Contests

Cosplay Chess: the Fall of Batman

The annual chess match continues, but this year the villains have prepared a special surprse for the heroes…

Don’t miss out on the absolutely funnest cosplay contest at the con! Application submission and acceptance is required. Space is limited.


Cosplay Contest

You love it. We love it. And it’s back! Anime Banzai’s annual cosplay contest!

Come watch as the best of the best present their skills in creating and/or showing off cosplays from all the best anime.

There are two divisions in which you may compete. Choose one or both – but the award for Best in Show can only be awarded to those who compete in both divisions. Craftsmanship is judged based upon the skill with which you put your cosplay together. Performance is based entirely on stage presence and entertainment value. This category is then subdivided into skill- and experience-based categories.

Within these two divisions, a person may compete at the Novice Level (those who have won 2 or less awards), Intermediate Level (those who have won 3-5 awards), or Master Level (those who have won 5 or more awards). If it is a group, the level is determined by the person with the highest level; this means if there is one Master Level, two Intermediate Levels, and one Novice Level in a group, the group is considered a Master Level group.

There is also a Children’s Expo for those age 12 years and under.

Please make sure you read the Rules very carefully before submitting your Application.

ONLINE SIGN-UPS WILL GO LIVE ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2018 AT 12:00PM NOON


Hall Cosplay Contest

Cosplay is hard work, and Anime Banzai wants to recognize your efforts! Our sneaky undercover expert judges will be wandering the convention awarding ribbons to those who have gone the extra mile to bring our favorite characters to life. No entry necessary!


Hellsing BRAWL

The royal Order of Protestant Knights are looking for new recruits to destroy the undead and other supernatural forces of evil that threatens the Queen and Country. If you think you have what it takes, join us for this year’s Hellsing> BRAWL to show us what you’re made of.


Iron Fan Art

Iron Fan Art is a fast-paced drawing contest for all ages, with lots of cool prizes to win.

Rules of the Contest

  • The theme is given out right before you start.
  • No references allowed! This means no phones out while drawing.
  • Keep it PG-13.
  • You are only allowed to use the supplies we provided.

There is a kids’ division for those aged 13 years and under.


Speed Cosplay

This contest is the embodiment of the night-before-the-convention. You and 3-4 friends have two (2) hours to create a cosplay within the theme and supplies supplied by the judges. If you create the most creative, put-together, and astounding cosplay with the time and materials provided, then you walk away victorious.


Lip Sync Battle

Get ready to lip sync for your life. Battle against your fellow con-goers to win the epic Golden Microphone and bragging rights for the whole year as Anime Banzai’s Lip Sync Battle Champion.


Speed Cosplay

This contest is the embodiment of the night before the convention. You and three or four (3-4) friends have two (2) hours to create a cosplay withint the theme and with the supplies provided by the judges. If you create the most creative, put-together, and astounding cosplay with the time and materials provided, then you will walk away victorious.


Tiger & Bunny’s Mini Mecha Contest

We believe in heroes, but can you create your own mini mecha hero in less than an hour to win the day and the hearts of all? Individuals compete head-to-head and against the clock using the provided material to create their heroic mini masterpieces.