Among the main highlights of any cosplay event are the competitions. Aside from the walk-in category where cosplayers are given the opportunity to walk the ramp and portray their character for a few seconds, there are also pair and group cosplay competitions. These competitions give cosplayers a chance to dominate the stage as they perform their cosplay skits.
What You Need to Know
The manner in which cosplayers perform their skits onstage has evolved as the subculture continues to flourish. Aside from background music, cosplay skits have added dubbing, sound effects, and visual effects to give audience a complete picture of a scene from the particular anime, manga, video game, or whatever kind of series the cosplayers are portraying.
Basic Know-How of Cosplay Skits
Before making a skit for your entry in a cosplay event or competition, you should first think of a character or a particular series you would want to portray onstage. Of course, you’ll have to become familiar with the character and the series before you even make your first attempt at portraying that character and creating a skit.
Once you have taken the character/s you’ll be portraying into serious consideration, it’s time to create a script for your cosplay skit. You can choose to stick to the original plot of your chosen series or make some minor changes for purposes of the competition.
Some Basic Things to Remember
>Make sure the dialogues of your cosplay performance do not include profanity, taboo, or offensive words to prevent disqualification of the entry.
>Although it is alright to portray fight scenes, you should refrain from actually hurting your partner or teammate. Remember that the cosplay event committee and/or judges have the right to disqualify your entry for excessive violence. Much worse, they are not responsible for any damages or injuries that will happen during the event.
>A skit that has mature and adult content isn’t allowed in a cosplay skit. Remember that the usual attendees of these events and conventions are minors and children, so some scenes are really not suitable for them to watch. Remember that judges can easily disqualify your entry if confirmed that your skit has this type of content.
Type of Skit Cosplayers can Do
When it comes to the type of performance, there’s actually no limitation to cosplay skits so take this as an opportunity to show off your creativity. You can do fight scenes, dance presentations, musical, confrontations, drama, comedy, the number of genres you can explore onstage is endless. The more unique your performance is from the rest, the higher the possibility that you might win or receive recognition for your efforts.
Props, Background, Visuals, and Sounds
Before performing on stage, make sure you have placed your props, background, and everything else that’s necessary onstage. Ask members of your team or the cosplay event committee to help you out. Remember that the time of setup is already included in the time limit of your entire cosplay performance (cosplay skits usually have a minimum of two minutes with a maximum of five minutes per performance).