What is Cosplay?
Cosplay (short for costume play) is the hobby of making or wearing costumes based on your favourite characters from anime, manga, films and video games. Cosplay first started in Japan in the 1970s and today it’s a popular hobby around the world at events such as Comic Market (Japan), Anime Expo (USA) and of course, HYPER JAPAN!
Cosplay Competitions at HYPER JAPAN 2012 Spring
3:30pm, Saturday 25th February
To enter, please download the entry forms below and bring them to the Cosplay Desk at HYPER JAPAN, together with a reference picture, by 3pm on Saturday 25th February:
4:00pm, Saturday 25th February
Registration is now closed, but join us on Saturday for the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) and European Cosplay Summit (ECG) group selection, taking place after the COSParade. Who will win the chance to represent the UK at the WCS final in Nagoya, Japan and ECG final in Paris, France?
1:50pm, Sunday 26th February
Join veteran cosplayer Dario (Italy), Morten from J-Pop Con (Denmark), Tab of Khaos Kostumes (UK) and other international cosplay guests, as they give an insight into the World Cosplay Summit, ECG, and the cosplay scene around the world.
2:15pm, Sunday 26th February
Information for Cosplayers
Weapon and Prop Guidelines
Free cosplay cloakroom facilities will be available to all WCS and ECG contestants, within reason. COSParade contestants may leave their luggage at the cosplay desk during the competition only (Saturday 15:30 - 17:15).
Other cosplayers and those with excessive luggage may use the venue’s general cloakroom (there will be a small charge).