World Cosplay Summit 2018

Championship Finals

This year’s World Cosplay Summit kicked off with the weekend with their Central Park underground shopping center parade and group photo session in the Central Park Square.

Japan is currently in the middle of a heat wave, so temperatures were hot as expected… maybe even warmer than usual. The format of the WCS was changed up a little bit. Instead of having Group ‘knockout’ stages on Saturday and the Top 10-12 teams compete for the finals, this year the whole thing was put on one stage and winner takes all!

So for Saturday, I was able to spend most of the afternoon mingling through the crowds and take random photos of the various cosplayers who all flocked to Oasis 21 to show off their costumes and characters.

My idea here was to take fewer photos but more focused on expressions and mood, which worked out perfectly… both Friday and Saturday I shot into the twilight and evening hours which was quite different from the past several years.

On Sunday, I didn’t go out to Osu for the parade… too hot to run around taking photos there then relaxing to get over to the Championship venue without being over-heated. So, I just relaxed at home and made my way over to the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium (Dolphin Stadium) and got my pass to get in and set up for the 4 1/2 hour cosplay marathon.

Complete highlights and event coverage from the World Cosplay Summit 2018… below are select images from the entire event with complete photo galleries from the Underground Parade (Fri), Oasis 21 (Sat) & the Championship Finals (Sun).

WCS 2018 Results

Award Country Team Cosplayers
Champion Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Runner-up Team Indonesia

Yumaki

Machibun

3rd Prize Team Thailand

Jasper Z (Zei)

Kutto

Sponsor’s Awards

Award Country Team Cosplayers
Air Asia Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Spearhead Team Vietnam

Tanuki Wasabi

NAkun

niconico Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Futaba Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Brother Team Denmark

Aik0hime

TinYasuo

Azure Lane Team Indonesia

Yumaki

Machibun

Laguna Ten Bosch Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Rinn Team Mexico

Banana Ed

Banana Luis

Here is a link to the complete gallery of images: World Cosplay Summit 2018

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Jeffrey Johnston is a Japan based event photographer and publisher/writer and has been fortunate enough to travel and see the world. Been exposed to the limitless possibilities of photography over 12 years ago, he was able to see things differently. He currently shoots in the areas of people, fashion, event & news photography in Japan. He maintains a Facebook page with samples of his work. He can also be found at Shogunmaster.com about contract work or with questions or comments on his photography.