Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup

Hello everyone, welcome to Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup!, the new and relaxed international cosplay event at Animecon.

Many international events bring a lot of stress with them, because they are held at prestigious events with a grand prize which might bring about even more stress. People have to travel from their hotel to the main stage (for example WCS) and need to carry their props over a big distance.

What we at Animecon would like to achieve is that teams of two cosplayers can have a relaxed weekend and then compete in a show that takes a total of four hours out of their day from start to finish. Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup attempts to bring back the fun and bonding between cosplayers of different countries to the international stage. We don’t want to be prestigious, but we do have a nice prize for the winning team!

The event

Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup will debut at Anime 2015, World Forum, The Netherlands on June 13, 2015. Before that date, preliminary rounds will be held at 9 events in or just outside of Europe.
The preliminary round for the Benelux will be held at Anime 2015 on Friday, June 12, 2015.

What is Clara Cow's Cosplay Cup?

The most relaxed international cosplay event currently organized in Europe, with a main prize of a trip to Japan for the winning team in November, 2015.
The CCCC team is currently working on the definite schedule for the event but it will quite probably go as follows:
  • Friday morning: International teams arrive in The Hague
  • Friday afternoon, possible event.
  • Friday morning, Benelux teams practice
  • Friday evening, Benelux preliminary
  • Saturday morning, International teams practice
  • Saturday evening, Finals
  • Sunday afternoon Results
  • Sunday evening, International teams leave

Why this competition?

We want to organize an event that is more focused on the PLAY side of cosplay, with a 60% judgement on play and a 40% judgement on costume. Aside from this, all official animated, comic (East or West) and game characters can enter the competition. This is a bit different from the existing events where the focus is more towards costumes and mostly Oriental characters only.

What makes it so relaxed?

A lot of points that we have found to be taxing on the competing teams have been eliminated as much as possible to assure a nice and relaxed weekend for everyone competing.
  • Hotel on top of the event (Rooms provided for international teams only).
  • Practice session takes one hour at most.
  • Judging will be just before the competition, about two hours before, for the first team.
  • Back stage area with lounge chairs, dressing rooms with shower and toilet, water and light snacks.
  • English speaking staff (If you only speak your own language, we will try to get an interpreter for you)
  • You can use one of the largest real theaters in Europe for your performance.
  • You will have a nice big stage to perform on.

Please note that all audio for your act needs to be pre-recorded. Live microphones on stage are not allowed.

Do you have rules for this competition?

Yes, we do! We would like to keep them as simple as possible, but to make sure everything will go as smooth as possible for the judging process and the morning practice and light set up, we require you to read and follow the rules.
You can read them here.

The prize, why November?

Well, one of our sponsors is the city of Kurayoshi in Tottori Ken, Japan.
You will be flown to Japan, all expenses paid and sleep in a Ryoukan in Kurayoshi, near Hawai beach, one of the nicest sandy beaches in Japan.
Near Kurayoshi is one of the most beautiful Chinese gardens in Japan where they have an international, traditional Chinese cosplay showcase in November.
You will have to create a traditional Chinese cosplay (for instance from Dynasty Warriors) in order to take part in the showcase in Enchoen garden (pictures below).
So the reason for going in November is that you can take part in the showcase.

How can we take part?

Teams of two Dutch, Belgian or Luxembourg cosplayers need to take part in the Benelux preliminaries at Animecon on June 14 (Teams may be a mix of Dutch and Belgium or Luxembourg cosplayers as well as completely from one country).
For international cosplayers, please refer to our partner organizations

If you would like to know how and why we chose our partners, click here

Sign up

There are unfortunately no more places available this year. Thank you for your interest and maybe till next year! 

Some pictures of Enchou-en

Click the image for a photo album of Enchou-en




J-POP in cooperation with:
  • Aniway
  • Archonia
  • Bit Agency
  • CrunchyRoll
  • Warner Brothers Games
  • Hercules
  • Mindscape
  • Nationaal Videogame Museum
  • Samsung
  • Ziva Events
  • AFK e-Sports
  • Vertigo 6
  • Koch Media
Design & development by Bit Agency