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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.

Sứa Rau Câu

Sứa Rau Câu

Published on 08 Jul, 09:18

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!

Exciting performances

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
Yosakoi dance is an indispensable performance at the opening of festivals
Yosakoi dance is an indispensable performance at the opening of festivals
  • Singing and dancing competition
Singing, solo dancing, or group competitions with over 1-2 million VND cash prizes are pretty common
Singing, solo dancing, or group competitions with over 1-2 million VND cash prizes are pretty common

  • Cosplay contest
Usually, the performance will last 5 minutes; depending on the script written by the contestants, scores are determined by the criteria of costumes and acting.
Usually, the performance will last 5 minutes; depending on the script written by the contestants, scores are determined by the criteria of costumes and acting.

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
You can register for this award at the stage 30 minutes prior to the show
You can register for this award at the stage 30 minutes prior to the show

  • Fashion show
Showcasing traditional Japanese costumes, also accompanied by a sword show performed by members of the Kendo Club
Showcasing traditional Japanese costumes, also accompanied by a sword show performed by members of the Kendo Club
I also made a lot of friends by participating in the show ^^
I also made a lot of friends by participating in the show ^^
Lolita show - a Japanese street fashion style
Lolita show - a Japanese street fashion style
Traditional costume show with singing, dancing performances using costumes adapted from Chinese historical movies
Traditional costume show with singing, dancing performances using costumes adapted from Chinese historical movies

  • 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.
Idol meeting - don't worry too much about the language, since the interpreter will take care of it
Idol meeting - don't worry too much about the language, since the interpreter will take care of it

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.
Character ‘Karuta Roromiya’ in ‘InuxBoku SS’
Character ‘Karuta Roromiya’ in ‘InuxBoku SS’

  • Meeting friends with common interests
Niji's group having a strong fan base with common interests always stirs up every Festival season
Niji's group having a strong fan base with common interests always stirs up every Festival season

  • Enjoy Japanese and Vietnamese dishes
What happens at a Cosplay festival?

  • Participate in-booth activities (goldfish picking, tarot, tea ceremony, playing gaccha, karaoke, virtual reality games, new apps launching, ...)
Playing gaccha and picking up stuffed animals at a Fes campus
Playing gaccha and picking up stuffed animals at a Fes campus

  • Participate in programs created by MCs on stage (or just simply sit as an audience and enjoy a certain performance)
Launching a new Sony product
Launching a new Sony product

  • Purchasing anime, manga's products
Almost every mangas – animes are presented
Almost every mangas – animes are presented

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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Sứa Rau Câu

Sứa Rau Câu

Both simple and complicated. Lolita-chan, cosplayer, aestheticism.

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