World Cosplay Summit 2016 official trailer

Trailer video for the 2016 World Cosplay Summit which will be held on July 30 to August 7 in Japan. The video shows some history of the convention, plus clips from the cosplay competition (presumably from 2015), parade and side events.

The WCS is held over a one week period where representatives from different countries visit various parts of Japan, including Akihabara, Kyoto and Sendai, to promote the Japanese youth culture and its ability to connect internationally. The finale is usually held in Nagoya on the first weekend of August.

Rainbow Hyunyoung Black Squad

Hyunyoung of Korean girl group Rainbow is chosen as the spokesmodel for FPS game Black Squad [Kr], published by Neowiz Games.

Rainbow Hyunyoung Black Squad cosplay endorsement

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Comiket 86 Cosplay etc.

Comiket, or Comic Market, is the world’s largest dōjinshi (aka self-published books/manga/art) fair, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan. The most recent Comiket, the Comiket 86, was held on August 15-17, 2014. Over half a million people attended the event. Photos by Rocketnews.

Comiket 86 crowd

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Japanese AneCan Magazine cosplay party

Japanese AneCan Magazine recently hosted a cosplay party to celebrate its seventh anniversary. The invited guests included stylists, photographers, editors and columnists etc. who have worked with AneCan in the past.

The magazine’s exclusive models also dressed up in various character-costumes for the event and a special photo shoot. Seems a bit too tidied though…

Costume play

Miki Arimura as an auto racer, Yuri Ebihara as Cleopatra, Moe Oshikiri as figure skater Mao Asada, Suzuki Sachi as Lady Gaga, Midori Kuzuoka as Catwoman, Shizuka Kondo as Shizuka (nice pun) from the Doraemon franchise, and Reiko Takagaki as an actor from the Takarazuka Revue theatre troupe.

World Order – Have A Nice Day (in Akiba)

Japanese music video for Have A Nice Day by techno-pop group World Order. Decent song, interesting choreography and video concept.

The MV featured many elements of Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town, e.g. cosplay, specialist stores, maid cafe, anime, arcades, and girl group AKB48 etc.

World Order was formed in 2009 by Genki Sudo, a retired mix-martial artist and kickboxer, who also wrote most (if not all) of the group’s songs.