They’re not heroes in disguise. Creators at comic conventions are interpreters of the vision of the authors, illustrators and screenwriters. No story is complete until you see your character played, or cosplayed. At MCM Comic Con London October 2023, we met those who make the stories more meaningful and enjoyable to watch.

There’s an art to cosplaying, and a logic behind each character. Usually, the underdogs and dark horses win over the fans. These characters will be cosplayed. Fans who don’t cosplay will take photos or strike friendly conversation about the manga or anime series – no spoilers given out, of course. With Attack on Titan and other series such as Tokyo Revengers coming to the screen soon, we’re sure that next season will witness the comeback of these beloved characters.

Jujutsu Kaisen is the flavour of the season

Anime cosplay, in the past two years, were dominated by Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Attack on Titan and Chainsaw Man. In October 2023, we saw plenty of Jujutsu Kaisen. There were expressions of Yuji Itadoru here and there, but Satoru Gojo, Yuji’s mentor, was quite popular amongst the cosplayers. We spotted a person cosplaying Kento Nanami. No spoiler here but surely, we can see more of Nanami in future seasons? No?

Demon Slayer reigns supreme

Who can beat Demon Slayer? Tanjiro Kamado and his sister Nezuko are popular. So is Zenitsu Agatsuma. But guess who made an impact on fans recently? Muichiro Tokito, the boy who triumphs over the guilt over his twin brother’s death to become a hero.

And then there are Disney characters… and others

Old and new Disney characters are cosplayed a lot, year after year. Belle from Beauty and the Beast is a yearly feature and delightful to watch. Ghostbusters is a classic go-to. Apart from the storm troopers, the Mandalorian of the Star Wars franchise is a cosplay staple.

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