Show-cosplay-association OF Ry is a cosplay-group, operating in the Oulu area, which dances, lifts, acts and has fun! Our goal is to entertain the audience in cosplay scene’s events and to show how you can bring anime or manga alive in different ways in finnish cosplay stages. Our groups activities include dance covers from different asian bands, lectures and organizing other programmes, such as cosplay competitions, talkshows etc.
The word ”cosplay” comes from words costume and play. In this hobby people dress up as different characters from anime, manga, comic books, games, books or movies. The hobby started out in the United States of America, from where it later on spread to Japan and the rest of the world.
The first show done by the groups pioneer members was in the 2008 Animecon at the Tampere Hall the award for the generally best group performance went to “Hellsing Hyypät” (Hellsing goofs) with their performance called “Just Watch”. Inspired by the success a group of cosplay-enthusiasts from Oulu continued acting out their group-cosplay dreams. In the 2009 Animecon at the Cable Factory in Helsinki, the group, with minor changes, had created their group competition entry based on the series “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagan”. For three (3) years the group gathered irregularly to do cosplay performances, but something changed at the 2010 Desucon. The group set out to create something unique and different, something which no one had yet done. In order to raise the quality of group-cosplay in Finland, and to show that group-performances can be of high-class, the Show-Cosplay association OF ry was registered in the spring of 2011.
The Association was founded to maintain and support cosplay as a performance-based sports-hobby, which combines dancing and acrobatics with music and the performing arts. Show-cosplay association OF ry seeks to perform, compete and to organize activities in various cosplay events, co-operating with other cosplay associations. One purpose of the association is to improve the knowledge, of the members and other hobbyists, in the making of cosplay-outfits. The main purpose, however, is to create high-quality cosplay performances!
Show-cosplay Association has, for a few years, organized both dance/anime/cosplay-shows and conversational programs (e.g. panels, lectures) at conventions and other events. Programs have mostly centered around cosplay, but other types of programs, such as dancing lessons, j-pop lectures, humorous panels etc. have also been done. If you need programmes or performances, contact us firstname.lastname@example.org !