Euro Cosplay 2016 preliminaries


What is Cosplay?

Cosplay, or Costume Play can be seen at all Anime and Game related events. Cosplayers are people dressing up like their favourite cartoon, comic or game character. Quite a lot of people cosplay at Anime 2015 and a lot of them also walk around the city of The Hague in their costumes and liven up the city for the weekend the Anime festival is being held. The Cosplay Competition at the Anime festival is more then just showing your cool outfit! At our Cosplay Competition we require contestants to not only wear a great, self made costume, they also have to perform an act, in character of the character they are portraying. For those of us who are not so well versed at public speaking or are too modest to compete with a full act, but are amongst the worlds top costume designers, for you we have a special event that does not require an extensive act!

Euro Cosplay 2016

You may have heard about the London MCM-Expo at ExCell exhibition centre, because at the first Euro Cosplay competition, our own Bianca entered the Cosplay Fashion show at the Anime festival and won an expenses paid trip to London and competed at the Euro Cosplay event.
Bianca did quite well and won an excellent 6th place out of more then 30 European competitors!
But that is not all. Just one year later, Ronald was selected by the judges of Animecon to represent the Netherlands. His result was a superb second place.
Will you be the Costume hero that will be send to the UK to defend the Dutch pride at MCM-Expo?


There are unfortunately no more places available this year.

When signing up for this competition, you will in any case need to provide us with:
- Small storyboard about your act in 5-10 lines of text
- A ticket number (If you have a free ticket, please state so)
Without these, your entry will not be valid.

Not required for watching.


Aside from the usual rules, the following applies: 
Visitors of this specific event are allowed to take pictures of the event. All entrants need to agree to this if they want to compete in this event. A special entry for this purpose has been added to the Cosplay Competition registration form. However, it is NOT allowed, to use FLASH photography! Remember other people's personal (as well as third parties) rights will always apply, but what you do with YOUR pictures/recordings is YOUR OWN responsibility!


  • For Cosplay weapons guidelines read the house rules/huisregels. Dutch weapons law will always apply!
  • Only solo contestants can enter this competition. Groups or teams of more than one person are not allowed.
  • You must wear a self-made costume.
  • You may use small props that were store bought.
  • You are allowed to perform a brief act on stage that may not exceed 90 seconds.    
  • Once entered, you will get a script form to fill in the details of your act. This will have to be handed in on Saturday 14th of May, 23:59h at the latest.
  • With your script, you will also have to provide:
    - Work in Progress pictures,
    - Reference pictures,
    - Any audio/video you want to use during the skit.
  • You may not use: Any items that can spill on the stage, like bubbles, glitter, confetti etc.
  • You may not use: Live fire, dry ice, live steel weapons or other things that could be a danger to yourself or others.
  • Stage ninjas are allowed in a small way: our staff can hand you a prop or item from backstage or press a button for you. Interaction with the cosplayers on stage is NOT allowed.
  • You must attend the Anime festival at least on Sunday.
  • You must be 18 years or older on October 1st 2016 if you want to compete for the Euro Cosplay.
  • You must be able to come to Great Britain in the last week of October for Euro Cosplay.
  • You cosplay must be from an officially published or broadcast source. They may not be original designs or based on derivative works not endorsed by the copyright holders. 


If you have questions regarding the Cosplay Competition, kindly direct them to us, using the appropriate forum (Before you submit a question, please browse the forum to see if your question has already been answered) or send us an e-mail using our contact form (choose 'Cosplay Event' from the subject dropdown menu).


'Whole Weekend' and 'Sunday Only' visitors.


Archonia Room.


Sunday June 12th: Starts at 14:00h

For legal and safety reasons we are not allowed to exceed the Archonia room's maximum capacity. For the people that will miss out we will try to show a recording.

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
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