In July 2011, the European Cosplay Gathering, ECG for short, went through the finals of its first edition at Japan Expo. Since July 2018, this major European cosplay contest is back on track for Season 9, touring Europe event after event to find the cosplayers who will compete in the finals set at Japan Expo next July. Season 9 welcomed a new country among its participants: Sweden. The ECG now includes 15 countries in the run for the finals.
3 or 4 entrants – 1 in the solo category, and 2 or 3 in the group category – are chosen in each of the following 14 countries: Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. All the contestants are introduced on the ECG official website: click here to see them all.
The ECG allows the entrants to perform on the biggest cosplay stage in Europe, the Ichigo stage at Japan Expo, in front of 14,000 people who come to admire, support and cheer them. For Japan Expo's 20th Anniversary, the Ichigo stage will undergo a number of improvements, to offer you a show like no other. More than a mere cosplay show, the ECG finals are a masterpiece!
Before admiring their amazing performances on stage on Saturday evening, let's get to know the European cosplayers selected for the European Cosplay Gathering Season 9 Finals!
Season 9 finalists
The ECG Season 8 finals is organized in collaboration with EPIC, www.epic-asso.com