This is probably not the NYCC 2021 Best Cosplays because there are hundreds of them which I wasn’t able to capture on my camera. The shear size of the Javits Convention center and the number of attendees makes it impossible to take photos of everyone. But subjective as it may seem, these lists of cosplayers was for me the best there is. I have my reasons.
Last NYCC 2019, I had a long list of NYCC best Cosplays which I realized were too convoluted. So this year, I made sure that the cosplayers on my book tick the boxes on my list. Although not everyone made it on my list (and I don’t think anyone would even care), but I am sincere in saying this that everyone who came to Javits for those four days in costumes deserve a big pat on the back.
I said this so many times before, Cosplayers are the unsung heroes of the pop culture world. They make our childhood heroes come to life, our favorite movie characters alive and gives us joy whenever we see our favorite heroes and characters in real life. Plus the effort that these cosplayers put just to give us a show is very impressive.
This year I divided my NYCC 2021 Best Cosplays into six lists.
The Classic Cosplays
One reason why these cosplays work is the familiarity it brings to their audience. They are all time favorites that doesn’t seem to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm towards the characters they play regardless of the simplicity or sophistication of their costumes.
These are the cosplayers who momentarily made me forget that they are only in costumes. They play the role so well that most of the times I actually thought they are the real thing. It’s not always the costume that makes a cosplayer convincing, it involves many factors. Costume may play a big part of it but it’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Beauty and Grace
The intricacies of their costumes plus the beauty their portray makes them a show stopper at the 2021 NYCC Cosplay floor at Javits. Most of they they made the costumes themselves and the most impressive thing about it is, they carry it with such beauty and grace.
The Most Innovative
Not only did they exude the X-factor, but they also did some innovation in their costumes.
The Wow Factor
These are the Cosplays that have a category of their own. They leave you in awe and make you blurt “wow” as they strut in the Javits center. Absolute awesomeness.
And finally my favorites. I really enjoyed taking their photos. These Cosplayers really impressed me.