2019 is almost over and we are almost approaching 2020 – the start of a new decade! At the beginning of the year, the Cosplay Angel and I made a post about cosplay ideas for 2019 and which series will be popular. Needless to say, we got some of our predictions right and some of them wrong. Let’s find out which ones!
The Rising Of The Shield Hero – Right
We were totally right with Shield Hero being a popular choice for cosplay in 2019. We certainly saw lots of Naofumi and Raphtalia cosplayers at conventions this year. The series was relatively unknown until it quietly became popular (at least in the Western world). Shield Hero was only supposed to be one season, but now the series has been extended to a second and third season. So count on Shield Hero cosplays being around in 2020. I’m totally okay with that. 🙂
SSSS.Gridman – Wrong
Neither Rikka’s THICC thighs or Studio Trigger making this series were enough to keep SSSS.Gridman popular in the cosplay world. The other characters worth cosplaying are all mech, making it more difficult to do anyone else from this series. This was one of our wild guesses and we were totally wrong!
Persona – Right
Persona 5 came out a few years ago, yet the series is still popular in the cosplay community! I believe it’s because the character designs are so awesome; Persona characters are just fun to cosplay. With a bunch of spinoff games coming out, P5 (and Persona in general) will continue to be popular at conventions.
Overwatch – Right
Wow, this game is bigger than ever and you can definitely tell at conventions with all the different Overwatch cosplays. 2019 was no different; there were lots of characters from the series including D.va, Mercy and Tracer. Overwatch will likely be one of those series that will permanently be present at cons, similar to how League of Legends is (more on that series later).
Love Live! – Right
Everyone loves idols, and Love Live! is the poster child for idol cosplays. It’s crazy to think that the main series came out over 5 years ago, and the series is still popular to this day. So unless a new Idol series comes out that takes over the scene, you can expect Love Live! cosplays to be around. And that’s not a bad thing…I think.
Kingdom Hearts – Right(ish)
After years of waiting, Kingdom Hearts III was finally released. But surprisingly, it didn’t generate as much hype as we thought it would. While there were a handful of Sora/Kairi/Axel cosplays, there weren’t as widespread as we anticipated. I personally haven’t played KH3 yet, but perhaps the game was underwhelming. Perhaps the DLC will boost the Kingdom Hearts fandom back to its glory days back in the 2000s.
Super Smash Bros – Wrong
Ehh. We always see lots of Nintendo cosplays at conventions. But we feel that they weren’t because of Super Smash Bros. I saw more Bowsette’s and Boosette’s than I did of the original Princess Peach or Samus.
The Avengers – ???
I’ll be honest; I only attended Anime conventions in 2019 and didn’t see too many Marvel cosplays. In fact, I saw far more Harley Quinn and The Joker cosplays than any of the Avengers cast. I probably would have seen more at comic conventions like Fan Expo or San Diego Comic Con. But I believe The Avengers weren’t as popular to cosplay, because Marvel cosplays are more expensive and difficult to do.
Sword Art Online – Wrong
Would you look at that! It seems like the Sword Art Online craze has finally come to an end. At least for now. The Alicization ark wasn’t that popular, and I didn’t see any Kirito or Asuna cosplayers. The so-called “McDonald’s of Anime” was not a popular choice in 2019, as there were other series that are better and more popular to do.
My Hero Academia – VERY right
Ohhh boy! We had a feeling that My Hero Academia (MHA) would be popular in 2019. But not to the level we see today! If you want to any convention in North America, you could not walk around and run into someone cosplaying as Deku, All Might, Froppy or any other characters from MHA. Why is the series such a popular cosplay? Likely a combination of character design, ease of cosplay for most characters, and the show taking over as the main Shonen Anime of this decade (ever since Naruto Shippudden ended). You can definitely bet that MHA cosplays will be around for 2020!
Which fandoms were actually popular in 2019?
We showed you our predictions we had for 2019. But what was actually popular in 2019 that we missed? Here are a few:
This series came out of nowhere in 2019 and became insanely popular in a short amount of time. After the summer in 2019, you could see tons of Nezuko cosplayers running around at conventions. I can’t say if Demon Slayer will continue to be popular in 2020, but right now it’s the hottest series at the moment!
Fate is a series that has been around for a long time, but I’m surprised to see how well it’s still doing. This year, I’ve seen so many Fate cosplays such as Rin, Saber and Scathach. A combination of new Fate spinoffs, on top of the mobile game (Fate Grand Order) releasing new outfits mean that this series will continue to be popular at conventions!
K/DA (League of Legends)
Ah yes. Aside from My Hero Academia, I will say that K/DA from League of Legends was the most popular cosplay in 2019. K/DA stands for Kills/Deaths/Assists, a term in the League of Legends community. The music video captured our hearts and ultimately inspired tons of cosplayers to look like the pop star versions of Ahri, Akali, Evelynn and Kai’Sa. A new video was released this year, but I don’t think it’ll be as popular as K/DA. Still, expect to see lots of League cosplays, just like we have for years.
In the near future, we’ll do a list of popular cosplays for 2020. So stay tuned!
My name is Roger Senpai. I’m a cosplayer that’s been in the community for well over a decade now. I’ve traveled all over the world to Anime and Comic conventions and hosted my own cosplay events. Now I’m writing articles for new and experienced cosplayers like you to help inspire, save you money and improve your cosplays!