Cosplay is all around - 14th Impact
The main stage at Japan Expo is the biggest cosplay stage in Europe: the perfect place for cosplayers to show the extent of their talent. Let’s go back over the shows of the 14th Impact!
European Cosplay Gathering
11 countries, 36 cosplayers, more than 15,000 people in the audience: the European Cosplay Gathering finals brought together the best of European cosplay. With outstanding costumes and brilliant choreographies, the entrants for Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Poland (who took part in the ECG for the first time), Portugal, UK, and Switzerland did their best for this memorable show.
The Cosplay Party Tour
The European cosplayers’ trip in France started with a tour of Paris during the Cosplay Party Tour!
After the show of the finals of season 3, the French in the group category and the Polish entrant in the solo category won the contest! And here comes the winners:
in the group category:
1: France with Monster Hunter 4
2: UK with The Lord of the Rings
3: Denmark with Once upon a time
in the solo category:
1: Poland with Zangeki no reginliev
2: UK with Legacy of Kain
3: Switzerland with Samurai Warriors 3
The French selections
On Sunday, the European Cosplay Gathering launched its season 4 with the French selections, still on the main stage and with cosplayers willing to represent France during the next finals in 2014.
The European tour of selections thus started at Japan Expo and the French entrants for season 4 are Ludovic L., Sophie F., and Valérie F. in costumes from Final Fantasy VI in the group category, and Claire M. as Lady Sylvanas from World of Warcraft in the solo category.
The Tales Of Xillia ambassador
Tales of Xillia, sponsor of the European Cosplay Gathering for season 3, organized a Tales Of cosplay contest to choose its ambassador. The winner will tour in Europe following 4 ECG events: congrats to Shiina who won as Leia Rolando from Tales of Xillia.
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World Cosplay Summit: French selections
The French selections of the prestigious World Cosplay Summit also took place at Japan Expo, in partnership with Aichi TV. Ally and Ashan were chosen to represent France during the finals, as Mami and Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
The winners of the final contest last August in Nagoya were the Italian team:
This year as usual, cosplay shone on the main stage with daily shows, among which two Cosplay Shows. Performances followed one another, leaving the main stage audience enjoy the cosplayers’ talent and creativity.
The cosplay phenomenon is not only for the impressive cosplayers who parade on the main stage and brings together amateur cosplayers and all those who just want to admire their costumes. Beyond the main stage, cosplay invades the whole festival and makes the alleys look like some carnival where hundreds of manga, video game and anime characters walk around freely.
For those who want to go on stage without the pressure of facing the best of the best, just for fun, the cosplay stage is the ideal place!
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