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23 Aug 2013 - 18:10106392
Cosplaying Someone Obscure
Hey guys, I'm contemplating cosplaying a possibly obscure variant of Mario. I'm thinking about cosplaying a Mariobuster from the Mario/Ghostbusters mash up video by James Farr on youtube. I'm a little worried about it being obscure and no one getting it. I was wondering if anyone else had done an Obscure version of a character and how well it went over. Also partly wondering if people would recognise it.

23 Aug 2013 - 18:18106394
Me and my best friend like to cosplay obscurities ^^ Mainly because the characters we like and are like us are always the obscure ones ^^; however each time we have they have always gone down a treat.

For instance recently we were Cali and Flynn from the Skylanders series. Unless peoples have played the games, then its highly unlikely these characters would be known off as they're not even made into figures (as they're NPCs). However at May Expo we got people coming up to us saying we had done a great job and they loved to see unique and obscure cosplays ^^ Although the main reason we had chosen those characters was because they suited us to a T ^^

Seeing as the cosplay you wanna do is a variant of Mario, I bet others will love it and appreciate it ^^ But always cosplay for yourself first, and if you really wanna be the character then go ahead! It'll be great ^^ Don't just do it cos you want recognition from others ^^;

23 Aug 2013 - 18:28106395
Cool. Yeah, I'm torn between Vincent Valentine and Mariobuster. I like both but can't afford both and they've got the same amount of pros and cons.

Also I just realised you were the Leafion from the Gijinka group that made me actually think gijinkas can be cool. Thank you for that.


Last edited by Mikado (23 Aug 2013 - 18:29)
23 Aug 2013 - 18:29106396
I'd say go for it!

While selecting costumes I tend to go with what interests me, not the popularity.

Its always a good feeling for both the cosplayer and the fan of the series/game/whatever when you get recognised. You never know when you would get deep in the crowds a 'Wow a [insert character here]'. Its even better if it is a character/variant that is rarely seen.

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23 Aug 2013 - 19:19106398
Quote mgg-thunder:
Also I just realised you were the Leafion from the Gijinka group that made me actually think gijinkas can be cool. Thank you for that.

nawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww *blushies* Thankies so much and you're welcome ^^ Although I an't take credit on my own for that gijinka group! Thats one thing me and HowlingSIlverWolf like to do, especially with overly done gijinkas, we like to do something unique/obscure -^^-

23 Aug 2013 - 19:58106399
Last MCM I cosplayed obscure characters on both days. It can be difficult when you've put lots of effort in and no-one recognises you, but then when they do it's amazing! And I loved the characters I cosplayed so it was definitely worth it!


23 Aug 2013 - 22:09106404
I've cosplayed some pretty obscure stuff in my time, but the fact is, unless you love the character you won't do a good job. Don't worry about people recognising it.

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24 Aug 2013 - 11:21106420
I do it quite a lot. I went super obscure for Ayacon 2013, and did Kinkotsuman from Kinnikuman, and I'm possibly/probably gonna be doing some obscure stuff at Amecon, too. Though, one person's obscure is another person's classic. You'll always find someone, eventually, who gets what you're doing.

24 Aug 2013 - 23:25106437
Pretty much what the others said. Cosplay is something I do because I like the characters I pick and that itself is not determined by popularity, but rather by my own personal taste. Whether or not the character is popular doesn't deter me in any way, shape or form from trying to make an awesome costume. And I think it shouldn't for you either. Or anyone for that matter.

Also, from my experience, although less people approach you at cons to talk/snap a photo the ones that do are super passionate about the character/series and it's very gratifying to know there are more out there!

25 Aug 2013 - 00:45106442
I hope no ones got me wrong here, I like the character design and idea, I'm just having trouble picking between the Mariobuster idea and Vincent Valentine. As it is I can't afford to do either now ^^"

25 Aug 2013 - 02:32106445
My first (and only, up to now) cosplay was of Aeon from Castlevania Judgement for MCM May this year. Sure, a one-shot character featured in only one game in a franchise which has nearly forty wasn't going to get many looks but, as people said, I did it 'cause I like the series (that and I felt Alucard from SOTN was way out of my league).

The fact that one of the photographers who snapped me on the Friday recognised who I'd cosplayed within two seconds - and thought it was awesome that someone'd decided to do something Castlevania-related - was one of the things which made the whole weekend for me. ^_^

25 Aug 2013 - 10:35106452
Out of the two costumes you're debating, which are you personally more excited about and drawn towards? Use that to decide! I tend to go for whatever I'm more excited and passionate about, obscure or not, I'm going to have more fun if I'm more psyched about it.

As others have said above, the people that do get what you're from are also going to be excited to see someone cosplay from something they're also a fan of, so it's a good talking point.

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