Official Rules and Regulations

The Waku Waku + NYC Anime Cosplay Contest is a celebration of all pop culture. All entries must be submitted by August 14, 2015 and represent a character or element from the anime or manga within these categories:



Each entrant will submit an application to be reviewed by the Waku Waku +NYC staff - entrants may only enter one costume into the competition. If approved, those contestants will be contacted by the Waku Waku staff, advancing on to the competition stage of the of Cosplay. Contestants will be judged solely on the quality and craftsmanship of their costumes. No store bought costumes will be eligible to enter.


Selected contestants will be pre-judged for craftsmanship by the Waku Waku staff off stage and then battle it out on the Main Stage for first place in their respective categories. Those first place winners will then move on to the Final round and will be eligible for the grand prize of a trip to Japan!


Contestants will provide Waku Waku +NYC with a brief costume description for the emcee to read as they cross the stage and exhibit two to three poses before exiting. No speaking or individualization of music is allowed as pre-selected music will play throughout the event. The time limit per participant on stage is approximately one minute.


Space at Waku Waku +NYC of Cosplay is limited and entry will be based on each applicant’s form and picture. There are no group entries allowed.



The Prize:



Travel Requirements


Residency & Minimum age requirement: Winners must be US residents, 18 years-of-age or older. Itinerary: Origin: New York, Destination: Tokyo. Flights: Delta Air Lines flights only. Code Shared flights not allowed. Traveler: Winners cannot transfer tickets to any other persons. Name changes not allowed once ticketed. Tickets are return tickets for one person only. Validity: Ticket must be issued within the valid term of the certificate and travel must be completed within one year from the certificate redemption date. No extensions allowed. Please note that the validity date will not be extended. Each ticket valued at $2050. This ticket may not be sold. Reservation: Request must be made no later than two weeks before departure. Please contact the Delta reservation office at 800-221-1212 or 800-225-2525 or redeem through delta.com. Changes: Route Changes are not allowed. Date changes are not allowed once ticketed. Travel Documents: The travelers are responsible for obtaining all proper travel documents for the planned itinerary. Upgrade / Mileage Accumulation: Not eligible. Other Services: Not eligible. Taxes / Surcharges: Winner is responsible for all applicable taxes and fees associated with the ticket including but not limited to the applicable fuel surcharge. Travel award offered have no cash value other than fees paid once ticketed.


Waku Waku + NYC Anime Cosplay Rules:


Participants in the Waku Waku +NYC of Cosplay must adhere to the following:


  1. All contestants are responsible for all expenses related to competing in the Waku Waku +NYC of Cosplay including all lodging and travel. All contestants must also have a valid badge for entry to Waku Waku +NYC.

  2. A contestant may participate in Waku Waku +NYC of Cosplay only once. Applicants may not register multiple times with multiple costumes. A contestant can only enter once and only wear one costume.

  3. Group costumes are not allowed.

  4. Entrants must provide a written description that the emcee will read during their appearance on stage. This may describe the details of the costume or provide a story about the character being portrayed. You may offer details about the construction process, materials, number of work hours, or anything that might impress the judges and Fans. This description is limited to 150 words. Waku Waku +NYC reserves the right to edit introduction material for time and content.

  5. All contestants must check in for craftsmanship judging on the contest day. Failure to appear at check-in will result in disqualification. If accepted, the Waku Waku will notify you when and where the craftsmanship judging will take place. A valid badge for Waku Waku +NYC on the day of the contest is required at check-in. You must appear in costume at the time of your check-in. It is encouraged you bring printed visual reference for our judges, if available, for your character.

  6. To be judged for accuracy a visual reference, preferably a front and back color photo on paper, can be turned in with your application. This is not required. However, you may not be eligible for accuracy points if the judges are not familiar enough with your character.

  7. Electronic media (i.e. CDs) will not be accepted nor will bringing a laptop or video device (i.e. iPods) to pre-judging. No skits are allowed on stage or during judging.

  8. No profanity allowed on stage. That includes messages on signs or clothes. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.

  9. No political or religious statements are allowed on stage or during judging. Anyone who violates this may be disqualified from the competition.

  10. Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous, or any particular political agenda or message.

  11. Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group.

  12. Costume cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Waku Waku +NYC or its affiliates, or other people, products or companies.

  13. Costume cannot infringe trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind, or contain any personal identification other than entrants.

  14. Costume cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which Waku Waku +NYC wishes to associate.

  15. Costume cannot depict, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law.

  16. Please refrain from wearing or using any substances that may potentially interfere with another participant's costume. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, please make sure it will not come in contact with others. Do not leave anything on stage that could damage the other costumes. Do not leave anything on stage at all.

  17. No nudity. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly show. Gore, graphic violence, or other objectionable elements may be grounds for disqualification as determined by the judges or Waku Waku +NYC Staff.


  18. Contestants are responsible for their own belongings. We are unable to provide a secure area for personal items. We recommend bringing an assistant to help with belongings.

  19. Any participant may be disqualified from the contest by Convention Management, Waku Waku +NYC Staff, or official costume judges for failure to observe any of these rules. All decisions made by the judges are final.

  20. Pre-fabricated, store-bought costumes cannot compete in the Cosplay Contest. All costumes must be made by the wearer. A portion of the costume (such as leotard, tights and shoes) may be from purchased, finished goods, but at least 60% of the costume should have been constructed by the creator of the costume. If you have made heavy alterations to a store-bought garment and wish to enter it into the construction part of the contest, you must be able to explain how you have altered it and the processes that such an endeavor entailed. Unaltered, store-bought assemblies of clothing to represent a character or “costume” are NOT allowed.

  21. Costumes that have won any major awards at any convention may not be entered in the Hall Costume Contest unless major (%50 or more) work has been improved or worked over with photographic proof of the changes.

  22. No electrical power connections will be provided. If your costume requires power it must be part of your costume design.

  23. Wings, large props, or large costumes are just fine, but if your costume is over 8 feet tall, or 4 feet wide you may not fit through the doors. If possible make wings and other parts that make your costume so large detachable. We have no limit on the size of costumes or props, but ask that you be safe and aware while on stage. You will be responsible for ALL damage to the stage, lighting, technical aspects or any convention property.

  24. HAVE FUN!

  25. Release: By accepting a prize, each Winner agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and its direct and indirect subsidiaries, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (if any), and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents; from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize.


  26. Waku Waku +NYC reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Waku Waku +NYC’s reasonable control impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Waku Waku +NYC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made.

  27. Waku Waku +NYC reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Waku Waku +NYC’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

  28. Limitations of Liability: Waku Waku +NYC is not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, typographical errors, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of entries; or (5) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize. If for any reason an entrant's entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Contest, if it is possible. If the Contest, or any part of it, is discontinued for any reason, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for the prize offered herein.

  29. Binding Arbitration: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Contest shall be settled by binding arbitration in a location determined by the arbitrator as set forth herein (provided that such location is reasonably convenient for claimant), or at such other location as may be mutually agreed upon by the parties, in accordance with the procedural rules for commercial disputes set forth in the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures of JAMS (“JAMS Rules and Procedures”) then prevailing, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The arbitrator shall be selected pursuant to the JAMS Rules and Procedures. The arbitrator shall apply New York law consistent with the Federal Arbitration Act and applicable statutes of limitations, and shall honor claims of privilege recognized at law. In the event that the claimant is able to demonstrate that the costs of arbitration will be prohibitive as compared to the costs of litigation, Sponsor will pay as much of the claimant’s filing and hearing fees in connection with the arbitration as the arbitrator deems necessary to prevent the arbitration from being cost-prohibitive. If any part of this arbitration provision is deemed to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal (other than that claims will not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis), or otherwise conflicts with the rules and procedures established by JAMS, then the balance of this arbitration provision shall remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with its terms as if the invalid, unenforceable, illegal or conflicting provision were not contained herein. If, however, the portion that is deemed invalid, unenforceable or illegal is that claims will not be arbitrated on a class or representative basis, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void, and neither claimant nor Sponsor shall be entitled to arbitrate their dispute. Upon filing a demand for arbitration, all parties to such arbitration shall have the right of discovery, which discovery shall be completed within sixty days after the demand for arbitration is made, unless further extended by mutual agreement of the parties. THE ARBITRATION OF DISPUTES PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH SHALL BE IN THE ENTRANT’S INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. THE ARBITRATOR MAY NOT CONSOLIDATE OR JOIN THE CLAIMS OF OTHER PERSONS OR PARTIES WHO MAY BE SIMILARLY SITUATED. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO HAVE ANY CLAIM OR CONTROVERSY ARBITRATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE OFFICIAL RULES.

  30. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST, EACH ENTRANT AGREES THAT TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH THE CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZE AWARDED, WILL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY THROUGH BINDING ARBITRATION AS SET FORTH ABOVE, WITHOUT RESORT TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION; (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL THIRD-PARTY, OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED (IF ANY), BUT IN NO EVENT WILL ATTORNEYS' FEES BE AWARDED OR RECOVERABLE; (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN ANY AWARD FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND EXPRESSLY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO SEEK, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, LOST PROFITS AND/OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES), AND/OR ANY RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED; AND (4) ENTRANT'S REMEDIES ARE LIMITED TO A CLAIM FOR MONEY DAMAGES (IF ANY) AND ENTRANT IRREVOCABLY WAIVES ANY RIGHT TO SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR EQUITABLE RELIEF. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO EVERY ENTRANT.

  31. Governing Law & Jurisdiction: The Official Rules and the Contest are governed by US law and are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Contest Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration as set forth in Section 12 of these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York, in the City of New York.

  32. All prop weapons must conform to the Waku Waku +NYC Weapons Policy, which is as follows: The following items are generally forbidden at Waku Waku +NYC:

    • Functional firearms (including air soft guns, BB guns, cap guns, paintball guns and pellet guns)
    • Realistic replica firearms (including reproduction, fake or toy guns that can be confused for functional firearms)
    • Functional projectile weapons (including blow guns, crossbows, long bows, silly string, slingshots, water balloons and water guns)
    • Sharpened metal-bladed weapons (including axes, daggers, hatches, knives, kunai, shuriken, swords, sword canes and switch blades)
    • Explosives (including firecrackers and fireworks)
    • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
    • Blunt weapons (including brass knuckles, clubs and nunchaku)
    • Chemical weapons (including mace and pepper spray)
    • Hard prop weapons (including props made of metal, fiberglass and glass)
    • Instruments that cause excessive noise levels like vuvuzelas
    • Aerosol mustard

  33. Prop weapons will be allowed providing they are composed of cardboard, foam, wood or other light materials. Prop firearms are allowed only if they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. The barrel of all prop firearms must be covered with brightly-colored caps. Prop bows will be allowed providing all arrows have soft tips.