What To Watch: Cosplay Melee

Cosplay Melee is a new series on SyFy, where cosplayers from around the US compete in themed challenges to create unique characters to portray for a prize. 

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Every week, 4 cosplayers come together with a specific challenge. There is a quick challenge of creating a single piece for the larger cosplay they create in the second challenge. One competitor is sent home after the quick challenge, so 3 compete for the prize with their full cosplays.

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I’ve watched the first few episodes and already really enjoy the show. The different themes are very relevant to common cosplays. Yes, they are creating original characters and not our favorites, but they are based directly from favorite fandoms (Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Marvel, DC, and Anime just to name a few examples).

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These people have crazy talent. You can certainly see the passion they have for cosplay and what it means to them. I wish the format was a bit different, having a large cast with eliminations instead of four new contestants every episode. That way we could watch the cosplayers grow instead of just one taste of their talent. The judges are very smart on their critiques and I tend to agree with them most of the time. The show overall doesn’t have the cut-throat and shady vibe of other competitions which is a nice relief. And if you enjoy Face Off (another SyFy show), then you’ll enjoy Cosplay Melee.

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What character would you cosplay as? Share with a comment!

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