Cosplay Senpai

Leading by example through positivity and acceptance.

The Cosplay Senpai Program handpicks Cosplayers who have shown community support and outreach through positivity both at conventions and in the online world. They are invited to come and promote fun, passion, and acceptance within the cosplay community through panels and discussions. The Cosplay Senpai are always open to answering questions, giving advice, and talking with attendees; they can be found in the Entertainment Hall.

Anime Expo advocates the idea that cosplay is for everyone --no matter what size, gender, age, religion, shape, color, or even species. Cosplay is all about having fun! The Cosplay Senpai help support our mission to promote the message that anyone and everyone can cosplay.

To do this, the AX Cosplay Senpai are expected to:

  • Give back to the community by providing tutorials or other resources.
  • Promote positivity online through meaningful dialogue about a variety of topics.
  • Actively engage with the cosplay community in-person and online.
  • Maintain a family-friendly feel with their representation through photos and content that would be comparable to a PG rating.

If you think you or someone you know might be a good fit for our Cosplay Senpai Program, please send us a message via our Contact Form, with "Cosplay" selected as the topic. Please be sure to tell us who you are suggesting and explain why you think he/she/they/you might be a good fit for our Cosplay Senpai Program.

2022 Senpai

Echow Ecko

Echow is a cosplayer from Indonesia. She has 15 years of experience in the field, and is passionate about creating finely crafted costumes. She has created a wide variety of costumes, and specializes in creating armour costumes inspired by various anime, manga and video games.

She is also an excellent stage performer, and thoroughly enjoys bringing characters to life through a unique combination of roleplay and choreography. Throughout her career, she has represented Indonesia in a plethora of world class events such as the World Cosplay Summit in Japan and C2E2 in Chicago. She has also had the honour of serving as a member of the judging panel in AnimeCon in Netherlands and Japan Expo in France.

Jihatsu

Jihatsu has been cosplaying since 2012 and is completely self-taught, learning everything on his own from prop-making, creating armor, styling wigs, and cosmetic and prosthetic make up. He has had the privilege to guest locally in the Midwest and East Coast, from Naka-Kon to New York Comic Con. He has experience in Q&A panels, cosplay community talk panels, dread lock wig working for beginners, and adding your style/culture to cosplay.

Project Nautilus


Sean Sumagaysay is a Puerto Rican-Filipino cosplayer and fabricator. With Godzilla and Tokusatsu as his specialty, he is both a World Cosplay Summit 2017 Finalist and Alumni. Since then, he has attended the annual G-FEST in Chicago as a panelist as well as a costume judge. He later collaborated alongside Latin America Warner Bros for the Media Tour of the latest Godzilla installment. He has also participated in the Tokusatsu panel at AX Lite 2021.

Kaye Cosplay


Kaye Cosplay is a multi-time, award-winning cosplayer and costuming professional for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Within her 18 years of cosplay experience, she has won numerous cosplay competition titles including representing the US for the International Cosplay League in 2017. Many who follow her work have come to know Kaye for her craftsmanship, skill, technicality, and precision in sewing. As a plus-sized woman, Kaye Cosplay confidently showcases that anyBODY can cosplay the characters that they love. 

Phil Mizuno


Phil Mizuno is a Canadian cosplayer who followed his heart, and is pursuing his passion of cosplay to help inspire others. He has been cosplaying for 6 years, and creates his beautiful costumes in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Throughout 2018-2019, he had the privilege to be a cosplay guest at over 60 different conventions around the world, which includes Canada, USA, Middle East, Asia, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Europe. He has also been a judge for the most renowned cosplay competitions in the world, which include WCS, CWM, ECC, ECG, and Yamato Cup. Phil has also made his VTuber debut with his OC named “Aki” in 2021. His consistent Twitch streaming has allowed him to become confident with sharing his journey into VTubing with his followers across social media. He has presented, and designed panels that help others understand the process on how to stream as a VTuber, and its potential to bridge cosplay and streaming together.

Examples of Past Panels

Cosplay Careers & More! w/ Aicosu

Are you considering a job related to Cosplay and Conventions? Come and talk to cosplayers in diverse fields (wardrobe assistant, social media, voice acting). To talk about how to break into the work force with your special skill, what the industry is like, how to make a resume and why your skills are valuable!

C3 Discusses Diversity in the Geek Community

We are a group of African American women dedicated to promoting the freedom of cosplay by showcasing and empowering all the gamer/nerd/geek/cosplayer within us all. We welcome all fans, girls and guys of different backgrounds to come meet the lovely ladies of Chocolate Covered Cosplay for an open and honest dialogue on con culture and see what the ladies of C3 are all about!

Cosplay Senpai Panel

The art of building a Cosplay following can be daunting. But have no fear, for your Senpai are here! Come join our fantastic Cosplay Senpai to learn about establishing your social media presence as a Cosplayer and more!

Cosplay Makeup 101 w/ Aicosu

From foundation to contacts and wig care to fake beards, come and learn all about makeup! We will cover the basics of learning about powders and pencils and then teach you how to transform into characters with special effect techniques! A live demonstration and Q&A included!

Previous Senpai

2020

Echow, Jihatsu, Kaye Cosplay, Nomes Cosplay, Nyanbifairy, Phil Mizuno, Project NAUTILUS, and VEGA Cosplay

2019

Amber Arden, Amber Kohaku Chan, Jihatsu, Kaye Cosplay, Kiss a Frog Cosplay, Little Sprite Cosplay, Nipah, Peyton Cosplay, Phil Mizuno, and Utahime

2018

Amber Arden, Amber Kohaku Chan, Joo Skellington, Kiss a Frog Cosplay (Alicia Renaé), Little Sprite Cosplay, QueersPlay, Steff Von Schweetz, Utahime

2017

Amber Arden, Corgi Cosplay, Dustbunny, Kiss a Frog Cosplay, Little Sprite Cosplay, Queersplay, Steff Von Schweetz, Stella Chuu

2016

Stella Chuu, Dustbunny, Joshua Hart, WindoftheStars, Aicosu, VAMPY BIT ME, Garnet Runstar, Steff Von Schweetz, Corgi Cosplay, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Queersplay

2015

Aicosu, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Chubear, Dustbunny, Futange, Garnet Runestar, Kiba the Corgi, VAMPY BIT ME, WindoftheStars

2014

Aicosu, Chocolate Covered Cosplay, Futange, Giada Robin, VAMPY BIT ME, WindoftheStars

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