Historically, there has been confusion around our policy regarding cosplays in official events (e.g. Masquerade, Cosplay Games). We would like to clarify what types of costumes are eligible to participate in our events, and remind all of our cosplayers that these guidelines do not apply if you're just planning on walking around the halls! We love seeing stormtroopers, Avatar the Last Airbender, My Little Pony cosplays, and everything else wandering the halls, it's part of what makes convention culture great! The following guidelines ONLY apply if you plan on participating in official Anime Boston events.
For 2019, the Masquerade and Cosplay Games Events are allowed to incorporate a small number of characters that do not originate from Japanese media or culture. The number of permitted costumes will vary across events (see below for guidelines).
We feel this allows us to remain true to the convention’s mission statement, while incorporating the interests of our attendee base. See FAQ #9 for more information.
For the Masquerade, we need to remain more strict on our allowances, especially since the craftsmanship-only division is on a first-come first-serve basis. Craftsmanship-only participants MUST still adhere to the Japanese-origin only policy. Performance entries may incorporate a single non-Japanese character on a case-by-case basis, upon confirmation from the Masquerade Coordinator.
For example, a “Hell’s Kitchen” parody skit that uses Gordon Ramsay as part of the joke may be acceptable. We still require that the majority of your characters are from Japanese sources. If you plan on using a non-Japanese character in your skit, please contact the Masquerade Coordinator ahead of time to verify whether or not your idea would fall within our allowances.
Due to the highly improvisational nature of Cosplay Games, as well as the number of speaking lines and/or amount of stage time each participant receives, our events have a very limited allowance for non-Japanese characters.
The following events can allow a limited number of exceptions (i.e. 1-2 participants) to the Japanese only rule:
- Death Match
What this means: You MAY apply as a non-Japanese character, but since we can only select one or two for our largest events, your chances of being accepted will be much better if your character is Japanese in origin. If you have any questions about your cosplay, feel free to reach out to the Cosplay Games Coordinator.
Please note: "Japanese Origin" is defined as "the original character having been created in Japan, by a Japanese company." Characters from American or European media who were "born" in Japan, like Hanzo from Overwatch, still do not qualify.