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We have reached our entry cap and are no longer accepting applications. As we are full, there will be NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION for Masquerade this year.
See you at the show!



2018 Masquerade Winners (click here)

What is the Masquerade? Imagine a mix between a cosplay gathering with plot and a fashion show, and you’ve got the basic idea. Dozens of groups put together costumes and skits, some planning for months beforehand, and get up on stage to strut their stuff or put on a show. From funny to dramatic, the newest shows to old favorites, our contestants cover the whole spectrum.

Come be entertained, and please stay till the end to cheer for the winners! The Masquerade is scheduled to start on Saturday at 7 PM on the Main Stage, with seating beginning as close to 6:30 PM as possible. Please check the signs to see where the Masquerade line will be routed. Whether you’re on stage or watching from the audience, this year’s show is going to be a blast. We hope to see you at the Animé Los Angeles Masquerade!


The ALA 2019 Masquerade Official Rules are now available! (CLICK HERE) Please read and review them, as many of our rules have changed for this coming year.

Masquerade Entry Applications will open on October 15th. Please check this web-page for a link to the form. An application does not guarantee you a spot in our show; please review the rules for further information.

Important dates to remember:

Applications open October 15, and will be accepted until November 15th, or until 60 application entries are submitted, whichever comes first. To feature as many cosplayers as possible, we have opened an additional 20 entry slots this year. We are moving to an online-only format and unfortunately will not be accepting wait list or on-site entries. We suggest entrants apply as early as possible to ensure their place in our show!

While we ONLY require contestant information to reserve a place in our show, please be aware that the following will be required no later than December 15, 2018:

At least two (2) progress pictures of each costume being entered
An approved audio file
Entry Introduction (what you would like announced at the start of your entry)
Tech preferences (lighting requests, audio notes, etc)


Diana Tolin:

Diana Tolin is a Los Angeles native with over 20 years of cosplay experience and accomplishments. She has many years of judging experience, performance and craftsmanship awards, and is one of the few people to have attended World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan as Team USA (2016), an Alumni  (2017) and Organizer (2013, 2018). She currently works for the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation as World Cosplay Summit Coordinator for the United States. She is the driving force for the collection, photo archiving and display of the World Cosplay Summit Team USA Costume Retrospective, which showcased over 10 years of American Cosplay at Anime Expo 2018. She is co owner of Dial C Costumes, a custom costuming company who’s work includes multiple episodes of Marvel Becoming for Marvel Entertainment and for SCRAP Entertainment’s collaborations for The Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy 14 Real Escape Room Games. 

Diana is thrilled to be a judge for Anime Los Angeles Masquerade and can’t wait to see the incredible craftsmanship and performances the ALA community has prepared for 2019.



Wayne Kaa: 

Wayne Kaa has been judging the Anime LA masquerade for the past 13 years.  When he cosplays, he does it because cosplay is fun.    He is known for a variety of humorous skits, skill in props and plushies, and using long distance mind control on fellow cosplayers to do his bidding.  He has competed both and won on the anime con and International Costumers Guild circuit.  He has also been working with the Anime Industry for the last 10 years, serving as the Events and Casting Manager for A-C-Paradise, with clientele such as Vizmedia, Aniplex, Crunchyroll and Sentai Filmworks.   Visit American Cosplay Paradise, with photo convention coverage and over 5000 masquerade videos.
Be sure to check for video coverage from this years ALA masquerade online!





Ashe is an award winning veteran cosplayer from Southern California. Ashe has been a Team USA representative to the World Cosplay Summit in Japan and a guest judge at international competitions such as the European Cosplay Gathering in France and AnimeCon in the Netherlands.  Her work includes multiple Best in Show awards from conventions across the country, including National Runner Up to International Cosplay League in the Solo Division.

As a child, Ashe was sent home from kindergarten because she insisted on wearing the Wiley Kit costume her mother had made her to school and pretending to be Wiley Kit during class. As an adult, she’s found more appropriate outlets for her love of costuming and acting, but her passion remains the same.




VFire stands for Vermilion Fire – Vermilion for the red rocks of her home state and Fire for her passion to make cool stuff. She enjoys making her favorite video game characters come to life and showing off the amazing landscapes where she lives. VFire is always looking to expand her skill sets and “level up.”  From wood craft to leather armor, her hunger for expanding her skills does not end.
VFire started cosplaying in 2008, a time where she thought sewing was “uncool” despite her being a massive video game nerd. Her life was changed by going to one anime convention. The cosplays she saw there were inspiring and heavily detailed… and now sewing is life! In 2011 she won her first award and was inspired to make her cosplays as realistic as possible. VFire has won over 20 awards in craftsmanship and performance, as well as judged for many events since then. She started the Cosplay Stitch and Seam podcast and blog to help share her love of the craft and explore more of cosplay culture.
Photo by Kioku Photography.