While you will be able to sign up for the Cosplay Contest on the day of Nishikaze, pre-registration leaves you more time to do as many things as you can! All entries must be on stage for at least ten seconds, for a maximum of two minutes, thirty seconds (2:30). There are only two microphones available for groups, so prepare accordingly!
NOTICE: You MUST be a paid attendee to participate in any part of Nishikaze, including the cosplay contest.
General Costume Rules
All cosplayers must wear the following articles at all times while attending Nishikaze:
This is a family friendly event. No costume is considered No Costume. Absolutely no nudity. Please ensure that all costumes are properly secured at all times and are not prone to “indecent accidents”.
To ensure your safety, we ask that you wear footwear at all times. You should consider wearing a minimum of sandals (i.e. flip flops) at all times even if your character is barefoot. Skates, rollerblades and heelies (sneaker-skates) are prohibited in the hallways. We will not be held accountable for any damages or injuries that occur due to inadequate or improper footwear.
Best of Show
This category of awards is presented to the entries that have shown the best combination of both Presentation and Craftsmanship. To be eligible for these awards, an entry must be presented at the Cosplay Pre-Judging. Any entry that fails this requirement will not be eligible for Best of Show.
This category of award(s) is presented to the entries that have shown excellent costume craftsmanship and construction. Awards for the skill levels are given for individual achievement in costume construction. To be eligible for group awards, all costumes of an entry must be presented at the Cosplay Pre-Judging. Any entry that fails this requirement will not be considered for the Group Craftsmanship Awards.
Costume Judging is based on following factors:
- The fidelity of your costume to the original design
- Skill in scale and body fit adaptation
- Use of materials, construction methods and durability
- Use of appropriate or innovative methods and applications
Extra points may be awarded at the Judges discretion for construction done above and beyond the normal effort expected for a costume.
- All characters in a group may be from anime, manga/comic, video games, or pop-culture relevant films or shows.
- Reference pictures are required for judges to be familiarized with your character’s costume. Include as many angles as possible. For groups, all participants must have their respective character’s costume reference pictures.
- All costumes and props must be made by either the contestant wearing the costume, fellow members of the entry group, or non-professional family/friends without monetary compensation.
- Commercially acquired costumes are or not eligible for craftsmanship awards. Salvaged, re-purposed or heavily altered items are acceptable but must be declared when being presented to a judge.
- All props and accessories must conform to Nishikaze’s Weapons Policy & Code of Conduct.
- Large costumes and props should be given prudent consideration. They must be able to fit through door ways (as a whole or in pieces), claim stairs or fit on an elevator. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to get on stage. If a costume or prop is unable to appear on stage as part of your entry, it will not be considered as part of your entry for awards. Please contact the Cosplay department if you have inquiries.
- Costumes should not be constructed with messy substances or loose materials. Paint or make up should not come off during casual contact with others.
- Costumes must be self-contained. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available.
- Costumes that have previously won awards are strongly discouraged from entering. If you have received a minor award or any accolade, you must notify the Cosplay department for review. Any entrant with an undisclosed award or accolade will be disqualified upon discovery.
This category of award(s) is presented to the entries that have shown excellent stage presentation. This can be either by a performance or a simple exhibition of a costume. The awards are separated by Group and Individual achievement.
- All Masquerade content must comply with Nishikaze’s Code of Conduct.
- All skits or performances may not exceed 2 minutes, 30 seconds (2:30).
- Series and genre cross-overs are permissible.
- All performance content must not exceed PG-13 guidelines. In addition to these basic guidelines, swearing or depictions of sexual acts are forbidden. Bleeps or other forms of audio censoring are acceptable.
- Any presentations with stunts, extreme or shocking performances must be approved by the Cosplay Director and assistant(s) before allowed on stage. Failure to do so will result in regrettable disqualification from Nishikaze’s Cosplay Contest for that year.
- The use of flash powder, fireworks, laser, electrical flashes or smoke machines is prohibited unless cleared by the Cosplay Director and assistant(s).
- Any debris on stage must be able to be quickly cleaned up by stage hands in fewer than 10 seconds.
- On stage interaction with the MC, judges or audience prohibited.
- If you require music for you presentation, you must provide your music, on CD, at registration. It must be labelled with your name and contact information. Your music must be the first track on the disk.
Persons competing as a group will be scored as individuals in terms of costume and authenticity but as a group for their presentation score.
All entries will be pre-judged for the costume criteria. By missing pre-judging, you will receive zero (0) points for the costume criteria. Pre-judging allows you to discuss your cosplay one-on-one with the judges. It also lets the judges have a better view of your costume than what the actual contest allows.
Each entry will be judged on the following criteria:
Costume (20 Points)
- Construction: How the costume has been put together (Sewing machine, hand stitching, tape, etc.)
- Materials: Functionality of all materials used, including props
- Creativity: How the costume was created (Sewing patterns, free cutting, bustform, etc.)
- Overall Impression: The individual judge’s opinion on the completeness of the costume
Presentation (20 Points)
- Conception/Creativity: How the presentation was put together (Storyline, completeness, uniqueness, etc)
- Preparation: How well rehearsed is the presentation? Does everyone know their lines?
- Performing Skills: Does everyone speak clearly? Are people blocking others on stage?
- Entertainment Value: Is the performance entertaining? Does the audience get involved?
- Time: How long is your performance? Do you go over your allotted time limit?
Authenticity (10 Points)
- Character Personality: How closely does your actions match the actual character?
- Costume: Is the outfit instantly recognizable as the character you are portraying?
- Presentation: Does the performance depict a realistic scenario for the character?
We reserve the right to remove you from the convention and/or cosplay events at any time. If for any reason we feel that your actions pose a threat or hazard to others while at the convention, we will ask you to stop or you will be removed from the cosplay events. We simply ask you to be courteous towards others at all times. Please understand to ask before you touch somebody else’s costume or take pictures. If you are taking pictures, be sure to ask permission before you do it.
If you feel like you are in the position where another person is harassing you and you feel uncomfortable, do not be afraid to let us know.
The Nishikaze Staff consider harassment to be a zero tolerance issue, and if there are any issues, please feel free to come to a volunteer, staff member, or call University sSecurity at 403-329-2345.