The Hyper Japan Community Masquerade – Sunday

The Community Masquerade will be taking place at Hyper Japan on Sunday and aims to give cosplayers the opportunity to gain experience cosplaying, show off a fantastic costume or simply come up on stage and perform in character!
1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place


Certificate Certificate


Showcase Award Best Junior/One to Watch Performance Honour Honourable Mentions

Any Costumes from any genre of anime, manga, video game, television, film, book and original characters and mash ups etc. may enter the Masquerade. Under 18’s will require parental consent. 


Can I enter my costume if it is completely bought?

Yes, a bought costume with no altered elements will qualify for Character Concept and Performance categories. 

Can I enter if my costume is altered?

Yes, an altered costume will be eligible to receive points in the craftsmanship category for those specific components which are altered or handmade entirely and will qualify for Character Concept and Performance categories.

Can I enter if my costume is handmade?

Yes, your costume will qualify as handmade if it is 60% your own work and will qualify for Craftsmanship, Character Concept and Performance categories.

You can take part by using the online signup form, there are limited spaces available on the day so we suggest signing up online beforehand to avoid disappointment. If you have signed up online you will be sent a confirmation email with all the details you need. We advise popping by the desk nice and early to check through your requirements. Please arrive at least half an hour before the competition is due to begin. See you at the Masquerade!

Cosplays will be judged on 3 main categories, with performance carrying the highest weighting. Craftsmanship is worth 40%, performance is worth 50% and Character concept is worth 10%.


Craftsmanship  – How much you made yourself and how well you made each handmade, altered or adjusted element such as costume, props, accessories and makeup. 


Performance – You’ve got up to 2 minutes on stage to strut your stuff, be it posing in character, a dance routine or a full performance piece. Show us what you’ve got! Know what you want to do, be confident, use as much of the stage as you can, Show us the character! 


Costume/Character Concept – Who are you cosplaying? What are their motivations? Where are they from? How well are these ideas communicated to us through performance/costume design? This also takes into consideration fully bought costumes.

  • We’ll usually ask you for 3 poses and we will either provide you a music track or ask you for your selection of music, but if you want to do a performance;
    1. Performances/Skits must be no longer than two minutes in length. Please state the length of your performance, performance details and requirements on your application form. 
    2. Any requirements and/or skilled performances need to be reviewed within good time before the show. This includes setting up a ‘cue’ for when you would like your music track to be played. 
    3. Music, pre-made track and/or microphone may be used during your performance. 
    4. We highly advise you visit the cosplay desk early to check through your requirements. If you do not visit the desk, your requirements for your performance may be refused. Please email us if you have any queries. 
    5. All entrants must have a spare copy of their music track on USB.
  • Participants will require a valid General Admission ticket in order to enter the HYPER JAPAN venue and take part in any Cosplay content.
  • All applications will be checked over by the Cosplay Team, this will not influence any judges’ decisions and you will be notified for competition confirmation. 
  • The Cosplay Contest is open to all ages, but entrants aged under 18 must have their entry form signed by a parent or guardian. If you look young for your age, please bring proof of age.
  • Any groups entering the contest are restricted to a maximum of five members.
  • Please provide a costume breakdown as to which elements of your costume are handmade, altered and which are brought. You can do this by following the costume breakdown section of your application form. You can also include photos, videos or a link to a URL documenting the process. Your costume does NOT need to be complete at the time of submission.
  • Costumes must be appropriate for a family friendly convention and include enough body coverage to be worn in public.
  • We ask you to fully fill out your application form. This includes confirming any music cues, performance requests and medical conditions.
  • If you require any assistance getting on or off stage, this must be noted in the sign up form. This is so we are aware in advance and the right help can be prepared for on-the-day. 
  • Please make sure to bring a spare copy of any notes and photos you have supplied with your application on the day. Application forms and/or reference pictures cannot be returned under any circumstances.
  • Costumes entered that were used in the saturday masquerade who also wish to enter the sunday masquerade may be put on a waiting list if we are getting full. We will let you know in the unlikely event this may happen and will give as much notice as possible should you get a space. 
  • We reserve the right to decline or stop any performer at any time for any reason.
  • Use or performance of the following will be immediately stopped and you may be disqualified from the competition or convention floor:
    • Excessive/inappropriate language such as swearing.
    • Committing an act which is viewed as something which may potentially harm yourself or others.
  • You agree to be filmed and photographed during the event; all rights of this belong to the event organisers and/or Costume and Play.
  • In order to keep up with latest advancements in social issues and concerns within the cosplay and competition community, Costume and Play reserve the right to change the rules at any time. Rules for individual events may be amended at any time to maintain the safety of attendees and staff by venue staff or organisers. 
  • Rulesets and materials are provided for use to the event at the discretion of Costume and Play and cannot be copied or altered without prior permission from Costume and Play, except where doing so would constitute a threat to safety of the staff, attendees or other members of the public.
  • Participants agree to take part and be featured in marketing and publicity material for Cross Media, HYPER JAPAN and Eat Japan as required, as well as external media viewable by the general public, including but not limited to newspapers, magazines and websites.
  • All personal information collected via the application form will be protected by Cross Media and will not be provided to any third party outside of our staff and any services used for the organisation of the contest.
  • Cross Media accepts no liability for any loss, damage, costs, expenses or claims suffered or incurred by any person as a consequence of any use of or inability to use this application process, the HYPER JAPAN website, or any related media content. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant and/or parents/guardian to confirm with Cross Media regarding any queries or questions they may have about application, selection and/or participation.

Weapons and props must be approved by venue security staff before it’s allowed into the convention. This may include checks which will be carried out by the cosplay team. Decisions made by venue security and staff are final and these rules serve as a guide only.


The general rule is; ‘If you were hit with the prop, would it break before you do?’

If your answer is ‘no’ then it means that someone could get hurt were this to happen. If this is the case, we would recommend you leave it at home just so you are not disappointed.


When outside of the convention hall, please make sure you have a safe way to transport your props and that they are sufficiently covered. Take extra precaution when travelling through high traffic areas such as airports and railway stations, so as not to cause alarm or issue to others.


  1. Props must be created from softer materials such as foam or plastic. Wood is also allowed. Props made out of wood cannot be too heavy, unwieldy (I.E. to the point they may hurt or inconvenience others.) or large. Tougher and harder materials such as metal will not be allowed due to safety/hazard regulations. 
  2. The dimensions of your costume can be no more than 2 metres high and 1.5 metres wide (including any props).
  3. Live weapons (including, but not limited to; deactivated guns, Airsoft, metal knives, swords, axes, live bows or slingshots, bokken, hanbo) are expressly prohibited, whether sheathed or peace bonded.
  4. The use of pyrotechnics, projectiles, flames etc. are prohibited, as is any other effect that would leave mess or residue onstage (water, glitter, confetti etc.).
  5. No weapons that can fire any sort of projectile, even foam darts or water, unless it can be shown to be empty and/or that only some parts have been used for the prop. Bow ‘strings’ must have enough slack to be incapable of firing any kind of projectile from them.
  6. No sharp points, protruding points or sharp edges, make sure they’re sanded, rounded, padded, covered or otherwise protected adequately.
  7. Prop guns need to have the tips brightly coloured and visible from a distance.
  8. Props made out of wood cannot be too heavy, unwieldy (I.E. to the point they may hurt or inconvenience others.) or large (a good rule of thumb is that the weapon or prop should be no longer than 1.6 m (5.2ft). 
  9. You cannot perform any action which may lead event staff, attendees or members of the general public to believe you are in possession of a real live weapon.
  10. No Items presenting a ‘mess’ or ‘spill’ risk. The use of pyrotechnics, projectiles, flames etc. are prohibited, as is any other effect that would leave mess or residue onstage (water, glitter, confetti etc.).
  11. The use of motorised transport as part of a costume is forbidden on stage (legitimate medical devices such as electric wheelchairs are exempt).


No exceptions will be made regardless of any special licences, training or memberships!


Please be aware that these rules are here to ensure we have a safe event for both staff and attendees. If you have been asked to put your prop away, please do so. In an extreme case you may be escorted from the event.


If there is any doubt, please send photos and a description of the prop to

  • Under the grounds of fairness, if you have placed top three on Saturday please be aware that you will not be able to place top three a second time on Sunday. 
  • Any groups entering the contest are restricted to a maximum of five members. 
  • If a group becomes eligible for a prize, the prize will be split evenly among the members of the group where possible. Where a non-divisible prize is offered, it is the responsibility of the group to decide who will receive it.
  • Any cash/sponsor prizes awarded after the event will be paid/sent directly to you. If you are under the age of 18 we may need to seek parental consent to award you a prize directly, we may request to send your prize to your parent/guardian in this event.
  • Any prizes provided by third parties will be the sole responsibility of the group providing said prize. Costume and Play accepts no liability for the provision of these prizes. A list of all prizes not being supplied by Costume and Play for the event and the third party providing said prizes will be available upon request.
  • Costume and Play handmade trophies are only awarded to first place winners. If the winner is a group, there will be one trophy only.
  • No cash or alternative prize will be awarded in replacement of items such as (but not limited to) trophy, items, certificates, sponsor prizes etc.
  • Due to the handmade nature of the trophies, postage and Bank processing times a timescale of 8 weeks is set for the processing, sending and arrival of prizes. This starts the day following the concluding day of the event.
  • Should any issue beyond our control arise that may extend the 8 week processing time (including, but not limited to; weather, postal/bank strikes, damage, etc.) all receiving applicants will be made aware of the situation and kept in contact until the situation is resolved.
  • The judges may choose to award and honour/special mention or shout out above and beyond the listed categories. 
  • All judges’ decisions for any award/mention/honour are final.

Sign up form – The Hyper Japan Cosplay Masquerade – Sunday