World Cosplay Summit 2013

For the last two years, 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, will send both winners and an Anime festival staff member to Japan from early August 2013 to represent our country at this great international competition!
The winning couple can also extend their experience in Japan by joining the Shiranai Travel holiday after the event. More news on that holiday soon, as J-Pop and Shiranai will organise a Holiday to Japan this August where people can cheer for the Dutch team in Nagoya and then move onwards to other parts of Japan!

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 18 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 organised by WCS Inc. 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: Brazil

2012: Singapore

When is the WCS qualifier held?

The WCS qualifier is held on Friday at 20:00. We strongly suggest you attend our stage rehearsal on Friday afternoon.


is closed, but not required for watching.

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 and major props are to be hand-made. Pre-/ready-made costumes are not allowed.
4. You must be able to come to Japan from end of July to early August for the World Cosplay Summit.
5. You should be aged 18 and over when you compete at the Anime festival on June 2.
6. You should cooperate in a positive manner in order to ensure the success of the World Cosplay Summit.
7. When the organiser 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.
8. If you have won the preliminaries at Anime 2012, you can not compete for the honour to represent The Netherlands this time.
9. If your team places second and one member of the winning team can not go, you are not the eligible to replace that team. A replacement will be chosen by the original team members, WCS Inc. and the J-Pop Foundation. 
10. Your flight will be paid by Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcutuur, the rest of your costs (food, drink, trips, extra luggage etc. will NOT be covered)
11. You will need to prepare a Costume Book for judging

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. Props may not be larger then 2 meter and may not be heavier then 20kg.
5. You are required to bear the cost of any overweight luggage charges when shipping costumes and other items.
6. Please prepare a costume book of your costume, preferably with you in them too, so we can be sure it's your work.
7. 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.
9. Please create a Facebook group for your team so other cosplayers can follow you.

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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