Cosplay in the British Museum

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Article by Richard Perrin (PerrinAshcroft) posted Wednesday 19th September 2007

As part of the British Museum's season of late night anime movie screenings on Friday 28th September they will be showing the new Ghost in Shell: Stand Alone Complex movie Solid State Society. What's more they're encouraging you to come along in cosplay from your favourite series, and the best outfits will be awarded prizes by Manga Entertainment. It's a free event but you need to book in advance as they expect it to sell out.

Over the course of September the British Museum have been running anime movie showings in co-operation with Manga Entertainment as part of their "Crafting Beauty in Modern Japan" season. You've already missed out an Akira on the big screen, as it was intended, but here's your chance to catch the brand new Ghost in the Shell film.

Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell has always been a top example of intelligent anime storytelling with a whole heap of cyberpunk action in there to keep things flowing and this film is no exception. With a production budget of 3 million dollars and soundtrack by Yoko Kanno you can be pretty sure you're in a for top quality night's viewing.

The night will be presented by Paul Gravett a respected comics journalist who is also the author of Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics, so he probably knows his stuff.

For you cosplayers the real hook here though is that they want you to come along dressed up as your favourite anime and manga characters, so it doesn't have to be from Ghost in the Shell. The reward, apart from a fun night out with fellow otaku, is that Manga Entertainment are promising prizes for the best costumes.

The event will be free but you have to book tickets in advance since they're expecting to sell out. It's also for 18+ only I'm afraid.

Event Details

Ghost in the Shell: SAC Solid State Society
Friday 28 September, 18.30
BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre
Admission free, booking required
Director: Kamiyama Kenji.
Japan, 2006, 105 minutes.
In Japanese with English subtitles
Details and Booking Information