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Costumes – World Cosplay Summit 2010

For a few years now Nagoya has hosted the annual World Cosplay Summit, making is a Mecca for costumed cuteness every August.

Growing from humble beginnings in 2003 it’s now become a large event spread over two days and featuring a number of international teams.

The first day starts with a large informal gathering around Osu Kannon. The number of cos-players is quite incredible as is the dedication of some of the fans, as shown in the sheer awesomeness of their costumes.

The afternoon marks the arrival of the international teams and a big parade around the Osu shopping area. You can see a full gallery of pictures from the first day here.

If you’re too lazy to trawl through the 200 or so individual pictures here’s a couple of samplers.

The second day takes place in a different location downtown (sorry, I don’t remember the name) and again starts off just like an informal gathering of cos-players meeting and comparing costumes; the guy dressed as Dante was actually by Osu Kannon on day one (before anybody notices the background and comments on it).

However, in the evening the actual competition takes place with teams from fifteen countries competing for the title of World’s Best Cos-player (and a prize probably).  Each two person team (thought they can have up to three backstage helpers) performed a skit in character was judged by a panel of ‘celebrity’ judges on Perfomance, Costume and Faithfulness to Story; I’ll put the full official judges criteria at the bottom if you’re interested.

Again I took way too many pictures to show them all here, so you can see the second day’s gallery here.

Here’s a preview of what you’ll find there.

This year the winners were Luca Buzzi and Giancarlo Di Pierro from Italy in a Zelda tribute.

Judging Criteria

1. Performance (100 points) – Production of performance, creativity of elements and entertainment.

  • conception/creativity of the skit (30 points)
  • preparation (20 points)
  • performing skills (20 points)
  • entertainment (30 points)

2. Costumes (100 points) – Workmanship, how faithful the costumes are to the original characters

3. Faithfulness to Story (50 points) – How faithful the performance is to the story of the original work and characters

The Bonus Criteria is a chance for up to 50 points to be added or deducted from each performance.
Positive points (10 points each):

  • WOW factor
  • Costume Choice for stage
  • Stage props
  • General audience catering
  • Portfolio

Negative points (10 points each):

  • Costume dysfunction on stage
  • Poor stage use
  • Audio quality
  • Emotion visibility
  • Attitude

N.B. This page is adapted from an entry on my travellerspoint blog.

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