World Cosplay Summit

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World Cosplay Summit
StatusActive
VenueOasis 21 (2006-2013)
Aichi Arts Center (2014-2017) (2019-)
Dolphins Arena (2018)
Osu Shopping District
Location(s)Sakae, Nagoya, Aichi
CountryJapan
Inaugurated2003
Attendance18,000 in 2012[1]
Websitewww.worldcosplaysummit.jp/en/
2008 World Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit (世界コスプレサミット, Sekai Kosupure Samitto), also known as WCS, is an annual international cosplay event that promotes friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture.[2][3] In 2012, the WCS was incorporated as a company and until that year was organized by the events division of TV Aichi. It is supported by city organizations, businesses and the WCS student volunteer organization Omotenashi. The parade and championship are held in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan with several related events being held in the Kanto, Kansai and Tokai areas. A cosplay stage performance competition called the 'Cosplay Championship' was first held at Aichi Expo in 2005 and selection of national representatives for the event comes from preliminary and regional rounds held at partnering anime/manga events the respective countries of the participants.

With keen interest in Japanese youth culture from abroad, as of 2008, three ministries of the Japanese government have given support to the event; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Japanese embassy representatives often attend preliminaries at events in different countries as well.

The WCS has grown from a weekend event in 2003 and is currently held over a one-week period where the representatives visit different parts of Japan, including Akihabara, Kyoto and Sendai, in promotion of Japanese youth culture and its ability to connect internationally. The parade and championship have been held on the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend of August since 2006.

History[edit]

Expo Dome, the venue for the 2005 Cosplay Championship
Oasis 21, the venue for the 2006-2013 Cosplay Championships
Aichi Arts Center, the venue for the 2014-2017 Cosplay Championships
Dolphins Arena (Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium), current venue for the Cosplay Championship

The first World Cosplay Summit was held in 2003 to highlight the international popularity of Japanese anime and manga through cosplay,[4] and to brighten up Expo 2005 in Nagoya.[5] The event has grown year by year and has come to include over 40 countries with over 80 cosplay representatives and encompasses several events including the Osu Cosplay Parade and the Cosplay Championship.

2003-2012: The first 10 years[edit]

2003[edit]

The first event was held on October 12 at the Rose Court Hotel in Nagoya. 5 cosplayers were invited from Germany, France and Italy; events included a panel discussion, photographs session, and mixer event.

An event review dealing with the contemporary situation of anime and manga in Frankfurt (Germany), Paris (France) and Rome (Italy) was produced called "International Common Language" (MANGAは世界の共通語). The program was broadcast on November 24.

2004[edit]

Held on August 1 at the Ōsu shopping district in Naka-ku, Nagoya. 8 cosplayers were invited from Germany, France, Italy and the United States. This year marked the introduction of the Osu Cosplay Parade, which featured about 100 participants.

2005[edit]

In 2005, the WCS transferred from an invitational based system to a system where preliminary events were held around the world to select cosplay participants. This was also the first year to hold the Cosplay Championship. Single and group teams came to represent each country with 4 cosplayers from each nation. Along with supporting activities, the event took place in 2 main locations: the Cosplay Parade was held in Osu on July 31 and the Cosplay Championship was held at the Expo Dome on August 7 during Expo 2005. 40 people from seven countries participated in the first Cosplay Championship, with France winning the group category, Italy winning the individual category, and with the overall contest winner being Italy.[6] The initial goal of the event was to bring a part of Japanese youth culture to Expo 2005 and the event enjoyed the support of the Expo organizing committee — the Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition.

2006[edit]

The next year the event moved to the venue for the Cosplay Championship the location where it was held until 2013 at Oasis 21 in Sakae, Nagoya. 9 countries competed: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, China, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore and Japan, with a total of 22 cosplayers. Maurisio Somenzari L. Olivas and Monica Somenzari L. Olivas are a brother-and-sister team who represented Brazil, winning the grand prize at the 2006 summit. Dressed respectively as Hughes de Watteau and Augusta Vradica from Trinity Blood, they made their costumes by hand with help from their parents.

This year the WCS gained the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT). Over 5,000 people attended the Cosplay Championship stage event and several thousand more attended the Cosplay Parade.

TV Aichi broadcast another TV documentary special, "World Cosplay Summit 2006: New Challengers".

2007[edit]

The venue for the Cosplay Championship was Oasis 21 in Higashi-ku, Nagoya. Denmark, Mexico and South Korea joined the event this year to bring the number of participating nations to 12, with a total of 28 participating cosplayers. About 10,000 people attended the Cosplay Championship.

On the evening of the Championship, "World Cosplay Summit 2007: Giza-suge yatsura ga yattekita Z!" (World Cosplay Summit 2007: The Super Cool Have Arrived!) was televised. This year, the event became a part of the 2007 "Visit Japan" campaign of the MLIT.

2008[edit]

With growing recognition of the global economic benefits of Japan's Otaku culture, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) began to support the event. About 300 cosplayers participated in the Parade.

13 countries with a total of 28 representative cosplayers performed in the Championship in front of 12,000 visitors. TV Aichi broadcast a TV documentary special, "World Cosplay Summit 2008 - Everyone's Heroes Get Together!"

2009[edit]

In April 2009, the "World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee" was created to support the development and expansion of the WCS. The Osu Parade had grown to 500 people, and 30 representative cosplayers from 15 countries competed in the Cosplay Championship in front of 12,000 visitors, with Australia and Finland being the two newest participating nations.

The first international symposium was held at Nagoya University entitled "Outward Minded: Worldwide Impact of Cosplay and Interpretations in Japan".

2010[edit]

SKE48 Team KII performing at the World Cosplay Summit 2010.

The symposium was moved to the Mode Gakuen Spiral Towers.

2011[edit]

This year, the Netherlands and Malaysia joined the participating nations to bring the total to 17.[7]

This was the first year that the 'Special Tour' was held. After the last day of activities, all cosplay representatives and organizers went on a tour of the Central Japan region, staying that evening at a traditional hot springs hotel in the Chita Peninsula area.

2012[edit]

This year, the United Kingdom, Indonesia and Russia joined the event. Being the 10th anniversary of the WCS, the event was spread out over 12 days. Official visits were paid to Gifu, Mie, Tottori and Aichi Prefectural offices, and there were 2 parades held, one in Ichinomiya during the Tanabata Festival and the annual Parade in Osu, Nagoya. The order of the Parade and Championship were switched with the Championship held on the Saturday and the Parade on Sunday. This was also the first year that countries and regions could participate under Observer Status, and with Hong Kong and Taiwan taking part in this manner, the total number of participating countries and regions came to 22.

2013[edit]

Vietnam and the Philippines joined as Observer Nations this year, bringing the number of participating countries and regions to 24. The event was held with the help of local and international volunteers since 2009; however, this year saw the beginning of the Omotenashi student volunteer group. This was the first year of the World Cosplay Summit as an independent company after 10 years where it was organized through the Events Department of TV Aichi.This was the first year of the World Cosplay Summit has become available broadcast live via the Niconico.

2014[edit]

This was the first year that the Championship was held at the Aichi Arts Center beside Oasis 21. Portugal was selected to join. Also, Kuwait joined the WCS as the first nation from the Middle East, which brought the total number of participating nations/regions to 26.

2015[edit]

The Championship moved to the largest venue within the Aichi Arts Center called 'The Theater'. With the inclusion of Canada and Sweden as Observer Nations, the number of participating nations/regions now total 28.[8]

2016[edit]

India (the first nation from South Asia) and Switzerland joined the WCS, bringing the number of participanting nations/region to 30. The World Cosplay Championship has now become a two-stage event. 1st Stage, held on Saturday, has the participants split into two groups of 15 teams, judged by two different juries, and 8 teams are selected from each group. Only special prizes (Brother, Niconico etc.) are awarded at the end of this phase. 2nd Stage, held on Sunday (the Osu Parade still regularly takes place earlier the same day), has the 16 selected teams bring their costumes and skits again in front of a third jury. Only 3rd place, 2nd place, and Grand Champion prizes are awarded during these finals. Minutes after the end of 1st Stage, an error in the vote counting was discovered which had caused the Germany and South Korea teams to not be admitted to 2nd Stage. The organization decided to admit them while not excluding other teams that had passed due to the error, bringing the total number of 2nd Stage participants to 18 teams.This was the first year of the World Cosplay Summit has become available used backscreen for enhance abilities representative's performance.

2017[edit]

Belgium, Chile, Myanmar, Puerto Rico, United Arab Emirates joined World Cosplay Summit 2017. Kuwait, who previously participated, failed to participate this year due to undisclosed circumstances, bringing the number of participating nations/region to 34. This was the first year of the World Cosplay Summit allowed the use of dialogues and scenario from Japanese live action adaptations for performances. During the final moments of 2nd stage grand championship program, the WCS Representatives from Taiwan and Brazil made unexpected marriage proposals on the stage.

2018[edit]

Bulgaria, Costa Rica, and South Africa joined World Cosplay Summit 2018, and Kuwait returned to participate. Puerto Rico and United Arab Emirates were unable to send representatives for this year, bringing the number of participating nations/regions to 36. The Championship has gone back to a single stage, and moved to the Dolphins Arena Gymnasium. The WCS Alumni 2017 from Taiwan who were engaged to marry during last year's championship, came back to the WCS for their wedding ceremony in the Wedding Hall Photo Party event; after the ceremony and the cake cutting, there was another surprise as the male WCS representative from Singapore made an unexpected marriage proposal.This was the first year the Underground cosplay parade or Cosplay night parade event at Central Park underground street.

2019[edit]

Austria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Trinidad and Tobago joined World Cosplay Summit 2019, and United Arab Emirates returned as participants. Kuwait and Puerto Rico were unable to send representatives for this year, bringing the number of participating nations/regions to 40. The World Cosplay Championship expanded to a three-stage event, with the first stage being held in the Japanese capital for the first time. In the first-ever Tokyo Round at Tokyo Dome City Hall on 27 August, the teams are divided into 4 groups. The two best-ranked teams from each group in the runway and costume check would qualify directly for the final, and the remaining teams will go onto the Nagoya Round. It was originally announced that Group 3's Mexico and Costa Rica would advance to the Final, but it was later discovered that Russia had scored higher than Costa Rica, replacing them to advance to the final. On 31 August, A bridal cosplay party was held in Wedding Hall Bleu Leman, where the male WCS Alumni 2018 from Chile made an unexpected marriage proposal during the event. The Nagoya Round and Final or Championship moved to the venue within the Aichi Arts Center again. In the Nagoya Round, the remaining 32 teams would perform and 16 advance to the Final, joining the 8 teams from the Tokyo Round to a total of 24 teams in the World Cosplay Championship. This was the first year of the World Cosplay Summit was broadcast live on YouTube, But Tokyo Round And Nagoya Round Only.

World Cosplay Championship rules and regulations[edit]

In 2008, performance by Brazilian cosplayers, the Grand Champion of the year.

Regulations[edit]

Regulations of the preliminaries for each country are decided by the event in which the respective preliminaries takes place. The following are participation regulations of the World Cosplay Summit Championship (finals) in Japan.[9][10]

Participant regulations (for WCS 2012)[edit]

1. Each country will be represented by one team of two cosplayers.

2. The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga, and tokusatsu.

  • Dojinshi and unique characters from live-action movies based on anime or manga are not permitted (i.e. Dragonball Evolution, etc.).
  • When doing a costume from a game, the character must be recognizably Japanese (i.e. not a Disney or Star Wars character even though the game may be made in Japan).

3. Cosplay costumes are to be hand-made.

  • It is permissible for family and friends to help with costumes, but the contestants should be actively involved in the construction process.

4. Prospective entrants must be able to travel to Japan for about one week from the end of July to early August for the World Cosplay Summit Championship.

5. Participating minors must have consent of a guardian (rules may vary depending on the preliminary rules in different countries).

6. Contestants must participate in a positive manner in order to ensure the success of the World Cosplay Summit.

7. Legal Documents (i.e. passport application, official documentation, etc.) must be prepared and submitted as quickly as possible at the request of the WCS sponsor (TV Aichi).

8. Media such as TV programs, Internet homepages, newspapers, magazines, etc. may use photos and images of the preliminary contests prior to the World Cosplay Summit. On these occasions, compensation will not be furnished.

9. All image rights in all media exposure, such as news from TV programs and other assorted media involved with the World Cosplay Summit, promotional activities in print media as well as events and performances, and announcements of the Cosplay Summit both prior and during the event, will be attributed to TV Aichi.

10. After the World Cosplay Summit, images, photographs, footage, programs broadcast, Internet homepages and DVDs, etc. of the contestants will come under the jurisdiction of TV Aichi. Compensation will not be furnished for such images used by the media.

Preparation: rules and considerations[edit]

1. A minimum of three costumes must be brought to Japan: one for the Parade, one for the Championship, and one for media appearances.

2. In the Cosplay Championship, the costumes of the characters must be from the same Japanese manga, anime, video game or tokusatsu series.

  • It is not necessary to coordinate costumes for the Parade or otherwise.

3. All equipment, costumes and props for the Cosplay Championship performance are limited to a maximum weight of 40 kg (88 lb) combined for both performers.

4. All large props set on stage before the Cosplay Championship performance begins are limited to a maximum weight of 10 kg (22 lb). Prop dimensions are limited to 2,100 mm (83 in) in height, 2,100 mm (83 in) in width and 900 mm (35 in) in depth.

5. All large props set on stage are limited to a maximum of 3 items. Dimensions of hand held props carried onto the stage must be relayed to WCS head office in written form and accompanied by photographs.

6. It is not permitted to directly copy original drawings or logos to your equipment or props.

7. You are required to bear the cost of any overweight luggage charges when shipping costumes and other items. It is not possible to send them to Japan by air or ship beforehand.

8. Please prepare your own music for your performance. A performance sheet stating what you will perform is to be submitted in advance. The use of voice actors voices from original works in your music is prohibited.

9. Please send the documents and sound file at latest one month before the date of the Cosplay Championship.

World Cosplay Championship Performance Rule Description[edit]

1. Only handmade costume

2. The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga, and tokusatsu.

3. The Stage Performance team must in group 2 judging time is 2.30 min for performance

4. Backscreen is available (2016 - present)

5. The ranking is determined by the total score of the Character Judging and the Stage Performance Judging

Judging[edit]

Judging in Tokyo Round (for WCS 2019)[edit]

The Tokyo judges are a panel of usually organizer from participanting nations/region. The organizers of each country are unable to participate in judging in the group that has their own country.

Judging criteria[edit]

1. Costume stage presence (50 points)

2. Fidelity towards the original (50 points)

Judging in Semi-final (for WCS 2016-2018) / Nagoya Round (for WCS 2019)[edit]

The Semi-final judges are a panel of usually organizer from participanting nations/region. The organizers of each country are unable to participate in judging in the group that has their own country.

Judging criteria 2016[edit]

1. Costume Craftsmanship (10 points) By Organisers + The Costume impact on stage (5 points)

2. Performance (10 points)

3. Faithfulness (5 points)

Judging criteria 2017[edit]

1. Stage Performance (10 points)

2. Respect for the source material (5 points)

3. Costume stage expression (5 points)

4. Costume Craftsmanship (10 points)

Judging criteria 2018[edit]

1. Stage Performance (100 points)

2. Respect for the source material (50 points)

3. Costume stage expression (50 points)

4. Costume Craftsmanship (100 points)

Judging criteria 2019[edit]

1. Stage Performance (100 points)

2. Costume stage presence (50 points)

3. Respect for the source material (50 points)

4. Character Judging (100 points)

Judging in Championship[edit]

The Championship judges are a panel of usually guest judges from the anime, manga and cosplay community.

Judging criteria[edit]

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

At a later time has been change to each judge of the Cosplay Championship can award 15 points for costume, for a maximum total of 30 points.In present-day has been change to used same criteria in Semi-final / Nagoya Round

List of guest judges[edit]

Year Judges
2005 Leiji Matsumoto
Hironobu Kageyama
Ippongi Bang
Akifumi Takayanagi (TV Aichi)
Shin Nagai (Tokyo Mode Gakuin)
2006 Go Nagai
Hiroshi Kitadani
Essai Ushijima (Cosplay critic)
Yuji Tokita (MOFA)
2007 Monkey Punch
Ichirou Mizuki
Essai Ushijima (Cosplay critic)
Yuji Tokita (MOFA)
Ken Nagata (MLIT)
2008 Yumiko Igarashi
Rica Matsumoto
10 general judge
2009 Tōru Furuya
Go Nagai
Ichirou Mizuki
Hamada Britney
2010 Tōru Furuya
Hironobu Kageyama
Himeka
Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Video game nnd anime television series Producer from Capcom)
Nobuyuki Takahashi (Inventor of the word cosplay)
2011 Tōru Furuya
JAM Project (Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endo, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui and Yoshiki Fukuyama)
Takaaki Kitani (President, Bushiroad)
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Masaaki Nagase (Editor-in-chief, Tokai Walker)
2012 Tōru Furuya
Go Nagai
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
May'n
Rica Matsumoto
2013 Tōru Furuya
Tomokazu Sugita
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Mel Kishida (illustrator)
Ikenotani Ken (ACOS Producer)
2014 Tōru Furuya
Mika Kanai
Mel Kishida (illustrator)
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Andrea Vesnaver (WCS 2013 Champion Italy Representative)
Dr.Oh (Bushiroad Producer)
Azuma Fukashi (TV Tokyo Producer)
2015 Tōru Furuya
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Nek (WCS 2014 Champion Russia Representative)
Nichi (WCS 2014 Champion Russia Representative)
Nakazato Ikuko (Kodansha Nakayoshi Aria Editorial Department)
Nao Hirasawa (Animation Producer of Ultra Super Pictures Ltd.)
Ryutaro Ichimura (Dragon Quest Producer of Square Enix)
Tomokazu Tashiro (Composer)
Åsa Ekström (Swedish Cartoonist)
2016 Tōru Furuya
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Juan Carlos (WCS 2015 Champion Mexico Representative)
Shema Arroyo (Jose Maria) (WCS 2015 Champion Mexico Representative)
Keishu Ando (Japanese Cartoonist Creation of Hentai Kamen)
Kahoru Yasuda (Representative of Comiket)
and more (1st Stage Semi-finals Only)
2017 Tōru Furuya
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Sumire Uesaka
Kazuyuki Okitsu
Minami Tsuda
Sayaka Sasaki
Rian CYD (WCS 2016 Champion Indonesia Representative)
Frea Mai (WCS 2016 Champion Indonesia Representative)
Nao Hirasawa (ID-0 Animation Producer)
Yuiji Yoriko (ACOS Producer)
Mizuno Koichi (Event Organizer In Nagoya)
Kazuki Foo Ming Wei (President of Eight Ministry "Malaysia" South East Asia)
Makoto Shigeno (CosMode Thailand Editor)
and more (1st Stage Semi-finals Only)
2018 Tōru Furuya
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Ichirou Mizuki
Daisuke Tsuda (journalist)
Arina Tanemura
Suguru Sugita (Shueisha Weekly JUMP Media Relations of ONE PIECE)
Natsuko Tateishi (Toei Animation)
Nao Hirasawa (Anime Producer)
Mizuno Koichi (Nippon Domannaka Festival)
Yoriko Iuchi (Acts Executive Producer)
Xue Yan Xue (WCS 2017 Champion China Representative)
Tian Tian (WCS 2017 Champion China Representative)
Eliot (WCS Photo Championship 2018 Grand Prix From Mexico)
Yuyi (WCS Video Championship 2018 Grand Prix From France)
2019 Tōru Furuya
Inui Tatsumi (Site administrator of Cure)
Haruhiko Mikimoto (Illustrator, character designer “Job Tribes”)
Hisayoshi Hirasawa[11][circular reference] (Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Animation Director)
Nao Yagi[12][circular reference] (Announcer)
Ryuji Kuwahara[13][circular reference] (Hakone Ekiden gen 2nd god of the mountains marathon runner)
Miki Kitagawa
Junko Iuchi (Akos Corporation Executive Producer)
Ed Lalo Peralta (WCS 2018 Champion Mexico Representative)
Luis Sáenz Gamboa (WCS 2018 Champion Mexico Representative)
Yuegene Fay (WCS Photo Championship 2019 Grand Prix From Thailand)
Hummy Cosplay (WCS Video Championship 2019 Grand Prix From Spain)
Diana Tolin (USA Representative)
Shirou Tang (Germany Representative)
Kazuki Foo Ming Wei (President of Eight Ministry "Malaysia" South East Asia)
Ayman Ali (UAE Representative)
and more (1st Stage Tokyo Round and 2nd Stage Nagoya Round)

Attending countries[edit]

  Participating countries at the World Cosplay Summit (as of 2015)
  Observing countries at the World Cosplay Summit (as of 2015)
  Japan, host country of the World Cosplay Summit

Attending countries in bold indicate first attendance for that year:

Year # Attending countries Guest commentator/s Date Venue
2003 4  France,  Germany,  Italy,  Japan October 12 Rose Court Hotel
2004 5  France,  Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  United States August 1 Ōsu shopping area
2005 7  China,  France,  Germany,  Italy,
 Japan,  Spain,  United States
Tōru Furuya
Tomoe Shinohara
July 31 Ōsu shopping area
August 7 Expo Dome
2006 9  Brazil,  China,  France,  Germany,  Italy,
 Japan,  Singapore,  Spain,  Thailand
Tōru Furuya August 5 Ōsu shopping area
August 6 Oasis 21
2007 12  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  France,  Germany,  Italy,
 Japan,  Mexico,  Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Thailand
Tōru Furuya
Shoko Nakagawa
August 4 Ōsu shopping area
August 5 Oasis 21
2008 13  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  France,  Germany,
 Italy,  Japan,  Mexico,  Singapore,  South Korea,
 Spain,  Thailand,  United States[3]
Tōru Furuya
Natsuki Katō
August 2 Ōsu shopping area
August 3 Oasis 21
2009 15  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,
 France,  Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  Mexico,
 Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Thailand,  United States[3]
August 1 Ōsu shopping area
August 2 Oasis 21
2010 15  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,
 France,  Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  Mexico,
 Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Thailand,  United States
July 31 Ōsu shopping area
August 1 Oasis 21
2011 17  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,
 Germany,  Italy,  Japan,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Netherlands,
 Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Thailand,  United States
August 6 Ōsu shopping area
August 7 Oasis 21
2012 22  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,
 Germany,  Hong Kong (Observer),  Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,  Malaysia,
 Mexico,  Netherlands,  Russia,  Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,
 Taiwan (Observer),  Thailand,  United Kingdom,  United States
August 4 Oasis 21
August 5 Ōsu shopping area
2013 24  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,
 Germany,  Hong Kong (Observer),  Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,  Malaysia,
 Mexico,  Netherlands,  Philippines (Observer),  Russia,  Singapore,
 South Korea,  Spain,  Taiwan (Observer),  Thailand,  United Kingdom,
 United States,  Vietnam (Observer)
August 3 Oasis 21
August 2 Ōsu shopping area
2014 26  Australia,  Brazil,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,
 Germany,  Hong Kong,  Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,  Kuwait (Observer),
 Malaysia,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  Philippines (Observer),  Portugal (Observer),
 Russia,  Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Taiwan,  Thailand,
 United Kingdom,  United States,  Vietnam (Observer)
August 2 Aichi Arts Center
August 3 Ōsu shopping area
2015 28  Australia,  Brazil,  Canada (Observer),  China,  Denmark,  Finland,
 France,  Germany,  Hong Kong,  Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,
 Kuwait,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  Philippines,  Portugal,
 Russia,  Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Sweden (Observer),  Taiwan,
 Thailand,  United Kingdom,  United States,  Vietnam
August 1 Aichi Arts Center
August 2 Ōsu shopping area
2016 30  Australia,  Brazil,  Canada,  China,  Denmark,  Finland,
 France,  Germany,  Hong Kong,  India,  Indonesia,  Italy,
 Japan,  Kuwait,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  Philippines,
 Portugal,  Russia,  Singapore,  South Korea,  Spain,  Sweden,
  Switzerland,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  United Kingdom,  United States,
 Vietnam
August 6 Aichi Arts Center
August 7 Ōsu shopping area, Aichi Arts Center
2017 34  Australia,  Belgium,  Brazil,  Canada,  Chile,  China,
 Denmark,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Hong Kong,  India,
 Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Myanmar,
 Netherlands,  Philippines,  Portugal,  Puerto Rico,  Russia,  Singapore,
 South Korea,  Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  Taiwan,  Thailand,
 United Arab Emirates,  United Kingdom,  United States,  Vietnam
August 5 Aichi Arts Center
August 6 Ōsu shopping area, Aichi Arts Center
2018 36  Australia,  Belgium,  Brazil,  Bulgaria,  Canada,  Chile,
 China,  Costa Rica,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,  Germany,
 Hong Kong,  India,  Indonesia,  Italy,  Japan,  Kuwait,
 Malaysia,  Mexico,  Myanmar,  Netherlands,  Philippines,  Portugal,
 Russia,  Singapore,  South Africa,  South Korea,  Spain,  Sweden,
  Switzerland,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  United Kingdom,  United States,  Vietnam
August 3 Central Park
August 5 Ōsu shopping area, Dolphins Arena
2019 40  Australia,  Austria,  Belgium,  Brazil,  Bulgaria,  Canada,
 Chile, China,  Costa Rica,  Denmark,  Finland,  France,
 Germany,  Hong Kong,  India,  Indonesia,  Israel,  Italy,
 Japan,  Malaysia,  Mexico,  Myanmar,  Netherlands,  Philippines,
 Portugal,  Russia,  Saudi Arabia,  Singapore,  South Africa,  South Korea,
 Spain,  Sweden,   Switzerland,  Taiwan,  Thailand,  Trinidad and Tobago,
 United Arab Emirates,  United Kingdom,  United States,  Vietnam
July 27 Tokyo Dome City
August 3 Aichi Arts Center
August 4 Ōsu shopping area, Aichi Arts Center

Teams at the most recent edition of the WCS[edit]

The following representative teams were present at the most recent edition of the World Cosplay Summit.[14]

Country/region Cosplayers Team name
 Australia K
Ameno Kitarou (A.K. Wirru)
 Austria Vivi
Kolibri
Ketchum if you can
 Belgium Muralu
Marinou
 Brazil Jessy
Patri Popes
Team Stardust
 Bulgaria Wanyusha
Mckoly
 Canada Damaged Cosplay
Kaoru Doll
Doll Damage
 Chile Polakito André
Cindy Le Miau
Taeam Polamiau
 China Xiao Yi
Shin Ba
 Costa Rica Elí Cosplay
Stan Cosplay
The Lords of Blood
 Denmark Chikara Cosplay
Zuum Cosplay
 Finland Rorune
Fukka
 France Kalimsshar
SakuraFlame
 Germany Feder
Cita
C&F Cosplay Factory
 Hong Kong Gino
Hiroshi
 India Domino (Domino Dominic Khiangte)
WonderBoy (Reuben)
 Indonesia Gilbert
Gerard
Genesis Twin
 Israel Lucky Menace Cosplay
SabraFish Cosplay
 Italy Diaboliko Cosplay
Nero Cosplay
 Japan Lily
Rubi
 Malaysia King Rusydi
NASH SHAH
Team KuraMaker
 Mexico Kobalto
Akira
Inglorious Bastards
 Myanmar Tiffany Thant
Kiki
Team Sakura
 Netherlands Rei Suzuki
Kaoru Lily
 Philippine Seigfred V. Enero
Shenz kie
Team Class S
 Portugal Dio (Cláudio Santos)
Meron (Catarina Magalhães)
 Russia Kurama Byakura
Cheshire Fox
 Saudi Arabia Vega Cosplay
Battosai
 Singapore Rithe リティ 莉提
KAI
 South Africa Kinpatsu Cosplay
KomboKatjie
 South Korea Kyle Han
Yuni
 Spain Madoka
Crispychicken
Nezumi Cosplay
 Sweden Toriiko
Mie-Rose Cosplay
  Switzerland Shunsuke
Saya
 Taiwan Takahashi-LNG
Siao Dao
雞鴉戰隊 Team Jiya
 Thailand Naito (Madara Naito)
PaPiPu (Juthamas Sookkasem)
 Trinidad and Tobago General Glauca)
Hallucin X
 United Arab Emirates TobiDXB
Maru-dono
 United Kingdom Enja Plays
Stephanie Dola
 United States Joshua Hart Design
Garnet Runestar (Elrowiel)
 Vietnam Akai
Cindy Kim

Results[edit]

Yearly results for the top awards:

Year Grand Champion Runner-up 1st Runner-up 2nd Special award from "brother"
2005
1, 2
Italy Giorgia Vecchini
Francesca Dani
Emilia Fata Livia
Japan Nakamura-han
2006
3
Brazil Maurício Somenzari L Olivas (Mah Psylocke)
Mônica Somenzari L Olivas (Kawaii Aeris)
Japan Mariko
Cyoko
Japan Goldi
Aoisakuya
2007 France Damien Ratte
Isabelle Jeudy
Japan Kikiwan
Naoki Shigure
Mexico Linaloe Rodriguez Rivera (Linamoon)
Alejandra Rodriguez Rivera (Yunnale)
2008 Brazil Jéssica Moreira Rocha Campos (Pandy)
Gabriel Niemietz Braz (Hyoga)
China Zhao Chin
Zhang Li
Japan Yui
Mino
2009 Japan YuRi
RiE
Spain Bereniç Serrano Vidal (Piruletosa)
Laura Fernández Ramos (Madoka)
United States Elizabeth Licata (fatwetdog)
India Davis (Dia)
2010 Italy Luca Buzzi
Giancarlo Di Pierro
Brazil


Thailand

Gabrielle Christine Valerio
Gabriel Niemietz Braz (Hyoga)

Orawan Aggavinate (Alexis Seiz)
Patawikorn Uttisen (Pat)

France Laura Salviani (Nikita)
Cecile Auclair (Sikay)
Thailand Orawan Aggavinate (Alexis Seiz)
Patawikorn Uttisen (Pat)
2011 Brazil Maurício Somenzari Leite Olivas
Mônica Somenzari Leite Olivas
Italy Marika Roncon
Daniela Maiorana
China Deng Ya Qian
Zheng Jia Hong
Australia Tessa Beattie
Jessica L. Allie
2012 Japan Yukari Shimotsuki
Kaito
Singapore Frank Koh (Raistlin03)
Valerie Seng (ayatenshi)
Indonesia Konnichi (Yesaya)
Zhuge (Rizki)
Singapore Frank Koh (Raistlin03)
Valerie Seng (ayatenshi)
2013 Italy Andrea Vesnaver
Massimo Barbera
United States Cassandra May (Breathlessaire)
Tiffany Tezna (Starlighthoney)
Thailand Pongwat Honghiranrattana (Hisa Minuet)
Chittaworn Veeraroj (Scarleta Win)
United States Cassandra May (Breathlessaire)
Tiffany Tezna (Starlighthoney)
2014 Russia Nek (Neko-tin)
Nichi
Italy NadiaSK
MOGU
Indonesia Dharma (Guriinko)
Ryan (Ryan no Ryu)
Denmark Shinji
TinYasuo
2015 Mexico Juan Carlos
Jose Maria [Shema] Arroyo
Italy Akiba (Manuel Capitani)
Luca Buzzi
United States Alpacosplay (Ashley Rochelle)
Yummy Gamorah (Sarah R.)
United States Alpacosplay (Ashley Rochelle)
Yummy Gamorah (Sarah R.)
2016 Indonesia Rian CYD
Frea Mai
Denmark Shinji
TinYasuo
France LucioleS
Lyel
Finland Jesmo
Yumi Koyuki
2017 China Xue Yan Xue
Tian Tian
Mexico Al Squall
Doritaa
Japan Mahio
Mariko
France Milou
Aluota
2018 Mexico Banana Ed
Banana Luis
Indonesia Yumaki
Machibun
Thailand Jasper Z (Zei)
Kutto
Denmark Aik0hime
TinYasuo
2019 Australia K
Ameno Kitarou (A.K. Wirru)
United States Joshua Hart Design
Garnet Runestar (Elrowiel)
France Kalimsshar
SakuraFlame
Germany Feder
Cita
  • ^1 Group Champion:  France (Pauline Mesa, Laurence Guermond Wendy Roeltgen)
  • ^2 Individual Champion: Italy Giorgia Vecchini
  • ^3 3rd:  Italy (Alessandro Leuti, Alessia de Magistris)

Results of the most recent Championship[edit]

Results of the 2019 World Cosplay Championship:[15]

Award Winner
1st Place (Grand Champion) Australia K
Ameno Kitarou (A.K. Wirru)
2nd Place (Runner-up 1st) United States Joshua Hart Design
Garnet Runestar (Elrowiel)
3rd Place (Runner-up 2nd) France Kalimsshar
SakuraFlame
Air Asia Award (Alumni Vote) China Xiao Yi
Shin Ba
Futaba Award (Best Respect) Chile Polakito André
Cindy Le Miau
Brother Award (Best Costume) Germany Feder
Cita
Bioré Award (Best Makeup) United States Joshua Hart Design
Garnet Runestar (Elrowiel)

Performance by country[edit]

This list contains the champions of World Cosplay Summit.

Club Wins Winning Years
 Italy
3
2005, 2010, 2013
 Brazil
3
2006, 2008, 2011
 Japan
2
2009, 2012
 Mexico
2
2015, 2018
 France
1
2007
 Russia
1
2014
 Indonesia
1
2016
 China
1
2017
 Australia
1
2019

Preliminary conventions, organizations and events[edit]

The following conventions, organizations and events have held or organized the preliminary contests to select the representatives of each country for the Cosplay Championship since 2005:

Former preliminary conventions, organizations and events[edit]

Official Characters (mascots)[edit]

The Official Characters of the World Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit has 4 Official Characters (mascots): Yuni, Ras, Glora and Barry.[21]
 

  1. Name: Yuni
    Age: 18
    Birthday: June 27
    Height: 153 cm (5 ft 0 in)
     
  2. Name: Ras
    Age: 29
    Birthday: August 5
    Height: 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
     
  3. Name: Glora
    Age: 22
    Birthday: April 27
    Height: 175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
     
  4. Name: Barry
    Age: 19
    Birthday: August 18
    Height: 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
     

They were designed by Japanese illustrator Mel Kishida, who worked as character designer on projects such as Atelier, Sound of the Sky and Hanasaku Iroha.

Other international cosplay competitions[edit]

In addition to the World Cosplay Summit, there are other international cosplay competitions:[22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Hisayoshi Hirasawa".
  12. ^ "Nao Yagi".
  13. ^ "Ryuji Kuwahara".
  14. ^ "Introduction of each team 2019 - WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT 2019 - WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT OFFICIAL SITE". Worldcosplaysummit.jp.
  15. ^ "World Cosplay Summit". Facebook.com.
  16. ^ http://animesexpo.com/. Retrieved 2018-08-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "Indonesia Cosplay Grand Prix website". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2012-08-04.
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  22. ^ "CICAF 2017 preliminaries". Animecon.nl.

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