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Cosplay. According to an article from Yahoo Movies, the term was coined in 1984 by Nobuyuki Takahashi. For me, cosplay is not just putting on a costume. Just like stamp collecting and playing football, it’s a serious hobby. I consider myself an artist and cosplay is art. My love of cosplay began with finding the now defunct cosplaylab.com. The site contained a massive archive of cosplays from various fandoms. Users could upload photos of their cosplays and interact with other members. Dreaming about and looking at cosplays online was just fine. Being a painfully shy kid, I couldn’t even leave comments on any photos. But I could easily admire their creativity behind the safety of my computer screen. In this article, I will be listing the 5 reasons why I love cosplay!
(Much safe. Very okay.)
- Late Nights. I do my best thinking at night so it’s natural that I enjoy working late into the night. At night, there are no expectation or interruptions. Most normal humans are in bed. I get lost in my thoughts while playing good music and using my hands. The busyness of daytime is plagued with phone calls and other adulting obligations. But the night is quiet and serene and it brings me the peace that I need to work. Staying up until 2 am to work on my art is the perfect way to end the night. So I often end up waking up from my floor at 6 am. (How I Painted Connie’s Sword)
Creating. Sometimes I purchase pieces to alter. Sometimes I make things from scratch. Either way, I am creating something. When I decide to cosplay a character, I try my best to make the costume as accurate as possible. For example, when I cosplayed as Kuranosuke from Princess Jellyfish, I purchased a white dress, hemmed it, and strung beads to the ends which took FOREVER! But, I enjoyed every second of it; even when the beads would slide off and I wanted to rip my eyeballs out. When purchasing a dress for my Human Luna cosplay was out of the question, I decided to make it myself. And I almost lost my everloving mind. I didn’t own a sewing machine at the time so I made the entire thing using a handheld sewing machine. Yep.
3. Cons. Attending cons gives me a break from the monotony of everyday life.( 10 Tips To Survive Your First Con) When I walk into those double doors, I am transported to another world for 3 days. Raves, gaming, music, panels, artist alley, dealers, concerts: It’s all there. Not only do I enjoy myself but I get to hang out with complete strangers. But like I’ve said many times, these are “my people”. You don’t know each other’s names but you know that you belong together. The day that I debuted my Human Luna, I was greeted by a squealing Rini cosplayer and we instantly took a picture! I am a naturally shy person but when I am at cons, I become invincible!
4. Confidence. I’ve always been a shy person. It’s in my nature. Making small talk or even asking for help at store takes a lot of prep work on my end. I can’t even order a meal without rehearsing it in my head! But when I am in cosplay, my confidence goes through the roof. I have no problem posing for pics and asking others for theirs. I once ran into a girl who loves the singer Hyde of L’arc~en~Ciel and Vamps just as much as I do. We found out that we had the same favorite L’arc song: The 4th Avenue Cafe ( the doomed ending song to Rurouni Kenshin). We talked for almost 30 minutes. This is the same girl who has trouble talking on the phone. :p
(Me when the phone rings)
5. Playing pretend. Cue MGMT Pretending to be a character for a few hours is one of the greatest stress relievers. I can just be me and have fun. I don’t care if I’m being judged because I know I look cool. ( I mean my confidence just explodes ya’ll.)
Creating. Late nights. Cons. Confidence.Playing Pretend. These are all of the reasons that I love cosplay and I always will. Cosplay is an art form that allows me to escape from the real world for just a few moments. But not only do I get to have fun but I get to interact with people who enjoy this art form just as much as I do. I get a chance to tell others how great they are and to let them know that they are amazing at what they do. Never in my life did I imagine that someone as undomesticated as me would find joy in sewing!