Many were handmade, other’s sourced, but the cosplay at this year’s AnimeKon Convention set a high bar for next year’s event.
The first time the convention had seen such a high turn out of people dressed as their favourite characters, organiser Omar Kennedy noted that beyond those that came dressed to the nines in keeping with the theme Heroes vs Villains, there were also many who entered the Cosplay Competition.
That too saw a spike of entries, from about 10 last year to more than 30 registered for this third annual hosting of AnimeKon.
Several came as video game characters, but a number also portrayed their favourite anim? hero or villain, and others yet chose the classic route of a movie persona for their impersonations.
A few, like Theresa Bailey and Cherika Boyce decided on adding a pair of ears or a tail to their outfits almost last minute, but as Boyce noted, it was good to see a lot more cosplay this year than they had seen before.
Characters included Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy 4, vampires, Samara from The Ring, the cast of Bleach, V from V for Vendetta, to name a few.
The youngest cosplayer though was undoubtedly 11-month-old Aiden Brewster, who entered the competition as young Mario from the Super Mario franchise.
Kennedy said because of the keen interest and response this year, they were considering having separate cosplay competitions next year for children and adults. (LB)