Cosplay and Props - Approval

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Cosplay and Props - Approval

Post by ksmurf » Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:25 pm

This is a friendly reminder that props and cosplays cannot be pre-approved before the convention.

PROPS
Prop inspection is handled by Hynes Security Staff and the Boston Police. Whether a prop is permitted into the convention is at their discretion.

Please review the Anime Boston Prop Policy for details about the prop inspection process and guidelines for bringing a prop weapon to Anime Boston http://www.animeboston.com/coninfo/conv ... ies/#props.

Take note of the Prohibited Items list as well: http://www.animeboston.com/coninfo/conv ... ited_items.

A helpful guideline to use is: hypothetically, if you hit someone with your prop (we do not condone this), who would break first - the person or your prop?

If the answer is 'the person', your weapon is less likely to be approved. Note: if the answer was 'the prop', this does not guarantee your prop will be approved.

When in doubt, we recommend leaving your prop at home, in your car, or in your hotel room.

COSPLAYS
Similarly, Anime Boston staff cannot pre-approve any cosplays.

Attendees are reminded that per our Convention Rules:
3. Appropriate attire is required at all times, including shoes, pants/shorts/skirts, and shirts/tops.
For more information on the convention rules and policies: http://www.animeboston.com/coninfo/conv ... eral_rules
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Re: Cosplay and Props - Approval

Post by mono.mi » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:23 pm

I do not expect pre-approval, however I would like to know if fake knives such as plastic knives or knives made out of cardboard and plaster are allowed? Sorry if I am asking this in the wrong place or if this is a dumb question...
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Re: Cosplay and Props - Approval

Post by snapelicious » Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:58 pm

mono.mi wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:23 pm
I do not expect pre-approval, however I would like to know if fake knives such as plastic knives or knives made out of cardboard and plaster are allowed? Sorry if I am asking this in the wrong place or if this is a dumb question...
It's really a case by case thing. When we say we can't pre-approve, we mean that the final say is always going to go to Hynes security. There may have been fake knives in the past, but security gets the last say. Ksmurf's guideline of "what breaks first, the prop or a person" is a good one to keep in mind. Use your best judgement.
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Re: Cosplay and Props - Approval

Post by Shiki » Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:41 pm

This may sound like a stupid question, and I apologize beforehand, but would http://www.animeboston.com/cosplay/cosplay_faq/#23 prohibit most cosplays of the Millennium organization from Hellsing and, more importantly, the Longinus Dreizehn Orden from Dies Irae?

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Post by ksmurf » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:28 pm

Shiki wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:41 pm
This may sound like a stupid question, and I apologize beforehand, but would http://www.animeboston.com/cosplay/cosplay_faq/#23 prohibit most cosplays of the Millennium organization from Hellsing and, more importantly, the Longinus Dreizehn Orden from Dies Irae?
Thank you for your question.

I will directly address the costumes you mentioned:

Millennium Organization from Hellsing - Many of the members from Millennium do wear the swastika somewhere on their persons. The use of this symbol is not permitted at Anime Boston. Similarly, Nazi regalia such as the armbands, pins, patches etc. are not permitted. The only exception is if the symbols are replaced with something that is not related to Nazis or any other hate group (i.e. swastika replaced with a duck).

Longinus Dreizehn Orden from Dies Irae - From what we can tell in reference images, the armbands do not actually portray the swastika or any Nazi symbols. Per my note above, these armbands would be permitted.
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While swapping out the symbols on armbands and other accessories would make the costumes permissible at Anime Boston, it is NOT recommended that these are worn outside of the convention center. Given the current political climate, many of these costumes could cause alarm in public and we want to ensure the safety of our attendees.

Please use common sense when planning your costumes and props if you intend to cosplay outside of the convention!
And finally: All cosplays are subject to Rule #23 at the convention and Anime Boston staff reserve the right to make final determination whether an object falls within these parameters.
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Re: Cosplay and Props - Approval

Post by Shiki » Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:15 am

I tend to confirm my understanding by paraphrasing: So the black Hugo Boss-esque uniform is acceptable, though not recommended outside the convention premises, so long as there is no swastika on the armband. Fair enough. The LDO uses their own symbol, anyway.

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