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!
T is for Trigun:
When I compiled the A, B, C's of Cosplay 2, I seriously, honestly tried to stay away from Trigun. I considered covering Trap for T (a trap is somebody who is easily, and often, mistaken for the opposite gender in cosplay. Either sex is convincingly and accurately dressed as the opposite gender. It is not limited to people who are crossplaying.) but I kept coming back to Trigun, which is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhiro Nightow. It spans 17 collective volumes published in between 1996 to 2008.
Trigun has an easily recognizable Space Western theme, and is about a man named Vash the Stampede. He has followers, though - two Bernardelli Insurance Society employees who follow him around in order to minimize the damages inevitably caused by his appearance. Most of the damage isn't caused by Vash himself, but from the bounty hunters after the 60,000,000,000$$ bounty on Vash's head. Vash can't remember why he has a bounty on his head, though...he has amnesia.
Trigun was animated by Madhouse and broadcast on TV Tokyo in 1998. There is also a film and video game adaptation.
Vash has a trademark red leather coat and yellow tinted glasses, along with spiky blonde hair. He is easily recognized from a distance at any convention.
U is for Utena Tenjou:
Utena Tenjou (From Revolutionary Girl Utena) is an often cosplayed character from the anime and manga carrying her name. The serial began in 1996, and the anime first broadcast in 1997.
Utena is a tomboy-ish teenage girl who was so impressed by a Prince in her childhood that she became a prince herslf. While the show has the appearance of a magical girl series, is also highly metaphysical, surreal, and allegorical.
Cosplayers dressed as Utena are generally clad in her 'Prince' outfit, with her trademark pink hair. Any convention will see at least one of these, and she is visible from a distance (again, the hair!).
V is for Variations:
When choosing to create a cosplay outfit, some Cosplayers will take the time to modify their work to make them distinct, and stand out. While a completely accurate cosplay is acceptable, and encouraged, sometimes a little knick knack here and there makes you memorable, and people will snap their fingers and say, "Oh! Yes! I recall seeing them!"
Variations of costumes can be anything, but are usually quite small and hardly noticable - until you notice. Sometimes, though, they are evident at first glance, almost overpowering.
People who choose to make variations to their costumes are often times subject to people heckling them, for most would rather see a perfect replication of their favorite characters.
W is for Wigs:
One of the most important parts of a cosplay, and most often the first created, is the hair. A wig is essential, for most cosplayers do not have the required hair to recreate some of the sprawling hairstyles which are evident in anime and manga, video games, etc.
Cosplayers will sometimes post pictures of their work in progress, and some companies only deal with outlandish and extreme wigs that would be harder to make if crafted at home, such as Sailor Moon's, Yugi Mutou's and Goku's - especially when he goes Super Saiyan.
Project Educate: Welcome to Cosplay Week!
PE: The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (A, B, C)
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (D, E, F)
Costuming for a Cause - by ^j-z-belexes
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (G, H, I)
Project Educate: Steampunk
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (J, K, L)
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (M, N, O)
The A, B, C's of Cosplay 2 (P, Q, R, S)