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14 Sep 2013 - 15:52107177
Quote madmazda86:
Awww, and I rolled all the hems on ours too XD


Haha no worries, at least you know your set won't be fraying, so I'm sure it will look nice!


Quote Ice-climber:
One thing that I've been wondering for a while; How do you get props through customs?


Good question!

We actually carried our entire final costumes on the plane with us in our carry-on luggage, with the exception of the feathers for Exelia's Kefka wig, and my sword for Terra. We figured if our bags were lost by the airline (which has been known to happen for cosplay contestants in the past, and in fact happened this year to one of the other teams!) we'd be better losing our parade costumes and making sure our finals costumes were safe.

I was a little bit concerned my Terra costume might raise some concerns at security since part of the costume is this dagger:



But they just put it through the scanner and didn't even ask to look at my bag or ask any questions! It's made out of craft foam, wood and worbla, so I guess unless the actual blade was made out of metal they're not bothered by it. To be safe I brought reference images of what the costume was meant to look like, in case I had to explain what I was bringing through security with me, but I never had to use it.

As for our checked luggage, I wrote a little note and stuck it in my suitcase:



I figured if security decided to open my bag, a friendly note explaining what everything was would calm them down instead of leaving them to be confused while inspecting everything! In our bag that was carrying our set, I also put in a note explaining that the stuff inside the bag was for a set for a performance, with a picture of the set fully constructed, attached to all the documentation explaining the performance outline and the contracts we signed for WCS so they knew it was something legit.

We didn't have problems with any of our bags luckily, but some of the other teams had huge issues with airport security opening their bags and breaking parts of their sets or costumes Luckily they had enough time between arriving at WCS and the judging/finals days to make repairs.

Oh yeah, and this is a picture of all of our luggage for WCS (including a huge back-pack that I'm wearing which isn't shown in this picture!)



The grey suitcase and pink/purple suitcase were our normal checked luggage, the huge black duffel bag was for our set and we had to pay for an extra suitcase to bring that. The small black/pink suitcase was Exelia's carry-on luggage and that had mostly finals costumes in it, and my back-pack had the rest of our finals costumes in it. Then we also had huge purses too.

We're very lucky that British Airways is so generous with baggage allowances lol!



Last edited by Yuka (14 Sep 2013 - 15:56)
15 Sep 2013 - 00:21107196
Quote Exelia:


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)


Thank you . I'm definitely up for entering next year. I'll be at the event this year to watch and cheer on the contestants. Can't wait to see everyones costumes.

The answers to the above questions have been very useful and will certainly remember them for when I try out for it.


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15 Sep 2013 - 21:40107218
Just to add on the baggage/prop question - I would ALWAYS recommend taking a prop with you in hand luggage. That way if they have any questions it is with you so they can ask in person, and you can justify it as a prop, not an actual weapon. It also means it's less likely to get broken in your normal case, or if your case gets opened to check, it's less likely anything else will get broken either.

I was very lucky that I didn't need any props this year, so it was easy for me to transport my costumes without worrying and nothing was particularly fragile, but some other teams had problems with customs or the airline breaking their props/sets so make sure if you do take anything fragile pack it well and include a note!!

Our set this year as well was surprisingly sturdy. The duffle bag all of our stuff was in survived a LOT of lugging around and everything was surprisingly intact XD


16 Sep 2013 - 16:04107242
Ah I so wanted to do this, except it's 3 weeks after school starts and I can't make anything by then ;_;

But I have a question, I don't have anyone that I can cosplay with but it seems like to enter the preliminaries in the first place, I need a partner? Is this true for solo cosplayers like me? .____.

Also for the preliminaries, does the cosplay have to specifically be from Japanese anime/shows etc?


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16 Sep 2013 - 17:21107247
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
Ah I so wanted to do this, except it's 3 weeks after school starts and I can't make anything by then ;_;

But I have a question, I don't have anyone that I can cosplay with but it seems like to enter the preliminaries in the first place, I need a partner? Is this true for solo cosplayers like me? .____.

Also for the preliminaries, does the cosplay have to specifically be from Japanese anime/shows etc?


I think so. I have seen some of the rules before. It is pretty much anime, manga, and Japanese made games. I remember there are a couple of other restrictions on sources in the finals. You can't do anything owned by Shueisha. Essentially that means nothing from any Jump magazine in the finals.


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16 Sep 2013 - 17:40107248
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
Ah I so wanted to do this, except it's 3 weeks after school starts and I can't make anything by then ;_;

But I have a question, I don't have anyone that I can cosplay with but it seems like to enter the preliminaries in the first place, I need a partner? Is this true for solo cosplayers like me? .____.

Also for the preliminaries, does the cosplay have to specifically be from Japanese anime/shows etc?

You have to enter with a partner as a pair - sadly it doesn't have a solo catergory.

Also for preliminaries and the finals everything you do must be from a Japanese source (anime, manga, games, and visual novels). But it must be Japanese. For example, characters from Kingdom Hearts are allowed since it's Square Enix, so you can do Sora or Roxas but you're not allowed to do Donald or Goofy since they're Disney (and therefore American)!

You are also allowed to do things like Dynasty Warriors, where even though it's based on a Chinese story, the game itself is Japanese

What Ice-Climber said is kind of true, there are restrictions on Shueisha characters (e.g. Shonen Jump), but that applies to the finals only. You can qualify in something from Shonen Jump no problem at all. In fact this past weekend Australia's preliminaries finished and their new team qualified as characters from Death Note

Hopefully that helps clear it up a little - basically you only need to worry if you get through about choice. Until then, as long as it's Japanese it's fair game!



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16 Sep 2013 - 17:44107249
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
Ah I so wanted to do this, except it's 3 weeks after school starts and I can't make anything by then ;_;

But I have a question, I don't have anyone that I can cosplay with but it seems like to enter the preliminaries in the first place, I need a partner? Is this true for solo cosplayers like me? .____.

Also for the preliminaries, does the cosplay have to specifically be from Japanese anime/shows etc?


Hi there!

For World Cosplay Summit, you must enter the preliminaries as a pair, and you will stick with that partner to go to Japan and represent the UK at the finals.

Also for the preliminaries (and all other parts of WCS) you must cosplay from something that is from a Japanese source. This includes anime, manga, certain video games, and sentai series (like Kamen Rider, Power Rangers etc).

If you'd like to enter a solo competition with a non-Japanese outfit, you can enter competitions like European Cosplay Gathering and EuroCosplay. As far as I'm aware, ECG's 1st place winner for the solo category gets to go on a holiday to Japan. EuroCosplay gives a trophy as a prize. Also most conventions and cosplay events around the UK normally have small cosplay competitions where the rules aren't so strict, and they often give small prizes like figurines or DVDs, or small cash prizes.


16 Sep 2013 - 17:46107250
Haha we posted at the same time again! oh well :'D


16 Sep 2013 - 18:32107251
Ah ok I understand now! Thanks!

Sorry for being annoying but, can I have a rundown of how the WCS works...? Like, what comes after the prelims and such...?

I could only find US rules for the preliminaries, it seems as serious as the semi-finals?

Also do you know how I could find a partner for the WCS?


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16 Sep 2013 - 22:14107257
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
Ah ok I understand now! Thanks!

Sorry for being annoying but, can I have a rundown of how the WCS works...? Like, what comes after the prelims and such...?

I could only find US rules for the preliminaries, it seems as serious as the semi-finals?

Also do you know how I could find a partner for the WCS?


you could probably advertise for someone to join you on the forums here if you don't have a friend in mind


16 Sep 2013 - 23:10107258
Get to know people in the community and wait until you have a connection with someone. If you dont like the same things it'll be hard to decide what costumes to make - if one of you doesn't like it then there will be less motivation on their part.
Take the time to learn their habits too! Do they get started way in advance or do they leave it til last minute? Do they flip flop with their cosplay plans? You'll want solid ideas that will be stuck with rather than changing a few weeks before the comp.

Hope this helps with finding a partner. It took me a while to get to know people that I get on well with and work in groups which turn out successfully, just try not to rush it


16 Sep 2013 - 23:26107259
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
Ah ok I understand now! Thanks!

Sorry for being annoying but, can I have a rundown of how the WCS works...? Like, what comes after the prelims and such...?

I could only find US rules for the preliminaries, it seems as serious as the semi-finals?

Also do you know how I could find a partner for the WCS?


you could probably advertise for someone to join you on the forums here if you don't have a friend in mind


If you don't have someone in mind then I strongly recommend getting to know people in the community first before entering for group work. Otherwise it makes things hard to plan out ideas, costumes, practises, etc. You want to find someone you get along with and can spend a lot of time with because hours of practise and costume making are involved. And even after that and you qualify, you will spend additional hours prepping for the finals together. And then at the finals you will be sharing a room together for over 4 days (ECG or WCS) and will be taking part in parades, conferences and the performance itself.

It's great if you can build a friendship by advertising on a forum for a partner and all but it will make things a lot easier if you know the person beforehand and you don't have the initial stress of coming up with ideas because you're not quite on the same wavelength just yet.

You also don't want to be in a sticky situation where you find that actually, you don't like your partner very much because s/he stresses you out a bit too much or you're too different but it's too late, you're at the finals now.


17 Sep 2013 - 00:22107264
I don't actually manage to make friends with others in the cosplay community in general, tbh .__.

No one's really receptive, and I just struggle to understand the concept of how you could become someone's friend on a forum or at a con or such, bringing into mind various factors.

So I just advertised for a partner, I'm very flexible to what other people want anyways, but even if I don't get a partner for WCS next year I shall find someone irl, hopefully~


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17 Sep 2013 - 08:39107272
Sorry for multiple posts spammage -using phone-



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17 Sep 2013 - 08:40107273
Quote QueenOfSlayers:
I don't actually manage to make friends with others in the cosplay community in general, tbh .__.

No one's really receptive, and I just struggle to understand the concept of how you could become someone's friend on a forum or at a con or such, bringing into mind various factors.

So I just advertised for a partner, I'm very flexible to what other people want anyways, but even if I don't get a partner for WCS next year I shall find someone irl, hopefully~


cosplayIsland is a very friendly place, I'm sure you can meet a lot of people on here (esp if you hang out in the forums), going tocons is another good way to meet people. I've made quite a few friends by setting up cosplay groups for events and adding people I have spoken to on here on my facebook.
Even people who struggle to make friends are excepted in this community. We all love costumes and that keeps us having something in common.

However what has been said above is very true you may not like people or get on with them as nuch as you hoped further down the line so it would be good to get to know people as much as you can before you enter into this (you have a year!! ;p)
If I were you I would advertise to see who is interested and then spend time trying to get to know people, all the while you both need to be aware that it is a joint effort to enter and you should except if one of you doesn't want to go for it. Meeting multiple people who are interested could raise your chances of finding someone but you should be careful that no-one gets hurt.
I find openess to be the best friendship maker.


17 Sep 2013 - 20:10107294
Well I kinda think no one is interested on the forums so, I guess I'll look for a partner elsewhere ^^;


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17 Sep 2013 - 20:25107296
Maybe you just need to get to know people first. Also will you be posting costume on here? That might help
And as I said going to cons and speaking to people will props help. Sometimes it can be hard to get an idea kick-started on here but it's worth a try. I've had to post a lot on here to kick-start cosplay groups etc but it has happened in the end


18 Sep 2013 - 07:19107309
I will be, except I don't have pictures yet ^^'

But um yeah, I guess I'll keep trying~


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18 Sep 2013 - 14:06107316
You'll probably get more interest once you've started posting costumes on your profile and people can see what kind of stuff you turn out


18 Sep 2013 - 15:52107319
I should be (crosses fingers) entering with my partner who decided last minute that she really wanted to do this!
Few random questions; How do things happen? Like with entering WCS in play expo how is the judging here? and also what happens after the masquerade? (for results and for the winners and such)
Sorry if that didn't make much sense


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18 Sep 2013 - 19:05107323
Quote Om_nom_nom:
I should be (crosses fingers) entering with my partner who decided last minute that she really wanted to do this!
Few random questions; How do things happen? Like with entering WCS in play expo how is the judging here? and also what happens after the masquerade? (for results and for the winners and such)
Sorry if that didn't make much sense

Right here goes!

Alright - you need to submit a form to enter in the first place, then you should receive some info via email about where to be at what time, etc not long before the event itself. It's hosted at the venue so as long as you make it there you're fine. Once you arrive you usually get given a time to be at your judging slot. You can either get changed at the venue (last time Hyper Japan had a changing area), or you can arrive in costume already, no biggie.

Judging occurs before you go on stage for your costumes in a dedicated timeslot. You describe your costume to the judges and the judges are given a brief amount of time to ask questions and take notes. They should have already taken a look at your progress books by this point, if not, they will be looked at shortly after or during your judging slot. Once judging is over you can rest easy until you need to go on stage to perform.
You are also judged during your performance (for your performance, obviously). Then the final results get decided and the winners get announced usually about 1-2 hours after the performances end.

You have to stay in costume if possible until the final winners are called, usually, so don't get changed!

Hope that helps a little! Things might be different this year, but normally it is that sort of setup good luck!


19 Sep 2013 - 12:25107346
If anyone's interested, here's a video of the WCS 2014 team just recently selected for Germany! They have simple costumes, but they executed them beautifully and they had a cute performance idea which was easy to understand

Just goes to show you don't need super complicated costumes to be selected for WCS!

http://youtu.be/U-2JSxFAkrw


20 Sep 2013 - 12:39107377
Random question, purely because I'm interested and have never found the answer, what's the actual prize for winning WCS? =p

I also wondered what ECG's prize was, but I guess a trip to Japan makes sense there.
I'm not sure how WCS manages a prize when the whole trip itself seems like a prize =p


20 Sep 2013 - 15:22107384
Quote Stubbled Grapes:
Random question, purely because I'm interested and have never found the answer, what's the actual prize for winning WCS? =p

I also wondered what ECG's prize was, but I guess a trip to Japan makes sense there.
I'm not sure how WCS manages a prize when the whole trip itself seems like a prize =p


The prizes for WCS change each year depending on sponsorship, but generally:

WCS 1st place: Return to Japan the following year, flights and hotel paid for, so you can take part in WCS as an "alumni" which means you get to have fun at all the parades and events without obligations for the finals or getting up early in the morning if you don't want to LOL You also get a cool glass trophy.

WCS 2nd & 3rd Place: FAME AND GLORYYYY and sometimes if there's a particular sponsor, you might get some prizes. Like one year the sponsor was some Japanese trading card game so the people in 2nd/3rd got a huge box of these trading cards

There are other awards given at WCS, this year we had:

Cyperous Award (for best wig) - winners usually get free wigs from Cyperous (really amazing wig store)

Brother Award (for best costumes) - I think the winners this year won an embroidery machine?

JoySOUND Award (for best audio/music used in performance) - this was a new award this year but I don't know what you got for it

NicoNico Award (online popularity contest) - new award this year, people were watching the livestream of WCS and could vote for their favourite acts. Not sure what the prize was either

Best Performance - fame and glory I think LOL


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As for ECG, the prizes are given in two categories and once again the prizes change each year depending on sponsorship. In ECG Season 2 and 3 I believe the sponsor prizes were really beautiful art prints on canvas and small trophies.

ECG Group/Solo 1st Place: Trip to Japan (with the other 1st place winners) plus art prints

ECG Group/Solo 2nd Place: art prints (smaller than 1st place)

ECG Group/Solo 3rd Place: art prints (smaller than 2nd place)

Also in Season 2 they gave a "Judges Award" because I think someone tied for 3rd place and I think that was just a little trophy.



Last edited by Yuka (20 Sep 2013 - 15:22)
23 Sep 2013 - 22:51107513
Bumping!

Just less than two weeks to sign up now, and three weeks until the prelims


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