Meet the Cosplay Judges of 2024!
Yuji is a cosplayer, model and crafter known as Yuji Koi Cosplayer. Originally from Vietnam she is now based in Switzerland. Since 2014, she started to get into cosplay stage performance and has been attending many cosplay competitions, from which she achieved many prizes (World cosplay summit 2017 Vietnamese representative, 1st prize Dubai Comic-Con anime category, 1st prize Best Coser of the Year in Vietnam 3 years in a row 2014-2015-2016, etc).
Thanks to cosplay, she could travel around the world to conventions as a guest and judge, for well-known international cosplay competitions, such as ECG preliminaries and WCS prelims and final. On the side, she also had the opportunities to work with companies like Riot Games, HoYoVerse, Sharkmob, Tencent, Vinagame and Com2uS.
Through time, cosplay and streaming is gradually becoming her full-time job. Now she is creating cosplay makeup tutorials to help people find their own cosplay style, as well as sharing her own knowledge about cosplay stage performance to engage people getting more into cosplay acting.
Initially, an executive director for interior design but later found his true passion in the art of cosplay. Sylar Serag has participated and won several EgyCons throughout the years. He often cosplays characters from famous video games like League of Legends and Monster Hunter Rise and is highly skilled in turning foam into full body armors. Some of his best-known cosplays are Bazelgeuse, GodKing Darius and Volibear.
Moreover, Sylar Serag has been a cosplay judge in various local events, hosted three cosplay making workshops, and also trained students in all fields of the cosplay industry (fabric, foam, leather, electric and mechanical gadgets).
Sylar Serag is stoked to be returning to MEFCC in 2024 and is eagaer to watch the cosplay magic unfold.
PIKA CHAN COSPLAY
What started as a childhood play pretend game quickly became her reality. Pikachan, an Egyptian cosplayer and influencer joined the cosplay world in 2016. As a young child, she would dress up as Davis Motomiya from Digimon and re-create the gadgets. She soon discovered cosplaying is her rightful calling and dedicated hours to watching other cosplayers perform and creating astonishing costumes.
Pikachan is very passionate about cosplaying and has competed in several competitions. Some of her biggest accomplishments include:
Best crafter (The Insomnia Cosplay Championship, 2018)
Best performance (EgyCon, 2022)
With a great eye for detail, quality and impeccable acting skills, Pikachan brings her favorite anime and video game characters to life. She is honored to be a judge for MEFCC 2024 and looks forward to meeting new cosplayers and being a part of their cosplaying journey.
ALEX CAN COSPLAY
Alex Can Cosplay is a cosplayer based in UAE that started her cosplay journey in 2017.
She has participated in a fair share of local competitions, with experience on stage and behind judge’s table and recently represented team UAE in an international competition ‘World Cosplay Summit’ Japan 2023. She is well versed in costume making, prop making, stage performance and possesses a strong passion for wig making.
She will be one of your cosplay judges in MEFCC 2024 together with her WCS team UAE teammate Erim Cosplay and she can't wait to see all your amazing cosplay creations.
Erim Cosplay (Eissa Bastaki) is a Cosplay Veteran and one of the key starters of the UAE’s Cosplay Community. Having a passion for Cosplay for years, Erim has been a focal point of the development and passing of the expertise of Cosplay since the before MEFCC even started, having organised and participated in small community gatherings and events in Dubai.
This led him to participate in and win several cosplay competitions, which in turn got him a few cosplay judging gigs including MEFCC 2022, and eventually led to him participating in and winning the WCS 2023 Team UAE Qualifiers, where he represented the UAE alongside fellow cosplayer, Alex Can Cosplay, at the WCS 2023 Championship finals in Nagoya.