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19 Sep 2012 - 21:4391265
Too old for certain cosplays
Just a quick question, I dunno if its been discussed on here before. But I was just wondering..

Do you guys have cosplays you would like to do, but feel like you're too old to pull the character off in a convincing manner?

The reason I ask is because I'd like to have a go at cosplaying Kairi from Kingdom Hearts 2 (The pink dress)But as I'm nearly 23, I'm a little worried that I'll look silly dressed as her because she looks really young.

Is it a problem for anyone else? Or am I just being paranoid?

19 Sep 2012 - 21:5091266
I havent come across one yet, I still do Superboy and things and im 23, I mean I thought Finn might have been pushing the Envelope but I was really happy with how it turned out, I think unless my face becomes really old and weathered im cool lol I still think im a little Young for Superman lol so im kinda in the opposite problem XD

19 Sep 2012 - 22:0791269
Seeing as most of the characters I cosplay are over a decade younger than me... no I haven't found someone like that yet! Though then again, I still get ID constantly. If anything, I'm putting aside a list of people who I want to cosplay when I look more mature. If that ever happens.

I also think make-up, body language and expressions can make such a difference to how old you can appear.

Looking through your photos (especially your Sheena <3), I honestly don't think you'd have a problem trying to look younger I say think about a) do you like the character and outfit, and b) do you want to wear it? If the answer to both of those is yes, then do it!

19 Sep 2012 - 22:1091270
I don't tend to do very young/ cutesy characters but then they don't so much appeal to me. I think I can pull off younger male characters than female ones though. I don't think age has to be a barrier, it just depends what suits you.

19 Sep 2012 - 22:1191271
I have never found age of cosplay characters and my actually age a problem. I'm 25 and I still cosplay characters that are 14. It may be because I'm lucky and babyfaced and sometimes I do sit and think - ok maybe that age difference is a bit much - but it's about having fun in costume and most characters are in their teens and nobody ever mines.

You could also put a reverse spin on it. How many people do you see cosplaying RE characters? When actually a lot of them are in their 30s. People never mind and 23 is not old at all I wanna be cosplaying till I'm 70 - then might be the time to stop looking like a 14 year old

19 Sep 2012 - 22:5991281
It's got nothing to do with age. If you feel like you need to go for characters which suit, then don't worry about it; your face could pull off Kairi easily

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20 Sep 2012 - 05:5291288
I definitely feel too old to cosplay certain characters. I'd love to cosplay as Chen from Touhou but it would just be... wrong. I'm told that I don't look my age but I definitely don't have the face or body to get away with cosplaying someone who looks about 10!

That said, unless you're aging unnaturally badly, at 23 you can pretty much cosplay whatever you want without having to worry about your own age. 23 isn't "old" by any stretch and I'm always bemused when people act like it is! Bah, you kids =shakes walking stick=

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20 Sep 2012 - 07:5791289
Nope. Age is never a concern for me. There are always workarounds.

If I took age into account there would be very few anime characters I could dress up as

20 Sep 2012 - 10:5091298
I'm 22 and my most cosplayed character is between 10-12 throughout the series, however I have a rounder face and have features that suit - even if I didn't I would still cosplay her so dont let it stop you if you want to do it.

20 Sep 2012 - 11:2191299
You should be fine, you don't look that old at all

I'm currently having the opposite problem in that I look too young as John Marston. Though he is like 12 or so years older than me, rugged as hell and my face just doesn't seem to age

20 Sep 2012 - 11:5091300
I'm 27 and I like to cosplay as little girls.

That isn't true. But I do know friends who do are my age and cosplay waaaaay out of their age ranges. Do whatever you want as long as it's not ****ing obscene or offensive to the eyes.

Common sense could be used here, like when I say to myself "I'm almost thirty, I'm tall and my frame is muscular. I'm going to say that unless it's Sado Yasutora, there's no way I can cosplay a fifteen year old and make it look adorable."

Some of you may be thinking "did he just call Chad 'adorable'?" And yes, yes I did.

20 Sep 2012 - 14:5891311
I never had a problem with my age and cosplaying a younger character until very recently.

I choose to cancel my plans to cosplay as Tidus. At the time I was 37 to Tidus' 17 and felt that a good 20 years older wouldn't work. This is my own personal choice as I felt I don't look as young in the face as I once did. While the age of a character has never bothered me before I do try my best to look right for the part.

That said I have cosplayed as characters who are much older than me. I have been able to use subtle aging make-up which helps the overall look.

I think it really comes down to each cosplayers personal choice.

20 Sep 2012 - 18:0691340
If age is an important factor in cosplay, I seriously doubt I would be cosplaying right now. All the characters & costumes that appeals to me are someone at least a decade younger then me. The only character I cosplayed who is the same age as me is Nanoha (Force version)

20 Sep 2012 - 18:0991341
I'm 21 all the characters i plan to do or have done are younger then me as people said as long as you like the character why let age be a problem

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21 Sep 2012 - 09:4891403
It's really down to personal preference. Don't let someone else's opinion guide what YOU want to cosplay. Having said that, I've stopped cosplaying characters that are significantly younger than me because *I* just feel weird when I try. I'll be 30 in December and I pretty much look my age, but it's more to do with feeling comfortable in the character than worries that I'm old and haggard!

That said, I've noticed that the characters I'm attracted to in cosplay terms have changed as I get older too. Subconsciously, I'm now drawn to older, more muscular characters than when I started, when the cute characters were a much bigger draw. I feel a greater kinship with them

As others have said, there are certain characters that age is a bonus for too. Characters like Ivy (Soul Calibur) and The Boss (Metal Gear Solid 3) are ones that I've always liked, but only now feel I really have the right look and bearing for - had I tried to cosplay people like that 10 years ago, I'd have felt a bit like a kid trying on my mum's clothes.

Essentially, if YOU think you won't feel comfortable in the costume, you should probably reconsider it. You won't have as much fun. But if you really want to do it, go for it! There are always tricks with makeup you can use to make yourself seem younger or older.

21 Sep 2012 - 17:2591426
Hello Im 19 and cosplay as younger anime charcters ive seen people who are 27 and cosplay young characters and they pull them off really well some of them are amazing haha so keep at it . You can actually cosplay into your 30s i dont consider it weird whatsoever i really enjoy knowing when im older that i can still cosplay .

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