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Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market was valued at US$ 2,103.4 Mn in 2022 and is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 3,605.5 Mn by 2030 at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period 2023–2030.
Cosplay and otaku costumes are type of costumes that represent characters from anime, video games, television and film. In Japan, otaku refers to a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture.
The Asia Pacific region is home to some of the world’s largest and most passionate otaku and cosplay communities. In recent years, the demand for cosplay and otaku costumes has grown significantly in Asia Pacific markets. There are several factors driving this growth, including the increasing popularity of anime and manga culture, the rise of social media and streaming platforms, and the growing number of conventions and events dedicated to cosplay and otaku culture.
As a result of this growing demand, more businesses are catering to otaku and cosplayers in Asia Pacific. Cosplay retailers are popping up across the region, offering a wider range of products and services than ever before. And new Otaku Costumes shops are appearing at popular tourist destinations, such as Tokyo’s Akihabara district.
This growth is having a positive impact on the economy in Asia Pacific. Cosplay and otaku culture is becoming an increasingly important export for countries like Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. And as the industry continues to grow, it is expected to generate even more jobs and economic opportunities in the region.
Key Dynamics of Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market
Rising Influence of Japanese Anime and Manga Among Other Countries
Japan is widely recognized as the birthplace of anime, manga, and comics, and these forms of entertainment have long been a cultural staple in the country. However, in recent years, their popularity has crossed borders and has created a strong customer base in Western and European countries as well. According to Japan Anime Association, there are approximately 600 animes in the world, with around 300 of them being produced in Japan.
The rise of anime and manga has played a significant role in the rise of cosplay, which has gained mainstream popularity in recent years. The anime market has seen a remarkable growth, and the market revenue has doubled to US$22.1 Million in 2020, with a growth rate of 120%. This is due to the global acceptance and likeness of Japanese anime.
Earlier, the anime industry was mainly limited to otaku, but now it has a diverse fan base, including video game players, social media influencers, and people from all walks of life. The anime industry's expansion and growth is driven by its ability to cater to a broad audience and its ability to touch on various themes and emotions. Japan's continued investment in anime and manga industry is expected to drive the market even further in the future.
Social Challenges Faced by Cosplayers
In countries like India, Indonesia, and Thailand, cosplay has found acceptance among the younger urban population, but it is still viewed negatively by the older, more conservative population. Many people in these conservative societies do not see cosplay as a dignified activity. Despite this, cosplay has become a way for many people to express themselves and find a sense of identity and psychological relief.
However, the cosplay industry still faces several challenges, one of which is the lack of acceptance in some Southeast Asian countries. While cosplay is well-accepted in China, Japan, and South Korea, where anime and cosplay already have a strong fanbase, other Southeast Asian countries are still not as accepting.
Another challenge faced by the cosplay industry is the sexual harassment faced by female cosplayers at events and conventions. Additionally, bullying on social media platforms by certain groups of cosplayers and event organizers is common in India and Thailand. Financial exploitation of newcomers by event organizers is also a major issue. Furthermore, the cosplay industry is largely dominated by female cosplayers, and it can be difficult for male cosplayers to survive. Female cosplayers tend to attract larger crowds at conventions, which negatively affects the demand, pay, and opportunities for male cosplayers.
The low pay scale of workers and costume designers is also a challenge faced by the cosplay industry. Almost all the profit from cosplay events and festivals goes to big companies, leaving very little for workers and costume designers. Typically, cosplay workers earn around $10.0 to $300 per hour for a day appearance. Financial opportunities in this industry are not very promising.
By Cosplay Type:
Based on cosplay type, the Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is segmented into game peripheral and anime peripheral. The game peripheral cosplays are high in demand and it generated a revenue of US$ 1,439.09 Mn in 2022. This is mainly due to rising culture of online games and among young generation. Animes are generally popular in certain Asian countries only however, games have a much larger audience.
By Application and Product:
The Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is segmented into two main categories: cosplay costumes and otaku costumes. The cosplay costumes segment holds the highest share in the market, valued at US$1,498.70 Mn in 2022, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2%.
Cosplay costumes are worn by a wide range of individuals, including both otakus and anime lovers. Otaku costumes, on the other hand, are highly customized costumes worn only by otakus – a term used to describe individuals who are deeply passionate and invested in certain aspects of popular culture, such as anime and manga.
The demand for cosplay costumes is driven by the increasing popularity of anime and manga in the region. Moreover, the growing number of conventions and events that center around cosplay and anime culture, is also fueling the demand for cosplay costumes. The otaku costumes segment, while smaller in size, is also expected to grow as more people become interested in the subculture.
In addition, the development of e-commerce platforms and the growing popularity of social media has made it easier for consumers to purchase cosplay costumes and otaku costumes, further driving the growth of the market. The Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is expected to witness significant growth in the forecast period as the demand for cosplay costumes and otaku costumes continues to rise.
The Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is segmented based on price into five main categories: below US$100, US$100-US$200, US$200-US$300, US$300-US$400, and above US$400. The cost of cosplay costumes can vary greatly depending on the materials, level of detail, and technologies used in their construction. Many cosplayers are willing to invest a significant amount of money in order to create costumes that are as accurate and high-quality as possible.
The most affordable price range for cosplay costume buyers is within the range of US$100-US$200. Many cosplayers tend to spend an average of $101-$200 per costume. However, some cosplayers invest a significant amount of money in their costumes, with an average spend of $101-$600 per costume.
The high-end cosplay costumes, which are often movie-quality costumes equipped with advanced technologies and lighting, can cost up to US$2000. These types of costumes are often used by professional cosplayers and those who participate in cosplay competitions.
By End User:
Based on end user, the Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is segmented into men, women, kids, and unisex. The young women generation is quite fond of cosplay outfits, which is mostly responsible for the APAC region's expansion. Women have always played very important role in fashion and entertainment industry. The share of women in cosplay and otaku costumes market reached 45.1% in 2022 which, was around US$ 952.67 Mn in valuation. The share of women is expected to increase up till the forecast period.
By Distribution Channel:
Based on distribution channel, the Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market is segmented into online and offline. Due to the increasing use of the internet and the rising popularity of e-commerce platforms in recent years, the online sales channel, when viewed in terms of distribution channels, is anticipated to expand quickly as compared to the offline sales channel. The online sales channel is expected to grow with the highest CAGR of 8.20% in the upcoming years.
However, offline stores occupy the largest share in the market, as many people still prefer to buy these costumes in conventional stores. It helps to try the costumes before buying them and also helps them to check quality of material used.
China held the largest share of the Asia Pacific cosplay and otaku costumes market in 2022, with a revenue of US$ 776.64 Mn. The market for cosplay costumes in China is expanding rapidly due to the growing popularity of cosplay competitions, conventions, and events, such as Anime Expo, World Cosplay Summit, Comic Con International, and Gamescon.
The large population of China is one of the main factors that contribute to the growth of the cosplay costumes market in the country. As the number of people who have an interest in cosplays and otaku costumes is much larger in China as compared to other countries in the Asia Pacific region. Additionally, the country's rapidly growing middle class and disposable income have made it easier for people to invest in high-quality cosplay costumes.
The increasing popularity of anime and cosplay culture in China has also led to a growing number of anime-themed events and conventions, which has further driven the demand for cosplay costumes. The Chinese government's efforts to promote domestic animation and anime industries also helped to boost the development of the cosplay costumes market in China. Furthermore, China has a large number of cosplay costume manufacturers and retailers, which has led to intense competition in the market. This has resulted in a wide range of cosplay costumes available at different prices, catering to different demographics, and styles.
Overall, China's large population, growing middle class, and increasing popularity of anime and cosplay culture have all contributed to making it the largest market for cosplay costumes in the Asia Pacific region.
Top Players in Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market
The Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes market is currently characterized by perfect competition, with low entry and exit barriers for sellers and minimal product diversification. However, the market is expected to evolve towards a monopolistic competition structure in the forecast period. This shift is likely to be driven by the emergence of a few dominant players who are able to establish a strong brand presence and gain a significant market share.
Some of the leading players in the Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes market include Cospa, The Costume Company, CostumeBox, and Jakks Pacific. These companies are known for their high-quality products and excellent customer service, which have helped them to establish a strong market presence. Together, the top nine players in the market occupy 30.5% of the market share, indicating a moderate degree of concentration.
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By Application and Product
By End User
By Distribution Channel
The Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market was valued at US$ 2,103.4 Mn in 2022 and is estimated to reach US$ 3605.51 Mn by 2030.
The estimated growth rate of the Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market is 7% during 2023-2030.
Rising influence of Japanese anime and manga among other countries and an increasing number of cosplay events are the factors driving the market growth.
Social challenges faced by cosplayers may act as a market restraint.
The various segmentations considered to analyze the Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market are based on cosplay type, application and product, price, end user, and country.
Cosplay as a viable profession is expected to provide an opportunity for market growth.
The Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market suffered a dip of -9.4% during 2020.
Game peripheral held the highest market share based on cosplay type in 2022.
Cosplay costumes held the highest market share in 2022.
Women segment was the highest shareholding end-user segment in 2022.
China has dominated the Asia Pacific Cosplay and Otaku Costumes Market in 2022.
The key players in the market are Cossky, Cospa, DokiDoki, Jakks Pacific, and among others.