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The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (X, Y, Z)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 2:11 PM


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.

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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!

X is for X/1999:

X/1999 is a Japanese shōjo manga series created by Clamp. It premiered in 1992, and ran until the increasingly violent storyline raised concerns and went on a hiatus in 2003. Taking place at the end of days, 1999, it follows Kamui Shirō, a young esper who returns home to Tokyo after a six-year absence to face his destiny as the one who will determine humanity's fate. Classified as apocalyptic fiction, it has a lot of various end of days elements, as well as its own unique plotlines and twists.

Apparently, all but one or two final chapters have been published. Adapted to audio dramas , as well as a 1996 feature film and a 2001 television series. Viz Media published all 18 volumes in North America.

hinoto cosplay by True-Envy-is-MESubaru and Seishiro I by HelloDarksideFacing the Truth by Ken-Eden

Y is for Yachiru Kusajishi:

Yachiru Kusajishi is the lieutenant of the 11th Division in the Gotei 13, under command of Kenpachi Zaraki, from "Bleach".

"It is assumed by her chidish appearance and personality that Yachiru is also the youngest of all officers in the Gotei 13. Yachiru wears the normal shinigami uniform and her division's crest on her left arm, which is common to all lieutenants. Unusually, she carries her zanpakutō by a string tied to her left arm." Cited from

Her short, bright pink hair and rosy cheeks make her a very popular character to cosplay, not only with women, but also with men and children.

Yachiru desu by SteamHiveBLEACH: Dangerous Cuteness by Ninifee-chanYachiru Kusajishi by geerybacsi

Z is for Zentai:

There are so many versions of full body costumes when it comes to cosplaying, but by far one of the most uncomfortable, and hardest to pull off, are zentai. Zentai are full body suits which run the ENTIRE length of the body, including your hands, head, and feet. Usually they are used as a base for another costume entirely, but sometimes they are the costume itself.

Made with stretchy, clinging fabric like lycra or spandex, a completed zentai is hard to breathe through, and hard to see through, but done well they are a startling addition to conventions. They can also be made with more extreme materials, such as PVC and rubber, but those are generally used for a different type of costume, almost exclusively being used for fetish wear.

Snowman by LilacLace:thumb287212904:Darth Talon by latex-rat

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