Team TokuNet contributor and social media manager, Amber, attended Katsucon 2017, an annual winter convention located in National Harbor, Maryland, with the goal of gathering tokusatsu fans and cosplayers.
Katsucon is an annual 3-day fan convention that focuses on bringing information of Japanese animation, society, and culture to fans everywhere. If you have ever been to Katsucon, you will know how popular the convention is. Attendees come from various parts of the world to showcase their best cosplays and enjoy time with friends.
The tokusatsu community is no exception to this. The cosplayers at Katsucon were happy to show their love for their favorite characters.
On Friday afternoon of the convention, I organized a tokusatsu cosplayer meet up and was overwhelmed by how many fans showed up. Everything from Power Rangers to Kamen Rider to Godzilla was represented. Each cosplayer was ecstatic to meet more fans such as themselves.
Many of the cosplayers spoke about spending long nights working on armor, sewing fabric, styling wigs, and perfecting their costumes. One cosplayer even had a panel on 3D printing where she talked about how she made her Kamen Rider Kuuga helmet.
By the end of the meet up, I came away with more of an appreciation for the tokusatsu community. We were all united by our love of tokusatsu and enjoyed how much fun it was to be cosplaying together.
I want to thank everyone who attended the meet up as fan and a cosplayer. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be surrounded by many passionate fans of tokusatsu. The tokusatsu cosplay community has grown more than I ever expected and I can’t wait to see how many fans will show up next year.
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