Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.
Livedoor has introduced a multilingual WorldCosplay community site where cosplayers across the globe can share photos and information on their activities.
Livedoor intends to set itself apart from other existing cosplay websites by making use of its expertise in online interactive services to support global cosplay fans, and to introduce the joy of the hobby to newcomers.
The highlight of the community site is that it is available in 12 languages: Japanese, English, Mandarin and Cantonese, Spanish, French, Korean, Thai, Portuguese, Russian, German and Italian.
These languages are spoken in most of countries and regions where there is a large market for cosplay, operators say
Cosplay has gained worldwide popularity in recent years. There are many related websites across the globe, many of which are also popular among cosplay fans. WorldCosplay users can interact with their peers from across the world using their native tongue.
In addition to rating photos posted by other users, they can tag and group images.
Users can also share photos and information using social networking tools, such as Facebook and Twitter.
WorldCosplay is currently available on personal computers, but it will soon also be compatible with smartphones.
Visit the beta version of WorldCosplay at (worldcosplay.net/).
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