The World Cosplay Summit is back! The yearly event, which celebrates all things cosplay, is typically held in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, with cosplayers from around the world coming to compete.
Last year was different, with the event held online—you know why. This year, it looks like the event will be taking a hybrid approach. International travel to Japan is still basically impossible (unless, uh, you have something to do with the Olympics), so the world competition will take place online.
However, the Oasis 21 venue in Nagoya will feature real-life events for those in Japan.
Here’s the word straight from the WCS:
The “World Cosplay Summit 2021”, the 19th edition of the largest cosplay festival in the world, will take place on the 7th (Sat) and 8th (Sun) of August 2021. It will consist of the real cosplay events centered in the Oasis 21 venue in Sakae, Nagoya, as well as of the online “World Cosplay Championship Video Division”, that will spread the fun from Nagoya all around the world. These events will be streamed live to the entire world. Please join us!
The World Cosplay Summit “World Cosplay Championship” is a competition to determine the best cosplayers of the world, started in the WCS of year 2005. In order to visit Nagoya, Japan as representatives, contestants must win the preliminary rounds held by organizers in each country and region that have a partnership with the WCS. Considering the situation of the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the “World Cosplay Summit” is going to be held in 2021 with the new special format of “World Cosplay Championship Video Division”.
And here’s the announcement video:
The event will take place August 7 and 8—take the time difference into account when tuning in, natch.