Nagaland’s first Anime Cosplay festival celebrated with an attendance of over 500 fans of anime, manga, video games and comic fantasy fandoms at The Heritage in Kohima on June 29.
Despite it had got started-tag this year, the one-day festival did managed to attract anime lovers “cosplaying” their favorite anime characters, even from the neighboring states of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Anime body art and caricature stalls, comic book stalls, karaoke bars and ichiraku ramen stalls were also the popular favorites during the event.
The costumed role play festival was initiated by a group of mostly teens under the anime fan club – Nagaland Anime Junkies (NAJ), founded by Baby Shini Angami in 2011. The group started first as Facebook fanpage before heading to see themselves in their favorite alter egos characters in this convention.
Temjen L Toshi, the event representative told Morung Express last week.
[blockquote]Our concept is to promote animation in Nagaland and to create awareness and educate the young generation about Naga culture and history through comics, graphic novels, animated movies etc. And also help create employment opportunities to artistes, animators and story writers. Anime is not just a form of entertainment but an art form with most liberated and expressive state.[/blockquote]
Here’s the list of winners:
NAJ Cosfest Winner: Rakhe Sinku (Arunachal Pradesh) cosplayed Byakuya Kuchiki from Bleach.
Most Creative: Akum Imsong (Nagaland) cosplayed ANBU Kakashi Hatake from Naruto.
Most Popular Cosplayer: 4-year-old Kekhudenu Richa (Nagaland) cosplayed vocaloid Miku Hatsune.
In the northeast states — anime, video games and comic lovers have increased tremendously especially among the young generation in the recent years.
Last December, Mizoram saw its 1st Annual Cosplay Con Mizoram Festival too. This year it is going to get even bigger, the organisers Project Z.E.R.O. have already launched a 5 months ahead – promotion campaign for the 2nd edition scheduled for happening later this December.