2019 Special Guests
Akidearest is an otaku/anime Youtuber with over 1.9 million subscribers. Aki’s content mainly revolves around otaku fandom and anime culture- from reviews, parodies, skits, and rants.
She has also included Japanese culture/vlog content since her recent move to Japan in January 2019.
Since the creation of her channel in 2014, Aki has committed to sharing her love and appreciation for anime and otaku culture with viewers all over the world.
The Anime Man, better known as Joey, is a Japanese-Australian YouTuber. Boasting over 1.8 million subscribers, he is known as one of the biggest Anime YouTube personalities on the internet. Predominantly covering anime analysis, critiques and discussions, he also focuses his rant, vlog, and skit-styled educational comedy videos on other topics including manga, light novels, gaming, Japanese language and culture, as well as other derivatives of general otaku cultural analysis using his fluent native-level Japanese to his advantage. He has also branched out into other departments, including voice acting, radio, music, writing and acting; more recently starting to make a name for himself under his Japanese alias: Ikuru Kamijou. He has also worked closely with many big Japanese and Western organizations dabbling in the anime industry including KADOKAWA, Kodansha, Visual Art’s/Key, Frontwing, Funimation, ViZ Media, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Fakku, Tokyo Otaku Mode and many more. Having met and collaborated with a plethora of anime and non-anime youtubers and personalities, Joey is here to get creative, get weird and have fun with everyone while it counts!
Sophie and Liza are two cosplayers from the Netherlands and together they are Team Paraluna.
Thanks to cosplay they have the amazing opportunity to go to events all over the world. This also includes International finals like the World Cosplay Summit, European Cosplay Gathering, International Cosplay League, Eurocosplay, C4 and CICAF. Most recently they got the opportunity to represent their country at GICOF in South-Korea!
Their favourite media are video games and they love to cosplay from them. Their costumes vary from elaborate dresses, that involve corsetry and embroidery, to full-body armors. They also love to work with special-effects makeup to bring even the less human-looking characters to life.
Cosplay for Sophie and Liza is a way to express their love for the character, but also a way to challenge themselves to tackle a new, more difficult project each time.
Photo by: Kaleidoscopy Photography
Coming from the North, Carmen has been cosplaying for over 10 years. She started making her own cosplays just 4 years ago and have caught the attention of many. With gaming and anime as a huge part of her childhood, Carmen’s cosplays mainly focus on gaming related characters. She doesn’t like to follow ‘Trends’ and insteads go backwards and like to cosplay as the classics. She is known for her Tracer and now recently, her Bayonetta has attracted alot of attention online.
Recently she was chosen to be part of a cosplay documentary with the BBC with Ed Byrne, which aired on the 3rd of june this year. She has judged and guested at many cons across Ireland and Northern Ireland. With plenty of experience and skill under her belt, this cosplayer will go far within the Irish cosplay community.
Photo by: Peacock Photography