Advík 2021: A lot of alcohol, sometimes a samurai. Costume photo gallery

After the success of the historically first Prague Comic-Con and after the positive responses to the photo gallery, which I took on the spot at the time, I decided to pay more attention to these events and try to visit them as much as possible with a camera in hand. Of course, immediately after the Prague Comic-Con in February 2020, a coronavirus malignancy broke out in the Czech Republic, and until this summer, events of this type were not possible at all. So when I found out about the event a few days before the start of Advík 2021 and heard that the participation of cosplayers there is high, there was no other option than to squeeze it into the already busy plan.

I like cosplay and I orient myself in the current pop culture, I would say, above average. I visited festivals focused on science fiction, horror and comics a lot. Even so, after arriving at Advík 2021, I felt like I was in Jiřík’s vision. I’m not very familiar with the anime genre. I knew that it was a large genre, that absolutely anything was possible in it, and that its fans would not allow it. However, Advík surprised me both with his participation and the choice of costumes. I was expecting probably more traditional Japanese culture, samurai costumes, kimonos, mempo masks, etc. Instead, an entire army of costumes awaited me, which I simply did not recognize due to my ignorance. From the photo gallery, which you can browse at the beginning of the article, I certainly know only Rockets from Pokémon, a plague doctor, whom I suspect is not from a specific work, but rather a historical costume (I can be confused), Dorotka from the Wizard of OZ thanks I can’t name the red shoes, the cosplayer in the red hood and the big ax, but I would include her in the Warhammer 40,000 game series and one of the cosplayers holds a black notebook with the words Death Note in her hand, which I would quite confidently include in the Death Note series. Unfortunately, that’s the end of it. Would you do better?

The program was launched by Japanese Zemanologist and Japanese Martial Arts Expert Jakub Zeman with a demonstration of Tameshigiri (chopping mats with a Japanese sword) and throwing a shuriken (throwing blade). Other points of the program consisted mainly of lectures on topics such as cosplay, anime, the history of Japan, Japanese poems, fanfiction, etc. There was a competition of cosplayers for the best costume and the announcement of the Miss Advík awards. You can find the whole program on the official website here.

I did not attend the lectures. I had a limited time to visit Advík, which I decided to dedicate to taking as many photos as possible. I would like to photograph all the participants in costumes, but it was not possible in time. However, I will be happy to set aside more time for next year.

I left this year’s Advík with a good feeling. I know that changing into suits of pranks with ears and shaggy tails or uniforms of Japanese schoolgirls, who are looking at the garter, many consider it a kind of pervert or at least something inappropriate. I myself have an ambivalent opinion on this topic in the case of minors, however, during my personal participation in Advík 2021 I did not see anything that would move my opinion in a negative direction, only enthusiasts sharing interesting hobbies or hobbies in a certain genre.

Advík participants honestly wore respirators in enclosed spaces. However, in accordance with current measures, I offered them to take off the respirator for the purpose of taking a photo.

You can watch a podcast about the life of samurai with Japan expert Jakub Zeman here:
Reflex podcast: Martial arts master and Japaneseologist Jakub ZemanVIDEO

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