pretty busy day.
In the morning and early afternoon we are busy as
extras in a Tv program, with the usual interviews,
then a Tv that cooperates with Aichi decides to follow
the Italian team through Nagoya streets in the making
of a special on the WCS.
After returning to the main television office we have
the official meeting with all the contestants cosplayers:
we finally meet all the members of the different Japanese
You must know that the Japanese representatives both
individual and group are 4 with a total of 16 people.
Three groups and three individuals are selected for
as many regions of Honshu (the biggest archipelago:
Kansai (corresponding with the west area, that of
Osaka), Chubu (corresponding with the central mountainous
massif which separates the other two areas, the region
where Nagoya stands) and Kanto (the plain where Tokyo
stands). From the net were chosen none other than
Barbie and Kaie, two of the most famous cosplayers
in the world, whose pictures as Sailor Moon (Eternal
version and Princess Serenity) and Sailor Venus have
traveled around the world.
This friendly meeting, the first
with all the contestants, has the purpose of explaining
how the final stage would take place, the rhythm,
the down times, the preparation.
As such we find out the parade
order and we learn more information on the place of
the event (Aichi Dome, inside the Universal Expo which
this year takes place in Nagoya), on the jury (preside
by Reiji Matsumoto, Captain Harlock's dad), the songs
us individuals have to sing together (the first verse
of Evangelion, in each language) and the different
entrances and leavings.
We are explained the prizes
which will be handed out: one as best individual cosplayer,
one as best group and lastly the most important that
as best WCS team decided by the total of points earned
by the individual and the team.
We really get into the competition spirit now.
After the rich buffet once
back in the hotel we spend the night rehearsing our
parts: I do it in the hall while the girls who need
more room in the nearby parking lot.
We say good night to each other on edge but determined
to do our best.