It’s been just about a year since the pandemic forced large events like anime conventions to shut down indefinitely, and by now we’re feeling that con-fever more than ever. So while we wait for the world to go back to normal, we have to wonder – when conventions do eventually come back, what will be the hot new cosplays to spot? Which 2020 anime and video game characters will stick in the popular consciousness long enough to have fans dress up as them? Here are our speculations and theories!
5. The Ashen Wolves from Fire Emblem: Three Houses
The Cindered Shadows side-story DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses released in February 2020 and introduced the four members of the as-yet-unseen Ashen Wolves house – gorgeous thief Yuri, boisterous debt-dodger Balthus, emotionally volatile former noble Constance, and jaded outcast Hapi. Fire Emblem cosplays are notoriously difficult to make because of their unusual structures and complex details, but these characters are so loveable that we’re sure some brave souls will try their luck anyway. Plus, each student has a pre- and post-time skip design as well as the shared class and DLC outfits, so there are plenty of looks to choose from.
4. Zagreus from Hades
This Greek mythology-themed roguelike from Supergiant Games came out of early access in September 2020, and it’s gained much critical acclaim for its branching storytelling and compelling gameplay. We expect to see cosplays of almost all of the creatively designed gods and heroes from this game, but the one we’re likely to see the most is main character Zagreus – he has an instantly recognizable costume that would be comfortable to wear and not terribly difficult to make, especially if the artist has experience making props and armor. Of course, anyone who makes a plush of Zagreus’ faithful hellhound Cerberus to go along with their ensemble gets an infinite number of extra points in our book!
3. Satoru Gojou from Jujutsu Kaisen
MAPPA’s Fall 2020 – Winter 2021 adaptation of Shounen Jump juggernaut Jujutsu Kaisen is one of the most popular anime running right now, thanks to its unpredictable storyline and silky-smooth animation. Most characters wear baggy black outfits that, while easy to make, wouldn’t be particularly appealing to cosplayers. But we’d bet plenty of people would make an exception for Satoru Gojou, the enigmatic and hilarious Tokyo Jujutsu High teacher whose striking blue eyes hold the secret to his immense power. It would be massively entertaining to act as Gojou during a convention (geeking out over characters from movies he likes, facing off against powerful villains, etc.), and pulling off the bandana that usually covers his eyes to reveal bright blue color contacts would make for a great picture. We just hope all of the Gojous figure out a way to see through those bandanas so they don’t run into anything!
2. Hana Uzaki from Uzaki-chan wa Asobitai! (Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!)
This would be a great meme cosplay, and a super easy one to pull off with just thrift store finds and a purchased t-shirt. Hana Uzaki is the endearingly obnoxious main character of Summer 2020’s Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out, an anime that chronicles her various unsolicited attempts to get her senpai Sakurai to lighten up and live a little. Congoers dressed as Uzaki could get some fun photos with grumpy characters from other anime, gleefully pulling them into the game room or pointing at strange merch in the dealer’s hall. Experienced cosplayers could use this costume at night or on Sundays, while beginners could spend the entire con as the bubbly college girl. Just be sure that whoever you drag into your schemes is in on the joke!
1. Post-Timeskip Eren Yeager from Shingeki no Kyojin: The Final Season (Attack on Titan Final Season)
Attack on Titan’s final season is currently the second highest-rated anime on MyAnimeList (just below Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) and had the biggest debut of any anime ever on the site, so naturally, it’ll garner a horde of cosplayers once conventions are allowed to happen again. Veteran congoers may remember the tidal wave of Attack on Titan cosplays back when the first season came out in 2013, and while other anime like Boku no Hero Academia have stolen some of its spotlight in the intervening years, we’d be shocked if we didn’t see Survey Corps logos everywhere we look in the convention halls. The easiest and possibly most iconic cosplay from this part of the series would be Eren Yeager’s post-time skip design, either in his “Amputee-kun” disguise from early on or his chiseled “Chad Eren” look from a few episodes later. Posing for photos with cosplayers of his younger self would make for quite the contrast!
We’d also place a fair amount of money on seeing cosplays of the Interspecies Reviewers girls, the Genshin Impact girls, and Echidna from Re:Zero Season 2, as well as a resurgence of Fruits Basket, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, and InuYasha cosplayers because of their currently airing sequels/remakes. But which cosplays do you think will crop up when anime conventions come back? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!