"What do you mean, Japanese-only cosplays?"

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"What do you mean, Japanese-only cosplays?"

Post by Kiarrens » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:25 am

To all potential Masquerade and Cosplay Games participants:

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 non-Japanese character cameos 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.

Cosplay Games
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
  • Chess
For all other events, non-Japanese characters may be selected for brief cameos or small on-stage gags at the Coordinator’s discretion.

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.
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Re: "What do you mean, Japanese-only cosplays?"

Post by MomoMiraculous » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:50 am

So does that mean new Voltron is eligible since the origin of the characters were Japanese?
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Tenten- Naruto
AE3803- Hataraku Saibou (Cells At Work)
Deku- BNHA
Seiji (Sage)- Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers (Ronin Warriors)
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Re: "What do you mean, Japanese-only cosplays?"

Post by ksmurf » Wed Dec 12, 2018 12:49 pm

MomoMiraculous wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:50 am
So does that mean new Voltron is eligible since the origin of the characters were Japanese?
That's a really good question that we get a lot. We have a detailed post around fan designs and Voltron specifically, but here's the important part:
The original 1980s Voltron is permissible, as the American version of the Japanese show stole a lot of the animation and plot/character/theme elements almost wholesale from Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. However, the Netflix reboot (while awesome) is NOT permissible. They've changed too much of the story and characters, and are essentially an entirely new (American) show.
For more details, check out the original post! viewtopic.php?f=5&t=21600
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Re: "What do you mean, Japanese-only cosplays?"

Post by LadyMacbeth » Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:38 pm

I think that's fair. If you're looking to do non-Japanese-in-origin characters, there are other conventions like AAC to try them at.
And this gives those cosplaying from an obscure franchise a better chance of getting in.
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Oiwa from Yotsuya Kaidan
Ran from Detective Conan
Yugiri from Zombieland Saga
Botan from Yu Yu Hakusho

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