from each participating country. The championship is graded on the finish of the costume design and the teams performance on stage. Grand Champions from previous years are as follows:

2005: Italy

2006: Brazil

2007: France

2008: Brazil

2009: Japan

2010: Italy

2011: ?????

When is the WCS qualifier held?

The WCS qualifier is held during our normal Cosplay competition on Saturday, Main Stage in the Archonia Room. We strongly suggest you attend our stage rehearsal on Friday afternoon. Please use this form to register.


WCS specific rules

The World Cosplay Summit constitutes the Cosplay Parade, the Cosplay Championship, and other related promotional activities.

Rules on Participation in the Cosplay Summit

1. Each country will be represented by one team of two cosplayers. The team must be in costumes from the same series.
2. The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga and video games. (Shueisha titles i.e. Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, etc. may not be used).
3. Cosplay costumes are to be hand-made. Pre-/ready-made costumes are not allowed.
4. You must be able to come to Japan from 31 July to 10 August for the World Cosplay Summit.
5. You should be aged 18 and over when you compete at the Anime festival on 7 May.
6. You should cooperate in a positive manner in order to ensure the success of the World Cosplay Summit.
7. When the sponsor (TV Aichi) asks for documents (i.e. passport application, official documentation etc.) related to the World Cosplay Summit, please prepare and submit them as quickly as possible.

Your flight will be paid by Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcutuur and is sponsored by Scandinavian Air Service


Preparation: Rules and Warnings

1. You are required to bring three costumes to Japan: one for the parade, one for the championship, and one for media appearances. (If you absolutely can't, two will suffice)
2. In the Cosplay Championship, please make sure the costumes of the characters in which both of you will appear are from the same Japanese manga or anime or video game
3. Equipment and props for the Cosplay Championship performance are limited to those of a size that 2 representative cosplayers and 1 organizer are able to carry on their own at one time to the venue. Only 3 people are able to prepare the performance backstage.
4. It is not permitted to directly copy original drawings or logos to on equipment or props.
5. You are required to bear the cost of any overweight luggage charges when shipping costumes and other items.
6. Please prepare your own music for your performance. A performance sheet stating what you will perform is to be submitted in advance, you may not use the original voice actors' voice for the music in Japan.

Other Regulations for the Championship

1. The performance at the Championship can be the same as the performance given in the preliminary round, but if it is the same, you should try to improve upon it for the championship.
2. Please strictly adhere to the time limit of 150 seconds. This includes the setting up of any equipment/props on stage up to the end of the performance. If the performance is too long, points will be deducted.
3. Only the 2 representative cosplayers, an organizer, and an interpreter are permitted to enter the backstage area of the Championship.
4. The organizer and WCS staff or any other person is not permitted to help you during your performance on stage (2 members of stage staff will help you to set up your equipment/props on stage).
5. It is possible to scatter things on stage during your performance, but staining, marking or damaging the stage in any way is prohibited. Anything that takes time to clean up on stage is also not allowed.
6. It is prohibited to take your performance into the audience area.
7. Using fire is prohibited.
8. The order of performances is decided by a draw after your arrival in Japan.

Judging Criteria for the Championship

Each judge of the cosplay championship can award 10 points for costume, 10 points for performance, and 5 points for faithfulness to the original work, for a maximum total of 25 points.

1. Performance (10 points): level of performance, inventiveness, entertainment.
2. Costume (10 points): design, faithfulness to the original characters costume.
3. Fidelity to Original (5 points): level of faithfulness of the performance towards the original story and characters.

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