Heroes of Cosplay is a reality show on Syfy that focuses on people who compete in cosplay, the art of dressing up as characters from comic books, movies, anime, or pop culture. The show follows the same small group of cosplayers as they travel to various comic book and anime conventions to compete for prizes.
So far every episode has followed the same predictable pattern: the heroes battle the clock, getting their costumes ready for a competition. The tensions run high as they struggle to get their creations completed in time.
Some “heroes” are better at this than others.
It’s hard to know exactly how much of what’s shown on Heroes of Cosplay is staged by the producers and how much organically just happens. Since it’s a reality show and it’s on Syfy, if I had to guess, I’d say it’s completely staged. The whole we-are-out-of-time-and-must-hurry formula is reminiscent of just about every bad home improvement show I’ve ever seen.
One of the things about Heroes of Cosplay I don’t understand is why the heroes need a different costume for each show. Instead of half-assing a costume at the last minute for each event, why not work on a single costume and spend all your free-time time perfecting it? If the heroes actually did this, spoiler alert, they might actually win some of these competitions.
It’s mentioned that cosplay is every expensive, but it’s never specified how the heroes pay for everything. I realize this is a reality show and not a documentary, but not explaining how the heroes can afford to travel the country, stay in upscale hotels, and attend events, leaves a massive hole in the story. Is Syfy footing the bill?
Too many of the heroes are using cosplay as a stepping stone to do bigger and better things. If cosplay is so awesome, why do so many of the heroes wish to be doing something else? Jesse Lagers, the lone male contestant, is using cosplay as a vehicle to get a fulltime gig as a costume or prop maker. Wouldn’t working in community theater be a better means for this? Of all the heroes, Yaya Han is about the only one who seems to be where she wants to be. She evidently is well known in the cosplay community and is a self-described ambassador of cosplay. She has quite a few revenue streams based solely on her cosplay. Because she’s so scary good at cosplay, she doesn’t even compete in the competitions. She normally only judges.
Heroes of Cosplay can be seen on Syfy, Tuesdays at 10:00 pm. It’s not very good, but it’s watchable and somewhat entertaining, though probably not in a way intended.