Having never read any manga or watched anime or even owned a video-gaming system of any kind, my frame of reference for most of these elaborate costumes was nil. But I enjoyed the elaborate wig stylings, face-paintings and handcrafted tutus, gowns, weapons and staffs, along with the obviously dead-on recreations of favorite characters' body language.More than fifty contestants in children's, beginner and intermediate categories brought out their best cosplay attire and on-the-spot acting skills for the competition; one woman took her costume to the next level with an opera aria that was just beautiful. These people were in it to win it, and it showed.
The contest was followed by a handful of Cosplay skits: again, a very well-loved and thought-out portion of NDK. Love stories and fight scenes abounded, as did a clear disdain for the Twilight series. One skit involved name-checking famous pieces of literature, followed by a good audience laugh at the expense of Edward and Bella. But it was all in good fun, and the contest didn't seem too dramatic otherwise.Day two was over for me then -- and I again missed the best part of the day, the late night Masquerave. But if I was going to wade through hundreds of people dressed in costumes (that by day three would no doubt be smelling to high hell), I was going to need my beauty rest.