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18 May 2011 - 16:4656818
All the way.

18 May 2011 - 17:3656820
A bit of both, some cosplays I've picked from the design, but for others the character.

However even if theres a character I absolutely love, and their design/outfit is really bad, I wouldn't cosplay them.

18 May 2011 - 19:2556841
Quote catnip_Dream:
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

Which we don't mind ;p Just PLay a bit of FFIX for if and when we do a FFIX group for next Kita, and you'll pick up if you want to be her or not!! I should have it kicking about somewhere...

As for me... Majority of the time it's character. Although certain series has characters in multiple costumes, IE Tsubasa. I'm more likely then to actually regard what my favourite costume of that is!

However, I have done certain things where I've seen the costume first, then checked out the anime/manga/game to gather info on it to so that I sorta could cosplay that character. IE, with Puella Magi Madoka magica. I saw the characters before and sorta knew who I wanted to cosplay before actually knowing what the characters are like. As it stands, can't actually cosplay any of them this year.

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18 May 2011 - 20:1556847
I'm a mixture of the two as well but my choice of costume it usually more what I think I can feasibly pull off with my budget/time/talent. I first think 'that character is awesome' then realize I might be able to actually do it.

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19 May 2011 - 06:0756880
The character definetly the character. be it doing a series of ott moves or just looking badass, if a character appeals to me then I want to copy it with a whole lot of effort and heart put into it.

Costumes on the flip side have a part but not as much. Costumes are really a factor in cosplaying if I can actually make them. There have been a couple of times when I have had to turn down a costume because its just too complicated or hard to make.

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Last edited by Berserk667 (19 May 2011 - 06:08)
19 May 2011 - 06:4756882
Character. There are a few times I see a costume and go "Wow, would love to make that!"

Still, I'd never do a costume without knowing a good amount of information about a character!

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19 May 2011 - 07:5256885
I've cosplayed a character I didn't know (because I was asked to) though I did try and research them enough that I knew how to pose and not be horridly out of character. And I've at least one cosplay planned which is entirely based on costume design, as I've never played the MMORPG he's in.

For the most part, though, I'd rather play a character I know well. It means I don't get quite so annoyed by staring at endless reference pictures!

19 May 2011 - 10:0456905
Bit of both for me! If I like the character enough I'll cosplay them even if they have a basic design; and I like to have one or two basic designs backed up anyway if I have any complex designs just as something to fall back on if it goes wrong; but I guess I am slightly more in it for the character, costume itself doesn't really bother me unless it really is boring, like the kind of things I wear on a daily basis, in that case I would reconsider. What I enjoy about cosplay though, is that there is generally always something that separetes every charactre from myself, even if its something small like hair colour, or style of uniform. So I'm happy to cosplay almost anything, regardless of costume, but a great character is definitely important, bland characters don't give much to the '-play' end of things!

19 May 2011 - 10:5456909
I tend always to cosplay characters I love, but I love a lot of characters, and so often the costume is the swaying point in which character I choose to cosplay.

Like Garnet and Sakura. They have so many beautiful costumes I keep cosplaying them over and over. I've shown my love for them once, so it's definatly the costumes that make me do so over and over!

19 May 2011 - 11:3456912
I tend to go for character.
The best example I can shove here is Kagura (Gintama), I think her costume is absolutely disgusting. But her personality is what won me over.
However there are some exceptions like my Trap!Ciel Phantomhive costume, where I kinda just did it for the costume and the series, not the character.

19 May 2011 - 11:5256914
Gonna go against the flow here, it's mostly about the costume for me. It does help if I like a series and even more the character in particular but most often I love a character I end up dismissing their costume for some reason. When I do decide against making something it's usualy for one of a few reasons: I might find the costume too boring either to make or to look at and I wouldn't enjoy the crafting or, more frequently, since I'm in my 20s, tall, thin and not particularly built some costumes just plain wouldn't suit me at all.

Although a majority of my costumes are from series I like I have done costumes of characters where I know the name and that's it; it's just a matter of finding the costume interesting or fun enough to make. I will say ff I do do that I always make an effort to look up some poses for photoshoots.

21 May 2011 - 15:5057192

I have cosplayed from things I've never seen/played/read before because (usually Raine or projectXshae) have dangled pictures of it in front of my face and gone: "Come, on, you know you want tooooooo..." And I have jumped at the shiney thing and made it before realising I have agreed to be a rapey pedo (Sebastian, Kuroshitsuji) or an incest pairing (Scanty/Kneesocks)...

Equally I have cosplayed things even if the costume isn't very interesting or complicated just because I love the character.

24 May 2011 - 23:1357579
A bit of both!

For my first cosplay (Ranma) I chose her as I had the right body but I did always liked the character and the series and it was simple too so it was a mix of all kinds of reasons.

I think its quite acceptable to cosplay a character who you dont know well as long as you do some research for the character as it can be quite a challenge to make and its nice to have a fairly complex costume as a project to learn alot from (hence my Subaru cosplay).

I have been leaning towards characters that I do like lately and I like being in character at cons so I like to have a degree of some emotional attachment.

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31 May 2011 - 16:1858071
Mostly it's for the character, but also the costume to some extent. I tend to be drawn more to characters I liek for whatever reason, and knowing and liking the character well helps for motiviation IMO.

But then, there's characters that I don't hugely like but the costumes are awesome that I sort of want to cosplay at some point. I probably wouldn't do one of a character I didn't know at all though. :/ Also, individual costumes impact cost and time, which can play a big factor in deciding costumes, especially short notice ones~

31 May 2011 - 17:0058079

If the cosplay is TOO ordinary I probably won't do it, (For example the girls from Ichigo Mashimaro, I love the series but they are so ordinary that it probably wouldn't be recognisable) or at least only wear it casually for cosplay meets and things.

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03 Jun 2011 - 10:1558417
It's gotta be for the character first, then if I like a certain outfit, I'll cosplay said character. So you could say it's a bit of both for me too. But it's usually a love a first sight situation for me and my cosplays XD

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16 Jun 2011 - 14:5960161
Costume. It's what makes me wanna do a character. No matter how much I love a character, if they had a boring costume/ a costume I don't like, then I won't do them. Doesn't mean that it has to be over the top, it can be simple or just cute, but I have to love it (I am after all going to be making it). That's what gets my attention and begs me to cosplay the character (or an idea). I see an outfit and it goes 'Come on jmerc, you know you want to. You want to cosplay me. Just look at me, all fun and funky. Cosplay me. Cosplay me now!' I never wanted to cosplay Lelouch (despite LOVING his character) until I saw that emperor costume and knight of Zero. After that I knew I had to one or the other. Then I was all over the idea. Course, it helped that my friend said if I did one she'd do the other.
Hell, I'll even cosplay a character I don't really like or don't really know if I love thier costume enough. So I have to REALLLY love that character to pick it over a costume I like more.
However, having said that, I've yet to cosplay a character that I dislike (I've nearly done, but then my mum wouldn't help me do it and I couldn't manage it on my own at the time). If I have two cosplays that I want to do and love the costumes as much as each other, one I like the character for, the other I don't then I'll go for the character I like.
Though I have an idea for a new cosplay that I might do for a character I'm a bit 'meh' about. My new cosplay friend is encouraging me to do it saying she'll do something to go with it and the idea of the doing the costume is really growing on me.


05 Nov 2011 - 23:3373844
Character for me <3 If i don't like/know the character then i won't do it.

05 Nov 2011 - 23:4373845
combinaton of three things

1. do I like the character

2. do I like the costume

3. will it suit me

although I tend to ignore the last one if i really like the character.

Genrally if it's a simple costume, it will be more to do with liking the character than the costume. such as Shizuo from Durarara!! The costume is nice, but I picked it because I really like the character. The same for Goku from Saiyuki. His costume isn't exactly the nicest, but he is my all time favourite character,so I really wanted to cosplay him.

The more conplicated ones will most likely be determined first by costume as usually I see that first and then find out the characters personality. With Kokonoe from Blazblue. I saw an artwork of her first and thought she looked awesome and loved the costume and decided there and then to cosplay her. then I played the game and loved her personality.

With most characters though you can determine weather or not you are going to like them from initial art work anyway. the sort of clothes they wear can give quite a lot away about their personality.

06 Nov 2011 - 13:2573857
I don't really have experience to draw from but at this stage it's definitely character over costume - if anything, the fact that they are comparatively simpler costumes is a bonus xD But certainly at this stage I couldn't see myself investing in (or being willing to invest in) a costume if I didn't like the character.

06 Nov 2011 - 14:0973858
The Character! <3

06 Nov 2011 - 14:4773862
Depends, most off the time i'll do it for the character, but if i get asked to cosplay someone for a group i'll see if i like the design, if so then i'll go look up the charater and see if i like them :3 so yeah definitely the character.

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09 Nov 2011 - 09:5074015
Ehh, a bit of both I suppose ^^

I do characters I like from things I watch/play, I prefer simple costumes, just because they're nice to do, don't cost much and I dont get very hot xD

If it was a bigger costume, for me It would have to be a longer term commitment, so i'd have planned it maybe a year/half a year in advance and I would probably use it the whole year round. If anything for the fact money is one thing I dont have xP

09 Nov 2011 - 14:0574025
it a bit of both for me
due to my size i dont like caracters that reveal much aso i tend to go for caracters that wear more clothes, but i am starting to go for caracters that reveal more (but im never gonna cosplay yoko or any other carater like her)

09 Nov 2011 - 14:1674027
Back when I started cosplaying, I did a Joey Wheeler cosplay just because he was so damn easy to do. Strangely enough, I grew kinda fond of doing him, and am considering to do one of his more challenging outfits in the very distant future. However, almost all of my other cosplay were done for the sheer epicness of the characters.

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