The fair of Lucca Comics & Games is also famous for its extraordinary partecioazione cosplay that in recent years has reached record numbers.
What is Cosplay
コスプレ (Cosplay) is a term of the Japanese language that indicates the practice of wearing a costume that represents a recognizable character in a given context and interpret their way of acting. The phenomenon was born in Japan in the late seventies and early eighties, but it had some relevance since 1995 when the Japanese press for the first time devoted an article to this phenomenon when a group of boys in the city of Tokyo put on the costumes inspired by characters from the series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Since then the cosplay has become increasingly common in the rest of the world, especially among the ranks of the most passionate fans.
The term used nowadays is a contraction of the English words “costume” and “play”, describing the hobby fun by dressing up as their favorite character. In addition to dressing up at public events such as conferences on souls, it is not unusual for Japanese teenagers gather together with friends with the same passion just to make the cosplay.
Because the phenomenon originated in Japan, the character represented by a cosplayer often belongs to the world of manga and anime, very popular in the Asian country, but it is not uncommon that the field of choice extends to tokusatsu, video games , the band music, particularly of artists J-Pop, J-Rock, K-Pop or K-Rock (Japanese pop and rock music or Korean), role-playing games, movies and TV shows, and books of any kind, and even to advertising..
The main difference between cosplay and dress up in costumes practiced in the United States and Europe is that in Japan people typically dressed as characters from anime, manga, or Japanese video games, rather than other costumes, but lately also in Japan are catching cosplay inspired Western works, thanks to the international success of works such as Harry Potter or the movie trilogy The Lord of the Rings or the famous Star Wars saga. Another difference is that most of the masks in the US and Europe is linked to special events such as conferences and festivals.
The cosplay has spread around the world in recent years, joining the dressing up in costumes for science fiction conventions in North America and Europe, as well as other special types of gatherings in costume, as historical reenactments of certain battles or events, rallies RPGs live or at halloween.
A bit of history on Italian Cosplay
The first cosplay in Italy have been attested in the early nineties, although by the end of the eighties were recorded events, mainly related to the world of Star Trek where fans dressed as the characters work. However, the “official” birth of cosplay in Italy is generally traced to 1997, when it was organized the first cosplay contest at the Lucca Comics & Games. The event is considered the largest in Italy for the sector, able to attract a large number of cosplayers. In 2005 about 3,500 visitors were counted in cosplay, compared to just 300 in 2002.
The cosplayer in Lucca C&G
Mainly cosplayers are more women than men (in the ratio of 3 to 5), aged between 15 and 35 years, although often in groups of cosplay are also involved children for reasons “scenic” and despite often cosplayers “professionals “as Giorgia Vecchini sforino this range. Lucca Comics & Games because of its size and its special connotation of its location, makes it possible to move around the city cosplayer wearing the costume. This is a unique peculiarity of Lucca Comics & Games which distinguishes it over other comics convention who turn in closed or special pavilions and where cosplayers generally arrive in regular clothes and then change on the spot.
The Race Cosplay
In the two days of the busiest of the Lucca Comics, Saturdays and Sundays, there is the race of cosplay organized by association Flashgordon. The competition is open to individuals, couples or entire groups and the winners have the opportunity to participate in the European Cosplay Gathering, a prestigious contest for cosplayers held during the Japan Expo in Paris. Participants can interpret the cosplay characters from comics, cartoons, video games, movies or TV shows, mythological or historical figures, or characters of Japanese music. Characters are not allowed in international music or original costumes.
All information on the Race in the custom section
Information from Wikipedia (Lucca C&G e Cosplay)