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. Some of the participating countries include Germany, France, Brazil, China, USA, and Australia.

Aug. 11, 2011
Last weekend, cosplayers from around the world flocked to the Wold Cosplay Summit. This is more than simply the Olympics of posing and priming in character costumes. Cosplayers perform on stage, giving the competition an air of theatrics.

Held since 2003 and supported by the Japanese government, the World Cosplay Summit invites cosplayers from across the globe to face off. The first day of the competition is the cosplayer parade; the second date is the stage competition.

What makes the WCS competition somewhat unique, and one reason why it garners governmental support, is that the costumes must be handmade, and more importantly, must be of a Japanese video game, anime, or manga character.

This year (2011)'s winners:
1st place: Brazil
2nd place: Italy
3rd place: China

Japan has only won the World Cosplay Summit once, while France has won it once, Italy has won it twice, and Brazil's won it three time, including this year, with costumes of Balthier and Ultima from Final Fantasy XII. The winners, Maurício Somenzari and Mônica Somenzari, also won for Brazil back in 2006. The grand prize winners won round-trip plane tickets to Japan and the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs Award.

This year, Italy came in second place with characters from Sugar Sugar Rune, while China was third, cosplaying as characters from hack-and-slash game Dynasty Warriors 7. Second place winners got a complete set of Bushiroad trading cards, while third place got an array of Nagoya snacks and treats

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Many of them I can't tell who they are cosplaying as, except one at the top right corner in this pic. tongue.gif


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