World Cosplay Summit 2016

For the last few years, Animecon 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 (according to wcs judgment rules) of two Cosplayers will be chosen to represent The Netherlands as official Dutch entrants for the competition in Japan!

Stichting Promotie Japanse Popcultuur and Blammo Entertainment, the people behind the Anime festival and First Look Festival, will send both winners and an Anime festival staff member to Japan from end of July to early August 2016 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 during 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!

Website for World Cosplay Summit

You can find the official website here

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 22 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.

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: Japan

2013: Italy

2014: Russia

2015:  Mexico

2016: ???

When is the WCS qualifier held?

The WCS 2016 qualifier will be held at First Look Festival on October 10th and organised by the AnimeCon Cosplay Team!



You can sign up for the WCS Prelims here.

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

  • For cosplay weapons guidelines the house rules of FirstLook Festival and the Dutch weapons law will always apply!
  • The Dutch team will be represented by one team of two cosplayers.
  • The team must be in costumes from the same series.
  • The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga or video games. (Shueisha titles i.e. Bleach, One Piece, Naruto, etc. may not be used).
  • Cosplay costumes and major props are to be hand-made. Pre-/ready-made costumes are not allowed.
  • You must be able to come to Japan from the end of July to the beginning of August for the World Cosplay Summit.
  • You should be aged 18 or over on July 1st 2016.
  • You should cooperate in a positive manner in order to ensure the success of the World Cosplay Summit.
  • A valid passport must be presented at First Look Festival on October 10th.
  • If you have won the preliminaries at Anime 2015, your team cannot compete for the honour to represent The Netherlands this time.
  • If your team places second and one member of the winning team cannot go, you are not eligible to replace that team.         
    A replacement will be chosen by the original team members, WCS Inc. and Firstlook Festival and her partners. 
  • Your flight will be paid for by FirstLook Festival, the rest of your costs (food, drink, trips, extra luggage etc.) will NOT be covered.
  • Once entered you will get a script form to fill in the details of your act. This and pre-recorded audio will have to be handed in on Saturday September 12th 2015, 23:59h at the latest.
  • The team must perform an act on stage that may not exceed 150 seconds.
  • Teams may not use: Any items that can spill on the stage, like bubbles, glitter, confetti etc.
  • Teams may not use: Live fire, dry ice, live steel weapons or other things that could be a danger to yourself or others
  • You may not perform an act already done in a previous year at Animecon, it needs to be a new performance.
  • You must attend FirstLook Festival on Friday (for rehearsals) and Saturday.
  • 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.
  8. Please join the Facebook group of WCS Team Netherlands


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

The judging process for WCS consists of two seperate judgings:

Part 1:
All organisers, except those of your country, will judge craftmanship. Everything will be judged according to your reference material. Make sure you have a copy in your Cosplay Book. Using too many rhinestones on plane fabric (according to reference) will deduct points from your score!

Please do note that everything from quality of sewing, glueing and material and color use will be judged. Props you do not hold in your hands, will not be judged. The total for this judging comes to 33.3% of your total score!

Part 2:
Stage performance judgement by celebs and other people. This will be 66.6% of your total score. Here the level of performance, inventiveness, entertainment will be judged, as well as how the costume looks on stage (design, faithfulness to the original characters costume) and finally the fidelity to Original characters will be judged (Does Asuka really swill whisky?).

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