Finnish Failplay – Tsukicon 2008


A Vipper shares with us his photographic account of Finnish anime and cosplay event Tsukicon 2008, along with the World Cosplay Summit and Helsinki Book Fair, all held in Helsinki some weeks ago:




The venue was packed to the rafters it seems…


Here’s a tasteful building to admire:


A nation of Narutards?

You may have noticed I don’t ordinarily like to mock cosplayers, least of all when there’s a good chance some will be reading this site, so I’ll leave them to your tender mercy.

This report is apparently by the same person who brought us a report on Connichi 2008, so you can see some more there (the Saber cosplayer is well worth seeing). If all this is too much for you, there’s always the unrealistically good cosplay elite gallery.

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    Comment by The chosen one lol
    04:37 11/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    .... get the f*cking life! People want to cosplay, let them do it without being insulted in a stupid website.

    Gosh, u disgust me.

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    Comment by Artefact

    It's sad that so many Finns come out with this tedious nationalistic nonsense. I don't see any such comments in the other critical cosplay articles...

    Comment by BrokenRib
    09:20 21/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    There has to be always someone to start this shit.
    And as a fact, cosplay turns dirty only if there is fuckheads like you and Kageryo around.
    Beat it.

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    Comment by Artefact
    09:57 21/01/2009 # ! Questionable

    You may wish to stick to your fluffy Finnish forums if the wider internet offends you.

    Comment by NovaJinx
    00:34 21/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's simply because the shitty national self-esteem drives Finns into a defensive stance the instant someone jokes about them. Let the morons waste their breath, they'll get bored soon enough.

    And yes, my previous comment was nasty. Cry me a river and then go back to your forum carebear club.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 09/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well said! A salute you for being the one to say it.
    Elitism will always exist, but just keep it to your self. If you really need to insult people to feel better or something, please for the sake of the rest of the world, go see a shrink.

    Comment by Kakka-chan
    21:14 10/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    err. how is this more fail than any other similar event? They all look stupid.

    Comment by The one with no name
    05:31 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I admid, Finland cosplay has been too much filled with naruto and bleach, but it's the same in all around the world. I hate both series, but I still go every event of cosplay whenever I can -cause you always see there those seldom fantastic and surprising cosplays that are well made. Besides, If cosplay events were only for compition who has the best costume, there wouldn't be so much people anyways! It'd be only the small group of experts with lots of money, and that would be it. There's no point in that. Those anime events are made for all who likes anime and it's an event to get to know new people etc. And as someone smart has already mentioned: Tsukicon is only for J-rock fans, not really for cosplay -so you may realize that cosplayers have no motivation for good costumes. I know, there are bad cosplays in Finland, but who's perfect without practice? Besides, there are bad and ugly cosplays everywhere, not just Finland. Dorks...

    Sorry for the aggressive opinion, it's just that this site is lame, and I've seen much more horrible pics from other events. Watch google if you want to laugh at someone.

    Comment by NaruDossu
    15:13 10/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I must say that Tsukicon is mainly for the j-rock and lolita fans. I still agree that Tsukicon isn't the best con in Finland. But we have other cons like Tracon and Animecon which are much better.

    Comment by Shera
    04:35 10/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder when did cosplay become a beauty contest... And I bet that even if we get to see mostly only the good ones of Japanese cosplay, it is still not a 'thing for only the pretty people' - not there in Japan and not here in other countries. It's a hobby for teenagers and if they do costumes that you dislike or are not pretty enough for you - so what? How does it affect your life if someone, a total stanger from another part of the world, has a bad costume? Go do a better one yourself if it so terrible. Those kids had a fun day in a convention and you probably had a very boring one on the Internet and therefore had time to do this. Please no offense, but I can't find myself any better reason for people to whine so much over a couple of kids getting dressed up.

    And about the over-cosplayed series. Some people (a lot of people to be exact) like Naruto, Bleach and KH, and there is no rule to what series you are allowed to cosplay. Even if there are hundreds of other Narutos in a con, one is allowed to go with the flow. Nevertheless, costumes from those series are quite simple and that can also be a reason to make them. And some people do actually find it fun to have a meeting between characters from the same series. (I myself am too not really into those series but that doesn't make any difference anyway.)

    Oh well, I've never really understood the idea of putting pictures up to show others "Look how awful they are, lol!". As if there weren't any better things to do... So why don't you go make a better costume and then come tell what makes you so special that you can judge others this way.

    Comment by Kia
    00:10 10/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    When you look for "over-cosplayed" series or characters, there are always Bleach and Naruto to be found, no matter what country it is. Sorry guys, whining won't help, people really do like those series. (I'm not really a fan, but at least I don't care what series other people like or not. It's not my problem.)

    Comment by Lilian
    06:31 11/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've got to say that some of them are really good (well, the quality of the photos sucks) comparing to most of those american cosplays I've seen. So many american cosplays - YUCK. But I do think that every country has it's own failures. Don't be so harsh on Finland, just because you haven't been at cons in some other countries. But that's not really the point, the point is that not everybody is thin, japanese and photoshopped model, who has been paid for posing as some character. (Sorry, but that's the truth. I know atleast that Tifa is.) So they shouldn't be allowed to do something fun?

    And, well, I don't understand the problem with Naruto or Bleach cosplays. I'm not a big fan of both of the series, but I think that people have the right to cosplay whatever the like. If they like Naruto, let them. It's not like it's harming anyone.

    Comment by Insane-chan
    01:34 06/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF is wrong with you?! Why are you mocking Finland and all of its cosplayers? Most of these cosplays were awesome! Our land is great, and so are many of our cosplayers. The home country doesn't automatically make the cosplay good or bad. If you think that only Japanese cosplayers can cosplay, you are wrong. From Japan you can easily BUY cosplay costumes, and very many photos get photoshopped before they are published in Internet.

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    Comment by Karmappi
    18:49 27/12/2008 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Shut up. Just, Shut up.
    You need to accept the fact, that no matter how well we did against Russia's army led by inexperienced commanders in the Winter war, no matter how well Nokia's phones sell, and no matter what the quality of Finland's education is said to be, it's not perfect.
    It's not the greatest Democracy in existance (Freedom of speech = Child pornography), it's not racism free, it's not a fucking utopia where everyone lives comfortably in comfy, roomy houses in the countryside with a perfect family with unicorns froliccing in the fields, shitting happiness to all who pass by.

    While we have things to be proud of, we have a fuckton of crap to be ashamed of, just like every other country on this god forsaken spacerock we call Earth. One of these seems to be the inability to accept that there might be any faults to the perfectness that is Finland.

    Finland fails, it's made fun of. Other countries fail, and we make fun of them, alongside of the people who were mocking us. The pictures aren't perfect, but guess what? All of Sweden isn't gay. The truth is twisted for the amusement of others, that's how it works, get over it.

    Comment by The one with no name
    05:35 08/01/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You said it better than I did ^^ Cool!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:24 05/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lighten up, at least a little, please.

    I did three months of contract work for Nokia in January to March of 2006 onsite. People were very nice to me. I worked hard and yeah, it was dark a lot of the time, but I managed to have a better time than I expected. This is not the usual case for business travel. It was the nice people that made the difference. I was actually sad a bit to go back to the USA.

    As for the pictures, OK a few overweight, so what? USA is the fat farm undisputed.

    You have a nice country with nice people in it. Go a little easier on yourself and be happier.

    Just sayin'...

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:17 06/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You come to a convention which is not actually even focused in anime/manga, you take (jolted, zoomed) photos of teenage girls in a cramped room, in dim light using a flashlight, and then you whine about the quality? I'm not saying it's entirely the camera's fault, as much as I hate to admit it there are some horrible ones too, but it's just a fact that you can't get good pictures under circumstances like those. That's why people arrange photoshoots. And come on, how many 13-17 year old professional sewers do you know?
    They have room to improve, I agree. But they are still young, they have the time to do so.

    PS. You should check out Animecon. That's the biggest convention in Finland, and that's where the quality of cosplay is WAY better than in some smaller conventions like Tsukicon.

    Comment by K
    19:04 05/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah right. Just put some quickly taken photos beside 90000x photoshoped pictures and voila, you're mocking finnish cosplay and get everybody see so. Besides finnish book fair was an event for cosplay, not a con, because there were this BOOK FAIR in there. And Tsukicon was mainly for j-rock fans. Does that count on anime/manga con? So neither of those were a real anime and manga con and after those you judge finnish cosplay? Go to animecon Finland -08 pics and then come again and mock us if you dare. I could say couple words of american cosplay but I don't like to mock in public especially when I havent seen but just couple con pictures from americas cons...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 05/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    If somebody wants to cosplay, let them have their fun! Does it really make you feel good about yourselves sitting on the internet browsing some "fail cosplays"? Pathetic. I don't like elitist bullshit. Sry. 8)

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    Comment by Karmappi
    18:31 27/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes. Yes it does.
    When you're at a level we, who fap to pictures, fucking 2D pictures of little drawn girls being molested by random floating penises and/or tentacles, you need something to look down on, to mock, to laugh at, so as to forget about what we are, even if only for a short while.
    We need it to live.
    We need it to survive.

    Also lol, fat cosplayers. Whoda thunk it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 05/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Aren't we being a little bit rough here?
    C'mon, there are bad cosplays in EVERY country. And Finland has, like, 5 million people. And anime/manga/cosplay fandom is still young, which means young people. Sadly most people in Finland tends to think that these kind of things are for kids. Of course there are adult cosplayers too but not so much.
    There are bad cosplays BUT good cosplays too. You just have to search for it. And many cosplays that are consired as "good cosplays" are massively photoshopped. There's a difference.
    And yes, it's a fact that here IS too many Naruto/KH cosplayers, unfortunetly. I'm not fan of those series either and I'm already full of those cosplays. But still I don't go and say to them; "Eww I hate that chara plz cosplay someone else u look horrible whinewhinewhine".
    Pleaaaase... Gimme a break, people. <__<

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 06/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh how nice to see people complaining about how horrible Finnish cosplay is just because of these, poorly taken pictures. Really makes me want to puke. Really fair to put these aside some madly photosophed images... And about all of us(yeas, I'm in one of the pictures too and I can tell you my cosplay isn't from Naruto or KH) being fat I just say what is said above: there must be fat cosplayers everywhere. And yeah, most of us Finnish cosplayers are really young, and the condiditions for making costumes... If we want a wig that's even proper we have to order it from like another side of the world and how many kids you think can do that(you know, no paypal or credit card until you are 18)? Also you really can't BUY your cosplay here, you have to make it by yourself. Just try it with the budject an awerage 13-17 years old has.

    And also, there weren't any good costumes there? Well I think there were, even among these pictures. With a photosop and a nice setting, certainly as good as these "good cosplays" some keep referring to.

    Comment by JOLKIU
    07:19 06/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    My eyes were bleeding when I was looking at the pictures.........

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 08/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're all hopeless. Just get over the fact that some cosplayers fail. Some don't, actually. There are lots of good cosplayers, even in our little Finland. Some poorly taken pictures from a goddamn book fair and a small con don't really prove anything. Not everyone takes cosplay seriously, if you do then feel free to criticize those that couldn't care less. You're wasting your time nevertheless. They're having fun cosplaying, you're having fun mocking them in the internet. Everybody wins! Except maybe the ones with serious problems concerning eye bleeding -go see a doctor, people. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:44 08/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd say something bad and utterly condescending about Finland, then I'd remember Simo Häyhä and think twice about doing that.

    The most badass sniper coming from there almost redeems this whole article.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 07/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alright everyone, I agree that some of those cosplays aren't so good and that here in Finland are too much Naruto and Kingdom Hearts cosplayers in cons, but I'M NOT COMPLAING ABOUT IT.But as for Tsukicon I have first say that it was A SMALL CON AND MEANT FOR J-ROCK FANS AND FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN JAPANESE FASHION, so maybe thats why there weren't so much cosplayers and these so called "good cosplayers".And for this Helsinki Book Fair thing, IT WAS A BOOK FAIR, NOT A CON, SO MAYBE THERE ALSO WEREN'T SO MUCH COSPLAYERS.So,if you wish to see these "good cosplayers" go to Youtube and search for example with name "Animecon 2008".So, PLEASE DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT FINNISH COSPLAY WHEN YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ALL OF IT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:18 07/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    I couldn't help but lol at the sudden influx of Finfags protecting their nations pride.

    Just suck up all the laughter and hatred like us in America, the fact that people are making fun of you proves you're now important enough to acknowledge, godspeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:00 06/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    [jo nyt on kumma näiden jenkkien kanssa kun pitää kaikkea morkata prkl]

    Whatta hell people? Stop that horrible complaining about everything "aag so ugly" "omg so horrible cosplay" It's really rude. Cons are fun events and not all about that you point a 'bad' cosplayer with a finger and yell how bad the costume is.

    Really, don't take everything so seriously. It's just cosplay, it doesn't have to be perfect. Maybe you all should consider is that really nice thing to say..

    Seriously, cons are fun events, but you do not seem to realise that.

    Comment by fisuk
    18:50 07/12/2008 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calm down my Finnish countrymen. You shouldn't get too riled up because of these comments. Now, while I think that the comments posted here are pretty harsh, I also agree with the fact that quite big percentage of the costumes are.. well.. less than top notch. Even when factoring the size of Finnish "cosplay scene". :P

    But c'mon, this is the Internet. Of course there is somebody to mock you. :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:47 10/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    What do you mean, failplay...? Most of those cosplays were amazing.

    Comment by woodenleg
    01:20 15/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think so too! Only thing that sucks in these pictures, are the pictures themselves! Someone should study photographing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 13/02/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's nice to notice, that all finnish cosplay pictures here are taken by very poor quality. But nearly all japanese pictures are taken by great cameras and by a real photographer and then photoshopped.

    And you guys really compare those? And then you praise some japanese cosplayer and laught at finnish/whatever country cosplayer. Intresting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:06 09/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    bastante bueno saludos desde argentina

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    Comment by Falk5T
    22:19 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well atleast I think the Color of Mikus Hair was niceley choosen.

    Rest was crap, but hey, if you ever were on a Anicon you know its just pure fun. I think only few of them really try hard to look good, i think they actually just want to be dressed like theit fav. chars.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:28 23/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Does it make me bad person if I agree with most guys that these are hilariously failfull pictures AND I am a finn? 8'DD Seriously, Why are all finns so raged about these comments, finnish convenionts ARE EXACTLY THIS! Little teenaged girlys dressed as boys dryfucking each other on the middle of the hall, yelling "RAPE ME RAPE ME".
    You should have seen this year's Tsukicon. The whole thing was made of one big facepalm.

    (Allthough I gotta say that I know few of those guys in the pics, and they look very low quality here, but if you give them enough time, right background and atmosphere, You'll be overwhelmed.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    slightly better than the germans

    deathnote ones were nice

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:21 03/09/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh, I've seen much worst.

    Comment by Undead monkey
    18:05 16/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahaha. All I can do is just laugh.

    1# Are the costumes of the World Cosplay Summit Preliminary Round Finland winners honestly so fail? You have put here some of the best cosplayers in Finland and they totally rock many, many, many other good cosplays from other countries. LOL.

    2# Some people do it for fun and they don't even try to be the best, then there is no reason to critisize them. LOL.

    3# You haven't even picked the worst Finnish cosplays here. LOL.

    4# The Germany not-so-failplay cosplays are even worse. LOL.

    5# You have not put here any explenations why they are so fail. LOL.

    6# Then why wouldn't you show me one your selfmade better cosplay than any of these? LOL.

    7# Tsukicon has nothing to do with the Helsinki Book fair. LOL. Neither with Bakacon. LOL.

    8# Many of these costumes are clearly their first-ones. Every first cosplay HAS to look a mess, it's a rule. LOL.

    9# As previously said, Tsukicon is a j-rock convention, nothing to do with anime and manga really. LOL.

    10# There excists a Finnish not-so-fail-play thing too and the costumes there are as good or as bad as some here. LOL.

    ...Is this a joke?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:15 26/10/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey, stop complaining of Finnish cosplays!
    First of all, you are mocking of their body shape? Fat? Most of them are NORMAL weight.
    Second, those picture's quality is awful
    and third, maybe someone have taken pictures of "the failest finnish cosplay" just to make fun of finnish cosplayers... and maybe the one has also photoshopped them to look bad
    and if you are saying that all finnish cosplay is bad, do a better one! I would like to see if you can make a better cosplay than some finnish cosplayers. And go to US to cons and look there... Over 60 % fails badly, and they are BIG! And as said, Tsukicon was based to Japanese music and fashion and most of the people there were really young. And on those pics there were only 8 naruto cosplayers. It's true that there are many naruto and bleach cosplayers in finland, but there are also other cosplays too. Got to search some better cosplay pitures of finnish cosplay, 'cause these aren't the best that Finland has. some of those cosplays here are really awesome, some fail. And yes i DO admit that there is also fail cosplayer in finland, but I bet there is more fail cosplayers for example in US than Finland.
    Finland is one of greatest cosplay countrys, we have so so many great cosplayers here. And it's much harder to find wigs and stuff to make cosplays than in US or Japan.
    I am finnish, and I'm proud of it! Some of these are just bad cosplays and all are bad pics. Finland has much better cosplayers too!

    Go go Finland!

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    Comment by Pantsu Dorobou
    10:23 26/11/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some of the lolitas aren't half bad...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 03/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouldn't these rich Europeans be able to afford getting quality cosplay? I've seen 3rd world countries do WAY better.

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    Comment by Dia
    01:28 18/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The thread made me facepalm more than the pictures. Especially the guy claiming Finland a western Europe country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 21/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Elikkäs... Terve vain näin aluksi...

    Finnish cosplayers aren't world class... however it was funny to see how bad general quality of cosplay in united states is. Just go to youtube and watch some of those videos about american cosplayers. They are even worse than these finnish cosplayers... In the other things...

    Think how much fun it would be to get with your everyday and blast your way into one of those cosplay events. You would be so much cooler and different looking than the others. And just with your normal everyday clothes. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 05/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let me help you out.

    It's a picture of someone doing something for fun and having a good time while doing that.

    It's a picture of a happy person.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:02 27/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Noniin, eiköhän juoda rauhan pillimehut.

    There are FailPlays in every country, even in Japan. Some of those cosplays weren't that bad, it's just that they weren't japanese and they look "weird" to eyes of japanese. Well, I have to admit that few of those were horrible and made me want to rip my eyes off but hey, it happens.

    Comment by Otus
    18:09 01/07/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah... People. Count for me, how many Narytocosplays? how many Bleach cosplays? and how many other? Geez, pictures dont tell whole story.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:29 01/06/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're saying that Finnish cosplayers are fat? Look in the mirror, dear.

    Comment by suomalainen, ja ylpeä siitä
    01:05 14/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    You should make better costumes yourself before telling others that the costumes shown here are poor, because you might not be as cute or cool as them at all! Some of cosplays there were really good.
    That con was an EPIC WIN!

    HYVÄ SUOMI!!!!

    (sorry for possible grammar and/or spelling mistakes)

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    Comment by Mizzy
    23:07 21/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jesus, Finland! Lose some weight, learn to sew, and for Christ's sake buy a decent wig!

    Comment by Lu
    18:00 27/05/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because clearly this entry and these photos represent Finland and Finnish cosplayers as a whole, amirite?

    There are just as many bad (if not worse) American cosplayers. Japan isn't without shitty wigs, either.

    I'd also like to say most of the girls up there really aren't that fat. Some are actually kind of GASP healthy looking. But I suppose someone who has been brainwashed to think anorexia is sexy it's a-ok AMIRITE?

    Comment by Tonnikala
    05:19 11/03/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, you enjoy laughing on some poor people who do not have skills to make their costumes THE BEST4EVER! That's just lame. And they are quite young.. were there no older people? Or were they just too good looking to be put here? People DO get BETTER with time. You people need to get a life. And if you suggest I do the same, don't bother. I don't need one.

    And just for fun, get pictures from Animecon. Lot's nicer.

    And shuddup.
    sorry for possible grammar errors.

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