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MONTREAL: Otakuthon

    We are so excited to announce that you can find us in the dealers' area of the Exhibition Hall at this year's Otakuthon. It's our first time attending, and we can't wait!

    Held at Montreal's Palais de Congrès, Otakuthon (August 3-5, 2012) is Quebec's largest anime convention promoting Japanese animation, graphic novels, and culture. Now in its seventh year, the event boasts a masquerade competition, gaming tournaments, musical performances, and so much more. A selection of this year's guests of honour include:

  • Tomoe Ohmi, singer and voice actress
  • Adella, co-founder of cosplay.com, the largest US-based online cosplay community
  • L'orchestre de Jeux Vidéo (OJV)
  • The 404s, Canadian geek improv troupe
    We can't wait to explore the event, see all of the awesome cosplay, and meet cool people! AND, in addition to our normal styles, we'll have some special Japanese character kigurumi available exclusively at our booth:
  • Hello Kitty Leopard Print Kigurumi
  • My Melody Kigurumi
  • Keroro/Sgt. Frog Kigurumi
  • Tony Tony Chopper Kigurumi (One Piece)
  • Nyanpire Kigurumi
  • Airou/Felyne Kigurumi (Monster Hunter)
See you there!
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Otakuthon 2012 Facebook Event

Kigurumi.ca is the official Canadian distributor of authentic SAZAC kigurumi. SAZAC is Japan's number one kigurumi manufacturer, and the quality of SAZAC onesies is unmatched around the world. Unfortunately, this means that many other manufacturers will try (and fail!) to mimic SAZAC products. It doesn't take much to notice a major difference in quality between authentic kigurumi and imitators' attempts.

Fake. vs. Real: Stitch Kigurumi

For starters, imitation kigurumi are generally made of much thinner fabric--sometimes crushed velvet, which deteriorates much more quickly than fleece, cotton, and poly--and are poorly stitched together. Fakes tend to have wonky-looking faces: crossed eyes, asymmetrical features, and visible stitch defects. Colours won't be nearly as vivid, lining is often missing altogether, and features such as sleeves, tails, ears, wings, etc., will be overall much more floppy and downright sad-looking.