The rules allow the collaborative relationship between photographers and cosplayers to continue with the least inconvenience to each other. In Japan, Tokyo's Harajuku district is the favourite informal gathering place to engage in cosplay in public. Simpler outfits may be compensated for their lack of complexity by paying attention to material choice and overall high quality. Favorite sources include animecartoonscomic bookslive-action films, television series and video games. Competition at science fiction conventions typically include the masquerade where costumes are presented on stage and judged formally and hall costumes  where roving judges may give out awards for outstanding workmanship or presentation.
Cosplay has been closely linked to the presentation of self yet cosplayers' ability to perform is limited by their physical features.
The accuracy of a cosplay is judged based on the ability to accurately represent a character through the body, and individual cosplayers frequently are faced by their own "bodily limits"  such as level of attractiveness, body size, and disability  that often restrict and confine how accurate the cosplay is perceived to be. Differences in taste still exist across cultures: As early as a year after the release of The Rocky Horror Picture Showaudience members began dressing as characters from the movie and role-playing although the initial incentive for dressing-up was free admission in often highly accurate costumes. One of the earliest recorded examples of costuming based on an existing character from popular media as opposed to legend or history were costumes based on A. Japanese manufacturers of cosplay costumes reported a profit of 35 billion yen in Retrieved 20 September To look more like the characters they are portraying, cosplayers might also engage in various forms of body modification.