Team China has been awarded the Champions in the recently concluded World Cosplay Summit (WCS) 2017 Finals in Nagoya, Japan on Sunday, August 6.
The duo, composed of Xue Yan Xue and Tian Tian, portrayed characters from the popular sci-fi horror series Blood: The Last Vampire.
The WCS Champions also won the “Laguna Ten Bosch Award” for Best Performance, The “Niconico Viewer’s Choice” Award and The “Air Asia Award” for Best Costume.
Team Mexico took and Team Japan took home the runner up places respectively, while the “Brother Award” for Best Costume went to Team France.
Team Symphony of Swords, the Philippine Representatives to the World Cosplay Summit this year, failed to move up from the qualifiers, marking the first time the country was not able to move up to the next level of the competition since the two-step final was introduced last year.
John Daryl Pioquinto, one of the members of the duo together with Lara Florentes, said in a Facebook Messenger interview that despite the tight schedules, they managed to enjoy the event and the experience.
“Overall we really had fun and happy that we met great people from around the globe and we are so happy that we became friends with them… as in super close,” Pioquinto said.
The summit also had an interesting sidelight to boot, as during the final moments of Sunday’s final program, the WCS Representatives from Taiwan and Brazil made marriage proposals in the WCS venue at the Aichi Arts Center.
This year’s World Cosplay Summit had a total number of 34 Participating nations entering the tournament, the largest in its 15-year history.