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If you want to win this year’s Southern Oaks Library cosplay contest, do not come dressed as just some random ninja.

No casual clothing will be accepted as a costume and you cannot come dressed as generic or background characters like a “Naruto” peasant or Hufflepuff student.

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up like your favorite character from anime, manga, comics, graphic novels, video games or movies. For this contest, all costumes must be copyrighted characters, and the more accurate the costume, the better.

The contest, now in its sixth year at the library, was started by volunteers from the anime club.

“It’s been very successful,” said John Hilbert, teen adviser at the library. Costumes will be judged by volunteers and former teen advisory board members who are familiar with costume design and anime characters.

“Original costumes win over store-bought, and cleverness of accoutrements is rewarded,” Hilbert said.

He said most costumes are anime- or manga-related, but that any costume is welcome. Memorable costumes of the past include Revolutionary Girl Utena and characters from the manga series “Bleach.”

Costumed attendees also can play anime-related video games like “Naruto” or dance games dressed as their favorite characters.

The teen advisory board is also planning cosplay spin-off programs, including costume-making workshops and a manga trivia contest. The contest will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the library, 6900 S.

Walker. For more information, call 631-4468 or visit —Sara Custer


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