My initial plan for the day is just to rest in my aircon room. It was on Friday evening when my Taiwan friend Ms Lin informed me that there will be a cosplay event coming up on Sunday. I did some research and found out that there will be a World Cosplay Submit in Nagoya. It is actually split into 2 days, on Saturday there will be a cosplay parade at Osu, and Sunday will be the actual competition at Oasis 21 in Sakae.
We eventually rendezvous at 3.30pm at the Starbucks outlet in Oasis 21. While walking around the mall, there were already hordes of people dressed as their favourite anime characters. It was pretty hot, so I took refuge at the Starbucks.
From there, we hopped on the subway down to Osu and made our way down to the Maid Cafe in Osu. They were somewhat surprised that I know Osu quite well. Other than the normal shopping streets which I explored myself, I was brought around Osu by Quah and Nai previously, so I know where all the secret and good stuffs are.
There were 11 people queuing up before us, so we just made a reservation and will come back later after our shopping.
I bought some archery stuff for my friend first and went on down to the shopping street. A Samba festival is going on in Osu today. The big group below seems to be getting ready to start the parade from the Fudou Myouou (不動明王) Temple. The words printed on their green shirt is Matsuri, meaning festival in Japanese.
And here they begin. With the dancers leading the group.
Followed by the huge crowd of supporters. This is the Samba parade!
At one of the turning point in the Osu shopping street just next to the large Lucky cat statue is a small circus performance. I have attached a small video below.
We left the shopping street to check out Osu Kannon temple.
And we went back to the shopping street again. We got back to the maid cafe around 5.15pm. They informed us that we were 30mins late from the available time, thus our reservations got cancelled. Oh well, since we also do not have much time till the start of the Cosplay finals at Oasis21, we have to get moving as well. It is better that we have our dinner first before proceeding there, so our local Japanese friend suggested we go for a Chinese restaurant call Misen (味仙). It is only a 5mins walk from Osu.
The waiters and waitresses all could speak Chinese. The food is really good, it is really on par with Yokohama Ryo which we went 2 days before. It came up to around 1,000Yen per person.
We walked down from Osu to Sakae. It is only a 10mins walk away. As it is around 6pm now, the sun is not as hot as the afternoon.
We got there around 6.20pm and is in time for the first performance by France.
I find the second team to be quite good too, they are representatives from Korea. The fighting scenes are surreal and when one of the guy (blue hair) is defeated, he fall backwards straight down. That is really cool!
The team from Thailand is on Pokemon. Their performance is also quite fasincating.
At around 7.25pm, there is a short intermission where one of the singers who specialise in Anime songs came up to sing. A short video is shown below:
After the intermission, the remaining 7 teams came up. The first of them is the team from China. They are pretty good and their performance is the longest at 3mins. Most of the performances duration are around 2mins. The China team achieved the SECOND place at the end of the competition. I have attached a video of their performance below. But it is trim from 3mins to 1min.
Here is the cosplay team from Singapore. I remember reading about the cosplay tournament held at Downtown East Pasir Ris from the online Straits Times. So here are the winners from the Singapore Team. They are cosplaying the role of Romeo and Juliet. I am quite happy to see the Singapore representative here in Japan, but overall I find their performance to be so-so. Nevertheless their performance is not the most boring, I find the USA team fall under that category.
And here is the team from Brazil. They are the winning team! They are cosplaying the anime Burst Angel. The guy in the robot suit is really awesome! When they were asking them questions, one of which is how much is the robot suit. It cost 100,000Yen (around S$1,300).
We left before the results were announced as we were rushing to catch the 8.57pm bus from Sakae. But we can find out the results easily from the internet. While going back, one of the cosplay audience allow us to take a snap photo of them.