South Africa, Costa Rica, and Bulgaria are among the new entries into this year’s World Cosplay Summit which will be held from July 28th to August 5th in Nagoya City! This marks the first time that a country from Africa has sent representatives to the competition.
In a report published to Mantan Web earlier today, it was revealed that 38 total countries and regions will be participating in this year’s event making it the largest in history. Taking place at Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (in Naka Ward, Nagoya City), participants will also have access to Nagoya Castle for the first time in order to take photos of their cosplays.
The WCS was first held in 2003 with only five countries participating at the time. Over the years, however, the event has flourished into a display of some of the finest anime cosplay from all over the world.
The event generally includes the participants visiting various parts of Japan, a parade of all of the participants held on the first weekend of August, and the judging portion which crowns the best cosplayers in the world. In 2017, 34 countries and regions participated in the event with the winners being the representatives from China.
Author: LB Bryant
L.B. has been writing about anime professionally since August 2005. With credits that range all the way from Anime Herald to Viewster, he has seen and done it all. His favorite series include Assassination Classroom, Princess Nine, Sword Art Online, and many others. Currently he lives in the Seattle area with his many cats and his very understanding and supportive wife.