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05 Sep 2013 - 17:05106861
World Cosplay Summit 2014 Preliminaries!
Hey guys!

One month ago, Exelia and I represented the UK at the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan! World Cosplay Summit is an amazing 10 day event where you are flown out to Japan (all expenses paid!), where you get to meet amazing cosplayers from 20 other countries and participate in loads of cool cosplay events, which ranges from parades, stage events, photo shoots, and even meeting important members of the Japanese government! And of course, the main attraction of the event is the World Cosplay Summit Championship, where each team goes on stage to do a 2 and 1/2 minute cosplay performance, which is judged by Japanese celebrities and aired LIVE on Japanese TV!

This year the World Cosplay Summit preliminaries will be happening at Play Expo in Manchester on Saturday October 12th. You have to sign up in advance to take part, and sign-ups close on Friday the 4th of October, so make sure you don't miss out.

You can find sign-ups here: http://www.playexpo.net/cosplay/wcs/

We really want to encourage everyone to enter this year, so if you have any questions about WCS, or if you would like any advice at all, please contact either myself or Exelia! Feel free to post in this thread (we'll be checking it often) or you can also message us privately by PM on either Yuka or Exelia on CosplayIsland, or via the following methods:

E-mail: Yuka -
Exelia -

Twitter: @exeliax
Facebook PM: Yuka Cosplay

There's only 5 weeks left, so move fast!


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Other informative links:
WCS Team UK 2012 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wcsteamuk2012
Emily's WCS 2012 Blog: http://hyperjapancosplay.wordpress.com/
WCS Team UK 2013 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WCSTeamUK2013
Yuka's WCS 2013 Blog: http://www.yukacosplay.com/blog/?page_id=153
Exelia's WCS 2013 Blog: http://exeliax.co.uk/



Last edited by Yuka (06 Sep 2013 - 16:04)
05 Sep 2013 - 18:19106867
Just chipping in here - even if you're not too confident about entering, give it a try! WCS is an amazing experience! Enthusiasm stands for a lot in competitions, just give it a go and you never know

I'm also happy to give advice and answer any questions about WCS after representing with Yuka this year, so feel free to get in touch - either by PM here, by email at or by twitter at exeliax

Good luck to anyone entering this year! <3



Last edited by Exelia (05 Sep 2013 - 18:22)
05 Sep 2013 - 18:22106868
sounds amazing, do you have pictures ?? id love to have seen you guys


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05 Sep 2013 - 18:23106869
Quote J-Po:
sounds amazing, do you have pictures ?? id love to have seen you guys

I just posted a ton on my blog today - World Cosplay Summit 2013 in Pictures

There's also tons on our facebook for WCS Team UK 2013 ^^


05 Sep 2013 - 18:51106871
wow the pics look amazing


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06 Sep 2013 - 15:35106892
Thanks J-Po! If you're interested, you can see our performance video for the finals here:

http://youtu.be/Q0Gyf1IuDAI


06 Sep 2013 - 19:40106902
Do you have to enter as a team, or do you get teamed up after prelims?


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06 Sep 2013 - 19:52106903
best miming to a track ive ever seen and in a different language again amazing


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06 Sep 2013 - 21:26106907
I was really hoping to enter this but sadly due to needing surgery I've had to pull out (won't be able to do the much needed rehersal).

I hope to still be at the event so I looking forward to seeing the entries and will be cheering you all on.


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06 Sep 2013 - 22:44106909
Nice work ladies


07 Sep 2013 - 21:53106935
Thanks guys! <3 ;___;

Quote Sisceal:
Do you have to enter as a team, or do you get teamed up after prelims?

You enter and register as a team ^^

Quote Sephirayne:
I was really hoping to enter this but sadly due to needing surgery I've had to pull out (won't be able to do the much needed rehersal).

I hope to still be at the event so I looking forward to seeing the entries and will be cheering you all on.

Sad to hear you're not able to enter anymore! But I hope you'll be much better for it. There's always next year too hehe x)


Also a little bit of self-advertising: for those who are interested in WCS, I posted a little bit of advice on my blog today, craftily titled So YOU Want To Enter WCS?
I'm not the best at blogging but hopefully for anyone wanting to enter it should be helpful! It's a bunch of the things I learned from entering both the WCS preliminaries as well as the finals in Japan ^^


10 Sep 2013 - 10:33107032
Giving this a quick bump! Less than 5 weeks left guys!


12 Sep 2013 - 21:45107130
Bumping again!


13 Sep 2013 - 07:50107141
Do you make the costumes for the summit? Or can you take ones you already have?
Also how hard is the judging?

I think I'd cry if some called my outright shit as cosplay. But I'd kinda love to try out for something like this in the future. Also would you recommend that people enter a few competition before entering this?


13 Sep 2013 - 11:29107143
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Do you make the costumes for the summit? Or can you take ones you already have?
Also how hard is the judging?

I think I'd cry if some called my outright shit as cosplay. But I'd kinda love to try out for something like this in the future. Also would you recommend that people enter a few competition before entering this?


Hey there! Those are some great questions

Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Do you make the costumes for the summit? Or can you take ones you already have?


You have to make your own costumes for the final championship, but the outfits you wear for the parades and press events can be bought. You don't have to make new costumes for WCS at all, you can wear ones you have made before! You will need to submit a progress book for your finals costume, so if you don't have progress pictures of the costume you plan on using for the finals, see if there's some repairs, improvements, or additions you can make to the costume and take pictures of you working on those aspects for your book.

Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Also how hard is the judging?


At the WCS finals, the judging is split into two 5 minute slots where you and your partner can talk about how you made your own costumes in front of a panel of 20 judges. Then afterwards, the judges can come up to you and inspect your costume up close, and ask you additional questions about how you made things.

As for the WCS preliminary judging, I'm assuming that the judging layout will be similar (but more likely with only 3 or 4 judges).


Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Also would you recommend that people enter a few competition before entering this?

Previous competition experience is definitely useful, but it's not necessary. Exelia and I hope to act as mentors for next year's representatives so we'll be giving as much advice as we can.

Actually, what I think is more important than competition experience is masquerade experience. As part of WCS you'll be doing at least 3 parades, and 4 or 5 stage events where you'll be expected to walk on and pose. I think having past experience doing masquerades helps reduce stage fright!


13 Sep 2013 - 11:32107144
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Do you make the costumes for the summit? Or can you take ones you already have?

Also how hard is the judging?

You don't have to make new costumes if you don't need to - but for me and Yuka we only had a couple of costumes that matched together and all of them would have been far too hot for Japan! So pretty much all of our costumes were made just for WCS. But if you enter with someone you've cosplayed with before, or if you want to wear costumes independently, you can take premade things as long as they fit in the rules

The judging is very fair, imo, and very thorough! You get 5 minutes (sometimes split - usually each) to describe your costume and then the judges can ask questions and inspect your costume. At WCS itself in Nagoya the judges had 5 minutes to inspect and touch your costumes, which I've never EVER seen done anywhere else so they can see the craftsmanship on it up close. You also get to submit a 'progress book' to explain how you did things with photographs of progress throughout which the judges read independently, so they get a very good idea of how your costume is made before judging.

Quote Afireinsidegirl:
I think I'd cry if some called my outright shit as cosplay. But I'd kinda love to try out for something like this in the future. Also would you recommend that people enter a few competition before entering this?

Don't be harsh on yourself! Everyone starts somewhere.
Personally, this was the 3rd competition I'd ever entered and it ran totally differently from anything else I'd ever participated in. I'd not won any others before I placed with Yuka for WCS, and it was the first time I had tried to go for WCS itself. Most competitions are ran along different lines and you usually get given guidelines before you enter, so you should be able to follow it easily even if it is your first competition. Otherwise if you'd like more confidence with competitions and to see the sort of standards other people's costumes are at then go for a few smaller ones first - always a great way to learn ^^

It is worth noting that confidence speaks volumes with WCS, though - you will be doing a lot of parades and stage events if you qualify, so some practice is encouraged!



Last edited by Exelia (13 Sep 2013 - 11:34)
13 Sep 2013 - 11:34107145
Hahaha we both replied at about the same time XD well hopefully that'll help even more!


13 Sep 2013 - 15:33107148
Lets just say that in your pair one person made both of the costumes whereas the other focused on the set, would this reflect badly during the judging in any way - as you mentioned the time to talk is sometimes split?


13 Sep 2013 - 15:59107149
Quote Angel Tear:
Lets just say that in your pair one person made both of the costumes whereas the other focused on the set, would this reflect badly during the judging in any way - as you mentioned the time to talk is sometimes split?


I'd say yes..? Possibly...? I'm not sure how it is from an official standpoint, but even though your performance is integral for WCS, it doesn't actually get judged during the judging session itself. It gets judged while you're on stage. Props that are part of your costume do get judged with your costumes, but the set does not. For example in our finals performance our theatre was not judged, but Yuka's sword was as it was a character prop.

So unless your set is a huge part of the costume itself, it probably would affect your marking if one person made everything on the costumes and the other made an (optional) set. Especially if they'd then have very little to say about making their own costume during judging. But if they have had creative input or planning for the costume or have helped with wigs or fabric choices etc, you could always explain that in judging, and explain your set choice and construction as well - just be careful to make sure it's not the only thing they cover.
A good example of an integral set is Australia from this year - they did a Madoka performance and part of their set was a set of Walpurgisnacht, which as far as I remember was judged alongside their costumes.

Thinking about it I guess it would help reinforce how you work as a team, which is another important factor in WCS. I don't think the rules say anything specific about having both members make the costumes as long as they ARE made by the team (including help from family/friends) - so I guess you could enter where one person has made both costumes - but I'd check the rules for clarification though

Hope that helps! x



Last edited by Exelia (13 Sep 2013 - 16:03)
13 Sep 2013 - 19:34107154
Thank you both so much, you're really given me a lot to think about and good question Angel Tear

I'd really consider doing something like this after getting a little more experience!!


13 Sep 2013 - 19:36107157
Quote Angel Tear:
Lets just say that in your pair one person made both of the costumes whereas the other focused on the set, would this reflect badly during the judging in any way - as you mentioned the time to talk is sometimes split?


WCS Rules state that the costumes worn by the contestants must be made by that team, and they can have help from family and friends. Which means that one team member could make both outfits for the team, and that would be fine.

When I was in ECG last year I remember meeting a girl who had made the both of the costumes entirely for herself and her boyfriend, because he worked in the army and didn't have enough time at home to help make the costumes. She did say that it was quite stressful making everything by herself, so I would encourage you both to work together as much as you can.

When you're in judging, you get 10 minutes to talk about your costumes, so normally because each contestant makes their own costume they talk about their own costume for 5 minutes each. If you made both of the costumes by yourself, you could certainly go into the judging and say "I will discuss how both costumes were made" and then go on to explain for both for 10 minutes. Just be prepared with an answer if the judges ask what your partner has done!


Quote Exelia:
Props that are part of your costume do get judged with your costumes, but the set does not. For example in our finals performance our theatre was not judged, but Yuka's sword was as it was a character prop.


Saying this however, I do feel that it's important to put effort into your set (if you choose to have one!). A bad looking set will look rushed and may make the judges question your time management skills, which are very important for WCS. Also the appearance of your set will affect the overall feel and believability of your performance. I've seen a lot of cosplay performances where I've been distracted by the set because it looks like it's about to collapse on stage. So make sure it's sturdy, easy to transport, and give yourself enough time to give it a good paint job or make a nice looking fabric cover.



Last edited by Yuka (13 Sep 2013 - 19:38)
13 Sep 2013 - 19:57107160
Quote Angel Tear:
Lets just say that in your pair one person made both of the costumes whereas the other focused on the set, would this reflect badly during the judging in any way - as you mentioned the time to talk is sometimes split?


Hello! Emily here, I'm the UK organiser for WCS so I'm going to put in my 2-pence worth Thanks so much to Yuka and Exelia for posting this topic and answering everyone's questions.

There's no rule that says that both people have to have worked on the costumes so if one person made the costumes and the other made the set that's fine and you shouldn't lose any points because of it.

As Exelia said, you don't get any costume points for the set, the only props you get marked on are the ones you hold in your hand, like a sword or weapon.

You might get performance points for your set if it does something cool, like if it moves or if you interact with it or if it's part of the story of your performance for example.

But as Yuka said if you have time to make a nice looking set then it does make your performance look better overall and it can help to win the judges over.


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Last edited by Orihime (13 Sep 2013 - 20:04)
13 Sep 2013 - 21:01107161
Thanks everyone! Your answers were very helpful and you're doing a great job on keeping potential contestants informed.


13 Sep 2013 - 23:51107165
Quote Orihime:
As Exelia said, you don't get any costume points for the set, the only props you get marked on are the ones you hold in your hand, like a sword or weapon.


Awww, and I rolled all the hems on ours too XD Starting rehearsals next week, very excited (and nervous at the same time...!)


14 Sep 2013 - 12:36107172
One thing that I've been wondering for a while; How do you get props through customs?


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