One of the highlights of the weekend was the
cosplay masquerade, which was one of the best Animetion
have attended. Held in a large hall of the Novotel, it was a
well-organised event which ran extremely smoothly and left us
The quality of cosplay at the masquerade was extremely high, with a good mix of classic anime characters alongside new ones, the costumes were well worth showing up for. Also the skits were hugely entertaining, which surprised Animetion as we are not the biggest fan of skits. Skits are usually overlong and overindulgent, with the performers merely acting out a scene from an anime or yet another dance-off. Not at Minamicon though.
The skits reflected the older audience by throwing in a bit of adult
humour, of which there were two main highlights. One was a
Hellsing group singing along to Monty Python's 'Every
Sperm Is Sacred', which lampooned their characters Catholic links.
It was good fun which had the audience singing along and clapping!
The other was a skit by Team Giblets entitled 'Queenix Eye For The Straight Guy'
which expertly poked fun at the outlandish costumes of Square video
games (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, etc). It did this with a
snappy presenter, a very funny slideshow and dressing up a 'fan' in
outlandish clothing. He ended up jokingly dressed as a clown
with stupid hair and very big trousers. It delighted the
The last big skit of masquerade featured one of the best costumes Animetion has seen, the iconic Transformer that is Optimus Prime. Standing at least seven foot tall, the cardboard costume strode into the hall to the sound of Stan Bush's The Touch (from the soundtrack to Transformers: The Movie). Not only was the construction of the cosplay awesome - the eyes lit up as well! There was a further surprise when Leader-1 of the inferior Gobots walked in! Click here to see a video of the skit on YouTube to see what happened!