The A, B, C's of Cosplay
From Antropomorphic to Zebra (or Invader Zim!), the A, B, C's of Cosplay is a 26 week 'workshop' to bring to you, in all its costumed and creative glory, some of the most spectacular and colorful work in the Cosplay gallery. Complete with a section on tutorials, and a small history on obscure words or anime used, this week I bring to you...
The letters G, H and I!
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.
G is for Ganondorf!
Ganon, anglicized Gannon in early Japanese materials, and also known in his humanoid form as Ganondorf, is a fictional character who is the primary antagonist of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda series.
G is for Ghost in the Shell!
Ghost in the Shell, (literally "Mobile Armored Riot Police") is a media franchise based on the Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow.
H is for Hetalia!
Hetalia: Axis Powers is a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series, by Hidekazu Himaruya. The series presents an allegorical trivialisation of political and historic events, particularly of the World War II era, in which the various countries are represented by stereotyped anthropomorphic characters.
H is for Hellsing!
Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It first premiered in Young King Ours in 1997 and ended in September 2008. Hellsing is named after and centered around the Holy Order of Protestant Knights, originally led by Abraham Van Helsing. The mission of Hellsing is to search and destroy those that threaten the safety of the Queen and Country from the undead and other supernatural forces of evil.
I is for Inuyasha!
InuYasha, also known as InuYasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996 and concluded on June 18, 2008.
I is for Idolmster!
The Idolmaster (officially romanized as THE iDOLMster) is an arcade and console raising simulation game released exclusively in Japan by Namco (now Namco Bandai Games) on July 26, 2005. It was released on the Xbox 360 on January 25, 2007. The game follows the career of a producer who works for the fictional 765 Production studio and has to work with a group of prospective pop idols. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures began airing on July 7, 2011.
If you come across anything in the Cosplay gallery that you think would fit the upcoming alphabet, please feel free to suggest to me for future articles!
Next week: J, K and L!
My thanks go to HyruleIke, slephoto, Shirei-Shou, MelfinaCosplay, Foayasha, and yunamoogle for their fantastic word suggestions this week
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