The World Cosplay Summit (WCS) is an annual cosplay competition and cultural exchange held in Nagoya, Japan. Launched in 2003 by Japanese television station TV Aichi, it’s main focus is to promote the international exchange of Japanese culture, manga and anime. The championship debuted in 2005 and has been held annually since, with participants hailing from 40+ countries and across 6 continents.
The World Cosplay Summit USA Finals (WCS USA) take place directly following the Anime Expo Masquerade, running as a separate competition in accordance with WCS rules and regulations.
The winner of the WCS USA Finals at Anime Expo will then travel to Nagoya as representatives of the USA in the Cosplay Championship at World Cosplay Summit.