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18 May 2011 - 01:0056751
For the costume or the character?
So I had this question going around my head while looking at costumes on here, there are alot of simple costumes on here (meaning everyday clothes), I'm guessing they've done that because they love the character not because of the costume?

So my question is...do you choose to do a costume for the character? or because the costume is interesting?

not sure if anyone else has asked this on here


18 May 2011 - 01:0356752
I have to admit i do it because of my love for the Character if the cosplay is interesting then awesome but i like being in the shoes of the other Character for the day or for how ever long I'm wearing it!


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18 May 2011 - 01:1356753
A bit of both, really. I do prefer to do costumes that look interesting, either from the viewpoint of the challenge of construction or just because I think they look cool, but I have to like the character too if I'm going to pick them for cosplay. Likewise, I've got characters (and series) that I adore, but will probably never cosplay as them just because their costumes aren't that interesting to me.

I'm not averse to cosplaying as a "basic" character though, if I like the character enough and just want a costume I can chill out in!


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18 May 2011 - 01:2256754
It's a bit of both for me. Mostly I choose cosplays of characters I like or feel I can relate to, because it's a great way to meet people with common interests. But I have also chosen cosplays based purely on the costume, because they either look cool or I fancy the challenge! It's always fun to shake things up a bit and experiment with new ideas!


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18 May 2011 - 01:3156755
For me, just character!


18 May 2011 - 01:4556757
Character always. I could never do a character that I didn't adore, even if they had an amazing outfit. That just doesn't interest me whatsoever.


18 May 2011 - 01:4756758
Like Sillabub, it's a bit of both for me. Although I don't know if I could cosplay a character I didn't like, no matter how awesome their outfit is. And conversely, I couldn't cosplay a bad outfit worn by a good character.

Most of my favourite characters come from videogames and so they don't have overly elaborate costumes. At my current skill level, I think this works out for the best lol.


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18 May 2011 - 02:5756762
Character all the way for me. So much goes in to making most costumes and if I didn't have the love for the character motivating me I don't really know what would spur me on.

In a weird way though...my love for the character MAKES the outfit awesome to me. XD Maybe because of the association?

I guess this is the reason why I could never cosplay a character I didn't know. Although I know people who just want to make really elaborate pretty costumes which I can understand!


18 May 2011 - 03:0456763
Most of the time I choose based on character before costume, and if they have more than one outfit then I tend to do their default outfit first and then if they have any alternate, more creative designs that I especially love then I will plan to do them as well at a future date. However, I did decide to cosplay as Mello because I really love the design of his leather jacket rather than because I’m a big fan of the character, but in that case it was still a cosplay of a character that I know very well and which is from one of my favourite series. I often see many beautiful oriental designs from beat-‘em-up games, but since I’m not really into beat-‘em-ups it wouldn’t mean as much to me to do any of those outfits since I wouldn’t know much about the characters.

I think it’s worth mentioning that even if an outfit design is really simple it is still often quite difficult to find clothes which are exactly the same in the shops. You’ll usually be able to find something which is similar but not which is properly an accurate match. When I was putting my Light cosplay together I saw many beige jackets in town which were similar but which did not have the same collar shape and number and placement of pockets, etc. so I spent a good amount of time shopping around different commissioners instead. I also wanted his black v-neck top which has the white lines around the neck and sleeves and it was not possible at all to find one which already had those specific markings (one of my friends actually asked me why I hadn’t just bought that kind of top from the shops when he saw me painting the stripes onto a plain shirt and I had to explain that it was impossible to find one). And more recently I was trying to find a simple grey polo-shirt and I had to look around a LOT of shops before I could find one which didn’t have an annoying logo on it or some different-coloured stripe running right across the middle of it. I literally only found one in the last shop I could think of. So I'd say that just because an outfit is simple it doesn't particularly mean that it's something that was really quick to put together.

I think that a person’s taste in anime is generally a factor as well. For example I mainly prefer shoujo, seinen and josei series to shounen, mecha and maho shoujo/shounen, so many of my favourite characters naturally will not wear really elaborate, fantasy-style costumes or pilot suits.


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18 May 2011 - 07:1256764
As many are saying I too am a bit of half and half when it comes to character Vs costume.

I could NEVER Cosplay as a Character I didn't know anything about. Personally I'd think that to be kinda silly. But at the same time I strive to learn new methods and techniques with each Cosplay I make, even if I've made that style of outfit before I try to make it in a different mannor than the one I used before.

I see lots of BEAUTIFUL outfits in action/beat-em-up games but I've never really played em so I wouldn't really be drawn to the character.


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18 May 2011 - 07:3756766
Quote Sillabub:
A bit of both, really. I do prefer to do costumes that look interesting, either from the viewpoint of the challenge of construction or just because I think they look cool, but I have to like the character too if I'm going to pick them for cosplay. Likewise, I've got characters (and series) that I adore, but will probably never cosplay as them just because their costumes aren't that interesting to me.

I'm not averse to cosplaying as a "basic" character though, if I like the character enough and just want a costume I can chill out in!


i totally agree with you - i like a challange too and i do think its important to like the charater if you spend all that time making the cosplay big hugs


18 May 2011 - 09:3156768
For the character.

My personality goes hot and cold, I can be extremely outgoing and then shut down completely.

All of my characters follow this, they're either close enough to being expressionless mutes or being so outroverted that they're close to insanity or probably are.

The way they all look is constructed to reflect their personality. It's purely coincidence that they have cool outfits, and one or two have pretty wierd outfits that I'd never wear IRL, but as soon as I put them on its time to "become" that person. I'd never be caught around wearing a green jumpsuit, or white trousers, but to be the character that I adore its necessary to get in character.


18 May 2011 - 10:0356769
For me it depends mostly on character, I don't think I would want to put the time/money/stress into putting a cosplay together for a character I didn't really like. However, there have been a couple of occasions for me where I have seen a costume design I like the look of and that drove me to watch the anime to see whether or not I liked the character If I did, then it got put on the to do list XD Yoko and Panty are examples that come straight to mind for me haha


18 May 2011 - 10:1556770
Mostly it's down to character, and in the past with cosplay I would never cosplay something I didn't know anything about thinking it was silly...

Since then I've developed a kind of 'That outfit is beautiful, I must have it' thing, which I cannot turn off depending on whether I've seen/played/whatever the source. I'll make an effort to see whatever it is but sometimes that isn't easy.

Most of the time I'll avoid cosplaying something I don't know anything about, but sometimes they're just pretty clothes and I want them...


18 May 2011 - 11:2056776
Quote JaeXD:
For the character.

My personality goes hot and cold, I can be extremely outgoing and then shut down completely.

All of my characters follow this, they're either close enough to being expressionless mutes or being so outroverted that they're close to insanity or probably are.

The way they all look is constructed to reflect their personality. It's purely coincidence that they have cool outfits, and one or two have pretty wierd outfits that I'd never wear IRL, but as soon as I put them on its time to "become" that person. I'd never be caught around wearing a green jumpsuit, or white trousers, but to be the character that I adore its necessary to get in character.


Yer totally, I see as the costumes I wear reflect me also, gaga is very ott and out there, thats who I am, I want to be noticed, I want to be different, be loud with my costumes, I also love what she stands for! So yer its definately the character not the costume, I'd feel more comfortable doing someone you know


18 May 2011 - 11:3856781
Both!
For me - it's both.

I've been known to wear a cosplay I think is pretty hideous, simply because I love the character THAT much...

On another hand I've cosplayed characters I'm not that fond of because I love their outfit, Aeris for example. I don't really like her...but that cute dress & hair xD! Had to be done.

So yeah, both xD


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18 May 2011 - 12:3756786
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Quote JaeXD:
For the character.

My personality goes hot and cold, I can be extremely outgoing and then shut down completely.

All of my characters follow this, they're either close enough to being expressionless mutes or being so outroverted that they're close to insanity or probably are.

The way they all look is constructed to reflect their personality. It's purely coincidence that they have cool outfits, and one or two have pretty wierd outfits that I'd never wear IRL, but as soon as I put them on its time to "become" that person. I'd never be caught around wearing a green jumpsuit, or white trousers, but to be the character that I adore its necessary to get in character.


Yer totally, I see as the costumes I wear reflect me also, gaga is very ott and out there, thats who I am, I want to be noticed, I want to be different, be loud with my costumes, I also love what she stands for! So yer its definately the character not the costume, I'd feel more comfortable doing someone you know


To be specific, it's more about cosplaying someone who reflects part of me. I find it much more comfortable to do that.

However I'd have great difficulty in Cosplaying someone who is a LOT like me, such as Kamina. I simply wouldn't know where I stop and he begins.

This is probably why you see people with very specific cosplays, they're reflections of part of who they are; not a complete encompassing fit.

And to get back on topic somewhat, I have been tempted to cosplay someone purely for the outfit. But I simply couldn't pull it off because I wouldn't be able to even stand or act or think like them which shatters the illusion completely. Partly because of there's nothing in me that can relate to the character and partly because I don't care about them, just the outfit. And what makes the cosplay is the person wearing it.

A slouching Goku, a hyperactive Yin from DTB, loudmouthed shinji ikari, or a Dr Rockzo that doesn't kinda creep you out.. just makes me think "When did this become a costume party?"


18 May 2011 - 12:5456789
After my first couple cosplays, I would have said that it was the costume more than the character that motivated me to cosplay someone, but now....it's quite the opposite! xP Even though I don't get into character very much, if I'm watching or reading something new I'll usually really enjoy a character and say "I MUST cosplay them!". I do still choose some characters based on their outfits, but they're all characters I like and find I could represent decently...but as it's been said already, my motivation to be the character is what's going to drive me to complete the cosplay! =)
Also, sometimes groups are hard to pass up... xP


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18 May 2011 - 12:5556791
I think I'd have to say both. Although I really couldn't cosplay a character I didn't like so maybe it's more the character XD


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18 May 2011 - 13:4356798
For the character!

I could never cosplay a character I didn't love or strongly admire in some way. I couldn't even cosplay a character I didn't know as much as I could about them. Meaning, if the character is from an anime I would of had to of seen every single episode and any movies so I know the character as well as I possibly can.



But then people have suggested characters they really want me to do from sources I haven't played/watched so..


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18 May 2011 - 13:5756799
I don't think any of the characters I like actually have boring costumes, so it's usually character and costume.

But I am planning to cosplay characters from games I haven't played. Which apparently is Bad and I should be hung, drawn and quartered for it. XD But I like the costumes, just don't have time to play the games. To hell with what other people say.


18 May 2011 - 14:1056801
Mostly it's the character, and I just love that character too much to not cosplay it XD but sometimes a costume catches my eye and I'll do it because I like a challenge


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18 May 2011 - 15:3256807
Generally a bit of both. There have times I have loved a character's design but turns out they were a complete and total douche. (Adam Arclight from Needless, or Angela from Black Butler as an example)

But at the same time there are some characters I thought were great but their design doesn't appeal to me at all and thus I wouldn't want to cosplay them.

So I look for characters I love and have a design that I like. In some cases I wonder if a character was made for me. Such as Solva from Needless, Rosiel from Angel Sanctuary, The Book of Darkness from Nanoha, Heidemarie Schnaufer/Hanna Rudel from Strike Witches, Utsuho Reiuji from Touhou or best of all Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos. XD

And sometimes I express no interest in a character and I turn out to love them and their outfit. Vita from Nanoha and Yukari Yakumo/Yuka Kazami from Touhou were like this to me.


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18 May 2011 - 16:3056812
Mostly the character, if I know the character and they're cute I'll cosplay though if someone asked me to be in a group with them of a series I didn't know I'd still do it because I find cosplaying fun =3 I've never played a final fantasy but I still want to cosplay Yuna or Freya because they look cool =P I suppose if I didn't know anything about the series I'd say no but if I did I'd go for it =P


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18 May 2011 - 16:5956816
Quote Jeff_Kamiki_Jurai:
There have times I have loved a character's design but turns out they were a complete and total douche. (Adam Arclight from Needless...
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So I look for characters I love and have a design that I like. In some cases I wonder if a character was made for me. Such as Solva from Needless..


Jeff, one day I'll cosplay Saten from Needless. Just need to y'know, put on 2 stone of muscle. Maybe next year. An arclight would always be appreciatted, tbh I actually found him quite funny in the first few eps up untill his fight with Blade.

But I can see what you mean about his bitchin' jacket thing and collar.

I wanna cosplay Saten for his sheer coolness, and he's hot (2 HIT PUN COMBO!). He's got a swagger about him that I had to get into the groove of doing when cosplaying Ali Al Saachez and I was pretty taken back by how naturally it came to me to cosplay a genocidal overpowered pyschopath. He's just freakin' awesome to look at and character wise, also he's got an awesome voice actor/singer who I (and someone else we both know) adore.



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