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10 Feb 2013 - 19:3197161
Animegao discussion
So, I was just wondering in general what the general consensus was on what I see as a very interesting style of cosplay. Animegao/kigurumi. I know that this is a very 'marmite' style of cosplay, loved by some and hated by others. I personally think that if these costumes are done well, that they're fantastic. I really appreciate the amount of time and effort that goes in to these costumes and as more and more of these costumes are made I just wanted to see what various people thought of them. I know that some people think that they're creepy, due to the fact that the faces obviously don't move (although some cosplayers are now adding animatronics to their masks). This doesn't bother me, but I can understand if it does bother some people.

For those who don't know, an animegao is a mascot style costume of an anime or game character, which incorporates a character mask, a skin coloured bodysuit, and of course, a cosplay. Here's an example:

So pretty much, what do you think of this style of costume? And would you even try it in the future?

10 Feb 2013 - 20:4897166
I like them. When I first saw a photo I was really creped out but they grew on me quickly. I think there cute and have had an attempt to make one myself but I failed, this doesn't mean I wont try again, cause I do want one and their soo expensive to buy, if you want a good quality one not just some shabby mass produced piece. If your interested in learning more check out KCS.

10 Feb 2013 - 20:5997167
It wouldn't work for all characters, but it works pretty well with Miku there.

I don't get why you need to wear a lycra suit though. Miku has a pretty standard human shape, it's just her head which is weird.

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10 Feb 2013 - 21:1197168
The suit is used both to protect the identity of the performer, and to give the skin a more 'painted' look, like that of an anime character.

10 Feb 2013 - 21:4897170
I don't like them personally, they just creep me out with the unblinking eyes. More often than not the skin tone doesn't match from the face and the body either which I suppose warrants use of a lycra bodysuit, but at the same time they just don't come across as 'organic' as a person wearing a costume as opposed to someone 'in' a costume.
I wouldn't really know how to approach them either, much like mascots you would get at Disneyworld (they make me feel uncomfortable too) - Chances are the costumer and yourself wouldn't be able to communicate very well!

So no, they're not really my cup of tea!

10 Feb 2013 - 21:5297171
Actually, I quite agree with Angel's point there. Whilst I feel they look cool, I wouldn't go up and talk to them about it - I'd be uncomfortable to do so.

Though, this is across the board with all cosplay, I find it harder to talk to anyone with their face covered. But, if my face is covered, I talk to more people XD Ah, I'm weird.

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10 Feb 2013 - 22:2797173
I think they're cool! I doubt I would ever do it myself but I admire other people's sometimes.

Last edited by Coulvre (10 Feb 2013 - 22:28)
10 Feb 2013 - 22:4097174
The Lycra body suit isn't just for flesh tone, its also used to give the performer/costumer a more doll like appearance. A doll is one flat colour across the board plus the seams also add to the whole doll like state. The other advantage to the Lycra suit is that, as all the kigs I've met are male underneath, it allows them to create a more female shape without having all the "magic" on show.

Majority wise, Kigers don't speak when their as their doll persona to add to the doll likeness. At a convention a kig(or group of) would have a "handler" with them to do the talking for them as well as to be their eyes.

11 Feb 2013 - 08:3197180
I think that if they're done well, then they're pretty cool - the one thing that would put me off though (and goes for most mascot-style costumes) is that I know there's a person under there and I can't see their reactions/I'm not able to interact with them very well. (I'm funny like that. )

I don't think I'd ever try it - mostly for the reasons above (not being able to express myself very well, even though I could use a plethora of other body movements to do so!) and also because the masks are so dang awkward to make! I remember looking into Kigurumi a few months back. Most of them are made from clay, so if you mess up once you usually have to start all over again. I'm hopeless when it comes to anything like that, so I doubt I'd be trying it any time soon...

Still, you described it pretty well yourself - Kigurumi is like marmite. Love it or hate it, I personally think it's a little cool on the oneside (if done well - your favorite anime characters are brought to life in a way normal cosplay couldn't achieve!) but on the other, a little... offputting.

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