Italian Winplay – Lucca Comics & Games 2008

Motoko & Togusa - Italian Winplay – Lucca Comics & Games 2008

We saw several unspectacular cosplay photo collections centred around events in Helsinki, Berlin and Kassel, which gave a somewhat unfavourable impression of European cosplay; fortunately, we now have the chance to rectify that, with a look at some inspiring Italian cosplay, from the Lucca Comics & Games 2008 event held a few weeks ago.

Quite a wide variety of cosplay is featured, including some non-anime ones, so there’s plenty of interest…

This costume is spectacular:

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My personal favourite:



Well done to all those who participated!

There are over 1,600 images in the pool at Flickr, of which these are a small fraction, so you might like to check them out.

Thanks must go to Yusaku Godai for introducing us to this, and selecting most of the images; Italian speakers can join him on the Otaku no Rishi forum. I notice Sako also took the superb top image of Motoko and Togusa, so paying a visit to Ferricorp is also a possibility.

Many of you (actually mainly the Finnish contingent for some reason…) made quite reasonable comments to the effect that taking atrocious photos of cosplayers in dark conditions at a non-specialist event, and then comparing them to heavily photoshopped pro-cosplayers at major Japanese events, was unfair.

Whilst nobody could deny an impugned national pride may be at play here, there is certainly an element of truth to this – the courageous amateurs are in certain respects more impressive than idols reliant on pro-photographers and Photoshop antics to achieve a stunning effect.

That said, nobody could deny the stunning effect is highly sought after, artificial or not…

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    Comment by イチロ イノ (Ichiro Ino)
    22:24 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adam's Family...
    never expected that... it was a winrar...
    and i was like, what?

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    Comment by Jashin
    22:03 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Green army man = Win

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    Comment by Kuro
    07:38 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Accurate Jem & ... well not the holograms, That would be Jem & the Misfits. Good job digging up loud 80's fabrics!

    Army man wins, but you knew that. When it's such a good cosplay it messes with your eyes thinking he should be tiny, you know it's good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:53 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like the term 'Italian's do it better' is true.

    Comment by Endz
    10:26 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoa wide variety of cosplays there. Nice to see.

    I can't help but wonder why are there so many elves.

    Comment by Smiling Magician
    21:39 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    anyone who dresses up as the David Bowie Goblin King wins.

    Comment by poemi
    20:21 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I really like that green toy soldier LoL

    Comment by ipood
    20:02 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Originality winner: Army Man
    Detail, Quality, Design, etc.: The guy clad in the massive steampunk armor, just wow.

    Comment by DrewFromTampa
    20:36 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    the army man was awesome.

    Comment by stary
    20:44 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    the green army men looks realy great. I thought on the first look, "wow, very big plasticsoldier" ^^

    Comment by Lowlife
    21:21 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    These are some serious cosplayers! The girls are very nice, but I have to put the life size army man for the win.

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    Comment by Feylin
    11:12 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The dante is really good! The hot girl behind him is what makes it stand out though.

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    Comment by Tommy
    14:21 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are these elite? They seem to have good cosplay materials on them.

    Comment by Eren
    22:14 28/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, but... THAT'S ME!!!
    The redhead after Addams Family it's ME!!! XD

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    Comment by Emc2Trooper
    02:56 27/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So much win (n_n)

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    Comment by Cocoa
    22:58 25/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it just me, or does pic 45 look like Lindsay Lohan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:30 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hail to the Army-man!

    Comment by Stormy001
    04:54 19/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Army Man rocks!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    someone say "Duke Fleed"? :D XD

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    Comment by H_R
    20:07 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    wasn't particularly interested till I scrolled down to Duke Freed...

    Comment by Yusaku Godai
    21:28 12/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You see many fantasy pics because the event have a specific section about RPG with some Live Games, if you check the link and the net you will see more pics about that like a funny Beholder :D

    And about the question "are these elite" here in italy we have many professional cosplayers, one of them won the world championship in the 2005, but maaaaaaany amateurs that in the end put a very major effort with very good results.

    Im happy to see that Danny Choo noticed the gallery and put it in his i really want to know the name of the guy behind the "Toy Soldier" :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:35 13/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    i think if you search on flickr youll find superb cosplay for every nation...

    you cant compare this to the other ones posted before... rnd pics of con cosplay != carefully picked cosplay from all over a nation...

    Comment by Jackson
    00:05 14/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've found on flickr other amazing cosplay from Lucca:

    have a look

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    Comment by metatron
    19:41 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of the cosplayers are impressive and made of win!

    The toy soldier wins the internets!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:54 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0) [ cosplay 2008/?start=0]

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    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    And not a Narutard in sight, perhaps Italy is the promise land for non-eleven cosplayers.

    Comment by Third Eye
    21:22 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Regrettably, there were hordes of narutards and minor swarms of death note fandrones (mostly portraying the main trio Light-L-Misa).

    While this was certainly quite an anthology, it also shows that not every cosplayer is slave of the mainstream in a country open to anime since the earlier Nagai's day of old school mecha :P!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:26 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are more narutard at Lucca comics than the rest of the world.

    Comment by Malek86
    17:36 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    There were a lot more Narutards than these pics might suggest. A friend of mine went as Tayuya with another 10 or so people.

    Comment by amari
    11:25 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    yuko from xxxholic and the evangelion pair were my favorite.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:51 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Armyman the green army = EPIC WIN!!

    Comment by DarkShadow
    10:39 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, quite nice cosplayers.

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    Comment by XSportSeeker
    09:48 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder italians are always among the winners at the World Cosplay Summit...

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    Comment by Kageryu
    09:40 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hm...not bad, not too amazing, definitely in the win category though. Nice to see a huge variety of costumes (I laughed at the green army men) but a few of them just didn't capture my heart.

    Quite win though.

    Comment by Tomo-pyon
    09:50 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    the toy soldier definitely won this event lol

    Comment by wut
    10:55 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)


    I have to admit a few of these were actually pretty well done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:56 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Armyman one = Awesome

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looking at the Adams Family picture I had a thought:

    Was Wednesday the first Goth Loli? :)

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    Comment by e-imi
    12:03 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of those are good photos, but generally, not that good cosplay. :S

    Comment by Sako
    17:16 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hah, that's me (Togusa) and my beloved major Motoko in the top pic. Thanks Artefact for the headlight.

    (btw, Lucca 2008 was full of D-Grayman tards)

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    Comment by Yusaku Godai
    17:37 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    its nice to see that there are many italian users here :P and Lucca was always full of tards but surely D-Grayman is better than naruto/bleach :P

    Again some originals cosplay was presented and for me another sure win is the one from Labyrinth :D

    Comment by Malek86
    17:55 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, we are more than I thought. And we rock :P

    Too bad there's no photo of the Manny Calavera cosplayer. That one was awesome.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:46 15/08/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol sankaku is full of italian peoples,i'm glad i'm glad i'm not the only one

    Comment by Xzone
    16:35 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Dante cosplay would be so damn good if the guy had some muscles...

    Comment by Son Gohan
    16:34 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    My fellow countrymen make me proud. T_T
    I have been to Luccacomics every year since 1997. I often enjoy watching the cosplay events (there are two, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, and they are usually very crowded). Unfortunately this year I could stay only one day so I missed it. Thanks for filling that gap with pretty pictures.

    Comment by kenjiharima
    12:39 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Simica and the Army Men cosplayer are the best I've seen.

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    Comment by Onni
    13:31 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of these are still not too great. And definitely some better ones in here than that top picture. Which I wouldn't have chosen to represent the article had I made it.

    Comment by Yusaku Godai
    14:56 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hello, i was the one that have proposed to show some italian cosplay.

    Lucca was full of Narutards and Bleach cosplayers but for the God sake i have proposed something different :)

    Yet the quality of some cosplay is growing well and many thanks for the Flickr group, be sure to give it a check.

    And remember that the pics are not under photoshop editing ;)

    And man guy is a sure win :P

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