In 2005, Wasabi Anime presented The Wasabi Animusical (www.animusical.com) at JACON in Orlando, Florida – setting the stage (proverbially and literally) for a new style of cosplay based convention entertainment. After producing the show for three years, the team evolved the event into a competition and opened it up to the creativity of the convention’s attendees.
- Pre-judging takes place the afternoon of the competition/show. You MUST be at the pre-judging (which doubles as a rehearsal) to qualify and perform that evening in the main show. Depending on the number of entrants, not everyone may be allowed to perform.
- You will be notified before leaving the pre-judging if you are scheduled to perform in the main show and you will also be told what time to arrive to set up for the show. If you are LATE for the show then your performance will be cut. No exceptions.
- The show is designed to be viewed by a general audience – so please make sure that your performance does not exceed a “PG-13″ rating.
- No nudity… at all.
- All costumes/characters used must be of Japanese origin (anime, video game, manga, etc). Example: Mario singing “Jail House Rock” is fine. Pinkie Pie singing “Popular” is not.
- Keep props to a minimum. The more complicated your number is for us to get you on and off stage – the better your chance of NOT being picked for the show. Please keep it simple.
- Songs must be from either a stage musical or must be PERFORMED in a movie or television musical. For example: “You Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” from Top Gun is okay since it was performed in the movie while “Danger Zone” from the same film is not. If you are not sure about your choice of song, merely email Cosplay@FloridaAnime.com and ask. We’re here to help!
- It is recommended that your selected song not exceed five minutes. If you have a song that DOES exceed the recommended time limit, we suggest you email us at Cosplay@FloridaAnime.com for approval – just to be safe.
- Inappropriate behavior leading up to, before, or during the convention and/or show can lead to disqualification of your performance.
- Wasabi Anime and Florida Anime Experience reserve the right to amend the rules at any time.
PRE-JUDGING will take place from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM in Friday in Chibi Events.
CALL TIME for talent/performers (who made it through pre-judging) is 6:30 PM (the same day) n Main Events.
THE MAIN SHOW is at 7:00 PM in Main Events on Friday.
Photo courtesy of Phoenix Anime.