REIKA is a Japanese cosplayer based in Osaka. She has been cosplaying for 20 years, and has made more than 500 costumes! You may recognize her Levi costume from Attack on Titan, or perhaps her Munechika Mikazuki cosplay from Toukenranbu.
She has attended events in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. This is her second event in Canada and her first time in Toronto!
Yaya Han discovered cosplay in 1999, when it was still a small, quirky section of the geek-fandom. While Yaya had virtually no knowledge of sewing or crafting at that time, her childhood passion for Art and Japanimation got her hooked on the idea of dressing up as her favorite characters. Armed with a used $40 sewing machine, Yaya threw herself into making costumes headfirst, and quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day, Yaya has made over 300 personal costumes in every fandom genre imaginable, as well as her own original designs.
Miss Messy Mia is a cosplayer from Ottawa/Gatineau who first started the hobby in 2009 after attending a convention that sparked her interest in the hobby. She has since created a large variety of costumes, constantly learning new techniques to help advance and hone her skills. She loves sharing her hobby with other and help those around her when she can. She particularly likes participating in masquerades and has won many awards--most notably, she and her teammate Niq Cosplay/Detailed Illusion won the first Canadian Representatives at World Cosplay Summit.
Niq van der Aa, known online as Detailed-Illusion, is a cosplayer and costume designer from Ottawa, Ontario. He has been cosplaying since he was 14 years old, going to his first con when he was thirteen as Fai d. Flowright from Tsubasa (which to date is still his all time favourite fictional character). He has worked his way up the ranks, entering masquerades in America and Canada, and is now a master level cosplayer. He considers his specialty pattern drafting, and detailed sewing and accessory work. As part of team "Detailed Mess" (cosplaying Fai D. Flowright and Sakura from Tsubasa) has won the first World Cosplay Summit Canadian preliminaries and will represent Canada along with Miss Messy Mia in WCS 2015 in Japan.
Hero Fest Canada is proud to present at Anime North this year: Andy Rae!
Andy Rae is a costume designer from small town British Columbia, Canada. She has been cosplaying for two years and has become totally immersed in the amazing cosplay community, making so many close friends along the way. She specializes in armor construction and has created several large scale armor builds using a thermoplastic material called Worbla. She is also best know for her group collaborations including the Battle Armor Disney Princesses and Sailor Scouts and the Valkyrie Eevolutions. Even though she has only been in the cosplay community for a short time, she has already won several awards for her craftsmanship and has become an international cosplayer, doing guest spots at cons all over North America.