The term “cosplay” is a Japanese portmanteau that has it’s root in the English terms costume and role-play. Cosplay costumes vary greatly and can range from simple themed clothing to highly detailed costumes. It’s the cosplayer’s intention to replicate a specific character, rather than to reflect the culture and symbolism of a holiday event. When in costume, some cosplayers often seek to adopt the affect, mannerisms, and body language of the characters they portray (with “out of character” breaks). The characters chosen to be cosplayed may be sourced typically from any Japanese movie, TV series, book, comic book, video game, or music band anime and manga characters.

About Client & Task

Cosplay Event

World Cosplay Summit

Creative direction: 
Shogunmaster Photography

Jeffrey Johnston

About Process:

Collection of shots taken from the various activities and stages at the World Cosplay Summit held in Nagoya at venues such as Oasis 21 (Sakae), Osu Kannon (Fushimi) and Aichi Performing Arts Center (Nagoya).

WCS 2016

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2014

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2013

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2012

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2011

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2010

Red Carpet Ceremony

WCS 2009

Red Carpet Ceremony

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