Toko (CV Ai Nonaka) didn't exactly make a good first impression on Japanese PC users. Like their English speaking counterparts, her notifications insisting that they upgrade their OSes didn't exact endear her to local techies. The adjective "unforgivable" seems to get applied a lot. There was also a meme earlier this year involving photoshops of it causing disasters as mecha anime robots prepare to attack. Still, the upgrade notification was the star of this weekend's Comiket 90.
With the new inclusions of India and Switzerland, representatives for 30 countries gathered in Nagoya last weekend to crown the champions of the 2016 World Cosplay Summit. For the first time, the organization did a two-stage event, with semi-finals on Saturday and an eight-team finals on Sunday, leading to Indonesia's representatives being named champion for their Trinity Blood performance, followd by Denmark with The Angel of Elhalmburg and France with Love Live!
The official website of five-member cosplay dance unit ArsMagna today posted a two-minute full trailer for their first starring film The Movie: ArsMagna Kiki Ippatsu (Narrow Escape)! to be released at 12 theaters in Japan for a limited time of one week from September 17. Check the clip after the jump!
The World Cosplay Summit is now underway in Nagoya! And as part of the festivities, a group of eight cosplayers from around the globe paid a visit to the hallowed halls of Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs! Watch a reel of video highlights after the jump!
Tokyo-based company Ookaze no Okorusama will open its own cosplay photo studio "Ohkaze Shashinkan @Akiba produced by GAINAX" in Akihabara at 10:00 am on August 2. As the name suggests, the cosplay-oriented studio is supervised by acclaimed anime production company Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Gurren Lagann). Hit the jump for more details.
Usually, when deodorant is mentioned in the same breath as pop culture conventions, it's in regards to encouraging geeks to consider hygiene when they're about to spend a long day crowded in with other like-minded individuals. Timed for last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, Secret's social media promotion took a different approach. More after the jump.
In 2014, representatives from 22 nations gathered in Nagoya to crown the champions of the the annual World Cosplay Summit, with Team Russia eventually taking the prize. WCS has posted an hour-long look at the emotional journey to get there in the documentary "World Cosplay." Check it out after the jump.
Marina Nagasawa (DOB - October 8, 1995. listed statistics, 153cm, F cup) calls herself a a "gouhou (legal) loli" idol. She's been in the Houkago Princess schoolgirl-themed unit and was named "miss iD 2016" for her personalized take on part-timer work. Recently, she grabbed the attention of otaku and passed 100,000 Twitter followers with her take on cosplaying the snail-child Mayoi Hachikuji from the Monogatari series. Get a look after the jump.
Character costume company Cospa is ready to release the male and female uniforms of the Ashford Academy from the 2008 TV anime Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 in late September. The uniform samples will be displayed at the upcoming Wonder Festival Summer event on July 24. Check the details after the jump.
Taking the "sun's out guns out" directive in a different direction, @nama_gundam, the cosplayer you might recognize from their annual cosplaying snowboarding venture, this weekend took the Gundam and Zaku suits out for some armed fun on the survival game course. Meanwhile, a whole fleet of Kancolle Shimazake cosplayers gathered at Mie Prefecture's Cosmic Light Industry studio before setting sortieing out to the beach for more photos.