I kind of feel bad. I promised this post last week already, but life kind of ran away with me. You know how it gets. But here it is! While I didn’t manage to catch all the cosplay talent at this year’s event for photos and close-up footage, I did manage to grab footage of the whole stage event. It took place, as it always does, on the Sunday of rAge, when everyone is seriously considering just going home. If you missed it, you know where to go next year!
Skits are honestly my favourite part of any cosplay competition. It really is where your creativity and flair can be shown off to a crowd. Unfortunately, this year only saw three skits hit the stage but each were rather spectacular in their own right. The first one I want to show you is the winner of the skit division, and the crowd’s hearts is Kimiko Cosplay!
*I do apologise for the filming. I broke my tripod as I was setting up.
The second one on the list takes the cake for me. I cried, the people around me cried, the cosplayers cried. It was just a whole lot of emotions, but I won’t spoil it for you. All I’ll say, is that I’m so glad I got to experience this in real life.
The last skit had an… Unfortunate interruption. And while we didn’t get to see the whole one, I enjoyed what there was and hope that they will continue to work so hard! If you’re a fan of Undertale, you’d like this cosplay.
Although it wasn’t part of the skits, the GES team did organise a PSA before the whole shebang went off, which boils down to “Cosplay is for everyone”. And I dare say they did it rather effectively.
This was probably one of the top 5 cosplay parades I’ve seen; not only were the outfits on point, but the presenters knew each character and the whole thing was just so well organised. Now, this is a rather meaty video (still awfully recorded, sorry) so I suggest you sit back, relax, and watch some local talent take the stage!
Wrap it up
I just want to say that although rAge wasn’t perfect this year, and even though the cosplay stand and artists’ alley felt very much like an afterthought, I still enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and felt proud that so many people decided to join in on the festivities this year. Next year will hopefully be better, and maybe now with ComicCon Africa breathing down rAge’s neck, the event will finally evolve into something spectacular.
While I’ll have fond memories of this year’s expo, I do walk away with the sense that it was more about the people I spent my days with that made it extraordinary, and that the event was just an excuse to get together again. But isn’t hanging out with online friends while being bathed in flashing lights, and deafened by nearby cheers from strangers what rAge is all about? Because I sure as heck didn’t go for the games!
See you there next year! Maybe in cosplay? A girl can dream.