Project Educate: A, B, C's of Cosplay 2:
Cosplay, short for costume play, is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character, or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and science fiction.
Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies, as well as anthropomorphic manifestations.
Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
Informational text cited from Wikipedia.org. and Costuming.org
For the rest of the week, I would love to do enough featurettes to cover the entire alphabet, and hopefully help educate about interesting animes, mangas, terms and events which happen all around in the world of Cosplay!
M is for Mascot:
Although this is a form of kigurumi, mascot cosplay employs the use of a full body costume, as well as a head cover. It differs from a furry costume, as furry is exclusive to animal or animal-like creates, and wearing a mascot cosplay can also include inanimate objects. Mascots tend to be less detailed, however, and the costumes are someone lower quality because of it. They are also a little funnier looking, with oversized heads and hands, and the people who cosplay as them tend to be goofy, seeking laughs over a serious attire.
N is for Naruto:
Naruto, a Japanese manga series written, and illustrated, by Masashi Kishimoto, took the world by storm. A one shot comic was released in Akamaru Jump in August, 1997, and the manga was first published in 1999 by Shueisha in the 43rd issue of Japan's Weekly Shōnen Jump, which led to an anime that premiered on Animax in October, 2002.
Naruto is one of best selling manga of all time. The English adaptation of Naruto has appeared several times in the USA Today Booklist, and won the Quil Award in 2006.
There are also eight films, light novels, soundtracks, video games, a trading game, and art and guidebooks.
O is for Original Costume:
One of the coolest parts about cosplay is the ability to create your own character. You can be as detailed, or as lax, in the creation as you want to, because it is yours! Usually, an original costume tends to be worn by the characters creator, but sometimes it is not uncommon for the characters creator to choose somebody who fits the character's description better than they do to wear the costume.
A lot of original costumes have manga and anime and movie inspired elements, but the best part about them is that they can still be considered original, because they have never appeared in a movie, manga, anime or video game before.
An original character idea can be thrown in to a pre-existing setting, and as such, a lot of people tend to create original Dungeons and Dragons characters, giving them different base qualities, and putting them in that world. Same goes for other L.A.R.P intensive conventions or situations.
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