Review: ‘Call to Cosplay’ disappoints

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Don’t you know you don’t mix stripes and polkadots?!

I really, really wanted to like Myx TV’s Call to Cosplay.

It was the answer to my cosplay prayers. The weekly-challenge had two competitors, an eight hour time limit for construction, a 100 USD budget and a mystery material that had to be used in the costume. Call to Cosplay held so much promise to be good TV.

What if the sewing machine breaks? What if the costume falls apart at the last moment? What if two competitors made the same costume or the mystery material was ridiculous? That is the kind of drama I wanted to watch, instead of manufactured interpersonal stuff.

Heroes of Cosplay

It’s not the ‘heroes’ I have issues with. It’s the show runners and MTV-ish editing.

Call to Cosplay could have been television gold. Should have been television gold.

Instead…

The show-runners hamstrung the concept with unbalanced audio, dim lighting and unforgivable editing.

Confessional

Yes, the grain is from GIF conversion, but the awful lighting is not.

While there were many minor issues with shot continuity, out of focus camera work and differences in time allotted to competitors, Call to Cosplay still held enough promise to keep me watching until the final episode where all the cosplayers arrived to compete against one another. I disagree with the decision holding off the costume reveals until the final episode, but that’s more of a personal opinion than a legitimate complaint.

Call to Cosplay Harley

Then when they did show the costumes, they got too fancy with the camera work and I couldn’t see the costume details. (Note how blurred and tilted the background is).

During the competition episode Call to Cosplay‘s editing team made a few mistakes that should never have never been allowed to go to air.

Strike 1:

Myx TV, if you are going to have a last-minute competitor enter in your final episode as a surprise, do not announce him in your first episode.

Johnny Junkers as Jecht

Worst of all, they didn’t devote a whole episode to his corgi. FOR SHAME.

Strike 2:

Also, don’t uh… have your pilot episode just be about how the show works and who’s on it. You need to have other stuff in there too. Like. Competition stuff.

Strike 3:

40% of a competitor’s score was allotted to their performance. With so much riding on the stage presentation, I was looking forward to seeing the cosplays close up and watching how well they embodied the character.

Of all seven performances, Call to Cosplay only showed a clip of one. One clip, of ‘surprise entrant’ Johnny Junkers walking out to make his presentation.

That was it. Not Johnny Junker’s actual presentation, just him walking out to make it. Every other performance happened completely off camera even though the show keeps clips of the judges discussing the presentations.

You’re out.

Call to Cosplay‘s premise is solid, but the execution needs work. If they fix the technical and editing issues it could be the show cosplayers want to be on, the show talked about at cons and watched religiously.

I wanted Call to Cosplay to work, and be great. Unfortunately it was just a technical let down.

Have you seen it? Do you agree or disagree? Let me know in today’s poll >>>>

If you want to see it and make your own opinion, you can find it on CrunchyRoll‘s streaming service.

xox Calamity

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