Cosplay (ã‚³ã‚¹ãƒ—ãƒ¬ kosupurei), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
Fortune Cookie is our resident Cosplay Expert on Defective Geeks but I’ve certainly dabbled with it in the past…just a little.Â Anime Expo, the biggest west-coast anime convention in North America,Â is coming up this 4th of July weekend. Fortune Cookie will be attending (and hopefully blogging about it for us) but this is the first time in many years that I won’t be there myself. I started to get nostalgic a little and dug up a bunch of my old photos. As a homage to this upcoming event I thought I’d share with all of you my cosplay evolution throughout the years.
What Cosplay Meant to Me
It was fun- a lot of fun! Cosplay helped me develop my confidence during my awkward, nerdy, young years. Not to get all cheesecakey but it did help me become the person I am today. Honestly, after running about as anime characters for years,Â a part of me have certainly become fearless. I learned to not care what other people thought of me.Â I am not afraid to try a lot of things or take risks with the way I look or with the actions I take. Or at least I am not afraid to get incredibly silly in public!
My first “official” Anime Expo cosplay happened in 2002 (this might be wrong, my brain doesn’t work well with calendar events) and I wore my “female-Vash” (Trigun) costume that Pilbeam made for me. This is seriously how we became friends. I commissioned her to make my costumes and she was lovely enough to say yes to my weird request.
Can you imagine having a slightly dorky Asian girl in high school randomly approaching you to make an anime costume? It must have been a little scary. Nevertheless, we like each other now. Whew!
In the beginning, I loved to dress up as bad-ass male characters from anime (the term ‘crossplay’ was coined later in the cosplay world).