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Cosplay Street Festival in Osaka!

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Kansai’s largest cosplay event, Osaka Cosplay Street Festival

The Osaka Cosplay Street Festival is Kansai’s largest cosplay event. Held annually at Nipponbashi in the middle of March, the 2016 event took place on March 20th.

During the Osaka Cosplay Street Festival, hundreds of cosplayers assemble from all over Japan to show their costumes and soak in the attention. This means that most costumes are painstakingly handmade, and that photos are very welcome.

 

The Participation

If you want to participate, you must register and pay a participation fee. There are various rules involved as well, such as:-

  • Do not wear your cosplay to the event. You must change into it in changing rooms at the location.
  • Do not wear obscene costumes. The cosplay must be child friendly.
  • Do not impersonate emergency forces (army, police etc.). Although I saw many cosplayers seemingly violate this, I guess the point is to not have on an exact replica of the Japanese forces.

 

Osaka Cosplay Street Festival, How is it like?

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

The entire main street is closed off for the festival.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Girls and Panzer.”

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Monster Hunter.”

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

Rangers assemble! Did you know “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” was originally a series of the rangers, but its success in the west made them continue that specific series with western actors? If you compare season 1 and 2 with your adult eyes, it is pretty obvious.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Transformers.”

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeHolo from “Spice and Wolf.” Have you read it? There is an English fan translation out there, and the Japanese version is simple enough too. Many cosplayers sit themselves down on the street to pose for photos.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeI do not even know what this is, please comment if you know! I just admired the work that must have gone into making this costume.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeThere was an impossible crowd here and I could not see the cosplayer. What could attract such attention? Ahh… schoolgirls…

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeNo more piracy! This guy appears before screenings at Japanese movie theaters. He also appears in the “Gintama” movie, in a typical Gintama fashion.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeToo cuuuuute.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeCell in his less-than-perfect form.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

Everybody’s favorite “Final Fantasy” character Cloud. His hair and hands have too many pixels. Inaccurate cosplay, but still cool.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeAlice in Osaka.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeYou did not think we would not find Miku chan somewhere here right? Cosplaying as her appearance in the video for “Senbonzakura.”

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeMami from “Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica,” looking cool as ever.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeStudio Ghibli gathering.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Black Rock Shooter” giving me the evil eye; it was pretty intimidating!

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeNo cosplay would feel complete without a bit of ✧~Haruism~ ✧

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeIt is not all anime and manga, here we have a cosplay of Tengu Brand Beef Jerky. He even gave me some jerky, but I could not bring myself to eat it.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

I do not know if “Star Wars” is popular in Japan, because I got opening night tickets 1 hour before screening. They did push it really hard in the advertising; it was literally everywhere. It was nice to see it being cosplayed though.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeJigen was super cool! He had all the poses down flat, and an authentic beard too.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

The “Evangelion” girls were looking very fine, I had a crush on Asuka when I was a kid, but now, I can not stand her whining, Rei is cooler.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

“Nausicaa Valley of the Wind” is an old Ghibli film, but did you know Miyazaki actually wrote it as a full manga first? The story continues for 6 more volumes and it is a darn good read.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimePikmin.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime

Funasshi! What the hell is a ‘funasshi’? You know I really have no idea but he is super popular in Japan, in fact it was really cute. There was a little girl, must have been 8 or so years old, and she was so happy to see Funasshi; she ran up and gave it a big hug.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Tokyo Ghouls” have come to Osaka.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeI like how it is not just all the current big things, we still see older characters like Celty walking around.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeI guess that settles the debate over whether Freeza is a girl or a boy.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and Anime“Dark souls 3” came out yesterday here in Japan! Are you enjoying your wait in the west? Haha… sorry.

Cosplay Festival in Osaka celebrating Manga and AnimeEven cats like cosplay too, so cute.

I hope you enjoyed this photo gallery of the Osaka Cosplay Street Festival. I hope you can join us next year, in costume!