What Is It?
The “World Cosplay Summit” [WCS] was created to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime.
The free and dynamic nature of manga was instrumental in the birth of cosplay. Nowadays youth from around the world find this as a common language and a dynamic new form of global interaction. The World Cosplay Summit began in Osu, Nagoya and has grown to include 17 countries from around the world. If you count audience and participants at each preliminary event, the number of people involved is now in the 100s of thousands.
For youth who have discovered Japan through manga and experienced Japanese culture through the medium of the World Cosplay Summit, we endeavor to continue the development of this new form of international exchange.
How Is San Japan Involved?
San Japan is the 2013 Midwest South Qualifier for the 2014 WCS USA Competition. The winning team at San Japan gets a free trip to the WCS Finals (TBA) with airfare and hotel accommodations covered to compete in the WCS USA Finals happening in Spring 2014. The winning team of the USA Finals gets a free trip to Japan to compete in the 2014 WCS world championships.
Wait, A Team?
Yes, this is a pairs competition. You will need to have a series picked with your partner along with your performance, and props then submit a resume to the WCS email. Craftsmanship judging will separate from the preliminary performance part of the event and you will schedule a time to see the judges. The preliminary performance will be a full performance with stage and sound.
What are the details?
Further information will be updated as we get closer to the event. We’re still waiting for the details to be sent to us, too. Times will be posted in the final schedule. We will post what we know on the San Japan website when the information is given to us by the WCS. For now, just go to the WCS USA Page to get status updates on what’s going on. It’ll also give you an idea on what you’ll need to do to prepare for the WCS.