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Anime NYC 2022 Masquerade applications are now open!

Cosplayers are set to take the stage at Anime NYC!

(Featured Image Source: © Anime NYC)

Cosplayers & cosplay fans, get ready. Applications have opened for this year’s Anime NYC Masquerade!

The Anime NYC Masquerade is a cosplay showcase event where cosplayers take to the main stage, with prizes being awarded for cosplay craftsmanship & performance. Whether it is based on anime, manga, video games, comics, movies, and beyond, show your cosplay off (as long as they adhere to the guidelines set by Anime NYC) in the event’s beginner, intermediate, advance, or kids category.

The Entry Types:

“There are two ways to compete…

CRAFTSMANSHIP ONLY – If competing as a Craftsmanship only contestant, contestants will go on stage individually or in their group, exhibit two to three poses as our emcee reads the entrant’s costume description, and then exit. If competing in a group, awards will be given to the group, not individuals. (Note: you must attend pre-judging in order to compete in this entry type.)

PERFORMANCE – You may also compete for a Craftsmanship award in the Performance category if your costume matches the Craftsmanship award requirements listed in the Awards section below. (Note: Performance entries do not need to be part of Craftsmanship judging, but can be should you wish.)”

via Anime NYC

The Categories:

“The competition is split into four categories…”

-Beginner – Anyone who has never won a major costume contest award.
-Intermediate – Anyone who has won between one to three major awards.
-Advanced – Anyone who has won four or more major awards.
-Kids – Contestants must be 11 years of age or older to compete.

via Anime NYC


“Best Craftsmanship and Runners Up will be awarded for each of the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced categories – as well as personal Judges’ Awards, Best Performance, Best Dance, and an overall Best In Show. Special Kids Prizes will also be awarded.”

via Anime NYC

Cosplayers accepted into the Masquerade will receive free admission to Anime NYC, with those who already purchased a badge receiving a refund.

The Anime NYC Masquerade will take place on Saturday November 19, 2022. To see a full list of the rules & guidelines and to signup, you can head to

Anime NYC 2022 Powered By Crunchyroll is set for November 18-20 at the Javits Center in Midtown Manhattan. Badges for Friday and Sunday are still available.


Like anime? Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll 2022 is set for November 18-20th! Check out the official site to grab your ticket, learn more about exhibitors & attending guests, and what awaits you at Anime NYC!

And stay tuned to Nerdier Tides as we get you ready for it!

About Tai

Editor-in-Chief of the Tides. He has contributed articles and helped write for sites across the wide expanse of the internet. Comic book craving, video game playing, Star Wars fanboy at your service. Mention all forms of geekdom and you will have a friend in him.

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