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!
P is for Props:
A really thought out costume will come complete with props. They can range from a specialized ring, to hair clips, to weaponry or wings, and sometimes a specially crafted wig to compliment their character.
Props can be hand made, or bought from convention vendors or online, or in some specialty stores. They can be original, or modelled after a characters weapon or armor, etc.
Real weaponry, such as guns or swords, are not allowed inside of a convention space, so a lot of people create their accessories out of foam, latex, wood and rubber, as well as assembling a brand new weapon or armor out of a pre-existing toy.
Q is for Queen's Blade:
Queen's Blade is a series of visual combat books first published in 2005. The plot revolves around a tournament called the Queen's Blade, which is held once every four years to determine a Queen.
It spans four manga adaptations, three anime adaptations, three light novels, and one video game.
R is for Riona Heartilly:
Riona Heartilly is a female protagonist and playable character from Final Fantasy VIII. Her trademark is angel wings printed on the back of her duster sweater, and as such her character symbol is a white feather which signifies the wings.
She is Squall Leonhart's love interest. One of the most cherished video game moments, and a frequently cosplayed costume of Rinoa's, is the dance cutscene from the video game.
Riona is a commonly cosplayed character, her fairly easy to accomplish looks and heart shaped face are a favorite among females who enjoyed the Final Fantasy video games. Her costume would be one that required little effort, as she has no embellishments that would be complicated to make, but the overall effect is usually very well done, with similarities on virtually every serious cosplayer marking the costume as easy to identify.
S is for Skit:
Cosplaying isn't just about showing off your costume to everyone. Sometimes, you have an opportunity to act out in a skit, where you become your character for everybody to not only see, but watch as well. The skits are usually short theater productions, lasting no more than a few minutes, and most try to be comical and often make fun of the series or character the cosplayers are portraying. Some, though, go for dramatic effect, which can be amazing if done correctly, but hardly settles well with the excited mood of a convention!
Skits performed by con-goers are usually part of a contest, but they can also be hosted by the convention itself in order to make things like speeches more interesting.
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The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (D, E, F)
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The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (G, H, I)
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The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (M, N, O)