世界コスプレサミットについてABOUT

WHAT'S WCS?

- What kind of event is the World Cosplay Summit -

WCS is an event where "cosplayer" who love Japanese pop culture such as anime, manga, and games gather to create a new form of international and cultural exchange. Cosplayers from all over the world gather in Nagoya City and Aichi Prefecture every year to deepen their exchange. One of the features of this system is that it receives support from local governments, governments, and diplomatic missions overseas.

*Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a character from a manga, anime, or game.
*Cosplayers are the people who dress up as a character from manga, anime, game.

Fundamental principles of the WCS "Cosplaysummitism"

1st principle: [An ever-evolving pop culture festival]

The World Cosplay Summit is a pop culture festival centred around a world competition gathering cosplayers who love works of Japanese manga, anime or videogames, and it shall evolve adopting the changes in the times.

2nd principle: [A bridge to world peace]

The pop culture dealt with at the World Cosplay Summit is a means of communication for the entire humanity and is an important tool for the formation of personality. The World Cosplay Summit has the mission to provide a space of communication, whether physical or online, to all the people who love pop culture, and the purpose to become a bridge to world peace by fostering friendship that can overcome any borders and barriers of race, culture, language or customs.

3rd principle: [Respect to creators and contribution to cultural development]

Cosplay is a manifestation of respect and admiration towards an original work, as well as the essential human feeling of identification with that work. All the people involved in the World Cosplay Summit pay a deep respect to all creators, and wish to protect this place of expression together with them, and contributing to cultural development by doing so.

World Cosplay Summit Official Theme Song

- Theme Song titile「We Can Start!!」 -

The official theme song of the World Cosplay Summit "We Can Start!" sung by Toru Furuya, the chairman of the World Cosplay Championship judging committee.
song lyrics/writing:田代智一 / Tomokazu Tashiro
Arrangement:やしきしん / Yashikishin
Singer:古谷徹 / Toru Furuya

ロケーションLOCATION

OASIS 21

OASIS 21 Venue

The special stage

Many people enjoy cosplaying.

Many people enjoy cosplaying.

Exhibits from a variety of companies

Exhibits from a variety of companies

One of the main venues of WCS in East district, Nagoya. Complex multi-level park with the theme of "Space ship Aqua" the symbol of the park is lit up at night and is a popular photo spot both in Japan and abroad throughout the year. During the celebration of World Cosplay Summit, a lot of people visit for the stage events and photo shooting.

OSU COSPLAY PARADE

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

OSU COSPLAY PARADE in 2019

One of the famous event of WCS. More than 1000 cosplayers, including country/regional representatives and general cosplayers, parade through the Osu Shopping District, the birthplace of WCS.

世界コスプレチャンピオンシップCHAMPIONSHIP

WORLD COSPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP

The World Cosplay Championship is a competition to decide the best cosplay performance team in the world in that year. The final round is held on the last day of WCS. "World Cosplay Championship" started in WCS 2005, competition to determine the best cosplayer in the world of that year. To visit Nagoya, Japan as representatives, all participants have to win through preliminary round organized by national and regional organizers who have partnerships with WCS. The representative cosplayers are called " WCS Alumni" from the following year, and they participate in events related to WCS as guests and are introduced on cosplay media, so participation in the WCS main competition can be said to be a gateway to success for cosplayers.

Basic rules of the tournament

・One team of two cosplayers will represent each country and region.
・Judging by the total point of character evaluation for evaluating the costume and stage evaluation for evaluating the performance content. (※Part of regulation changed for this year)
・Each team must submit materials that explain the process of making costumes.
・Stage duration should not exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
・The total weight of costumes and props used on the stage should not exceed 40 kilograms for the team. (※No weight limitation for this year)
・The video, music and sound used on the stage must be produced by each team. (※Part of regulation changed for this year)

Caution.

* Depending on the global situation regarding the spread of the covid19 disease, there may be changes to the contents of the event, to its rules or even to the possibility of celebrating the event. For the latest information, method of participation and contents of the event, please check the outline of celebration and the participation rules for the corresponding year. (As of 2021)

Learn more CHAMPIONSHIP

パートナー国・地域一覧COUNTRY & REGIONS

COUNTRY & REGIONS

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRIA

BELGIUM

BRAZIL

BULGARIA

CANADA

CHILE

CHINA

COLOMBIA

DENMARK

FINLAND

FRANCE

GERMANY

HONG KONG

INDIA

INDONESIA

ISRAEL

ITALY

JAPAN

KOREA

LATVIA

MEXICO

MYANMAR

NETHERLANDS

PHILIPPINE

PORTUGAL

RUSSIA

SAUDI ARABIA

SOUTH AFRICA

SPAIN

SWEDEN

SWITZERLAND

TAIWAN

THAI

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

UAE

UK

UKRAINE

USA

VIETNAM

世界コスプレサミットの歴史HISTORY OF WCS

HISTORY OF WCS

2003

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The first WCS was held in October 2003.

2004

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Osu holds the first parade to allow the participation of general cosplayers.

2005

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World Cosplay Championship held at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.

2006

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism support the WCS.

2007

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Mexico, South Korea and Denmark joined and in total 12 countries joined WCS.

2008

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Three-hundred people gathered for “ Osu cosplay parade”.

2009

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The first Nishiki Street Red Carpet Parade was held. The event host changed to World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee.

2010

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Setting an all time high, 89,800 people attended the championship.

2011

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Brazil achieves their 3rd championship

2012

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20 nations participated in WCS’s 10th anniversary. WCS Inc. joined the World Cosplay Summit Executive Committee.

2013

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Creation of WCS“ Omotenashi” Student Executive Committee. The WCS executive committee became an organization of 9 associations by Aichi prefecture and the Chunichi Shimbun’s join.

2014

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More than 200,000 people attended at OASIS21 in 2 days

2015

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Collaboration events with Laguna Ten Bosch and Museum Meiji-mura.

2016

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The total amount of joining Countries & Regions was brought up to 30. More than 300,000 people attended the event.

2017

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WCS marked 15th anniversary. Nagoya city declared "Cosplay Host Town".

2018

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South Africa joined WCS,and all five continents participated WCS.

2019

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"WCS in TOKYO" was held at Tokyo Dome City,

2020

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The first online event was held, due to the effect of the covid19 pandemic.

歴代優勝チームHISTORY of CHAMPIONS

PAST WINNERS / HISTORY of CHAMPIONS

2005

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ITALY
「DEVILMAN」
Giorgia Vecchini
Francesca Dani
Emilia Fata Livia

2006

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BRAZIL
「Angel Sanctuary」
Maurício Somenzari L Olivas
Mônica Somenzari L Olivas

2007

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FRANCE
「Alichino」
Damien Ratte
Isabelle Jeudy

2008

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BRAZIL
「Burst Angel」
Jéssica Moreira Rocha Campos
Gabriel Niemietz Braz

2009

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JAPAN
「SENGOKU-BASARA」
YuRi
RiE

2010

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ITALY
「The Legend of Zelda」
Luca Buzzi
Giancarlo Di Pierro

2011

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BRAZIL
「FINAL FANTASY XII」
Maurício Somenzari L Olivas
Mônica Somenzari L Olivas

2012

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JAPAN
「Hakuoki」
Yukari shimotsuki
Kaito

2013

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ITALY
「Mazinger Z」
Andrea Vesnaver
Massimo Barbera

2014

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RUSSIA
「The Legend of Zelda」
Nek (Neko-tin)
Nichi

2015

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MEXICO
「The Legend of Zelda」
Juan Carlos
Shema Arroyo

2016

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INDONESIA
「Trinity Blood」
Rian CYD
Frea Mai

2017

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CHINA
「BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE」
Xu Xue
Ten Ten

2018

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MEXICO
「Street Fighter」
Banana Luis
Banana Ed

2019

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CHINA
「Monster Hunter:World」
K
A.K.WIRRU

2020

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Not held
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世界コスプレサミット トレーラーTRAILER

TRAILER

Please check out & watch the original video trailer of the World Cosplay Summit that is released every year.

2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
WCS official Youtube channel

ウェブパンフレットPAMPHLET

PAMPHLET (With translation in English.)

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