The Cosplay Games are part of Anime Boston's official programming lineup. All event participants must be cosplayers. However, anyone is welcome to attend and watch the events.
Catch the Barrel
Competition game played in the halls all weekend long, where cosplayers join teams and compete to get the most captures on prop barrels. Each capture is achieved via a simple game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. (No lizards or Spocks.) Open to all cosplayers, no registration needed.
Can you Keep It Up?
This is a VERY NOT serious in-character contest, where our handpicked contestants will be doing their best to remain in character while being put through several challenges and physical endeavors. We will also be asking the hard questions to our cosplayers, such as: how does Ash Ketchum pick up ladies at the gym? What is Ramma's stance on same-sex marriage? What is Death the Kid's favorite kind of swimsuit? What theme would Haruhi have if she could build her own theme park? As well as many more we just have to ask! This is one late night event that you won't want to miss.
Cosplay Human Chess is an event in which a giant chess-board is set up on stage and convention attendees in costume serve as the pieces, moving, fighting and dying live on stage at the direction of two chess masters. Events in Chess are usually a combination of improvisation and pre-scripted events, with a different balance every year between the spontaneous and the pre-planned.
Dating Game & Afterdark Dating Game
The Anime Dating Games are cosplay game show events in which an eligible bachelor (or bachelorette) from anime, video games or manga asks questions to three bachelorettes (or bachelors) in order to determine whom he(/she) should choose for a date! There are two rounds of the Anime Dating Game, an all-ages version on Saturday and a late-night Afterdark yaoi / yuri session on Friday night. The questions asked vary from comedic, to innocent, to blatant innuendo. Ever wondered who Sasuke from Naruto would choose as a date? How about Saber from Fate/Stay Night? Anyone is fair game!
The Death Match is a contest in which two characters enter the stage, and only one leaves with their life. The victor is chosen via the crowds' cheers; the losing character is slaughtered by the winner in fierce (stage) combat. The winner moves on to the next round. 30 contestants from various anime, video games and manga will fight it out, leaving only 1 fan favorite remaining.
Emergency Cosplay Repair Station
Broken tiara? Bent katana? Crumpled wings? Don't let them spoil the con for you! Anime Boston's cosplay staff provides an emergency costume repair station, free for use to all convention attendees during all hours that Masquerade Headquarters is open. Repair and craft supplies, including all kinds of sewing materials, tape, glue, bobby pins, hairspray, stain removers, makeup, even scrap fabric is available for public use. Staff and volunteers will even help you with your repairs, and our costume experts will recommend strategies to deal with the most unexpected costume calamities. So next time your hidden wrist dagger gets jammed don't let it get you down - come to the Cosplay Repair Station!
The cosplay Family Feud is a cosplay game show event in which a family, group or team of characters from anime, video games or manga have to answer questions. The correct answers to these questions are determined by popular choice by the attendees of Anime Boston.
Original Cosplay Fashion Show
Introducing the Original Costume Fashion show, a costume fashion show dedicated entirely to non-canonical characters. This fashion show is all about cosplayers iconoclastic enough to break canon and make high-quality costumes. Whether it is Shinigami Ash Ketchum, gender swapped Sebastian Michaelis, or a protagonist that is entirely original, it's all good!. Sound like fun? Then get psyched for Anime Boston's first ever Original Costume Fashion Show.
Anyone can play this relaxed in-the-halls scavenger hunt. Pick up a Scavenger Hunt Form from the Info Desk, which contains a list of cosplayers to look for and get signatures (or photos) from. Can you find all four members of a bishounen quartet? How about a cyborg vampire? A male Duo Maxwell cosplayer? You can play alone or on a team. The first five to complete the hunt and return completed forms to the Info Desk win a prize. For those who want an extra challenge, once you complete the first scavenger hunt you will have the option to try a more challenging one! The first to complete and return the advanced scavenger hunt will be welcomed up onto the stage before the Chess Match on Sunday morning to claim a trophy.
Staff-Vote Costume Contest
Did you miss the registration for the Masquerade or Hall Costume Contest? Anime Boston runs an informal costume contest in the halls, that everyone in costume is automatically eligible for. Throughout the convention, Anime Boston Staff members will circulate with vote tickets, which they will hand out to any costumes they think are especially excellent. If you get three vote tickets, come to Masquerade Headquarters and you will be given a prize ribbon. All costumes are eligible, including store bought costumes and non-Japanese costumes. Anything goes, so long as you make it look great!