Japan’s Top Cosplayer Enako Reveals That She Has Made Over 100 Million Yen in 2021

And the year isn't even over yet!

Enako on Downtown DX


In the lead-up to tonight's episode of Downtown DX, where Enako will be a guest panellist, the topic of discussion was revealed ahead of the broadcast–Enako's 2021 salary from being a full-time cosplayer, host, and model. The discussion of Enako's salary back in 2020 was a hot topic, especially as most events when would have attended were cancelled due to COVID-19, but even then, that didn't stop the cosplayer from reaching higher heights in 2021. 


Enako revealed that she has earned 100 million yen (US$876,885) so far in 2021, doubling her income from 2020–and that's before the 1st Comiket in 2 years in December where the top cosplayer historically earned 10 million yen (US$87,660) per event. Enako claims that she only spends 5 million yen (US$43,833) per year, and most of that just goes to video games. "There's not much to do [otherwise]," Enako explained.


The new income comes from a range of new projects that she has appeared in over the past year, including WEB projects, collaborations with different companies, and the sale of photo books that she self-funded. These are on top of the projects she usually did throughout the year–including being an official cosplayer and host for Yu-Gi-Oh! events.


Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid x Enako

Enako as Tohru from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S in Monthly Action earlier this year.


This year saw Japan's top cosplayer on store shelves around the country as Enako decided to decline any payment for magazine cover shoots as she feels the shoots are as much promotion for her own work as they are for the magazine itself, believing that the partnership is mutually beneficial for both parties. And frankly, by the news she's doubled her income this year, it seems the strategy is paying off for her.


Sources: Mantan Web, Crank-In


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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs the YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

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