4,322 photos from 56 countries were submitted to its web preliminary
Executive Committee of the World Cosplay Summit announced the 20 finalists for "One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix." The memorial cosplay contest has been held worldwide to celebrate the One Piece TV anime series 20th anniversary.
Its web preliminary was held between January 7 and March 30, 2019, and 4,322 cosplay photos from 56 countries were submitted. They were narrowed to 150 in the first selection, then to 60 in the second. Finally, the 20 finalists have gotten the tickets to the final round to be held at the Oasis 21 Stage during the World Cosplay Summit 2019 in Nagoya on August 3, and only one cosplayer will be chosen as the Grand Prix champion.
The 20 finalists' individual photos are now available on the event's official Twitter. You can vote for your favorite cosplayer by pushing "Like" or retweeting the post, and the points they get will be added to the final round's judgement.
"One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix" judges:
- Toshio Furukawa (the voice of Portgas D. Ace)
- Toru Furuya (the voice of Sabo)
- Hiroshi Kitadani (TV anime theme song singer)
- Takuma Naito (Weekly Shonen Jump editorial staff)
- Natsuko Tateishi (Toei Animation)
- Tokumaru Oguri (World Cosplay Summit Executive Chairman)
Toshio Furukawa/Toru Furuya:
Kitadani will also perform on the stage:
"One Piece Cosplay King Grand Prix" key visual
More information in English can be found at:
Source: World Cosplay Summit press release
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