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03 Nov 2011 - 10:3173645
Getting into Character
I'm not sure if I've done this before. Chances are I have. Or not. I do remember everything, however I also remember imagination, and difficult to tell if I imagined typing this, or I did actually do it.

ANYWAY dot dot dot

For many of my characters, pretty much all of them I do my best to get into the mind set. Here's a few brief examples

Scar - Frowny angry, deep(er) voice, rumble about Ishbala and those damned Amestriaaans.. Amesutorians..

Hei - Put on mask, when looking at someone keep looking for a little longer than is comfortable for them. When posing stand like there are a couple of segments missing in the spine, for you are a hyper-mobile agile killer, confident of his abilities of unorthodox combat.

Al-Saachez - Swagger, grin, live like the world is about to explode any moment and you're the one holding the trigger.

Sado Yasutora - Act like a statue. Every now and then rumble something about IIIICHIGOOOO..

Many of the time I see pictures where individuals do something the characters wouldn't. Where I am quite fond out outakes and funnies, it pains me to see so much effort go in and still be able to distinguish the costume from the wearer; holistically there is no unity.

Coming up I've a few cosplays that I'm kinda struggling to get into the character for. Not because they're not like me, but because they're a lot like me yet not exactly. I'm a sucker for perfection, although unnattainable I try my best to hit it. I'm concerned that I'd be too much like me, which would leave a bad skew on the character.

So, what's to come?
- "Crow" Senji Kiyomasa.
Zaaaaapatsu! Where I can appreciatte this dude is hardcore, I'm afraid sometimes I'm just a bit soft around the edges when it comes to my personality. Need to be less nicey nicey, more badass unbalanced. Al saachez wasn't too difficult as I'm already quite conceited so that overulled most things.

- Ginji Matsuzaki
In many ways similar to Scar. But less superpowers and confidence that stretches even my capacity. It wasn't so bad with Hei for confidence, as you can't see my face.

- Akio Ohtori
Princely, talks about eternity, seductive. Qualities I can work on (told you I was conceited) however Akio is a character tailored for Women to enjoy. He is not a man's man, he's what a woman wants a manly man to be for a woman, and this makes him even more manlier. Does this make sense? I'd stand and move far too masculine, in a summary; any gracefulness I can muster would simply not be enough. I understand feminine mannerisms better than most guys, if you put me in a dress (don't put me in a dress) I'm quite confident I could act as desired. But Akio is one step more, to act as a girl acting as a guy, who is more graceful than any girl and more manlier than any guy and this just blows chunks in the back of my head.

Anyway, don't get me wrong. I don't really care if anyone disagrees with this. If you think it's too much, shut your hole and take your junk elsewhere. I'm just looking to see if anyone else does this and can offer assistance. Losing myself in the character is almost intoxicating, and can really make someone else's day if they see their favourite character and indulge themselves in the illusion.


03 Nov 2011 - 18:3473685
Quote JaeXD:
if you put me in a dress (don't put me in a dress)

I was gonna be constructive *cough*putinmyprobablynotthathelpfulknowledgecauseIfinditreallydifficulttostayincharactercauseIseemtodoserioustypesandI'maboutasseriousasa6yearold*cough* then you went and said that! Now I can't stop laughing.

ANYHOO! I think this thread MAY have appeared before in a more debating kinda way.

Right, onto my "constructiveness"

I'm personally one of those people who doesn't think it's completely necessary to stay in character all the time. HOWEVER, I do understand why people like to submerge themselves into a character.

- Ginji Matsuzaki
You just gotta fake it. Pretend that you're absolutely the bees knees and don't give a damn what anyone else thinks.

- "Crow" Senji Kiyomasa.
Basically sounds like you need to be mean. Think of everyone as a person that you cannot stand - I mean really can't stand. Which should help...

- Akio Ohtori
Sounds like a dancer. Seriously, they're like, rather effeminate and graceful yet really manly. Particularly the pasadova (note, I can't spell dance terms). Sooo take up dancing!

I don't really know the characters, so I'm just going on what i've read here. But hope it helps.

Oh, and the only other advice is to really scrutinise them and make like a ditto and mimic.


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03 Nov 2011 - 23:2873724
Thanks Nixie :3

I at least made it entertaining to read. That's always good.

I never thought of Akio as a dancer. He does crazy things like flips out the passenger seat of his convertable and land effortlessly on the bonnet, where his shirt opens and he touches himself. So you may be on to something there.


04 Nov 2011 - 11:0873743
Quote JaeXD:
Thanks Nixie :3

I at least made it entertaining to read. That's always good.

I never thought of Akio as a dancer. He does crazy things like flips out the passenger seat of his convertable and land effortlessly on the bonnet, where his shirt opens and he touches himself. So you may be on to something there.


He's clearly a dancer - they all do crazy shit like that lol


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21 Nov 2011 - 19:3174755
I'm getting so frustrated with picking characters to cosplay because the characters who don't seem annoying are all guys (and the ones who are girls are so top-heavy that I suspect that's why I don't think they're annoying). I've no problem with crossplaying, but a 5'4" L with boobs just doesn't work no matter how much you get into character. So then, I need to find a character who looks like me. Which is harder than finding a penguin in a nunnery. Jae, damn your maleness.

But yeah, I've always assumed getting into character is one of the most important aspects of cosplaying. I mean, what's the point if you <i>don't</i>? So I've never really thought of it as optional. You can't have a costume without a character~

You sound like you already have a pretty good idea of those character's personalities. You'll no doubt have it covered :3


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Last edited by abcity (21 Nov 2011 - 19:35)
21 Nov 2011 - 20:5274760
OhGawd.
I love my Death The Kid cosplay simply because I can act like him haha.
I had many people come over to me at the expo and tell me that I was the only Kid that they had come across that had a full blown tantrum over anything un-symmetrical, my voice was kinda lost by the end of the weekend xD
Being in character makes it all the more fun


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02 Dec 2011 - 03:5975321
Getting into character is sitting down and watching lots of footage of said character looking at mannarisims and voices to try and match it as best as possible. Listening to music that is based around said character helps me get into the right mood.


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02 Dec 2011 - 19:0475348
See I try to get into character but I really struggle. Probably because I chose characters like Edward Nigma who is the opposite to how I actually am. Basically, I chose characters who are really over-confident and attention seeky and such. And I'm uber shy and would rather be forgotten somewhere at the back.

The only character I've done who I've been in character with has been Anri Sonohara. Really really quiet.


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04 Dec 2011 - 19:2675411
I don't have issues getting into character most of the time.
This is mostly because the characters I choose have personalities similar enough to parts of my own that I only have to over-play or under-play a part of myself to pull it off.
Most of the time I don't even realise I'm doing it...Once the costume's on, I am the character


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05 Dec 2011 - 09:2675439
I guess I don't really ever get into character XD Once in a while i'll mimic my voice (or try LOL) to the character and quote a phrase or act silly to make a funny. But I don't stay in character all day

I think most of my In character stuff is saved for Live Action Roleplay, for at least one of the events I go to (may expo I think) it has larp right in the same month. And unfortunately theres only so much roleplaying/IC time I can take in one month, 3-4 days of pretending to be an elven wizard in the kindom of albion tires me to no end xP


17 Dec 2011 - 20:3776072
Well for me -

-Little Sister : As childlike as possible , I do put on the voice which I've practiced loads of times , walking like she does in game .

-Spider Splicer - Lot's of spinning and dancing around.

-Dave Strider- Calm walking not really bothered about surroundings .


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