The Cosplay Games are part of Anime Boston's official programming lineup. All event participants must be cosplayers; however, anyone is welcome to attend and watch the events.
Cosplay Games General Rules (regardless of event)
Anime Boston is a Japanese Animation convention, so all costumes must be based on Anime, Manga, Japanese-origin video games, or Japanese live action productions based on Anime or Manga (such as Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, NANA or Cutey Honey.) If the series and/or character originated anywhere other than Japan, it doesn't qualify. (Examples of characters which would be disallowed despite having anime adaptations are: Iron Man, Supernatural, and any Disney characters involved in the Kingdom Hearts franchise. (Japanese adaptations of material within the public domain are permitted - such as Les Miserables: Shojo Cosette, Gankutsuou, or Romeo X Juliet.) If you have doubt as to whether a specific costume qualifies, please contact the Cosplay Games Coordinator)
Rules for Cosplay Chess and Death Match
- No use of any messy substances that might ruin the costume of another contestant. Any individuals wearing body paint or makeup must make sure it will not come off in casual contact with others.
- No throwing things from the stage, for example: T-shirts or Beach Balls.
- Please review Anime Boston's Props Policy. All props used in the Cosplay Chess and Death Match. MUST COMPLY with the Anime Boston Props Policy.
- All costumes must be PG and secure so they stay that way for the duration of the events.
- All players are required to wear proper attire to prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
- No fire, flash powder, lasers, explosives or open flame of any kind will be allowed. Electronic flashes will be permitted provided that you notify the Cosplay Games Coordinator in advance, and it must be announced in your MC introduction to protect those who may be affected by the flashing lights.
- Anime Boston staff does not allow jumping off the stage, nor does the Cosplay Game's Staff allow entering or exiting the stage from any area that has not been approved by the Cosplay Games Coordinator.
Cosplay Games Event Descriptions
Emergency Cosplay Repair Station (ECRS)
Broken tiara? Bent katana? Crumpled wings? Don't let them spoil the con for you! Anime Boston's cosplay staff provides an emergency costume repair station that is available during the hours that Cosplay Games Headquarters is open. Repair and craft supplies, including all kinds of sewing materials, tape, glue, bobby pins, hairspray, stain removers, makeup, even scrap fabric is available for public use. Staff and volunteers will even help you with your repairs, and our costume experts will recommend strategies to deal with the most unexpected costume calamities. So next time your hidden wrist dagger gets jammed don't let it get you down - come to the Cosplay Repair Station located in Cosplay Games Headquarters (Room 105 on the Hynes 1st Floor). It may be used free of charge by any convention attendee.
Death Match (Friday Afternoon)
The Death Match is a contest where two characters enter a stage; a victor is chosen via the crowds' noise level, and the losing character is wonderfully slaughtered by the winner in mock combat. The victor then moves on to the next round. 32 contestants, from various anime and manga, will fight it out, leaving only 1 fan favorite remaining!
Cosplay Match Game (Friday)
Are you on the same wavelength as your favorite anime characters? Do you have the chops to snatch victory for yourself? Then head on into the Match Game! Contestants from the audience compete to match wits with our panel of quirky characters to see who really does think like an anime!
Afterdark Dating Game (18+) (Friday Late Night)
The Anime Dating Game is a cosplay game show event where an eligible bachelor (or bachelorette) from Japanese anime, video games or manga asks questions to three bachelorettes (or bachelors) in order to determine whom he/she should choose for a date! The questions asked vary from comedic, to innocent, to blatant innuendo. Ever wondered whom Sasuke from Naruto would choose as a date? How about Saber from Fate/Stay Night? Anyone is fair game!
Cosplay Couples Game (Saturday Afternoon)
How well do you think your favorite anime couples know each other? Does Asuka really know how Shinji likes his eggs? Can Integra remember what Walter's ideal date is? Each team of contestants will put their familiarity with each other to the test to see which couples really do know the most about each other.
Cosplay Family Feud (Saturday Afternoon) What happens when you gather up people who enjoy Japanese art and culture? Anime Boston! What happens when you put these people in stunning costumes and have them attempt to figure out how the Con-goers responded to survey questions? Cosplay Family Feud! Based off the hit game show Family Feud, we gather surveys before and at Con to form our questions. Gathering up ten willing Cosplayers and dividing them into "families" of five, we have them act as their represented character while taking guesses as to how people responded to the survey questions. This is an entertainment event. While we do "keep" score, everyone participating is a winner!
Cosplay Shenanigans (18+) (Saturday Late Night)
Anime Boston's favorite game for naughty cosplay shenanigans is back! Now with 69% percent more innuendo, kinky questions, and the exactly the same room space. Are you ready to venture forth, with Lady Snow, her pet squirrel, and all the cosplay shenanigan panelist in a quest to find the lost groove of Shenanigan's DJ Footize. Come, let your hair down, get a little wild, and see what sort of fun we get up to. For new people, this event is based entirely on participation of audience cosplayers. Volunteers are selected to participate in adult themed rounds of humor and debauchery. And remember, what happens in Shenanigans stays in Shenanigans.
Cosplay Chess (Sunday Morning)
In Cosplay Human Chess, a giant chess-board is set up on stage and costumed convention attendees, dressed as their favorite anime and manga characters, serve as the pieces. At the direction of two chess masters, the participants move, fight, and die live on stage. Each year's chess showdown has a unique storyline and themed teams, such as: Magic vs. Science, or Good vs. Evil. Chess is usually a combination of improvisation and pre-scripted events, with a different balance every year between the spontaneous and the pre-planned. Participants apply online before the convention and are chosen in advance.
Capture the Barrel
This competition game is played in the halls all weekend long. Cosplayers join teams and compete to get the most captures on prop barrels. Each capture is achieved via a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (no lizards or Spocks). Open to all cosplayers, no registration needed.
Cosplot is a story that runs throughout several events at Anime Boston. This year, we are putting on a field day! Of course this means the games are being hosted by various teachers of Anime Boston Academy. What games, you may ask? All of your favorites, from Deathmatch to Chess. This year, we have students from all of your favorite animes working together as Anime Boston's students. They will be competing against a team of visiting students from the "This-Is-Totally-A-Real-School".... Yeah, they seem like fine, up-standing, oddly well-muscled and hairy students. Oh well! The principal has assured us that everything is fine, and there will be absolutely no shady practices to worry about. So let the games begin!
Anyone can play this relaxed in-the-halls scavenger hunt! Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Form from the Info Desk. This form contains a list of cosplayers to look for and get signatures (or photos) from. Can you find all four members of a bishounen quartet? How about a cyborg vampire? A zombie Sailor Moon? You can play alone or on a team. The first five to finish the hunt and return completed forms to the Info Desk wins a prize. For those who want an extra challenge, once you complete the first scavenger hunt you will have the option to try a more challenging one!