What happens at a Cosplay festival?
Suppose you are interested in Japanese culture through Anime/Manga or games. In that case, you will surely know or at least curious about Cosplay Festivals - where exciting activities of a community with a common interest take place.
Except for the recently popular pool party in Hanoi, I can confidently say that I have been presented in almost all types of cosplay festivals (a festival that originates from Japan) in Vietnam. So, in addition to "spoiling a little bit" the content, I will also give you some tips to enjoy the Fes to the fullest!
Rekindled in the 2010s with one comic festival per year, now there is an average of 12 festivals in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi annually. Although the frequency of Ho Chi Minh City festivals is higher, the event grounds in the capital city are more spacious. The backgrounds are also more shimmering. So it's six of one and half a dozen of the other.
During the festival period (usually from 9 am - 7 pm), it is impossible not to include these performances:
- Yosakoi dance
- Singing and dancing competition
- Cosplay contest
For this part, the contestants register for the qualifying exam and process voting one month in advance. The last round performance will take place at the festival. Prizes range from 5-10 million VND, and sometimes people get sponsored to go to Japan to compete with cosplayers from other countries.
- Prizes for those with the best outfits
- Fashion show
- Live show with domestic and foreign guests (usually artists, idols): Performing plays or singing, dancing, playing games, answering questions from fans. In addition, they also have a merchandise store and autograph session within a time frame.
These sessions all have a specific schedule on the fan page of the festival, so we can choose our favorite performances and come at that time frame. However, it is best to subtract 1 hour to browse through all the stalls and find an ideal seat.
What to play at a Fes?
There are certain must-do things when participating in the Festival, such as:
- Take a souvenir photo with your favorite character.
- Meeting friends with common interests
- Enjoy Japanese and Vietnamese dishes
- Participate in-booth activities (goldfish picking, tarot, tea ceremony, playing gaccha, karaoke, virtual reality games, new apps launching, ...)
- Participate in programs created by MCs on stage (or just simply sit as an audience and enjoy a certain performance)
- Purchasing anime, manga's products
You can see pretty and 'kawaii' cosplayers regularly at these festivals, so don't hesitate to ask for a photo and politely thank them once you're done.
In addition, during the rush hour, the campus becomes very crowded. It is easy to encounter a situation of "overheating" that causes you to be separated from your friends and your belongings or even meeting crooks, so everyone, please pay attention!
There is still a lot of growth potential.
In general, I can see that the scale of cosplay festivals in Vietnam is still developing with great potential because the organization space is still very limited compared to the abundant number of guests.
Therefore, compared to Japan and neighboring countries (Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan...) it is still not enough to attract major Japanese and American publishers, film studios, software companies to publish new products in Vietnam.
Compared to Comic Fiesta (Japan), Comiket (Japan) and C3AFA (Southeast Asia) festivals with an international scale that serves more than a few hundred thousand people (twice per year) operating to launch multiple series of entertainment products. Although still on a domestic scale, festivals in Vietnam have had most of the performances and activities similar to those in Japan.
I hope soon, an international cosplay festival will be held in Vietnam.
It makes you want to pack your backpack and go right away, right?
You can experience this extremely special and wonderful festival in either Vietnam or Japan. Do not wait any longer to find out when and where the upcoming event is. Or easier, you can leave a comment below. I will respond as soon as I see the notification. Maybe we will meet again at some cosplay festival (´ ∀ ` *)
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