Canada’s first World Cosplay Summit team crowned at Otakuthon


It’s difficult to think of an honour bigger in the cosplay world than representing your country at the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan. Since 2005, teams from various countries have competed in the television program hosted by TV Aichi. The program aims to promote Japanese youth culture, especially the cosplay of Japanese comics, films, video games, and television shows. Over the years, the program has expanded to include teams from over 25 countries. On Friday, Canada crowned their representatives for their first year as a full participating nation at Otakuthon in Montreal, Quebec. Nienna Surion and Darkarnival Butler made up team Nienna Karnival and will be representing Canada in Nagoya in 2016.

Last year Canada was able to send their very first team, comprised of Niq Cosplay/Detailed-Illusion and Miss Messy Mia, who returned to the stage Friday to judge the competition. However, Niq and Mia were only present to represent Canada as an observing nation, meaning they did not contend in the televised competition. Less than a week after returning from their own trip to Nagoya, they and the Japanese ambassador to Canada were able to award Nienna and Darkarnival the same opportunity and then some.

With their incredible Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess costumes and unique stage presentation on Friday, Nienna Surion and Darkarnival Butler are certain to make Canada proud at the World Cosplay Summit 2016 in Japan. Should they be unable to attend, the runner ups Fellow Sheep Cosplay, made up of Merino and Icarus with their Katamari cosplays, will take their place in the Championship. The other five teams, who cosplayed from series like Princess Jellyfish and Fate/Stay Night, may not have received the same honours but they will hopefully return to compete for the chance to represent their country on the world stage in the future. While the talent on stage was undeniable, the overall experience may have benefited from the venue speakers being set to a lower volume.

Otakuthon hopes to once again host the Canadian preliminaries for the World Cosplay Summit next year.

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