Cosplay Events at HYPER JAPAN 2014

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This year we are pulling out all the stops for Cosplay at HYPER JAPAN!
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Ready, steady, suit-up: after the spectacular shows at HYPER JAPAN 2013, we’re getting set for even more cosplay fun in 2014! HYPER JAPAN is the event where UK cosplayers get to step up to the world stage, so all eyes will be on HYPER JAPAN in 2014 for the next ultimate UK cosplayers!
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The HYPER JAPAN cosplay team will be involved in the World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2015 UK preliminaries this November, but there’s plenty more action before then:
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EUROPEAN COSPLAY GATHERING

We’re proud to announce that we will be one again hosting the UK Preliminaries for the European Cosplay Gathering (ECG) contest this year, an exciting contest bringing together cosplayers from all over Europe!
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The ECG final will take place at Japan Expo in Paris, France. Japan Expo is the largest pop-culture event in Europe, with over 200,000 visitors and dozens of guests from the world of anime, video games, movies and comics. HYPER JAPAN will be sending one solo cosplayer and one group on an all-expenses paid trip to Japan Expo to represent the UK at the ECG final in July 2015!
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Why enter?

As well as having the chance to represent your country and the fun of an all-expenses paid trip to Paris, ECG is a great chance to meet like-minded cosplayers from all over Europe and share an exciting experience together meeting new friends both abroad and at HYPER JAPAN. Many of our previous representatives have made friendships with their fellow contestants which have lasted well after the contest was over.
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Who can enter?

Anyone who lives in the UK or is the holder of a British passport. You can enter by yourself or in a group, and you must be aged 18 by 1st June 2014.
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How is the contest judged?

ECG is judged on 50% costume, 50% performance. Performing doesn’t need to be scary – it just means that well made simpler costumes have a fair chance at placing as well as complex ones if they have an interesting presentation to go with it.

What’s a progress book and why do I need one?

We ask that all ECG contestants bring a small book with them explaining how they made their costume. This is just so the judges can see all the hard work you’ve put into making your costume. Your book can be as simple or as detailed as you like, it just needs to contain a few in-progress photos of your costume and one or two notes explaining how you made it.

How can I enter?

The UK Preliminary for ECG 2015 will take place on Sunday, 27th July 2014 at HYPER JAPAN. This means the winning team will have almost a year to prepare for the finals in 2015!
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Registration will take place online between 1st June and 16th July.
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HYPER OTACHIDAI

HYPER JAPAN 2014 will feature our biggest and best HYPER-OTACHIDAI to date!
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Taking advantage of Earls Court 1′s larger area, we’re setting up a special space for cosplaying HJ attendees to show off their costumes and get some lovely snaps taken, with lighting set up especially for photography. While it is open to all attendees, we are offering slots for meetups and gatherings with a theme, details TBC.
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Cosplay workshop

Learn how to make costumes with community staff Our HYPER JAPAN Cosplay area isn’t just for the finished product this year, as more experienced and knowledgeable members of the cosplay community will be on hand demonstrating techniques to help you make the costume of your dreams just that little bit better.
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COSParade

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July
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The COSParade is a chance for both experienced and beginner cosplayers to show off their costumes on the HYPER JAPAN stage! Simply strut your stuff on our catwalk, and we’ll be dishing out prizes for the best costumes. Prizes TBC.
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There are two ways to enter:
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Online
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(Entries open on 1st June and close on 17th July)
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On the day
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There will be a small number of places reserved for on-the-day entries. Arrive early to avoid disappointment!
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Facilities for Cosplayers

HYPER JAPAN offers full changing room and costume repair facilities for cosplayers. The changing rooms are open to all cosplayers attending HYPER JAPAN, but priority will be given to event contestants during busy times. If you have any questions about cosplaying at HYPER JAPAN, please email cosplay@hyperjapan.co.uk

Weapons and Props

For safety reasons, cosplayers are allowed to carry props as part of their costume as long as they are shorter than 1.5m, made from a lightweight material and have all sharp edges rounded off. If your weapon / prop is heavier or larger, you can take it on stage during the contests but please leave it at the Cosplay Desk while you walk around the event.