Australian Cosplayers Compete for Japanese Glory

Cosplayers Compete for Japanese Glory

AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY - August 26, 2009 - Competitors from around Australia take the stage to compete in the World Cosplay Summit.

Animania Festival is proud to host the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) Preliminary Competition, placing Australian cosplay onto the global stage.

Competitors must create their own intricate costumes and props and perform a skit onstage. The winning team will be flown to Japan to compete in the World Cosplay Summit Championship against other countries including China, USA, Brazil, and France.

The World Cosplay Summit Championship takes place each year in Nagoya, Japan. In 2009 teams from 15 countries competed including Australia.

Cosplay is a truncated term for the phrase 'Costume play'. It refers to the act of dressing up as a favourite character, typically from a Japanese anime, manga, and more recently, Japanese video games.

These 'Cosplayers' bring their character to life on stage. Quite often a labour of love, Cosplayers may spend months creating the ultimate costume that will pay homage to their favourite character. What results is not only a costume that is stunningly alike to the original characters but a show of the cosplayer's talent and craftwork.

Animania Festival Sydney 2009 will be held at Australian Technology Park over the weekend of September 5-6 with expectations for more Cosplay characters than ever before.

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ABOUT ANIMANIA FESTIVAL: Since 2002 the Animania Festival has been celebrating Japanese pop-culture with events around Australia. Key interests of fans attending include Anime (Japanese Animation), Manga (Japanese Comics) and Cosplay (Costume Competitions and Parades). Animania Festival has partnered with the OzAsia Festival to bring Animania to Adelaide for the first time in 2009.

ABOUT THE WORLD COSPLAY SUMMIT: The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is an international level Cosplay competition held annually in Nagoya, Japan, and hosted by TV Aichi. The competition brings together contestants from all over the globe to showcase their prize-winning costumes. In 2008, Animania Festival was chosen to run the Australian Preliminary Competition with the winners to take part in the 2009 World Cosplay Summit in Japan.


Caption: Girls dressed as dolls from anime "Rozen Maiden"
Photo credit: Dirza Rezfino
Photo copyright: Aurora Entertainment

Caption: Death Note characters competing in World Cosplay Summit
Photo credit: Dirza Rezfino
Photo copyright: Aurora Entertainment

Caption: Characters from Japanese anime "Vampire Knight"
Photo credit: Dirza Rezfino
Photo copyright: Aurora Entertainment

Caption: A group dressed as Japanese "Vocaloid" Virtual Idols
Photo credit: Dirza Rezfino
Photo copyright: Aurora Entertainment

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