Team Italy Wins Top Award at World Cosplay Summit 2013

Team Italy won the top prize at this year’s World Cosplay summit in Nagoya, Japan; they previously won the award in 2010. 20 countries, including America, the UK, Thailand and China competed in the contest’s 11th year.

Andrea Vesnaver and Massimo Barbera represented Italy as as Ankoku Daishogun and Mazinkaiser from Mazinkaiser: Shitou! Ankoku Daishogun. The team won the ANA Prize as well as the Niconico Award; this is Italy’s first win in three years, having previously won in 2010. Vesnaver stated that the Ankoku Daishogun costume took four years to make.

America’s Tiffany Tezna (aka Starlighthoney) and Cassandra May (aka Breathlessaire) took the second-place LIVEDAM award as Alice and Vivaldi Queen of Hearts from Heart no Kuni no Alice – Wonderful Wonder World. America also won the Brother Prize for their costumes.

The third-place Bushiroad award went to Chittaworn and Pongwat of Thailand for their Raiden and Monsoon costumes from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Other awards include The AniStar Award, which went to Hong and Park from Korea for their versions of Zero and Copy X from Rockman Zero. The JOYSOUND Award went to China’s Chen and Wang, who dressed as characters from Monster Hunter 3G. Japan’s team Sakuji cosplayed as Dracula and Alucard from the video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and won the Cyperous Award for best wigs.

UK Representatives for World Cosplay Summit will be Decided at Play Expo

The Play Expo game convention in Manchester has teamed up with Hyper Japan to host the World Cosplay Summit UK preliminaries – the winners will go on to compete in next year’s WCS in Japan. Play Expo revealed more details on its website:

2012’s WCS UK representatives Laura Sindall and Alexandra Rutter as Salsa and March from Eternal Sonata

The World Cosplay Summit is coming to Manchester for one time only this October! Play Expo and the HYPER JAPAN cosplay team are working together to give cosplayers in the north of England the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the World Cosplay Summit 2014!

The World Cosplay Summit (also known as WCS) is a gathering of cosplayers from 23 different countries and 5 continents which takes place every year in Nagoya, Japan. At Play Expo, we’ll be choosing one team to represent the UK at next year’s WCS and sending them on an expenses paid trip to Japan! This is your chance to meet amazing cosplayers from all over the world and enjoy a week of fun activities in the country where cosplay began.

Throughout the week of WCS, representatives from each country have a chance to take part in cosplay parades, concerts, parties, photo shoots and of course – perform alongside world class cosplayers at the WCS Championship!

Play Expo will take place at Manchester’s EventCity venue on 12 and 13 October. To enter the competition, registration will take place online from 23 August – 5 October. Rules, application forms and further information are all available on Play Expo’s website.

This month’s Hyper Japan Festival is also an event of note and is hosting the UK preliminaries of the European Cosplay Gathering; registration closes on 16 July, and the festival will take place from 26 – 28 July. One group and one individual will be chosen, and sent to the final at the Japan Expo convention in Paris next July.