Ikebukuro in Tokyo is known for being another centre for otaku goodness. However, something else it’s also known for is hosting the kickass Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 in the near future. Hosted by Niconico, a Japanese based video social sharing site, the Ikebukuro East Entrance area of the JR station will undergo a stunning transformation from 29th to 30th October 2017 (Saturday and Sunday).
This is an event that takes place each year attracting cosplayers decked out in the best Halloween cosplay. There will also be events and activities to engage the participants and really make it a fun event. The best part of the event is that it takes place all over Ikebukuro, it isn’t dedicated to just one street or area of the town.
The annual event has been happening since 2014 and it’s growing in popularity as year passes. Now entering it’s 4th year, organisers are expecting up to 10,000 cosplayers taking part. The event is also streamed online and in the past has attracted 240,000 online viewers on Niconico Live Streaming. Anyone can take part as there’s an open invitation and there’s zero cost involved. The main part of the event will be taking place on the familiar Otome Road and will also encompass the nearby Minami Ikebukuro Park, no doubt there will be many cosplay photoshoots going down.
If you can’t be there in person, don’t sweat because as previously mentioned, the event will be live telecast on Niconico. Here’s the streaming schedule below:
Niconico Live Streaming Schedule
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 – Stage Live Streaming- [DAY 1]
Date: October 28th 10:45～
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 – Stage Live Streaming- [DAY 2]
Date: October 29th 11:00～
Here’s some more information for those lucky enough to be in town:
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival Outline
■ Dates: October 28th (Sat.) ～ October 29th (Sun.) 10:00-18:00
■ Main Sponsor : Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival Executive Committee (niconico / Animate Ltd. )
■ Co-host : Toshima-ku / Sunshine City
■ Management and Production : Animate Ltd. / Dwango Co., Ltd. / Hacosta Inc.
■ Support: acosta! / Cure World Cosplay / COSPLAY MODE / Cosplayer’s Archive / World Cosplay Summit /
niconico / Hareza Ikebukuro Developer / Vantan
■ Participation Fee: Participation and viewing are free of charge.
■ Cosplay Changing room / Luggage Storage Area : 1000 Yen (tax included)
■ Official Website: ikebukurocosplay.jp
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival – Event Highlights
● Niconico Cospllection (Oct.28th & Oct.29th – 11:00～17:00)
Source: WOW Japan