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Anime Evolution draws thousands to Vancouver, BC

Vincent Valentine and Yuffie Kisaragi

Anime Evolution, a celebration of everything the Japanese animated world has to offer, drew thousands of people to Vancouver this weekend from all over the lower mainland and abroad. The most visually inspiring element of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre ballyhoo was the costume contest. Attendees dressed-up as their favourite anime and video game characters in what is affectionately called "cosplay," short for Costume Play.

Here are 11 of the best Cosplayers the second day had to offer:

1: Link from The Legend of Zelda
Real Name: Morgan Tasa
Age: 21
Hometown: Prince George, BC
Costume Preparation Time: "About a year of getting the peices together and making the shield and sword out of card board and paper mache"

2: Vincent Valentine and Yuffie Kisaragi from Final Fantasy VII
Real Names: Rob Brown and Mira Valdez
Ages: 20 and 20
Hometown: North Vancouver
Costume Preparation Time: "About a week" - Rob "I threw this together last minute" - Mira

3: The Prince of the Universe's Cousin from Katamari Damacy
Real Name: Genevieve Flemming
Age: 13 "almost 14"
Hometown: Deep Cover
Costume Preparation Time: "Four days"

4: Razor Ramon Hard Gay from Bakush Mondai no Bakuten! (Daibakuten) Saturday variety show on TBS Television in Japan
Real Name: Jacob Powers
Age: 25
Hometown: Olympia, Washington, USA
Costume Preparation Time: "About a week, WOOOO!"

5: Goku from Dragon Ball Z
Real Name: Travis Backmeyer
Age: 18
Hometown: Kamloops
Costume Preparation Time: "Three days"

6: Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon
Real Name: Jared Mitchell
Age: 26
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Costume Preparation Time: "It took me a couple of weeks to get the suit and cape together"

7: Comic Book Guy "Not Homer Simpson!" from the Simpsons
Real Name: Heather Williamson
Age: 21
Hometown: Delta
Costume Preparation Time: "A couple of days, but all I had to do was get the shirt, shorts and put on the body paint."

8: Master Roshi from Dragon Ball Z
Real Name: Dan McGonigal
Age: 44
Hometown: Surrey
Costume Preparation Time: "Two months"

9: Mukuro Rokudo from Kateky_ Hitman Reborn!
Real Name: Charlene Happy
Age: 26
Hometown: Surrey
Costume Preparation Time: "Three months"

10: Gaomon from Digimon
Real Name: Taylor Tamamoto
Age: 22
Hometown: Richmond
Costume Preparation Time: "One and off for two years"

Photod by Lauren MartinMorgan Tasa as Link from The Legend of ZeldaJacob Powers as Razor Ramon Hard Gay From Bakus Mondai no Bakuten!Jared Mitchell as Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon

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