Cosplay Challenge

There will be $2000 total in Cash prizes for the Anime Oasis EX Cosplay Challenge.

Performance/Overall Awards:
Best in Show $600
2nd Place $400
3rd Place $225
4th Place $125
5th Place $75
6th Place $25
Costume Awards:
Best Costume: Expert Division $200
2nd Place: Expert Division $100
Best Costume: Intermediate Division $100
2nd Place: Intermediate Division $50
Best Costume: Novice Division $50
2nd Place: Novice Division $25

The Anime Oasis EX Cosplay Challenge is Idaho's #1 cosplay contest.
We allow for video introductions, live and/or recorded skit sound, and are often flexible to meet special requests.
Cosplayers will be allowed [and encouraged] to submit a video introduction for their skit. Video introductions will replace the standard introduction read by the event host. This will allow cosplayers to set-up their skits using video and sound to pull the audience into their skit. These introductions will be displayed on the Arena's big screen displays.

The judging system will allow for 4 attendee judges, along with 5 panel/guest judges and upto 4 costume judges. By using this system, we can eliminate the "magic" system of judging and use mathematical formulas to produce results more quickly. This system will also allow Anime Oasis Ex cosplay staff to greatly reduce the effect of any possible judging fraud. Awards will be given directly following the contest.

Costume value is considered at 20% of all attendee and panel judges scores.
Overall, costumes are valued 44% of a skit's total score. Costume value will also be factored into each attendee and panel judge's overall score based on personal opinion.

Cosplay Challenge Rules:

#1. Stage Area.
The cosplay challenge will take place in the Arena. All audience members will be seated in elevated seating and will be seated on three sides of the staging area, with a very extensive seating presence directly in front of the staging area. You will have use of the following stage space:
28'x 16' Stage Area. there is a 12 person limit for cosplays using the stage. The stage will be lit up while the remaining area of the arena will be dimmed.
Upon Exception Request ONLY, the floor area in front of the stage may be used. This exception will be rarely granted and only in cases of a costume exceeding the safety limitations of sthe stage.
Should any person in your group, costume or prop cross the RED LINE (for floor exceptions) or leave the front of the stage (for stage perfromances) there will be a % penalty deducted for the group's overall score. Each violation of the rule is a 5% penalty, maximum 25% deduction.
Your group members, costumes or props maybe cross the BLUE LINE into the back stage area at any time without a penalty.
Lines will be marked on the floor of the arena. The front and stage left edge of the stage will serve for the red lines on stage. The stage right edge will serve as the blue line
The stage will now feature a low-grade ramp for easier access.

#2. Video Introduction.
The large arena video display will be used to display a video introduction your group can make in advance.
It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the video introduction, although it is not required.
Video introductions are intended to replace a written intro that is read by convention staff and allow for maximum impact.
The video intro will be played just prior to your group taking the stage for competition.
The maximum length of a video intro is 45 seconds.
Video introductions must be turned in during cosplay sign ups. Acceptable formats are mp4, wmv, avi, mkv or other standard formats. Files CAN be taken from phones, but we will not keep your phone during the contest (the file must be transferable). Files can also be on a CD/DVD/SD Card/USB Drive. We CANNOT access the internet for any reason, please prepare your files in advance. Your file must be able to be transfered to our computer via normal means or it will not be accepted!
Violations of the time limit are as follows:
Actual video time 45.1-49.9 seconds is a penalty of 5%.
Actual video time in excess of 50 seconds is a penalty of 5% and your video intro will not be used.

#3. Performance Time Limit.
The time limit for your performance is *5minutes*.
Your time will start immediately following your introduction [either Video Intro or Written Intro].
Violations of time limits will result in a penalty as follows:
Actual performance time 5:01-5:09 is a penalty of 5%
Actual performance time 5:10-5:19 is a penalty of 15%.
Actual performance time 5:20 and above will result in disqualification.
Anime Oasis may not provide any notification of time limit reached. (This may change prior to the event.)
Any performance that reaches 5:30 will be shut down and forced from the stage.

#4. Set-up / Clean Up Time Limit.
If your require setup time, you may set-up the stage/floor area during your introduction.
If for some reason your require an extra amount of setup time, you may request up to and extra 30 seconds, after which your introduction will begin, followed by your performance.
Violations of set-up time limit does not carry a score penalty,however, your performance time limit will begin even if your set-up is not yet finished.
If you require setup time, utilizing the maximum time for video introduction will give you maximum setup time.
The is a maximum of 1 minute for clean up of all props, etc afterr each skit. All items belonging to your group must be removed from the stage area in this time. Violation of the 1 minute limit is a 5% penalty.
Extreme violations will be handled on a case by case basis.

#5. Cosplay Sign-ups.
Cosplay Sign-up will take place Saturday Morning and early Afternoon. Beginning this year, you can request a sign up time to eliminate waiting.
To request a sign up appointment, please send an email to with your name and one of the following time periods: 11am-12:30pm or 12:45pm-2:15pm. we will then assign a time for you to sign up and send you a copy of the cosplay sign up form that you can complete in advance. During your appointment, you will get judged on costumes and turn in your video intro/skit music.
If you do not sign up for an appointment or miss your appointment, there will be general sign ups taking place starting at 2:30pm.
Once you have singed up, you may practice on the actual stage area. Your group MAY leave the arena floor / backstaging area between the time that your costume judging is completed and the announced required line up time.

To sign-up, you will need:
Everyone in your group in costume with your convention badge(s).
Any music/pre-recorded vocals you plan to use during your performance. (If Any)
Your video introduction. (If Any. may be on same disc as music.)
We can also copy video intros and music from a USB drive.

Your costumes will be judged during the cosplay sign-ups, to allow us enough time to judge.
After you sign-up and have your costumes judged, you may practice and examine the staging area/backstage area.
If you require a large amount of space to store items/costumes, such space can be provided. However, we will not have materials available to cover such items/costumes which may be in partial view of audience members. Also, we will not be responsible for security of such items/costumes.

#6. Acceptable Costumes.
As Anime Oasis is a convention dedicated to Japanese Animation costumes for the Cosplay Challenge are required to meet the focus of the convention. The costumes must be from Japanese anime, manga, tokusatsu and video games, in which the original copyright holder is Japanese. Variations of acceptable characters that remain true to the concept such as genderswap versions or pokemon gijinka (human version of a non-human character) are acceptable
* Dojinshi and unique characters from live actor movies based on anime or manga are not permitted. (i.e. Dragonball Evolution etc.)
Original costumes are not acceptable.
If you have questions, you must contact us in advance, or you may prevented from entering. Exceptions can only be made by the convention chairman. Current exception(s): RWBY; Avatar - the last aibender; Love Nikki (Miracle Nikki); Overwatch
Costumes may weight up to 750 lbs. If your costume weights over 500 lbs, you must contact us in advance to make special arrangements.
Costumes may be up to 25ft tall. If your costume exceeds 15ft, you must contact us in advance to make special arrangements.

Costumes may not:
* contain weapons as per convention policy
* involve combustible liquid and/or gases, or any sort of combustible engine.
* involve pyrotechnics, fog/smoke machines, liquids which may spill.
* damage the arena floor or any other part of the hotel or arena.
if you have doubts, please ask.

Costumes may contain (assuming done in a safer matter.)
* air compressors
* electrical engines
* safe projectiles [which do not pass the RED LINE or leave the stage]

#7. 1 skit rule.
Each person may only be involved in 1 skit in any way.
No exceptions.

#8. Acceptable Content.
Content in every performance must be acceptable for everyone age 10 and up.
Violations of content will result in a Penalty of at least 5% and can result disqualification.
Please ask us in advance if you have questions. We will keep anything discussed a secret.

#9. Costume Skill Level Divisions.
There are 3 different Skill Level Divisions for costume craftsmanship. Each participant may select their own skill level, even if someone in their group has selected a higher skill level division or if they don't meet the recommended guidelines for a higher skill level divison. Anime Oasis reserves the right to move cosplayers to a higher skill level dvision, based on skill level and history. We would prefer, however, that participants honestly select the appropriate skill level division.
Expert Level: This level is intended for those who have significant costume building history and have won major awards at previous Anime Oasis events or other anime conventions. To participate at this level, please prepare AT LEAST 2 reference pictures and a details written explanation of techniques used in the desing process and/or a photographic account of the dseign process.
Intermediate Level: This level is intended for those who have moved past the novice level and are ready for more intense competition. To participate at this level, please prepare AT LEAST 2 reference pictures.
Novice Level: This is for those who are new to cosplay and haven't much experience. At least 1 reference picture is recommended to participate at this level.

#10. Attendees 12 years old and younger.
We welcome cosplayers of all ages into the Cosplay Challenge. We do ask that those attendees 12 and under have an adult present to help them complete the registration process.
A special award will also be presented to one of our younger attendees.

#11. Rules may change up to 30 days prior to the event.
Rules may have been accidentally omitted. Additional rules may be required based on hotel, convention or other policy.
After 30 days prior to the event, rules will be set in stone.
Any changes made after Feb 28, 2018 will be marked in a different color until after this year's convention.

You must bring your Convention Badge with you when you sign up and when you take part in the contest.
Any attempt to enter a group containing someone without a valid badge type can result in disqualification.
An actual performance found to contain such person is instant disqualification and potential ban from future events.