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13 Mar 2010 - 19:3928357
Calling all cosplayers
Sorry, I would have asked a mod if it was okay to post this but I couldn't find one. Don't worry I'm not just a random passing person, I am a cosplayer as well.

I'm currently doing an independent study on cosplaying in the west.
As part of this I'd be grateful if people could fill in this meme/questionnaire to give me some quantative data. Information that I use will be used as a mass and not individually, some of the aspects of the questions are just there for fun. All help would be very welcoming recieved and I thank anyone in advance who fills it in.

1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)



2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?



3) What about cosplay appeals to you?



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?



5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?



6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?



7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.



8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?



If you’re happy to speak to me in more depth please contact me at or just say at the end of your post.

Again, thank you to anyone who helps...


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13 Mar 2010 - 20:0828358
Meh, I dunno if it's allowed or not either but here we go!

1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

I am 18, Female and I live in the UK ;p East Anglia to be exact


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

*thinks* I'll do it from the first even I went to, otherwise you're looking at me recounting what ones I've done from the age of four. I've done about 8 complete ones. Link (zelda), Reno (FFVII), Dark (DNAngel), Matt (DN), Fai D. Flowright (Tsubasa), Human Tyki (D.gray-man), Loz (FFVII:AC) and Tatsuha (Gravitation).

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

tbh I have no clue. I think I like to dress up and this gives me an excuse.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

This expo is the first expo where I'm making everthing myself (aside wigs cause they don't do what I want D<. I've made parts of other costumes (Link's top and hat, Reno's ponytail, Matt's coat, Fai's coat and I sprayed Loz's hair silver). I don't care if someone has made it themself or has bought it. I find it really irritating when someone goes "omg you didn't make it you suck you shouldn't cosplay blah blah blah" cause it's up the person themselves if they want to make a costume or not, and I don't see why I should buy fabric to make something when I can buy it for less or have it at home. And I don't have the skills or, at the time, the sewing machine in order to make something like Loz's outfit. I don't know how to work with leather like materials, so i'm not gonna risk it until I have the money and the time to mess it up. I've also got a friend who cannot sew and feels really down if we make her costumes for her. Why shouldn't you buy it if you can and if it's gonna be better than what you can do it as? surely it's up to the cosplayer to decide.

And beside, many Japanese cosplayers buy their cosplays, so anyone who says that you're not a real cosplayer if you don't make it yourself is saying that the inventors of cosplay can't cosplay.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

i don't know actually. This time round I'm cosplaying two that don't really fit my character type. Cloud Strife and Cosmos. First time me being in a dress by choice lmao But I really go for characters I like, with only once when I haven't and it's resulted with me feeling really crap so... not doing that again

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

Well... *thinks* I've only cosplayed characters that are linked but since I want to cosplay Bruce from Finding Nemo then no.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

I sorta like it. But sorta don't

I'm doing it for my Halloween cosplay though

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

I don't see it as a necessity. It's up the individual to decide if they want to act like the character or not. I sure as hell wouldn't be able to act like Cosmos all day. I'm too manly lmao

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

Conventions and birthdays. Which reminds me, add "The Hero" from Dragon Quest to my cosplay list.

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

i sorta do, but then allow other people to take control. I'm more someone who likes sorting out the forums, but not taking control if that makes any sense...

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I hope this has helped ;p


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13 Mar 2010 - 20:4228359
ive seen this done several times in the past, so i think its ok, but im sure a mod will come along soon and say yay or nay. in the meantime, i might as well add my contribution.

1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
A: Im 23, im male, and live in Yorkshire in the UK

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
A: Ive done nearly 20 costumes so far, with characters ranging from Gaara from Naruto, to Indiana Jones! i do a lot of anime, but also game characters, and some western stuff.

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
A: I guess i enjoy the challenge of making the costumes. trying to solve those little problems on how to make a specific prop, or piece of clothing for the outfit. its a challenge, and i love the creativity. of course, people loving the costumes helpes too, lol.


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
A: I always make my own cosplays as much as possible. If i cant make (or make well enough) a specific item, then i will try and find a regular item of clothing that matches, and modify it to what i need. but mostly (especially recently) i make my own stuff. im not against people buying their costumes though. i usually urge people to at least try and make something before they buy, cos they may surprise themselves, but as long as they dont pass a bought costume off as their own work, then there isnt an issue with it.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
A: That really depends. Certainly the biggest draws are characters i think i resemble slightly. i like characters that can be recignised, and have a personality i can relate to. Ive often been pigeonholed as a cosplayer of "gentlemanly" characters, if such can be said.

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
A: No. Certainly Anime cosplays are the ones i make the most, but i do cosplay from western media as well. more recently ive been doing it more and more, and am currently working on cosplaying several western characters, including Han Solo, and many DC universe superheroes.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
A: It really depends. Original characters i can appreciate a lot, especially from things like EGL or Steampunk. a lot of creativity goes into such cosplays, just as much as regular cosplays, and i can appreciate that. Sometimes, putting a different spin or simple gender swap on a character can annoy me somewhat, especially, as is usually the case, younger girls using it as an excuse to cosplay a male character without having to crossplay, and using it as an excuse to dress quite... scantily. but again, this isnt always the case, and i have seen some amazing variations over the years.

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
A: I guess roleplaying is a big part of what cosplay should be. it is part of the word at the end of the day. however, i must admit, when not posing for a photo, or actually being silly in groups at a con, i can act very out of character, and i think the same can be said for many cosplayers. in my own opinion, i dont think its as big a part of cosplay as it once was, or perhaps should be. i think people forget to roleplay a lot these days

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
A: I cosplay as often as i can! we have quite a few cosplayers around my area (no doubt some will answer these very questions later), and we often have little meetups during the year, or just general photoshoots and stuff. but of course, i do cosplay mainly at conventions.

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
A: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. depends on time, what the cosplay is for, and the specific character. if im doing it for a convention specifically, ill just get loads of pics there, and not worry about a photoshoot. if i just do the cosplay for fun, then i do usually try and get a few photoshoot shots with me posing in various places. sometimes, i do make cosplays specically for photoshoots, such as a lot of the superhero cosplays im making atm!


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13 Mar 2010 - 21:0328360
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
I'm 22, female and I live in England! To be more specific, Somerset


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
I've only done 2 cosplay's so far, both of which are 2 different versions of Syaoran from Tsubasa.


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I love being able to show off what I've made, but more importantly I love the social side of it. Cosplay has done ALOT of me in terms of my confidence in talking to others.


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I do make my own cosplay, but that's because I'm a cheapstake and I wouldn't ever pay the amount comissioners want for full-made costumes. Not that I mind if people have brought their cosplay though! ^^


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
I cosplay characters I like! Nothing more to it than that ^^


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
So far, yes. But I don't know if that'll ever change or not ^^;


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
Sure, why not? I have nothing against them.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I don't think it's THAT important, personally. I didn't get into cosplay to do that, but then again, my confidence isn't at that level yet.


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
I cosplay at conventions and sometimes at the meet ups with other Somerset cosplayers.


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I organise the CLAMP group at the MCM expo and it'll be my 3rd time doing it ^^ I don't REALLY do that much to be honest, I just try my best to gather everyone together and then once I think all the people who are gunna turn up have done, I tend to move everyone to a nicer spot for photos.


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13 Mar 2010 - 21:3928361
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
18, female and from the UK.

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
- Tifa Lockheart (Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children)
- Kairi (Kingdom Hearts II)
- Sheena Fujibayashi (Tales of Symphonia)
- Kim Possible mission variant (Kim Possible)
- Kim Possible casual variant (Kim Possible)
- Android 17 (Dragonball Z)
- Freya Crescent (Final Fantasy IX)
- Team Magma Grunt (Pokémon)
- Alice Liddell (Disney's Alice in Wonderland)
- RED Engineer (Team Fortress 2)

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I think the social aspect is a huge part of it. I know that I wouldn't have as many friends as I do today if it wasn't for this hobby so I'm thankful for that. It's also fun to be able to be another character for a day, so the escapism is a big part too.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
It's not something that I choose to do, but I won't look down on people for buying costumes either. Not everyone has the skills to make their own costumes from scratch and some people only want to wear a costume for fun without the stresses of making it in the first place. It's their decision and I'll let them get on with it if they want to.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
They're generally characters that I love, or there's something about the design that I want to take on as a challenge or just want in my own wardrobe!

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
No. I don't see why cosplay should be limited to that.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
It's not something that I would choose to do, but it's interesting to see what other people come up with. Things like Steampunk are pretty fascinating and it's nice to see all the little details that go into the designs.

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I don't think it's necessary to walk around in character every single moment of the day, but if someone wanted to do that I'd have nothing against it. Generally conventions and events are mainly a social thing for me, so acting as if I'm someone else around my friends would feel a bit weird. I think as part of masquerades and such however, it's good to see someone acting in character. I suppose within masquerades is the important time to bring a character to life because what an audience wants to see is the real deal up there, mannerisms and all. Or maybe that's just me XD This probably goes without saying too, but when I go to take a photo of a cosplayer, I want a photo of them in character so I feel that's an important time to tie in the roleplaying aspect of it too.

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
Mainly conventions or events, but sometimes I do cosplay photoshoots out of con time. Past photoshoots that I've done with friends have been in the woods, botanical gardens and even a subway.

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
One of my best friends is a photographer so whenever I'm with her photoshoots happen automatically XD More recently though at an event, my friends and I will take time to get a good number of photos of our own group. Generally the hunt for photos after an event is over goes pretty slowly so it's nice to have photos of our own cosplays on hand straight away.



Last edited by Mungojerrie (13 Mar 2010 - 21:41)
13 Mar 2010 - 22:4728362
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

Hey there Iam a 21 year old female and I live in the UK

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

Miku Hatsune Classic Uniform
Miku Hatsune Project Diva School Uniform
Amulet Spade
Eternal Sailor Saturn
Claves
Penelo
Klan Klien (micronised version)
Yachiru

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

The aspect of pretending to be your favourite character, hanging around with friends, making friends, be in ore of all the craftmanship that goes into everyone's cosplays, and seeing your favourite all time characters being cosplayed by others.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

I make all my own cosplays, but have been searching recently for some pre-made costumes.
I don't mind people buying pre-made costumes if they cannot sew or don't have the time to sew the outfit themselves. Some of the pre-made ones can be abit dodgy because either some detailing is off, or they are made with cheap fabrics which sometimes let down the costume.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

When I decided Miku Hatsune, my friend actually gave me a picture of her and I thought she was pretty cool, plus I had some experience with her sleeves. I listened to a few things about the Vocaloids and started becoming a fan.

I normally pick my outfits from favourite shows or games that I have seen being played. If there is a group that I an a fan of I normally see who's available and whether I can do the charater's costume like Claves from Eternal Sonata.


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

No, I have a few western costumes planned. At the moment is seems that all my costumes are japanese culture related.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

I love seeing them, so much imagination goes into them and sometimes it's nice to see charaters in different outfits. I'm currently doing an original outfit Kasane Teto.

I don't mind seeing Femme or Male switched characters. I know a few costumes that have made me laugh by the character being gendered swapped, however some gender swapped character have also made my cringe in disbelief. I'm doing a Femme version of Dante from DMC, so for me to say I don't like it, means im being hypcrital of myself

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

I don't normally think it's that important, although I do think it gives the character your playing more depth, and can make your cosplay more special to people who love your character.

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

I only cosplay for conventions and expos most of the times. There are a few times within the year that I do break out one of my costumes for a anime meeting or for an event that are independant like manga/anime nights.

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?


I am organiseing a photoshoot for the Final Fantasy XII group this coming May. I don't think I've taking it too far. I set the group up to see if anyone was interested in doing the masquerade and whether they were interested in a photoshoot with the characters of the same game.

Hope this helps
limegreenjelly x



Last edited by Combustible Lime (13 Mar 2010 - 22:55)
14 Mar 2010 - 01:3928366
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
I'm 18 years old, Female - Uk residing 8D
Currently between the limbo of college and uni in an art foundation course looking towards Illustration~


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
I've done three versions of Allen Walker [1st/3rd/4th/asian branch]
KH2 Kairi / Zidane Tribal / Namine / Maka x2 versions Normal and Bloodroom / Uni / Rin Kagamine + normal + Magnet / Yellow / Bianchi / Mio / Oz normal + artwork / Ginny / Sakura - 24 completed


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
Making and acting as my favourite characters an such 8D



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
Recently I've been making all of them, although I've bought a few in the past
I don't mind betwen bought and handmade - since not everyone can sew.
If the costume is out of my limitations, or I just don't fancy making it I'll buy it otherwise I make them.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
I'll pick characters that suit my body structure and preferences usually, although in the end it always boils down to whom I love the most from the series ;D


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
nay, I'm interested in some Western series/movies to


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
It depends on the effort really, if it's something like a torn t-shirt and some cat ears wont impress me all that much ^^;


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
it helps you get into the character so I find it fairly important yes ;D


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
Anywhere 8D
Park, shop, local toilets ;D


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I'll organise shoots for some of the costumes, shoots


14 Mar 2010 - 12:1028371
Hey Jackie

1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

Im 20, male *though the DP would say otherwise* and I live in the uk.

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
Well im probably on about 15 costumes in the past 5 years.


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

Its really just the thrill of piecing the costume together and feeling the pride when its finished. Being at cons in the costume and having an instant link to someone who is dressed in the same outfit or from the same Thing

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

I make and buy I dont care about either as long as people are honest im not going to scorn someone for lack of skill

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

I'm an old fashioned kind of person you will notice most of my costumes are Heroes

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

I try an span the genres of costuming as I did costuming long before I started anime cosplay so I do comics, film, anime

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

Again its all good I have a steampunk OC and its always nice to see OCS were someone has put a lot of effort it

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

well lets not forget the second word in cosplay Play, its important to me to feel the character ^^

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

I prefare conventions and photo shoots TBH I'm not one of those people who can just do it in the street, I don't need people to stare at me that bad

10) Do you organize a photo shoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

location is EVERYTHING!!! being a photography fanatic I like to take it very far when concerns to local


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14 Mar 2010 - 14:0528378
Might as well!

1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
I'm 17, female and from England

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
I think I've done 26 cosplays in total! And more on the way! I've cosplayed a wide range of characters, from Steiner from Final Fantasy IX to Garnet from the same series. Other characters include Sakura (Tsubsa & Card Captor Sakura); Great Saiyaman (Dragonball Z), Haine (Gentlemen's Alliance), Haruhi Suzumiya, it's all a big mix.

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I enjoy making something out of nothing, it really gets my creative side going. I also enjoy the social aspects of cosplay, I've met so many wonderful people in this community and it's one big confidence booster.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
Yes I make all my costumes, unless I can buy something easily for a cheaper price, such as a pair of jeans! I have no problems with other people buying premade costumes, it's understandable that not everyone has the time/money to make something because it does generally take a long time - particularly if it's overly elaborate! However I make my own because I think it's fun and creative and I like learning new techniques.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
I cosplay characters that I like. I'd prefer if the character had an eye-catching design as well.

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
So far, yes. But I would very much love to cosplay other characters such as Disney someday.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I see no problem with it. I quite often like original designs because it means they've put the time and effort to draw out their own designs for a character and sometimes they can look amazing. For example, Pokemon Gijinkas.

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I think it's cool and fun. But I don't think it's an essential part of cosplay!

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
Just conventions. Unless there is an organized photoshoot in which case I will cosplay there as well!

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
Most of the time yes. It mainly consists of my friends and I taking turns to take pictures of one another.
However this year I'm taking it a little further and organizing photoshoots outside of conventions/my hometown and actually gathering big groups of people in various locations for photos. One example of an upcoming photoshoot is a Persona 4 shoot I'm organizing in London this Summer!


14 Mar 2010 - 14:2828379
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
Age: 16
Sex: Female
Country: England, Lincolnshire


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
I've done more than my account says. Haha lack of picture.
Deidara - Naruto
V-Kei Deidara - Original design - Naruto
Matsumoto - Bleach
Xion - KH
Russia - Axis powers hetalia
Grell - Kuroshitsuji


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
Generally, being able to be different and show some skill. Meeting up with people is always a bonus, especially since when I'm in cosplay it just seems so fun.


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I used to buy the cosplays but I've been making my costumes now, for instance I'm working on Prussia and Pirate!England, and i have made Russia and V-kei design.
My opinion is quite indifferent towards buying them, I don't mind as long as the people don't wonder round proclaiming that they've made them.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
Their characteristic, first off if there is a character that I really like within an anime, whether I think that I'd suit them and whether there are other people who'll cosplay with me.


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
Eh, technically yes, yet I don't cosplay them on purpose it's because I like the character.


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
Fine with me, nothing wrong with it, everyone's free to do what they want.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
It can be part of the sense of cosplaying but I don't feel that if you are cosplaying you have to do it. It's more optional for a bit of fun.


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
At meets and conventions


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I do go on photoshoots with my cosplay partner and somewhere relevant and was thinking of organizing a Lincolnshire cosplay meet up, yet again, it is more for fun that and actual exercise.


14 Mar 2010 - 15:0928383
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
I'm 19, female, from the UK



2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
Only done a few completed cosplays, mainly characters from favourite games, J-pop groups and shojo anime/manga



3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
the making of the costumes. i'm doing costume at University and i LOVE the construction of difficult costumes.



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I always make my own cosplays. i don't really agree with buying. but i guess if your skills weren't very good to make then it's ok. as long as you don't try to say you made it.
but i think everyone should give making a shot, you feel much prouder about yourself if you do!



5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

"cosplay potential" pretty outfits basically. lol! i usually cosplay the ones with most interesting costumes/outfits and they're the ones that make me want to cosplay them.



6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
mostly. i just don't really like many western cartoons etc so i prefer sticking to japanese/asian style ones.



7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
if it's cleaver and done well then why not? and if you're proud of your OC or your own twist on a character and want to show it off, then that's cool too.



8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

With very popular characters i think the roleplaying and taking on the character itself is very important. when people see the same cosplay over and over, someone actually acting like them and doing it well is a relief i feel. it's not always a bit thing though as i'm a very poor actor so i tend not to role play when cosplaying. only in photos. :3



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
I used to cosplay with my friend at her house as something to do but as i'm not a student and can't reallyget out much i only cosplay at conventions now. :/



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
My characters are so obscure i don't usually find anyone else from the same anime until the day and we just take a snap. i mean to take photos and have photos taken of myself but i get so excited and hyper i totally forget til the end of the day when i'm tired and my cosplay is looking a little worse for wear....


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14 Mar 2010 - 16:1228388
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
i am 22 years old i live in Hong Kong but i am from Nottingham



2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

Dio brando (jojo's bizarre adventure)
Diavolo (jojo's bizarre adventure)
Chris redfeild ( resident evil 5)
Master Asia ( G gundam)
Quattro Bajeena (zeta gundam)
Hunter ( left 4 dead)
Alex mercer (prototype)




3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

i love being able to be your favorite character and meet other people with the same tastes as you and how happy people are to see there favorite characters come alive,

its a real buzz when you walk around a room full of hundreds and hundreds of other cosplayers and seeing all the hard work and effort they have put into there costumes


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

i make most of my costumes but if i am swamped with props and such i will ask for help from my friends to do some detailing or work on something for me,

as for buying costumes everyone should be able to cos but some people may not be able to make there own costumes so buying is there only option as long as they don't say they made it themselves its fine



5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

i only cos characters i love so i can get into there mind set i like to be able to imitate them 100%, i am not a fan of people who cos the in thing just for attention

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

i have mostly done cosplay from anime and manga but i would like to do more western cosplays in the future


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

i think they are fantastic it takes allot of creativity and effort to pull it off but when someone does its fantastic and i love them for trying something new



8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

i love to preform and when i am with a group we will role play scenes from manga and anime but we make sure to never go over the top and make other people around us feel uncomfortable or disturb other cosplayers photos, as long as you are respectful of others i see no harm in role playing



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
i cos as often as possible if there is a show i will be cosplaying XD



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

when i do a shoot i try to find a location that matches the costume like when i did Alex i found several places that would be suitable and match the source material


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14 Mar 2010 - 17:4528400
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

Biologically female, 21 and from the UK.

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

Oh bloody hell, here we go again. XD Many.

Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist), K (Gravitation), Hiyori (Bleach), Chii (Chobits), Eric Draven (The Crow), Misa (Death Note), Nel (Bleach), Chihiro (Spirited Away), Shiki (The World Ends With You), Shuichi (concert costume/Gravitation), Sakura (default version/Tsuabasa Reservoir Chronicles), Wolfram (uniform and nightdress/Kyo Kara Maoh), Elrond (prologue armour/The Lord of the Rings), Undertaker (Kuroshitsuji), Honey (uniform/Ouran High School Host Club), Teito Klein (mourning/07 ghost), Haruken Oak (priest in training uniform, 07 Ghost), China (green tunic/Axis Powers Hetalia), England (young/Axis Powers Hetalia), France (Young/Axis Powers Hetalia), Prussia (Steampunk, uniform and pirate designs/Axis Powers Hetalia) and Aziraphale (Good Omens).

I've also made Haku (Spirited Away) and Neku (The World Ends With You) for my ex, made a really bad Team Rocket (Pokemon) costume for school, and made Jim Hawkins (Treasure Planet) and Germania (Axis Powers Hetalia) that I haven't worn yet.

And then there's many, many casuals... XD

So between 25-30, really.

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

I love the creative side. Making costumes and then wearing them makes me so happy. There's also the community: I've made so many friends from it, and also I love dressing up and pretending to be my favourite characters.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

I've brought one costume (Shuichi - it was cheaper to buy him premade than buy the fabric), and my mum helped me with a lot of my earlier ones, but I really enjoy making them, so I usually prefer to make them myself. I don't have any problems with people buying them, since they usually don't look as good, as long as they don't try and pass it off as their own work.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

I pick the characters I like, generally. I used to go for the blondes, but then I got round to dealing with wigs, so now it's literally anyone I like.

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

Nope! I've done western film characters (Eric Draven, Jim Hawkins, Elrond), and enjoy them just as much.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

Casual cosplays are fun, but personally I'd rather do bigger and more recognisable costumes at cons. Basically, I have no problem with them, but I think you're likely to get less attention/be recognised less with them.

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?


I really enjoy the character side of it, so I enjoy trying to keep up the performance. But I understand people who don't. It's up to what people prefer! I do think that the performance is what makes it stand out from normal fancy dress though.

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

At conventions, for photo shoots, and also for group events with my friends/fandom. Basically - whenever and where ever I can!

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

I've not really before, but I have a friend who enjoys photography now, so I've been doing some shoots with her. It's a lot of fun, and it's nice to have decent pictures of my costumes too. I'm not sure what you mean about taking it so far - I do do fanservice, but unintentional/with my girlfriends, and generally for a laugh rather than seriously. Our shipping is generally only for our own amusement. XD


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15 Mar 2010 - 01:5128437
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

I'm in my twenties, female and from the UK.


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

- Olga Gurlukovich (Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty) - I don't really count this one because it wasn't very good
- Reki (Haibane Renmei)
- Dokuro-chan (Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan)
- L (Death Note)
- Light Yagami (Death Note)
- Mello (Death Note)
- Beyond Birthday (Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases)
- Team Rocket Grunt (Pokemon)
- Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club)
- Juliet Capulet (Romeo x Juliet)
- Fai D. Flourite (Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles)
- Ling Yao (Fullmetal Alchemist)


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

I really love being able to represent my most favourite characters or characters which I find to be particularly interesting. It's fun to wear really creative outfit designs that I wouldn't normally be able to wear in everyday life and I really enjoy the acting in-character side of things as well.

It's also really easy to make new friends when in cosplay - it's a great ice-breaker because you can instantly tell that someone likes a particular series due to the character they're dressed as, and people cosplaying as characters from the same series tend to get together for group photoshoots so cosplaying is really great socially as well as creatively ^_^

There's not anyone at my workplace who is into anything creative, so I am much more in my comfort-zone when cosplaying and able to chat with like-minded people about character designs, anime artwork and well-written stories, etc.


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

I usually either have mine custom-made or partially buy store-bought clothes if the garment is simple enough. Not everyone knows how to sew and I would not expect everyone to know since it's not taught in schools or anything unless you take it as a specific class in college or university. Also if you look at actors and such you will find that it's usually other people who make the costumes for them, so I believe that it's not essential to have to make your cosplay yourself, but obviously don't enter them in competitions and do give credit to those who have made them. There are some good commissioners out there if you take time and care looking for them.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

For me it's mostly about how big a fan I am of the character or how interesting a part they played in the storyline. Occassionally I'll choose a character because I especially like the costume (I chose to cosplay as Mello because I love the design of his leather jacket), but it's usually still from a series that I love when I choose based on outfit design.


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

So far I've only really cosplayed as characters from anime and manga. I'm also planning to cosplay as some characters from computer games and also a Disney character, I just haven't got around to doing those ones yet. Personally I'm mostly interested in cosplaying as characters from animated things and manga, but I have no problem with other people choosing to cosplay from live-action series or cosplaying as music idols, etc. It's entirely up to the cosplayer and what they are the most interested in.


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

I do like designing characters but I prefer to cosplay as characters from published series rather than one of my own because no-one would recognise them. I will take a photo of a cosplay of a character I don't know if I find the outfit design especially intriguing, but to be honest I prefer it when you know the story behind the character and their character traits as well because you can tell how true to the character they are being.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

I think it's important when someone asks you for a picture because for example it wouldn't really look right for the character if say you cosplayed as L from Death Note and stood there with perfect posture or if you cosplayed as Hinata from Naruto and acted extroverted. Obviously you can't act in-character for the entire event, but it is fun to do so now and again throughout the day. It's up to the cosplayer how much they want to really.


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

Mostly. I'm not really comfortable cosplaying in public as people wouldn't understand it, but my friend and I took our Romeo x Juliet cosplays to Stratford Upon-Avon so that we could do photoshoots of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare's birthplace and by statues depicting some of his different plays. We've taken our cosplays there twice now. The first time several little old ladies waited to take pics of us by Shakespeare's house after our friend took ours for us, then the second time we got approached by a couple of different groups of young people in the gardens who asked if they could have their pictures taken with us XD I think we got away with cosplaying there without feeling TOO uncomfortable because it was a tourist area, our costumes were relevant to the area and there's already a busker there who regularly dresses as the Ghost of Shakespeare and stands outside his birthplace to entertain people, so they probably just thought we were something like that.

I also went to a cosplay meet-up dressed as Beyond Birthday once and before that another one dressed as L in which we went bowling - I chose to use those ones because they are both made up of normal, everyday clothes, the only thing is that I needed to wear a wig but at least it was a natural colour.


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

Since I started cosplaying I have started to take photography much more seriously. Seeing so many imaginative costumes on a regular basis of so many great characters is a great opportunity to practise being more creative with taking pictures, so I thought why not make the most of it? Most of my shots from an event used to be snap-shots of cosplayers in Dealer's Rooms with lots of random people walking around in the background. Now I try to choose locations which are the most suitable for the character, made sure there is no-one random in the shot, think about key scenes or character traits which could be acted out by the cosplayer/s and try to take the shots from more dynamic camera-angles.

Outside of conventions I have done photoshoots as Juliet at Stratford Upon-Avon as previously mentioned, though I was mostly there as a cosplayer rather than being the photographer. I also took a photoshoot for my friend at Coventry Cathederal where she cosplayed as Yuki Cross from Vampire Knight. I think all the big window arches and beautiful stained-glass suited the character well so it was a fun shoot to do ^_^


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18 Mar 2010 - 22:5528580
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

Age: 22, Sex: Female Country: England - London



2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
3 so far
L - Deathnote
Sheena - Tales of Symphonia
Shana - Legend of Dragoon



3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I just love the fact that you can be someone else for a few days and that I can use my brain for something.



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I make my own its fun.
I think that brought cosplays are not a bad thing, but when people try to say they made it then I think its wrong.



5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
Well I like to do ones that are not that easily seen. Say for instance Tio from grandia 2.

I like the look of something and I know I can play the part.



6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

At the moment I am only doing Gaming chatacters, I do have a few Anime ones I want to do at the later date.


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I think its amazing, you can see how people take an idea and make it their own.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
Well I think its rather important, if you are going to do photos then you need to know the poses and the facial expressions of the character you are doing.



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
I cosplay for MCM Expo only at the moment, but my cosplay group are going to be making videos soon.



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I try to. At the moment I am more into taking the photos than being in them.

But we take it to the point of actually making skits to put up on youtube.


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22 Mar 2010 - 01:3328701
Hey guys, thanks for everyone's replys, they're really useful. I'm just going over them now, but if anyone else fancies filling it in as well they're more then welcome.


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22 Mar 2010 - 04:1728704
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself:
22, Female, currently living in london but originally from up near liverpool!


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
reith - magna carta
tamaki - ouran high school host club
leeloo - the fifth element
ulala - space channel 5
sai - naruto
rei - evangelion
cloud strife - final fantasy VII (advent children variation)
hatsune miku - Vocaloid (original outfit)
faith - mirrors edge
Link - legend of zelda (twilight princess version)
ciel phantomhive - kuroshitsuji
taiga - Toradora!
hinoto - X
cammy white - street fighter

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I have no idea really! I like dressing up in general but I guess its a lot to do with escapism and not being myself for a bit. I also find it really really satisfying to make things and work out impossible seeming bits of costumes!


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
A few of my early costumes were premade / commissioned by me, and if people don't have the time or they feel their skills lack then thats their choice to get a costume thats premade. I don't agree with it however when people claim the work as their own! Sometimes the materials on premade costumes are pretty hideous too in my opinion. Nowadays I make pretty much all my cosplays, I say pretty much as some costumes end up as more modified store bought clothes! But I find making them more satisfying on a personal level if nothing else as I like getting materials close to what would be used or that I am totally happy with and making props is really fun too!


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
firstly I kinda like to challenge myself with each costume, but its also important to me I like the character too. Like bayonetta, her character is semi like me and the game was fun, but also its a complete challenge, so its really pleasing when i overcome obstacles in the costume. I also take into account whether i'll suit the look of the character too... i try and cosplay to my body type and strengths in terms of features


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
well.. mostly yes as its hard to escape with games really!


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
from my p.o.v with totally original characters if the character is well designed and creative enough go for it, though obviously don't expect everyone to know who you are! with original spins on existing character I'm really not a fan of it.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
It has its place and can enhance the experience sometimes, but its not totally important and sometimes it gets annoying if people are talking to you as if you were the character.


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
conventions mostly, I have cosplayed for peoples parties and the odd night, as well as using it to do some promotion for a shop once!


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I've been involved in a couple of shoots and usually don't take things too seriously I think finding an appropriate location for the characters is a major bonus, though its not always possible!


28 Mar 2010 - 20:2828950
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
I'm 14, female and am from the south coast of England.


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
Lavi and Deak from D.Gray-Man, Akito from Air Gear, Ienzo from Kingdom Hearts, and I'm currently making at least five other costumes for use in the near future.


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
You get to escape from being yourself, it gives me chances to meet and socialise with people from all over the country who have similar interests, and it gives me something to work on in my free time.


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I've mainly used editted clothes for my cosplays so far, but am beginning to make them completely myself, as it gives me more satisfaction when it is finished and I respect the costume more if I have put hours of work into it. I don't mind buying pre-made costumes, as long as they are accurate and use the correct materials (Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII Advent Children is my main example of this, as you fill find it hard to buy a pre-made costume without a pleather side skirt). I'm actually planning on buying some costumes from Ouran Host Club and Code Geass, so my friends and I have exactly the same uniform.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
I usually cosplay a charater if I like what they wear and their personality, though I have learnt that I must also bear in mind whether I can actually pull of the character as inteded. Some characters I choose merely becuase I have a wig that matches their hair, as I don't want to buy too many. I've chosen a couple of cosplays because very few people cosplay them (or none at all in one case), and I think they would be interesting cosplays that a lot of people would recognise.


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
No way! Well, when I started off a year ago, yes. But now, I've read a few western books that have inspired me, as well as films, and I'm not planning on ristricting myself to one area when there are many more options outside of Japanese characters.


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I think original cosplays are great. Sure, people may not recognise you, but it's nice to see people's imaginations at work. I've actually become a fan of gender switching recently, as it's easier to pull off a character when you are the same gender, and it can be fun, as you get to put your own twist on the costume.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I haven't found role-playing thoughout a convention important so far, but at photoshoots/meet-ups I think it is very important, so long as everyone is still enjoying it. If role-playing stops you from enjoying cosplaying, I think you should stop role-playing and just have fun!


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
I mainly cosplay for conventions, but I'm beginning to cosplay with my friends, and going to small meet-ups in my area. We're planning on cosplaying to raise money for charity in the near future around our town, and maybe a couple of us will go to a supermarket in quaduits to buy some pet food.


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I haven't organised any photoshoots yet, but I'm planning one for a few year's time. When that comes, I'll take it quite seriously and try to organise it to the best of my abilities, but not so much that I become stressed and no longer want to do it. And I'll always ask for help from my friends if anything goes wrong, but I'll try to be flexible and not expect everything to go perfectly.


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28 Mar 2010 - 23:0528955
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
i'm 15, female, and live in south east england


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
i have done 11:
Sakura Haruno (Naruto)
Riku (Kingdom Hearts 2)
Xion (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days)
Yuki Cross (Vampire Knight)
Yuki Kuran (Vampire Knight ~Guilty~)
Yuna (Final Fantasy X)
C.C. (Code Geass R2)
Nina Einstein (Code Geass)
Zero Kiryuu (Vampire Knight)
Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid)
Wendy Testaburger (South Park)


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
The fun of being creative and imaginative with my time and the awesome people you meet and meet-ups and conventions. also the funny looks that people in the street give me are quite amusing


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I used to always buy my costumes, but now that i have studied textiles in school, i can finally make my own. I don't mind pre-made costumes since some people just can't sew, but what really annoys me is when they say they've made it themselves.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
i usually just look at the physical design of the character first to see if i like them, then i watch the anime, read the manga, or play the game and see what their personality is like and if i would really be willing to cosplay as them.


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
yes with the exception of wendy from south park.


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
i think it's fun creating your own character and then becoming them (which i will do one day!). it's also quite amusing putting your own twist on a character you like, either just to take the piss out of them or to make the design more your style.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
yes and i see it as being quite important, if you're cosplaying a character, you 'become' them for the time you wear the costume; for example, if you're cosplaying as Yuna from final fantasy X (not x-2), then i don't think it would be right walking around like a total gangster or some other way that is totally different to the way the character was actually created. i think it is quite important BUT you don't have to go over the top with it


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
i cosplay all the time - to conventions, mini events and to go out to meet my fellow cosplay friends


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
i don't all the time, but it is fun to take a couple snap shots while being out and about in cosplay. when organizing an actual photoshoot, time, date and area has to be chosen at least 2 weeks in advance so that fellow cosplayers that live a bit further away can have enough time to prepare for a long trip.



nikkix


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28 Mar 2010 - 23:5128959
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

i am 23 female, i live in south wales.

2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?

ummm way to many.
a)snj kakashi from naruto
b)kyrbi from naruto
c)ren from elemental gelade
d)anbu kakashi
e)naruto
f)transforming naruto
g)chrono from chrono crusade
h)anna from shamen king
i)misa from deathnote

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?

just having fun and meeting new people

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

i have made 1 or 2 cosplays. it is hard to make ur own costumes especially if u cant use a sewing machine. so in my opinion buying premade is fine.

5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

depends on how much i like the character and how easy the cosplay would be to make.

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

yes normally

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

it great it means that you can see what other idea people have. it sometimes makes a charcter look better

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

sometimes depends on the charcter i am cosplaying, its all a good laugh but not to important

9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)

i cosplay at conventions and go to regular cosplay in cardiff centre when they are sorted out.

10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

i dont normally organise photoshoots but i will turn up if someone wants me 2. not to far


hope this helps


29 Mar 2010 - 12:0428964
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
24, Female, Doncaster (UK)


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
i've done quite a few:
Dave Lister (Red Dwarf)
Sora (Kingdom Hearts 2)
Luxord (own Design - female version) (Kingdom Hearts 2)
Ada Wong (Resident Evil 2)
Jak (Jak 2: Renegade)
I'm currently making Zidane (Final Fantasy IX)


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I love the atmoshere that comes with cosplay but i love the creativity side of it too


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
i do try and make my own, i don't see there being anything wrong with buying pre-made as some people do struggle with making their own but i don't like how people make out that they made them when it was someone else who had done all the work and they didn't get any credit


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
i usually play the games the character i am cosplaying in and if i do like them that's when i want to cosplay them and i begin to think how to go about making the outfits or the props


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
not really but the video game characters do appeal to me


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I do like it but i feel kinda sorry for those people who have put all that hard work in and no one appreciates it because they don't know who the character is


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
i think it can help because more people can remember you more as that cosplaying that character as you acted like them but i don't think it's compulsery


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
if i had enough confidence then i would cosplay in different places other than the conventions


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
i haven't ever got round to organising a photoshoot, but i will always help others out either organising one or if they want me to be part of their group.


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29 Mar 2010 - 15:1028969
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
24, female, Brighton, UK


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
I'll just put the main ones...
Lust: FMA, Ishizu Ishtar: YGO, Astharoshe Asran : Trinity Blood, Anko : Naruto, Tifa : Advent Children,
Soi Fon : Bleach

3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
I love dressing up, and as an anime/manga/game fan - it's the perfect excuse to dress up & incorporate my main hobby altogether!



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I make some of my cosplay and others I buy. This all depends on time, money, difficulty of a cosplay etc ect. I think buying premades is a very good idea personally!! My first ever cosplays were bought! I don't see the shame in it personally. For those people who don't have the time and or/skills to make it themselves, premades is an excellent and easy way to enable you to cosplay.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
I have two main factors that decide this : Do I like the character and do I like their outfit? Sometimes no matter how much I love a character, I may not cosplay them simply because I just don't really like their outfit & vice versa.



6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
Yes.



7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I don't have a problem with it! I think it's a good way for people to express their creativity.



8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I don't see it as important, but it's quite amusing to see those who to act like their cosplayed character throughout a con ( I just hope none of the Sephiroths do that, there'd be a lot of chaos! )



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
Conventions and fancy dress parties Basically I'll take any excuse to cosplay! I've even gone clubbing in cosplay!



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
Not usually, only because I'm quite camera shy and don't photograph very well. Otherwise I probably would! Also I'd have trouble organising a group as my regular friends think cosplaying is ' geeky ' so I'm ALWAYS at cons on my own lol!


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30 Mar 2010 - 01:1229008
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)
Uhmmmmm 17, female, UK. About myself?? Crazy, hyper friendly, stubborn, british XD XD XD over the top love for her fandom and very determined to a good cosplay this year *_*


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
ONE, pitifully ONE Q___Q and it was Tomoka (the annoying loud girl) from Prince of Tennis....it was a last minute cosplay which i made the day before expo, with stuff from my wardrobe....so terrible XD and no one recognised me.


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
Everyones reactions and sorta seeing/rp-ing your favourite characters It's lotsa fun and you make some good friends


4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
Well my first cosplay was wardrobe made...and some sewn once i legged it over to my awesome nan who own the some hench sewing machine with a MOTOR ENGINE! So we worked on that >>;; and as for premade...as in like ebay >>; well that's where i've got my america cosplay from...i don't mind premade ones, especially since i'm an utter newb who cannot sew to save her life. Bu i am making like 3 cosplays atm...so i guess one premande one isn't so bad.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
My fandom and my OTP I'm a fangirl naturally so i always wanna do my favourite charatcers. Pure shameless adoration and need to cosplay them XD


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
YUp, since that's all i know atm. But i have had a lotta notions to wanna do something outside of it...but i think i'll stick to anime and managa for now more fun to me since my world revolves around it XD


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
I think it's pretty awesome You see a lot of effort and variation. SO it's nice to see different types and such, rather than everyone uniformally the same character/style.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
Yup i do because it makes it fun and you get to interact with more people and just have a blast. I think it's pretty important. You get to know people and learn knew things and get educated on cosplaying *sweatdrops*


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
So far, at the MCM. But when i can, i'll try and cosplay to meets and such if i can...i really wanna....but alas, so far just that one at the mcm Q_Q i fail.


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
Never done this before, but it's a cool idea capture all the craziness/blackmail for later *Russia Laugh*


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Fem!America - Hetalia Axis Powers (Still looking for my England)
Kantarou Ichinomiya - Tactics

MCM Oct 2011:
Boris Airay - Heart no Kuni no Alice~
Kazahaya Kudou - Legal Drug
23 Apr 2010 - 09:3130416
1) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

Hiya, I'm 23, Male and from England.


2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?


Not many yet, but more to come.

So far I've only done:
A Medieval Falconer & Rambo


3) What about cosplay appeals to you?


I love how friendly everyone is, and the fact that you can pretend to be somebody else for a little while. A little escapism amongst friends who share the same interests.

4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?

Sadly I don't own a sewing machine, and I don't have much free time. I tend to buy in something that's fairly close, and modify slightly by hand.

I don't personally have a problem with people buying premade costumes, as long as they have fun when they're in them.


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?

I think of some of my fave characters, and look at the complexity of the costume. That's how I plan to do things going forward.

6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?

Not really. I am thinking of doing a Futurama character and also a Pokemon character, so it's a mixture really.

7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.

I've yet to see many myself, but I don't find the idea of modifications to be an issue. As long as people are having fun, it doesn't hurt to be creative every so often.

8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?

Not really, but I think it add's to the effect. I guess there are people who are much shyer, and prefer just to hang out with friends, and others who prefer to shout about their character.


9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)


Being new to this, only when I'm invited to fancy dress parties, but I'd love to go to conventions.


10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?

I've not had any involvement in this yet.


23 Apr 2010 - 10:4430419
) Okay, first up; tell us about yourself (age, sex and country would be very useful)

25, female and surrey (uk)



2) How many cosplays have you done and which characters?
So far only 1 complete and one nearly complete. dfirst was dark queen of hearts (my own version) and secondly a pokemon gijinka mew



3) What about cosplay appeals to you?
The chance to dress up andd be someone else for the day



4) Do you make your own cosplays? What's your opinion on buying premade costumes to cosplay?
I would like to be able to make them, but i dont know how to sow yet. In the future i will make my own stuff. buying premade is fine in my opinion


5) How do you decide which character to cosplay? What makes you want to cosplay a character?
Usually its a charachter that apeals to me in real life. (the queen of hearts i had no chocie over, and she would not normally appeal to me)


6) Do you only cosplay characters that are related to Japanese culture (e.g. anime/manga, video games, idols, etc.)?
I think in the future i will choose my charachters just based on who appeals to me


7) What do you think about original cosplays? So, cosplaying an original character/an original costume on an existing character/gender switch/original spin on a character.
i think its more creative to put your spin on a charachter idf its to make them fit with your personality.


8) Do you see role-playing or performing (not just as part of an Omake but throughout a convention) as part of cosplaying? If so, how important?
I think its quite important! not all the time though.as i think the whole point of being someone else is fun.



9) When/Where do you cosplay? (Do you only cosplay for conventions?)
so far it will be at conventions and whenever else i get a chance



10) Do you organise a photoshoot when you cosplay and how far do you take it?
I am a photographer, but would actually prefer people to take photos of me!


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