Cosplay and related things

cosplayCosplay costumes seem to be more important than cosplayers themselves. You must know that cosplay is a short of costume play and of course costumes are essential. People cosplay various characters from TV, films and etc.

The reality is that nobody can play the exact same characters. So after deciding what characters they will cosplay, here some things needed to be considered. Although cosplayers can’t look like exactly the characters, they can try to be similar. They can wear wigs, make up and etc. Before going for a cosplay, a cosplayer must study on the details about the plot.

Where you can get your cosplay costumes? s we know that there are too many characters that can be cosplayed and besides, different people go for different characters. No matter how professional and big a store or company would be, it can’t satisfy all the cosplayers. It must cost you a lot of time if you discover and go the real stores. The best way is that search and shop online. There are millions of costume dealers online. To find a cosplay costume is not a hard work for you if you shop online.

What is COSPLAY?

Cosplay

COSPLAY ,which is short for “costume play” is originated in Japan(there is another saying that cosplay is originated in United State).It is a type of performance art in which people wear costumes and accessories to represent their favorite character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.

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Cosplayer

The persons who wear costume to represent character are called COSPLAYER,such as Huangshan, a famous Chinese cosplayer. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies it to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Cosplay Costume

The costume cosplayers wear we call cosplay costume .The object of cosplay is interpretation: one attempt to become one’s character much as a stage actor inhabits a role. Cosplay costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented. Cosplay costumes are unlike this daily life clothing, they are made as the origin characters in anime or manga.

What does cosplay mean to you?

Just now, I saw a article “What does it mean to cosplay? Reflections on a weekend at Star Fest” by Thorin Klosowski .It appealed to me!

This below is taken from his article:

“People were decked out in all types of outfits, but no matter what you might think, their reasons weren’t always the same, nor were the results.
To the general observer, there are two different types of cosplayers: those who dress as a character and those who dress as a part of the universe. This doesn’t seem like much of a difference, and to most people looking in from the outside; it seems like adults dressing like kids on Halloween. But that difference is crucial, both in the way the cosplayers present themselves and how they view their cosplay costume. Two girls both dressed as videogame characters, both passionate about what they’re doing, but not obsessed. Why are they dressed up? Both pretty much gave the same response — “because I like the character design.” No deep-seated emotional problems and weirdness, just two people who enjoy the one to two weeks of preparation for a day out at a convention showing off their work.”

Yes, different style cosplayers present different by cosplay the same character for different objective. Now I understand, cosplay is not just only cosplay, it present you, isn’t it? Different cosplay costume present different results!

Kid Cosers Being so Popular with Cosplay Lovers

There are a lot of parent’s cosplayers, they like cosplay very much, and they also make their children to do kid cosplaying. With different characters’ cosplay costumes on them, children cosplaying can be so cute and they fit some characters better. So kid cosers with different characters’ cosplay costumes are so popular with cosplay lovers for the time being.

Look at this kid coser above, he’s so cute! Although he’s not mine but he’s still cute! With this naruto uzumaki naruto sage cosplay costumes dressed on him, he is totally attractive. Do you love him? I guess no one can resist his lovely faces and expressions.

For kids, you parents can just pick up some cosplay costumes that they like, or some cosplay school uniforms. What to be remember is the materials made for all kinds of cosplay costumes, they must be comfortable and soft.

European Cosplay Gathering Show

European Cosplay Gathering, we call ECG, is a cosplay competition bringing together cosplayers from different countries in Europe. There are many differences from other competitions in the way the ECG is being organized and judged. For ECG, one individual and one group will be chosen for each country and costumes from Western films and comics are permitted.

The prize of EGC

The winning individual and group will win a week-long trip to Paris and a 4-day VIP pass to Japan Expo! I think this is a really nice prize, since they will have a chance to meet other cosplayers from around Europe and Japan Expo always has exciting guests from Japan. Plus the overall winners at the final will be awarded another prize.

UK qualifier

It’s the sister event of the Japanese Art Festival, taking place in London on March 5th. However unlike JAF, it’s more of a traditional Japanese festival than an anime and manga event. Both events are organized by Akemi Solloway, which many cosplayers will know from her Japanese culture panels at Amecon and London Expo.

Cosplayers have to be over-18 and holder of a UK passport to enter. This is a shame for younger cosplayers and cosplayers from other countries living in the UK, but it must be make sure the winning cosplayers will be able to travel to France without any problems with their visa or getting parental permission, etc.

Japan Expo

It’s the biggest event of its kind in Europe with around 180,000 attendees, and takes place at Parc des Expositions just outside Paris, France.
However, it’s not just an anime convention – the show also has huge video game, Japanese culture and sci-fi areas. There are always famous guests from Japan (the past two years have seen Morning Musume, X-Japan and even CLAMP appear!), not to mention a full-size concert venue attached to the venue. For cosplayers the facilities are incredible – two huge stages with projectors, a 20m catwalk and changing rooms with food and helpers provided.

The finals ECG are being held

The final will be on Japan Expo’s main stage in front of an audience of 4,000 people.