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The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is an annual cosplay event promoting friendly international exchange through Japanese pop culture. Starting in 2003 with only a handful of countries, it has since grown to include countries from all over the globe.
Otakuthon brought the WCS to Canada in 2014 with its winners participating as an observer nation in 2015. Canada was then promoted to full participating nation status in 2016. The winners of the WCS Canada Competition at Otakuthon 2018 will go on to represent Canadian cosplay and compete against cosplayers from 34 other countries for the chance at the title of Grand Champion of the 2019 WCS Championship in Japan!
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To participate in the competition, your team must complete the WCS Canada 2017 Registration Form during the registration period as specified above. In the form you will be asked for the following:
For costume construction judging, teams will have a total of ten (10) minutes. Teams will have five (5) minutes to present their costumes to the judges. The judges will then have five (5) minutes to ask questions.
NOTE: Because teams are required to prepare PowerPoint presentations with progress photos for the WCS Championship in Japan, teams participating in the WCS Canada Competition are also required to do so.
New for 2018: In addition to the costume and performance components, there will be a short interview portion as part of the WCS Canada Competition. While WCS is a stage competition, Team Canada, like all other participating teams, will also be acting as national “cosplay ambassadors” who may meet important members of Japanese corporations and government, as well as be interviewed by Japanese and other participating nations’ media.
Participating teams in the WCS Canada Competition will be provided with a complete list of possible questions in advance of the convention. At the convention during the scheduled interview slot, the teams will be asked a few of these questions to evaluate how the team responds.
NOTE: Because the official languages of the WCS Championship in Japan are English and Japanese, the interviews will be performed in English. That said, the level of English fluency is not a factor, only how the teams present themselves.
Otakuthon Anime Convention. August 3-5, 2018 | Palais des congrès, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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