Boy oh boy, am I expanding my horizon these days. I have never been to a cosplay show until yesterday and now I know what a shame that really is!
I certainly wasn’t the only one who had the Copenhagen Games Cosplay Catwalk on my must see-list. Not a single seat was left empty, there was hardly any space to even stand. Quite understandably too because what a show! Loads of beautiful men and women in full costumes enchanting and exciting a roaring, mesmerized (if slightly drooling) audience. What more do you need? Besides perhaps a napkin to wipe away the drool, of course.
The host of this colorful evening was Peter Pan himself. He enthusiastically praised the cosplayers and guided the rest of us comfortably through the show. One by one, they appeared on stage, whirled and twirled into poses while Peter Pan sang about them and their costumes. They left the stage amidst the sound of cheering and the cracks from turning necks.
It’s an uncomfortable truth for any feminist that exterior beauty can entrance us so easily. So while I was picking my jaw off the floor, it was great to be reminded by Peter Pan that behind each of these beautiful, extravagant creatures, there is an ordinary person with a bleeding heart for the gaming community and bleeding knees from days and days spent toiling over their costumes. It seems almost surreal that each one of these talented cosplayers has meticulously crafted every little detail on their costumes. I couldn’t even buy myself something that good. Well, maybe if I got one of them to do it... some of them aren't much larger than an elf or a little gnome.... hm...
Anyway, I digress: After the catwalk, it was time to crown the winners of the five categories: Best Look-alike, Best Armor, Best Prop, Best Wig and Best Tailoring. I’ll try to relay the different characters to you but I honestly don’t know half of them. Luckily, we have photos, so hopefully you’ll get it. Yes, I know, don’t ask why they sent me to cover the cosplay (Editor's note: because she doesn't know a damn thing about it, of course).
Let’s start out with best look-alike because that was a character I actually knew the name of. Okay, maybe more like actually heard the name of. Nonetheless, the person who won for looking the most like their portrayed character was Kylo Ren. From Star Wars. Ha ha, look at me go!
The category for best amour was won by some sort of armed and purple fly or perhaps a robot. I don’t know who she was supposed to be but I’m positive she did it well. If I was on the judging committee – God forbid – I would have chosen her too. She made that helmet herself, you know, how on earth do you do that?
Best prop was given to a character I first thought was the Nyan Cat. I felt a little proud of myself for having figured that out, until I was told I was dead wrong. Apparently she was the League of Legends character Arcade Ahri. I googled that and must admit this pretty little thing nailed Ahri... whoever that is.
On to best wig! Once again we have a winner I know the name of (imagine me bursting with pride). Or well, I at least knew the game she was from but that counts! Or it should. Anyway, that game is Zelda. But the best wig winner wasn’t the Zelda character herself, she was the Link character (Zelda’s BFF apparently). Close enough for me.
The last category was best tailoring. I don’t know who this winner is supposed to be but I do remember his real name was Alexander. I also remember agreeing with the choice. All the awesome details on his dress and his incredible smoke canon made him look like he was straight out of a fairy tale. Well, or a game.
The judges also announced their individual favorites in the end. Let’s focus on the choice of judge Amalia Cosplay, because she picked right - according to me. And if you haven’t sensed it yet, I’m the one to listen to: Harlequin. Definitely the best. She truly embodied the character and wasn’t only beautiful but funny to. She posed with lots of energy, humor and knowledge about the Harlequin character. She twirled, stuck her tongue out and pulled faces right into my heart. I quickly fell in love but she didn’t even notice me hidden behind a sea of prepubescent admiration (and a few fully grown men I didn’t dare elbow my way past) as I was. I was told later that this was one more step towards becoming a true gamer: the experience of being in love with a distant, magnificent and in the end unobtainable beauty. Ah well, there goes my love life.