TGS 2008: Running the cosplay gauntlet

We check out the dozens of cosplayers holding court in between halls three and four of the Tokyo Game Show.

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TOKYO--Each year, the main attraction at the Tokyo Game Show are the dozens of big-name games on the Makuhari Messe show floor. Another major draw, though, are the hundreds of cosplayers who turn up to literally make a spectacle of themselves. This year was certainly no exception, with costumed throngs taking over the large corridor separating halls three and four of the convention centre. In their ware were thousands of onlookers who waited patiently in line to take snapshots of the most elaborate costumes.

Many of the cosplayers GameSpot spoke to on the first public day of TGS 2008 had been dressing up as video game characters for years. Omi (pictured top) says she's been cosplaying for 11 years. Today, she chose to dress as Faith from the forthcoming Electronic Arts and DICE's action-platformer Mirror's Edge. She said the big draw was the character's impressive parkour-inspired abilities, which Omi said represent "everything I want to be."

Standing alongside Omi was Suga Fuyuki (pictured second), who came as Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Asked why he chose that particular-era Snake to come as, Fuyuki--who has been cosplaying for four years--says it was because MGS3 was his favourite game of the series.

Miku Oyanagi (third) is another long-time video game character costume enthusiast, having indulged in cosplay for the last decade. However, this year is the first time she's dressed up as Morrigan from Darkstalkers because Chun Li from Street Fighter is her usual favourite.

Indeed, the cosplayers at this year's TGS ran the gamut of games and genres. Characters from the various Square role-playing games dominated, but we also spotted a convincing-looking Ash from Pokemon in the mix (fourth).

Street Fighter characters have always been popular for TGS cosplayers. One svelte would-be Cammy (fifth) was a particular hit, with dozens of photographers fighting for space around her.

Cammy wasn't the only Street Fighter to make an appearance. One large fellow made for an extremely convincing E Honda (second from bottom), unafraid to bare almost all on a chilly day outside the Messe.

Though cosplayers are obviously vying for attention, it doesn't seem to be a solo hobby, with many coming with groups of friends in costumes. One perfect example was a group of young Japanese (bottom) who arrived dressed as many of the cast members from the various Phoenix Wright games.

Discussion

106 comments
yair23
yair23

more cosplayers .. ~_~

Waffen_SS84
Waffen_SS84

For some reason, watching this make me feel ashamed. /facepalm

UnchainedPsYcO
UnchainedPsYcO

If there was hot video game character of the year Faith from Mirror's edge would be it

muppen
muppen

The Faith character looks great

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

"Face it, it's a weird kinky sex thing." You are correct sir!

Cabal23
Cabal23

Face it, it's a weird kinky sex thing.

xraystar
xraystar

where's the guy from comix zone?! go sketch turner!

Pablo620
Pablo620

LOL @ combatsoldier and thetaguru's quick response

TenP
TenP

Yeah Phoenix Wright!!!11!!1!111

WizzyKid
WizzyKid

No varia suit samus = fail.

titanviper2000
titanviper2000

Well I can honestly say I don't understand cosplay, but then again most people don't understand me, so who am I to judge. I've known lots of cosplayers. Do what makes you happy.

lamprey263
lamprey263

it's weird to see Street Fighter 2 characters still being popular, that was like my favorite game over 15 years ago

Thetaguru
Thetaguru

Well, I hope she reminds you of the girl in Mirror's Edge..that's what she's dressed up as.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

The girl in the top pic reminds me of the girl from mirrors edge.

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

so i've never played a phoenix game, but the guy on the right doesn't look like he's trying too hard.

tyzwain
tyzwain

Lol love the Phoenix Wright ones. Except maybe Edgar's shoes

manapsal
manapsal

people saying these guys are nerds for cosplaying...you're on a video game site giving opinions that barely anyone will read or care about by blogging and rating games etc.

da_illest101
da_illest101

i love japanese girls but dragonsama your an idiot, your comment is irrelevant

boostersgold
boostersgold

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RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

I would have liked to have seen some of the SMT (or spin-off) cosplayers, or some of the SW/DW ones. Those ones are great.

siLVURcross
siLVURcross

Ah the cosplayers, how they make anime and video game geekiness just seem alright!

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Why is Naked Snake posing with a CalorieMate? Is he on a diet or something?

alexderienzo
alexderienzo

actually, his codename was Naked Snake ;)

revczar
revczar

i can agree i dont know why they put down "Solid" Snake when at the time BigBoss codename was just Snake

Klique-Klaque
Klique-Klaque

hahahha I Love The Japanese!! they some cool ass people yo!

waheeb2020
waheeb2020

why naked snake without a beard ? and whats up with that huge bandana ?

_Ninja_adam_
_Ninja_adam_

Looks fun Why nithing like that happen here =[

Raven87
Raven87

I think Danté may have been speaking of TGS - "No Use for hope when you enter this place" - On the other hand the E Honda is really good. p.s. it's oxfords' translation so don't get your knickers in a twist.

AnarchyRising
AnarchyRising

disturbing indeed ... i hope they had some major freetime and arent just total geeks .. i consider myself a geek for programming and doing 3d modeling.. i dont want to be in the same category as people who dress up like this at game shows!

RaidForce
RaidForce

the similarities between her and Faifth from Mirror's Edge are freakin' scary lol

LorenaLarue
LorenaLarue

That E.Honda is awesome, one of the few fat characters fat people can get away with doing.

SUPER_FLY_
SUPER_FLY_

those are some disturbing photos

ProtegeRuckus
ProtegeRuckus

"Standing alongside Omi was Suga Fuyuki (pictured second), who came as Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. Asked why he chose that particular-era Snake to come as, Fuyuki--who has been cosplaying for four years--says it was because MGS 3 was his favourite game of the series." Yeah they got that wrong. And I really thought this was a good update for MGS3. Pfft.

donthatemalek
donthatemalek

How can some of you guys say losers? ANd yet be on a game site commenting about "no Life".........Um they are out doing something , your at a computer! Who has a life? O and I would totally do it if I could go, its like non stop halloween!

suprsolider
suprsolider

Solid Snake WAS NOT IN MGS3. That is Big Boss. There is a huge difference Gamespot. As usual, you never check your facts, instead just post it. Also the people who have to dress up to be video game characters, Star Wars characters and whatever else. Do me and the rest of the world a HUGE FAVOUR. SEEK HELP.

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I fail to see any fun, or reason, for cosplay.

youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

E honda looks awsome, but if i ever did cosplay i would be jecht fromm ff10 that would be the most bad a** costume or dante!