A large group of cosplay friends

A large group of cosplay friends

Cosfest VIII took place over two days during the weekend of 11 and 12 July at Downtown East, Pasir Ris. Organised by the Singapore Cosplay Club, it is already 8 years in the running. For a background on the previous years events, you can read my entries on Cosfest 2007 and Cosfest 2008.

This year, I went with my friend, Kaili who has never been to Cosfest before. She enjoyed herself and was impressed by the efforts the cosplayers put into making the costumes.

While Kaili sat by the stage watching the cosplay competition, I wandered around constantly to take pictures of as many cosplayers as I can. As years go by, I find myself increasingly unable to keep up with the anime, manga or game characters cosplayed. Hence please pardon me if I name some of the characters below wrongly. 🙂

DMarque at Downtown East

D'Marque at Downtown East

Some urban street fighters

Some urban street fighters

Multiple sword playing

Multiple sword playing

Fanciful guitar playing cosplayer

Fanciful guitar playing cosplayer

Cute mini cosplayer

Cute mini cosplayer

Jumping up and down - getting excited as many people wanted to take photo with him

Getting excited as many people wanted to take photo with him

A character from Bleach

A character from Bleach

Familiar looking... but I cant place where I saw this character before

Familiar looking... but I can't place where I saw this character before

Girl in black is Misa in Deathnote, not sure about the other girl

Girl in black is Misa in Deathnote, not sure about the other girl

Stormtrooper with cutesy badges

Stormtrooper with cutesy badges

Lipstick mark on his left cheek

Lipstick mark on his left cheek

The Friend character in one of my favourite manga, 20th Century Boy

The "Friend" character in one of my favourite manga, 20th Century Boy

Another picture - it must be very hot under that mask

Another picture - it must be very hot under that mask

The bad guy in Texas Chainsaw massacre

The bad guy in Texas Chainsaw massacre or is he Jason from Friday the 13th?

Unknown character with weird weapon

Unknown character with weird weapon

The rabbit in Digimon

The rabbit in Digimon

Unknown character who looks like a cross between L in Deathnote and Naruto

Unknown character who looks like a cross between L in Deathnote and Naruto

Cute little girl with over-sized sailor uniform

Cute little girl with over-sized sailor uniform

Eye-patch girl

Eye-patch girl

L and Misa from Deathnote

L and Misa from Deathnote

Couple cosplayers

Couple cosplayers

Unknown characters, probably from a dark manga or anime

Unknown characters, probably from a dark manga or anime

Girl who likes eating celery

Girl who likes eating celery

I am 101% sure this cosplayer is a guy

I am 101% sure this cosplayer is a guy

I am 102% sure the cosplayer on the floor is a guy

I am 102% sure the cosplayer on the floor is a guy

Posing by the shutter

Posing by the shutter

Familiar looking character - especially the teddy bear, but again cant pinpoint

Familiar looking character - especially the teddy bear, but again can't pinpoint

It helps to be pretty - this girl in a simple sailor uniform was attracting hounds of photographers

It helps to be pretty - this girl in a simple sailor uniform was attracting hounds of photographers

It helps to look cuddly like a marshmallow too

It helps to look cuddly like a marshmallow too

Judging by the heavy neon colours, these characters should be from the manga, Jojo

Judging by the strong colours, these characters should be from the manga, Jojo

Naruto and Bleach

Naruto and Bleach

Some knights I suppose

Some knights I suppose

TV head

TV head

Nice hair

Nice hair

Scary nurses whom I thought look really cool

Scary nurses whom I thought look really cool

Heavily armoured character

Heavily armoured character

He has a girlfriend in cheong-sum

He has a girlfriend in cheong-sum

Easy cosplay with just wigs and fake ears

Easy cosplay with just wigs and fake ears

Another character from Bleach?

Another character from Bleach?

Naruto and his friend

Naruto and his friend

Characters from the manga, Detroit Metal City

Characters from the manga, Detroit Metal City

Cosplay couple

Cosplay couple

Presume these are not cosplayers, but gothic lolita fans

Presume these are not cosplayers, but gothic lolita fans

Fooling around with their fake guns

Fooling around with their fake guns

Trio of unknown characters with colourful hair

Trio of unknown characters with colourful hair

The doll collectors were there too

The doll collectors were there too

NEA cosplay representative, tasked to eliminate dengue mosquitoes

NEA cosplay representative, tasked to eliminate dengue mosquitoes

A character from Naruto doing a Master Wong Fei Hong pose

A character from Naruto doing a Master Wong Fei Hong pose

Digimon is ready to fight him

Digimon is ready to fight him

Resting cosplayers

Resting cosplayers

Fully asleep now

Fully asleep now

Gundam having his wings fixed

Gundam having his wings fixed

Always the centre of attraction

Always the centre of attraction

Posing with his two girlfriends

Posing with his two girlfriends

Relaxed cosplayer

Relaxed cosplayer

Multiple weapon display

Multiple weapon display

Another kid cosplayer and a beheaded Gundam

Another kid cosplayer and a beheaded Gundam

Furry costume

Furry costume

A guy who likes mushroom

A guy who likes mushroom

The shooters getting shot by the camera

The shooters getting shot by the camera

Photographers everywhere

Photographers everywhere

Unknown characters - not sure if they are cosplayers

Unknown characters - not sure if they are cosplayers

Young cosplay couple

Young cosplay couple

Gun wielding female cosplay character

Gun wielding female cosplay character

One of the many booths selling fan arts and other anime/manga inspired products

One of the many booths selling fan arts and other anime/manga inspired products

Graffiti wall which is put up at every Cosfest

Graffiti wall which is put up at every Cosfest

Booths selling costumes

Booths selling costumes

Toy guns

Toy guns

Hey look! Mediacorp star, Dawn Yeoh is on stage, cosplaying as Eva in Evangelion!

Hey look! Mediacorp star, Dawn Yeoh is on stage, cosplaying as Eva in Evangelion!

Digimon is all flustered and shy when seeing the cutesy Dawn Yeoh

Digimon is all flustered and shy when seeing the cutesy Dawn Yeoh

Dawn Yeoh giving out the prize for a Japanese songs singing competition

Dawn Yeoh giving out the prize for a Japanese songs singing competition

A cosplay group participating in the cosplay competition on stage

A cosplay group participating in the cosplay competition on stage

Another group, as characters in the game, Dynasty Warrior

Another group, as characters in the game, Dynasty Warrior

Gothic trio

Four person group

I know these two ladies, Raydance and Ivory Fox, cosplaying as characters in the manga, Air Gear

I know these two ladies, Raydance and Ivory Fox, cosplaying as characters in the manga, Air Gear

A kawaii group

A kawaii group

Masked couple

Masked couple

My friend, Shiyun and her partner

My friend, Shiyun and her partner

All the groups contesting in the group category

All the groups contesting in the group category

Packed audience

Packed audience

Group performing a skit

Group performing a skit

Another skit where a character had her cloth tore off

Another skit where a character had her cloth tore off

The individual category winner who won a trip for two to Japan

The individual category winner who won a trip for two to Japan

Leading the crowd to a dance inspired by the tune of YMCA

Leading the crowd to a dance inspired by the tune of YMCA

Another winner

Another winner

Group waiting anxiously for the results of the winning pair who will represent Singapore in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan

Group waiting anxiously for the results of the winning pair who will represent Singapore in the World Cosplay Summit in Japan

The eventual winners, the kawaii pair

The eventual winners, the kawaii pair

Mario leading the finale dance

Mario leading the finale dance

Everyone dancing

Everyone dancing

Finale where the the cosplayers present are invited on stage for a group shot

Finale where the the cosplayers present are invited on stage for a group shot

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