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The 7th Cosplay Corner Photo Competition

Friday 10th June 2011

Photographer Paul Jacques on the 7th Cosplay Corner Competition.

Cosplay Corner Photo Competition

Manga Entertainment’s bi-annual Cosplay Corner Photo Competition seeks to encourage genre fans to deploy the best of what they have secreted in their anime, manga, or gaming chiffonier and pitch it against their peers in friendly competition.

Now in its 4th year and 7th contest, the competition has become a permanent fixture at the London MCM Expo, with many a costumer making a bee-line for the photo booth upon hall entry. Although we've always tried to keep the stress levels as low as possible for the cosplayers, there is still an element of high tension that inevitably follows – the judging.

Cosplay Corner Photo Competition

Pity the poor souls who have to plough through hundreds of photographs, just to pick out a few Best of the Best. Far from being a glamorous life, a judge’s lot is not a happy one. The breadth and standard of modern cosplay is jaw-dropping. As such, I imagine some heated debates swirl around the judging table over this cosplayer’s make-up or that cosplayer’s sword. And all the time the judges know, in the back of their minds, that they too are being judged, as people will invariably disagree with the final results.

The judges only see the cosplay photos, as I never tell them names or characters of people involved (keeps things impartial). They most certainly can't tell which cosplay was made or bought. Also this competition has never been biased towards itself, that is Manga Entertainment never choose their own characters over others – everyone is equal. Thus, it's quite normal to see a 'Lolita' next to a 'World of Warcraft' next to 'Gundam' next to 'Vampire Knight' next to generic 'Steampunk'. It’s not easy for anyone to pick the winner from such an eclectic line-up.

Connor MacLeod (from the Clan MacLeod) was often heard to say, "There can be only one." In our case we like several, and several will win "the prize". Of course not every great cosplay gets to win, but everyone who makes the effort to celebrate their love of cosplay at a public event is already a winner. So whether you win or not, celebrate your passion -- Viva Cosplay!

Cosplay Corner Photo Competition Stephanie, Carla, Tanya & Rachel as Kai, Tyson, Max & Ray

To check out images of all the Winners, Runners-up and Honourable Mentions from the recent Cosplay Corner competition, check out Paul's Flickr folder here.


Death Note Complete Series And Ova Collectors Edition

was £59.99
On Blu-ray for the first time! Collected across 6 discs containing all 37 episodes of the hit anime series plus the bonus Death Note: Relight OVAs.

Light Yagami is a genius high school student who is about to learn about life through a book of death. When a bored shinigami, God of Death, named Ryuk drops a black notepad called a Death Note, Light receives power over life and death with the stroke of a pen. Determined to use this dark gift for the best, Light sets out to rid the world of evil... namely the people he believes to be evil.
Should anyone hold such power?
The consequences of Light’s actions will set the world ablaze.

Contains episodes 1-37 plus Death Note Relight OVAs on a bonus Blu-ray disc
Also features exclusive collectors edition rigid box packaging
Languages: English, Japanese and English Subtitles



Code Geass vs Death Note

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From its epic 366 episode run, which Bleach story arc was your favourite? Cast your vote now.
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Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Culture shocks and military musings, in Gen Urobuchi's hard-hitting anime
"It’s an interesting time to have a hero with a militarist outlook. This blog has discussed the arguments over the alleged political content in the blockbusting Attack on Titan and Ghibli’s film The Wind Rises. In both cases, the controversies connects to Japan’s own militarist past in the 1930s and ‘40s, and the spectres they conjure up in countries round the world; of Japanese kamikaze pilots, of torturers ruling POW camps, of the so-called “banzai charges” of soldiers sworn to die for their Emperor."

Dragon Radar GT 2

The second collection draws the entire Dragon Ball opus to a fierce close
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Escape from Vampire Island

Kim Tae-gyun's walking undead in Higanjima
Higanjima eagerly mixes the locked-room combat of Battle Royale with the viral horror of Resident Evil, with just a dash of the old-time religion of The Wicker Man, and presents that most tantalising of locations for the role-playing gamer – a private island of adventure, close to home and yet inhabiting a world of myth and magic.
Some brilliant souls in South Korea are recreating Devil Fruits from One Piece in delicious looking, mouth-watering, cake form.

Bandai Museum, Tokyo

Rayna Denison checks out Bandai’s toy museum
In the dark days between the closure of the first Bandai-Gundam Museum in 2006 and the proliferation of Gundam cafes across Japan’s capital over the past few years, a small glimmer of mecha-shaped light remained for anime fans near Japan’s capital: the Bandai Museum in Mibu, Tochigi Precture. This new “Omocha-no-machi” Bandai Museum opened in 2007, following the demise of the original museum in Chiba, offering a huge collection of toys from the Edo-period to the present day.
Last week we gave you the opportunity to vote for your favourite male character from Attack on Titan. This week is your chance to vote for your favourite female character and while there may be fewer choices, we feel it’s definitely anyone’s game this week.
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