The World Cosplay Summit took place last week in Nagoya, Aichi, and ultimately home team Japan were declared the champions of 2012.
Singapore and Indonesia took second and third place respectively. Brazil was awarded the prize for best wigs, and Italy special recognition for fidelity to the original design. Singapore's team also took the Edo/Brother award for best costume. Fan favourite team UK ultimately earnt a very respectable score in what was a particularly stiff competition.
Since it began in 2003, the World Cosplay Summit (WCS), which helps promote internationally popular Japanese anime and manga culture, has been renowned as being one of the most elite events in the annual cosplay calendar.
A frequent sight at HYPER JAPAN events, cosplay involves dressing up as a character, usually from a game, anime, or manga. Cosplayers will often go to great time and expense to get their look just right, and there are many different events where they can demonstrate their skills, such as WCS and the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG).
This was the tenth year of the WCS, and the first time that the UK, Russia, and Indonesia had participated in the competition. The televised event was watched by around 18,000 people.
The UK team received a very warm welcome in Japan, and as Olympic fever seized the globe, received a lot of attention as representatives of the host nation of the games. This year’s UK WCS effort was led by Laura Sindall and Alexandra Rutter, who were inspired by the work of Yoshitaka Amano in their design.
The duo was selected at the UK WCS preliminary round, which was hosted by HYPER JAPAN this spring, and then whisked to Japan to compete in the event finals. The WCS is actually a week-series of events leading up to the final, and Laura and Alexandra also took part in activities such as parades, photo shoots, press conferences and TV appearances.
If you feel like you missed out by not entering the spring preliminaries, then don’t worry, the next WCS preliminary will be held at HYPER JAPAN 2012 Christmas, tickets on sale now! Pairs of cosplayers will be able to compete for the chance to represent the UK at the next World Cosplay Summit in 2013. To take part, you must live in the UK or have a British passport. Entries will open on September 1st, 2012.