77 cosplayers from 40 countries competed in the biggest summit yet in Japan
After two long weeks of competition over two cities in Japan, the World Cosplay Summit 2019 has finished its final round in Nagoya and the winners have been crowned. The summit started back in 2003 to foster friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture, which includes cosplay. This year marked the largest group of competing countries ever with 40 countries being represented at the competition, including the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Denmark and many more.
The first round of this year's Japan Championship leg of the competition was on July 27 at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo and saw 77 cosplayers from the 40 countries compete in qualifiers to get through to the Nagoya Stage. This was the first year a stage for the Summit was held in Tokyo rather than Nagoya, in Aichi Prefecture. At the Tokyo stage, 8 teams were selected to go straight into the final stage in Nagoya through a runway exhibition.
Before the stage in Nagoya this week, the World Cosplay Summit took the teams around Nagoya to showcase some of the sights of the city. This included a visit to the shrine that was used as a basis for the shrine in the anime film Your Name.
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Today, the WCS program took a group of us 3 hours out of Nagoya to the Furukawa in the Gifu prefecture, where a bunch of shrines and shops were featured in scenes of the movie Kimi no Na Wa/君の名は(Your Name) ????????.. . @_kcoz and I knew we were visitng Gifu but only realised we were visiting movie locations while on the bus or else we would have cosplayed Taki nd Mitsuha!!! But wore our sword bois and made all the scenes 9000% gayer ????????.. . It was an amazing day. We feel so healed! ???? @wcsaustralia .. . #ChuAniTour #wcs2019 @cosplayers.global @worldcosplaysummit #cosplay
Even the Mayor Kawamura got into the cosplay spirit by cosplaying Sanji from One Piece!
Coming in second was Team USA, from the cosplay duo garnethart_costumiers, who took silver with their costumes from Bloodborne.
The special sponsor awards went to:
- Air Asia Award - Team China
- Futaba Award - Theam Chile
- Bioré Award - Team USA
- Brother Award - Team Germany