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Cosplay Cup Rules

Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Crunchyroll Expo 2022 and is open to cosplayers of all skill levels. All interested participants will need to have a CRX 2022 badge (virtual or in-person) to participate. We are happy to announce we are continuing our video format of the last couple of years with the addition of a live on-stage presentation with our emcees, judges, and participants who wish to attend Crunchyroll Expo 2022 in person.

Entrants

Number of Participants: Your entry may be either as an individual or as a group of up to five (5) members, all of whom must meet the eligibility requirements. If a group entry is selected as a Finalist and a member or members must drop out, alternates will not be permitted. With the exception of “Best Group,” “Best Individual,” and “Hime’s Rising Star,” all prizes are open to both individual and group entries.

Subject Matter

Costumes: Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup is a showcase of fan-created costumes from anime and anime-inspired shows and games. Need help deciding what to make for the competition? There are hundreds of series to inspire you here: https://www.crunchyroll.com/videos/anime

Presentation Length: Entries are limited to one minute and are to be filmed by the entrant prior to competition. Each participant, competing as an individual or as a part of a group, is permitted to only be a part of one entry in the competition. All Finalist entries will be submitted ahead of time via .MOV or .MP4 as per instructions by Crunchyroll Expo 2022 Cosplay staff. All entries must abide by local requirements for health, safety, and social distancing. 

Presentation Content: Presentation should showcase a title/series from anime and anime-inspired shows and games. While we want you to have fun and be creative with your entry, content should be appropriate for a teen audience. Additionally, no nudity, excessive violence, or offensive content, including use of makeup to darken skin to appear as a different human race, will be allowed. 

Soundtrack/Music: Entries may use their own soundtrack as audio for their filmed entry, subject to the Cosplay Director’s approval. No soundtrack submissions which include offensive language, offensive subject matter, or go over the one-minute time limit will be accepted. Copyrighted music will not be allowed, and Finalists will be given access to an expansive royalty-free library from which to select music and sound effects for their entry.  

Props: Small props, such as magical wands and staves, may be wielded as a part of your entry provided they are handled safely and not thrown. No realistic weapons, such as prop guns (without orange tip) or live steel will be permitted. Large props, such as background elements, are permitted, but must be handled solely by the participant and/or their designated stage ninja(s). Large, background props will be judged as a part of “Performance” only. Any stage ninjas you use for setting up your performance must observe local safety/social distancing guidelines and are, ideally, of your same household. Safety first!

Motion Graphics and Film Effects: This is a cosplay competition and not a video editing competition. As such, any video cuts and transition effects must be simple, and use of practical effects is always preferred. The costume and cosplayers should always be the focus of every shot. Any video effects that alter or purposely obscure your costume will not be permitted. If in doubt, please ask the Cosplay Director. 

Special Effects: No fire, fireworks, strong strobe lights, pyrotechnics, or anything deemed dangerous may be used as a part of your entry and will result in disqualification. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Cosplay Director. 

In-Person Element: If your entry is chosen as a Finalist and you plan to attend Crunchyroll Expo 2022, you will be offered a chance to come on stage either before or after your video entry has shown to display your creation to the audience in-person and interact with our emcees and judges. This will be unjudged and in lieu of the optional “behind the scenes” video Finalists have the option to create. This is strictly optional and appreciated, but not required. 

Emcees: They are your friends and want you to put your best foot forward! If you are accepted as a Finalist, you’ll be asked to submit a short introduction for your entry for them to read. Do not involve the emcees in your presentation in any way. 

No Sandbagging: Costumes which have won a major award (Best in Show, Best in Category, etc.) at another pop culture, comic, or anime convention may not participate unless the costume has undergone changes of at least 40%. You must disclose if your entry includes costumes which have won in competition and the steps taken to alter by the minimum percentage. We want you to bring something new and exciting to the competition! 

Construction Criteria: Our competition is one of three main pillars: construction, performance, and innovation. As such, we expect all costumes to be at least 75% constructed by the entrant, with help by parents or members of your household also acceptable. If your entry does not meet this threshold, either by disclosure or by findings from the judges, you may be allowed to compete; however, your entry’s score will be zero in the “Construction” category. Remember—honesty is the best policy!

Special Note: While this is a cosplay competition and prizes are awarded for skill, it is not a look-alike competition. Entries will be judged on the costume’s overall faithfulness to the character and series. We understand some design liberties may need to be taken when making something from the 2D world work on a flesh-and-blood person. We encourage you to innovate and make your favorite character work for you! 

The Pillars

Construction: This is how well the costume(s) in your entry are made and how suited they are to the character being depicted. Any changes to the original design should be explained, and all construction techniques will be judged by complexity, execution, and appropriateness for the character, series, and filmed presentation. We encourage you to use reference art or photos to help show your character and look you are going for. 

Performance: This is how you appear and how entertaining your entry is to the judges and the audience. More than just being flashy, is your entry easy to understand with clear scripting and sound? Will it make others interested in the series you are portraying? Are you showing confidence and stage presence? Performance in our show is all about bringing anime to life in your best, most authentic way, and this is your chance to shine!

Innovation: This is how your entry brings something new to the table. Be it a construction technique used in a novel way or a performance that does something delightfully outside the norm, this category is how your entry takes the traditional cosplay performance and levels it up into something new and innovative. Let your imagination fly! 

Initial Selection and Portfolio Screening

Prospective entrants, both individuals and groups, should present a pitch portfolio in PDF format of no longer than five (5) pages (8.5″ x 11″ Letter size) in length no later than 11:59PM PDT June 5, 2022. The pitch portfolio should include the following: 

  1. Name of entry
  2. Entry level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
  3. Name/age of participant(s) (both real name and cosplay name)
  4. Series and character
  5. Presentation overview (rough script/setting—this is your pitch to get selected for competition—make it memorable!)
  6. Costume progress so far (it can be rough at this point—we just want to see that you have started)
  7. List of/link to some previous costumes/awards won if applicable

From the submitted pitch portfolios, no more than 30 entries will be selected to compete in the show. These Finalists will be informed by June 10, 2022. Finalists will be required to submit a final presentation overview, costume progress update for construction judging, and final video of your performance by 11:59PM PDT July 17, 2022, to solidify their place in the contest. If updates are not received by this time, alternates will be selected to fill any open spots. Though Finalists will be notified they have been selected for the competition by June 10, 2022, we plan to publicly announce the Finalists in batches leading up to the competition. Because of this, we will ask the selected Finalists to keep their selection confidential until publicly announced.

Finalist Portfolio and Soundtrack

Selected Finalists will need to submit their final costume progress portfolio (for construction judging) and final filmed entry in .MOV or .MP4 format by 11:59PM PDT July 17, 2022, for review by the Cosplay staff. Entry can be no longer than one minute in length and utilizing the background/other tech materials provided by Crunchyroll Expo 2022 staff. Costume construction Finalist portfolio must be in PDF format and no longer than five (5) pages (8.5″ x 11″ Letter size) in length. For group entries, the Finalist portfolio may be up to ten (10) pages. This portfolio is different from your pitch portfolio and will need to showcase the work put into, costume/character references, and details of your costume. Being a virtual competition, this portfolio will be viewed by the judges in place of traditional in-person construction judging. This final costume progress portfolio will be presented to the judges for review prior to any performance at Crunchyroll Expo 2022 and is a tool to help make the judging process go smoother. So be sure to make yours first-impression worthy! If you do not submit this portfolio on time, you will not be allowed to participate in the competition and an alternate may be chosen in your place.

Finalist Prize Eligibility

All competitors accepted into the show will need to submit tax paperwork ahead of the competition in order to be eligible for prizes. These will be sent upon acceptance of your final portfolio and filmed entry. Though the competition is open to all territories that have the Crunchyroll service, we can only ship physical prizes within the U.S. and Canada.

Prizes

Listed below are the confirmed prizes at this time—we are working to add even more! All Finalists will receive a special commemorative ribbon for being in the show.

Category Prizes

Open to all entries in each skill category

Best Construction: Beginner

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Performance: Beginner

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Innovation: Beginner

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Construction: Intermediate

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Performance: Intermediate

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Innovation: Intermediate

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Construction: Advanced

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Performance: Advanced

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Best Innovation: Advanced

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $250 cash

Special Prizes

Best Individual: Open to one competitor participating as an individual. Open to all skill categories.

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $1,000 cash

Best Group: Open to one competition group, participating as a group. Open to all skill categories.

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $1,000 cash

Crunchyroll-Hime’s Rising Star: Open to participants in the Beginner and Intermediate categories. This prize is for the entry that shows true potential in the world of cosplay. We can’t wait to see them become a true star!

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • A brand-new, heavy-duty sewing machine and notions
  • $2,000 cash

Best in Show: The best of the best, the crème de la crème. Best in Show is for the entry with the ultimate wow factor, a total package exemplifying exquisite construction, stage presentation, and innovation—all working in perfect harmony.

  • Trophy
  • Callout in post-show Crunchyroll News article
  • $7,000 cash

Director’s Choice: A special prize awarded by the Crunchyroll Expo Cosplay Director and given to one participant, who through outstanding organization, communication, and skill most exemplifies the spirit of the competition.

Crunchyroll Expo 2022 Cosplay staff reserves the right to not award certain prizes if a qualified entrant is not available. 

Have questions not covered in the rules? You may contact the Virtual Crunchyroll Expo 2022 Cosplay Director through this email address: crxcosplay@crunchyrollexpo.com

Good luck—we can’t wait to see what you’re planning for Crunchyroll-Hime’s Cosplay Cup at Crunchyroll Expo 2022!

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