Fly Guide to five costumes you'll probably see at Zenkaikon

Zenkaikon began earlier today and it’s already in full swing. Convention organizers expect upwards of 5,000 attendees and most will be decked out in full cosplay attire. For the layman, cosplay is essentially just the act of dressing up as a character from popular culture, especially if the character is from Japanese culture. So you’re not woefully confused, here are some costumes you’re bound to run into.

Cloud Strife



Of all the Final Fantasy games and characters you’re bound to see, Cloud is probably the most likely. As the main protagonist of arguably the most acclaimed game of the series (that would be Final Fantasy VII), Cloud’s costume is relatively easy to make. Of course, people might not even see the costume when they’re distracted by the enormity of Cloud’s sword.

Suicide Squad


Some cosplayers take great joy in creating costumes from characters that have yet to premiere on a wide scale. Obviously, the Suicide Squad has existed for decades and so have the characters that make it up, but the fact that a new movie is coming out soon will probably bring out all of the updated Harley Quinns and Deathstrokes.

One-Punch Man




Relatively new on the anime scene, One-Punch Man has been garnering tons of praise for its first season as an irreverent take on both superheroes and anime itself. The concept is simple: One-Punch Man can take out bad guys with one punch, but it bores him to death. The ease of the costume should bring out a ton of red fists and yellow bodysuits




With the crazy and unexpected success of the Deadpool film, it’s a no-brainer that more than one Deadpool will show up to Zenkaikon. The “Merc with the Mouth” has a classic spandex superhero costume, but hopefully Con-goers will get as creative as these guys.




Finally, it wouldn’t be an anime convention without Spike from Cowboy Bebop. Purists might deride me as nothing more than a “filthy casual,” but there’s a reason for the enduring popularity of both Cowboy Bebop and Spike (and it’s not just the badass show intro). Spike’s “costume” is simply a disheveled suit, crazy hair and a dangling cigarette, so it is the perfect choice for last-minute cosplayers.

Obviously, there will be many, many, MANY more costumes on display this weekend. To see them all (OK, some) follow us on Twitter at @FlyMagazine.

What are you dressing as? Tell us below.


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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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