I’m in geek heaven – World Cosplay Summit

Every once in a while I need to get in touch with my inner geek. It usually lies dormant, but from time to time it wants to get out. So when we heard about the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya in July 2011, my inner geek and I decided we were going to spend some quality time together.

Cosplay is a very Japanese pass time, where one dresses up as their favourite manga (Japanese comic book) or anime (Japanese cartoon) character. Since anime was the reason I got interested in Japan in the first place, I was very excited about the summit.

Immediately upon arriving, I ran into my favourite anime character: Rurouni Kenshin!

Rurouni Kenshin - World Cosplay Summit

Rurouni Kenshin – the cosplayer

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin – the anime character

It’s impressive how dedicated these people are to their character. Their costumes are incredibly detailed and even the poses they strike are exactly as their characters would act.

impressive costume - World Cosplay Summit

Impressive costume

I was particularly impressed with the guy in the picture below. When he was just walking around, I hardly noticed him because his costume is just jeans and a white sweater. But as soon as I asked him for a picture, he went into character. The transformation was amazing. His body language became just like L from Death Note.

L from Death Note - World Cosplay Summit

Cosplayer dressed like L from Death Note

L on the phone

L from Death Note – you have to admit it’s a striking resemblance

All the cosplayers were herded together into rectangular roped off spaces. They stood there looking their best and posing for anyone who asked for a picture.

herded together - World Cosplay Summit

I’ve never seen so many cosplayers in one place

striking a pose - World Cosplay Summit - kopie

striking a pose

There were also a few guys dressed up as their favourite female anime character.

guy dressed as female anime character 1

guys dressed like female characters

guy dressed as female anime character 2

guys dressed like female characters

The summit was held at the Osu Kannon temple grounds in Nagoya. The weather was smouldering hot, about 36° C, the grounds packed with people and no shade. I can only imagine how the poor guys in these costumes must have felt:

Mario and Yoshi - World Cosplay Summit

Mario and Yoshi

And last but not least, the cast of Pirates of the Carribean. If I didn’t know any better, I’d swear it was Johnny Depp. Aah, a girl can dream, can’t she?

Pirates of the Carribean cosplay

Pirates of the Carribean cosplay

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This post was submitted to the October 2011 J-Festa Blogging Festival: ‘Entertainment in Japan’

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16 thoughts on “I’m in geek heaven – World Cosplay Summit

  1. Pingback: Entertainment in Japan | japingu

  2. thanks for your cool submission to the october j-festa! the attention to detail some of these guys go to is amazing. not sure of the dudes dressed up as there favorite female character tho. 🙂

  3. I really want to go to one of these things. And I really want to meet and talk with someone who dresses up! I can’t imagine anyone I’ve met here so far yet doing that.
    I’ve just decided that my new goal before I leave Japan is to go to a cosplay event. Maybe I could even dress up a little!

    Great post and J-Festa submission! My sumbission is:
    http://angrygaijin.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/baseball-in-japan-during-the-second-world-war/

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