TGS 09: Cosplayers and booth babes

The booths are closed, the fans have gone home, and now there’s nothing to do but sit and wait for the inevitable blitz of games to arrive this holiday. This was a transitional year for the Tokyo Game Show. Major companies, like EA, were missing, new game announcements were far and few, and show attendance was lower than previous years. Some developers openly talked about the death of the Japanese game industry. Others simply viewed the show’s low turnout as a sign of Japan’s changing role in the global games market. Makuhari Messe (the convention center in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, where the show is located) seemed more sedate than it had in years past.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom at this year’s TGS. Thankfully, once the general public was allowed in, it was apparent that one thing hadn’t changed at all: costume play is still king. From innocent Kingdom Hearts cosplayers to metal masked booth babes, TGS is still a hotspot for game-themed accoutrements and detailed costumes crafted by hardcore fans. So check out what you missed below.

Above: Kigurumi cosplayers are usually men. But that’s not always the case

The two men, shown above, are wearing kigurumi masks and costumes. Kigurumi is a special kind of cosplay, in which the practitioners dress up as super cute anime girls, complete with masks and appropriate body molds so no skin can be seen.

Above: This, on the other hand, is not kigurumi

Above: Freya from Final Fantasy IX

Above: Rydia the summoner

Above: The Final Fantasy crew

Above: Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII

Above: Yuna and Lulu

Above: Beatrix from Final Fantasy IX

Above: Yes, there is a real person inside of this detailed Marlboro monster

Above: Fans who take pictures of cosplayers are called "camera-kozo." People who take pictures of people taking pictures are called "weird"

A man photographs a young woman dressed as Hatsune Miku, a popular virtual idol. People who take pictures of cosplayers are called camera-kozo. The cosplayers get attention and the photographers get photos. Camera-kozo often create websites where they document their collection and promote their favorites. Despite the attention they receive, cosplayers are often careful to keep their true identities secret and rarely divulge their true names or any identifying personal information.

Above: A mob of camera-kozo

The cosplay at TGS is limited to a relatively small section of the venue. This designated area quickly filled up with so many photographers that it eventually made photographing the actual cosplayers nearly impossible.




  • Ddz53 - October 3, 2009 11:40 p.m.

  • Embolado - October 1, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    That Marlboro has a dragon quest blue slime in its mouth.
  • GamesRadarTylerNagata - September 30, 2009 10:07 p.m.

    Are two people making out in the corner in the background of the Yuna and Lulu picture?
  • Cyberninja - September 30, 2009 9:03 p.m.

    i love these kind of articles and i am going to unlock all of the joke items and where did you take that last on at
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - September 30, 2009 4:27 p.m.

    The WTF picture looks like an extra from Eyes Wide Shut. Snake looks well done but i think he needs a smaller cigarette, that thing makes him look tiny!
  • EmmaXII - September 30, 2009 4:23 p.m.

    Wow! Those cosplays are amazing! I love the snake one and the kh ones!
  • jackthemenace - September 30, 2009 4:05 p.m.

    the KH ones with the days joke weapons is really funny (i wonder if i'm the only one who saw the joke weapons?) and the resi ones look pretty cool, but nothing beats the cardboard tank of dooooooooom! except fire. or rain. Also, the WTF? pic looks like a cross 'tween princess leia and big daddy...?
  • ciderdrinker - September 30, 2009 2:45 p.m.

    The girl dressed as Beatrix is just effing scary... I agree with cyberninja about the Rinoa one though. That is pretty impressive.
  • Redeater - September 30, 2009 11:25 a.m.

  • Cyberninja4 - September 30, 2009 10:52 a.m.

    that rinoa costume is really good
  • Tomsta666 - September 30, 2009 9:18 a.m.

    Japanese cosplaying doesnt look as weird and off putting as it does when you see this kind of thing at the US and European conventions.
  • Cwf2008 - September 30, 2009 4:27 a.m.

    Seriously WTF is that lat picture?
  • Redeater - September 30, 2009 3:17 a.m.

    Snake? Snake? Snnnnnaaaaaakkkkkeeeeee!
  • Rattlehead - September 30, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    The Kigurumi costumes will give me nightmares
  • destroyerofall - September 30, 2009 1:22 a.m.

    Great... I used 2 love Beatrix before I saw that pic. I hope I don't remember that.
  • Harmonator - September 30, 2009 1 a.m.

    oh, by the way, I just wanted to say that for some strange reason, my profile name went from "Harmon20" to "Harmonator"... I don't know why, but it did...
  • Harmonator - September 30, 2009 12:56 a.m.

    I always wanted to go to a convention and cosplay as Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia...
  • mgkyo666 - September 30, 2009 12:28 a.m.

  • Conman93 - September 29, 2009 9:45 p.m.

    Cool kingdom hearts and resi costumes. Must have been hard to make

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