France and Sweden won both the stage and video divisions at the 20th World Cosplay Summit 2022 held in Nagoya, Japan.
The French cosplay team of Beryl and Hazariel, who cosplayed characters from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, won the Stage Division held on Saturday at the Aichi Arts Center.
Second place was Team Australia, Taigakunn and Natalie, who cosplayed as Zelda and Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Team Thailand, consisting of Jasper Z and Thames Malerose, placed third for their Elden Ring cosplay.
France also received the WCS Alumni Award, while Australia won Best Stage Direction and Thailand won Best Costume.
In the video division, Team Sweden. consisting of Yumidun and Birthbysleep who cosplayed as Noctis and Prompto from Final Fantasy XV, won the grand prize.
They also received the award for best video direction and the award for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Second place went to Team Mexico of Rizel and Sorato, who cosplayed as InuYasha and Sesshoumarou from the anime InuYasha.
Team Thailand, which also submitted a video entry, won third place and the award for best comedy.
Award winners included Team France for the Brother Best Costume Award, Team India for the Propmaking Award and China for the WCS Alumni Award.
Team Philippines, consisting of husband and wife Jan Mark and Maria Paula Talavera or Jin and Aria, competed in both the stage and video competition but failed to win any award.
Last year’s Best Costume award winners, Jin Joson and Amado Carl Hernandez, joined WCS in Nagoya as part of the WCS Alumni, including Jennifer Ong, SJ de Ocampo and Angeleah Mejo.