World Cosplay Summit

Cosplay, short for costume play, is the concept of a rather unique form of performance art carried out while dressed up as a character from a movie or series (both animated and live action) as well as video games. While it is hard to trace the beginnings of costuming around the world, the term cosplay is usually associated with Japan and its anime and manga culture, where it started to take root in the 80’s. It was also Nobuyuki Takahashi, president of Studio Hard, who coined the term itself in 1983. It is therefore only natural that the longest running and most prominent international cosplay event in the world has its roots in Japan.


The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) saw the light of day in 2003 as a cultural project aimed at promoting international exchange through the youth culture of anime and manga. Cosplay, without doubt being one of the most spectacular and eye catching ways for the creative fans of anime and manga to express their passion, was an obvious choice as the basis of such a project.

 

The first WCS event took place in October 2003, featuring five international cosplayers from Germany, France and Italy. The event included a panel discussion and photoshoots as well as an informal reception. It has since then been held annually around the start of August in Nagoya and other parts of Japan. In 2005 the WCS was held as part of Expo 2005 (a 185-day world fair also held in Nagoya, Japan) and a championship (the Cosplay Championship) was introduced to the WCS program for the event.

 

By this time, the US, China and Spain had become a part of the WCS. For WCS 2012 the number of participating countries has increased to 20 and since 2008, the event has been officially recognized and supported by no less than 3 Japanese ministries. Denmark joined the WCS in 2007 and has since then been taking part in this grand event, showing the world what cosplay means to Denmark and how good we are at it!

 

As the biggest and oldest event for Japanese pop-culture, J-popcon has had the honor of hosting the Danish qualification round for the WCS. The selection of the Danish representatives takes place as part of the yearly Danish Cosplay Championship (DCC) held at J-popcon. The representatives is sent on an all-paid trip to Nagoya, Japan at the end of July to the start of August during the following summer to participate in the WCS finals including the grand championship, photoshoots, interviews, smaller stage appearances as well as other related events and social gatherings.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What is the WCS?

World Cosplay Summit, abbreviated WCS, is a cosplay event sponsored by TV Aichi and Brother.

Who participates in the WCS?

The numbers continously grows, but currently 32 countries participate.

AustraliaGermanyMexicoSweden
BelgiumHong KongPhilippinesSwitzerland
BrazilIndiaPortugalTaiwan
CanadaIndonesiaPuerto RicoThailand
ChinaItalyRussiaThe Netherlands
DenmarkJapanSingaporeUnited Kingdom
FinlandKuwaitSouth KoreaUSA
FranceMalaysiaSpainVietnam

What is the Cosplay Championship?

The Cosplay Championship is a cosplay competition held during the WCS, with the same level of evaluation between stage performance and costume craftsmanship. Bonus points are given for accuracy to original series.

When and where is the Danish preliminary round for the WCS?

The Danish preliminary round for the WCS is held at the annual convention for Japanese pop-culture, J-Popcon, located in central Copenhagen. The specific time of the selection varies from year to year, depending on the convention schedule.

 

When is the finals?

The finals are held in Nagoya, Japan in the end of July to the beginning of August. The full program typically runs over a duration of 7 to 12 days.

 

What are the rules for participating in WCS?

Participants must follow the general terms for the cosplay show at J-Popcon to enter the preliminary round. Should any of the general terms and WCS specific rules be found in contradiction, the WCS rules overrule the general terms.

Who represented Denmark in previous years?

2016 Sarah Juul Wallin & Alexander Hvidberg

2015 Carina Gradholdt Petersen & Sørine Karlsson

2014Sarah Juul Wallin & Alexander Hvidberg

2013 Mona Winther & Anne Sofie Andersen

2012 Josefine Hansen & Maria Raarup Corell

2011 Sørine Karlsson & Abena Kuranchie

2010 Line Maria Eriksen & Louise Eriksen

2009 Ida Kirkegaard & Sigge Ludvigsen

2008 Liuwina Hæklund & Risa Hvidberg

2007 Stine Holm Jensen & Marie Mortensen

Where can I find more information on WCS?

Official websitehttp://worldcosplaysummit.jp/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WorldCosplaySummit

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/cosplay_summit

DeviantArthttp://world-cosplay-summit.deviantart.com/

I have further questions about the Danish preliminary round. What do I do?

If you have any further questions regarding WCS and the Danish preliminary round, please send us a mail to cosplay@j-popcon.dk with WCS included as the first word in the subject line.