World Cosplay Summit archives - WSC event highlights and promotion video

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.

World Cosplay Summit 2010 parade video

Video of the cosplay parade at World Cosplay Summit (WCS) in Nagoya, Japan. Hat tip to Hakuto0505 for the interesting clip. Heaven for cosplay fans lol…

WCS was started in 2003 as a promotion event for Aichi Expo 2005. The event has grown so big over the years that it’s now endorsed by three Japanese ministries.

World Cosplay Summit 2007 press event

Cosplay fans from around the world gathered at a news conference in Tokyo on August 1 ahead of the World Cosplay Summit 2007.

Cosplay fans at World Cosplay Summit 2007 news conference

The annual event is moving into its fifth edition in 2007. The summit will be held in Nagoya this weekend. More about the press event on Reuters.

In cosplay, people dress mainly as characters from anime, comics, movies and video games. The word cosplay – a combination of the words “costume” and “play” – was coined in Japan; the origin of the culture is more debatable though.