Tokyo Marathon Brings out the Cosplayers (SFW GALLERY) [TOP 15 of 2015]
The following article, originally published on February 23, was AkihabaraNews' 13th most popular of 2015. Now, we're not totally up to speed on how much cosplaying goes on at other marathons around the world, but we'll go out on a sturdy limb and assume that, for those that engage in such things, none can beat Tokyo's diversity and dedication. Also, these words: "Barefoot Japanese Jesus cosplayer." [Check out the full Top 15 of 2015 list here.]
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Most histories agree that cosplay was simultaneously co-invented or co-started in Japan and the United States. And these days, while it’s pretty awesome almost everywhere, it’s hard to argue that Japan isn’t just slightly ahead of the rest of the world’s game. It comes as no surprise then that the subculture-gone-mainstream finds purchase in a 36,000-strong public sporting event.
Gigantic Glaring Terrible Beautiful Irony
This year’s cosplayer turnout was definitely lower than in previous years, but dedicated practitioners still made a commendable and often hilarious showing. All we really have to say about that is: “WELL DONE! BRAVO! YOU ALL LOOKED FABULOUS!”
The discrepancy is directly attributable to tightened restrictions on costuming amid terrorism concerns, which is understandable in practice, and deplorable in causality. All we really have to say about that is that is: “HEY ISN’T IT REALLY COOL HOW THAT BAREFOOT JAPANESE JESUS RUNNER DIDN’T ACTIVATE A SLEEPER CELL OF RADICALIZED MILITANT MORMONS?”
Actually, Barefoot Japanese Jesus (#31) just might be the best of the whole lot.
Winners: a Man and a Woman from Ethiopia!
Since the word “News” is in our name, we should at least tell you that much. Yes, surprising exactly no one on planet Earth - with the possible exception of Kenya - Ethiopian runners swept the event.
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Various Sources that No One on the Internet is Attributing so Neither Will We but Most are Probably from the AP, Kyodo, AFP, and Random Citizens with Cameras and Internet Access.
Cosplay Galleries Galore!