Cosplay – A Growing Subculture in Asia
Art, like music, is a universal language. It knows no boundaries and unites people of diverse cultures in collective admiration for a common interest. That is what cosplay has ignited mostly among the younger generation in Asia and expectedly around the world through online communities.
Cosplay was coined from two words – costume and play that became an instant hit in Japan during the mid 1980′s when a sci-fi magazine writer, Nov Takahashi wrote about the dramatic costume masquerade in a sci-fi convention in Los Angeles. This triggered a new form of artistic expression in Japan where fans donned intricate costumes humanizing their favorite Japanese animated or anime (cartoon) characters and also heroes created from the manga comics. As the trend continued, more characters from favorite video games and movies were also paraded.
Cosplayers in Japan gather not only during the semi-annual Comiket convention during summer and winter, but they hang out in parks and cafes along the busy streets of Tokyo and other Japanese cities as well where you will also find waitresses donning anime or manga costumes or in a maid costume. What makes cosplay distinct from Halloween costumes or from masquerade balls is the objective of the participant or devotee. While wearing costumes during Halloween or theme parties don’t require much fanfare and the purpose is purely to have fun, cosplay enthusiasts take on the task of preparation very seriously similar to stage play groundwork. The objective goes beyond the fun part, it extends to making the character come to life starting from the intricate costume and makeup and down to the exact body movements and even how the character speaks.
During the 1990′s, because of cyberspace and the distribution of cartoon anime ato other Asian countries, cosplay slowly spread to Taiwan and China, and now the growing number of advocates have mushroomed in Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines where cosplayers follow the trend in Japan. Other Western countries have caught up as well like the U. S and Canada, Spain, France & Italy in Europe as well as South American countries like Brazil and Chile. This prompted the organizing of the World Cosplay Summit in Japan where a grand competition of cosplayers from respective regional winners is held annually.
The regional 2010 Asia Cosplay Meet elimination round will be held in Malaysia in June and will be participated by representatives from Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Malaysia. The top three winners will go to the regional final rounds in Singapore in July, and from there whoever wins will get the chance to compete during the World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya, Japan.
There is no stopping the growing number of admirers and advocates to this artistic phenomenon with the advent of internet cosplayer communities.
Finding Stunning Cosplay Costumes to Bring Your Favorite Anime Character Into Life
Are you a big fan of Japanese animation? Do you want to bring your favorite anime character into life? Fabulous cosplay costumes are offered to make your fantasy come true.
Cosplay costumes are easy to find as both online and local stores have them on offer. If you want to get the best deal, it is recommended that you search them on the internet. There are online retailers providing off-the-rack cosplay costumes at cheap prices. If you buy the whole set for a character from a seller, you can get some discounts.
Of course, you may want to make the costume by yourself. To help you make an outfit, you can buy some pieces of cheap cloth from a thrift shop and then combine them together according to the outfit of the original role. Generally, you will be limited to some characters who wear simple or normal clothes.
If the character you want to portray wears an intricate cosplay costume, it is suggested that you purchase pre-made products from the internet to ensure that you will look the same as the role from the manga. Another good option is to pay someone to custom made for you. To get a vivid imitation, you can provide them with a reference picture and tell them what you want in details, like the material and color of your costume. However, these costumes will cost you much more money than what you get from shops.
Besides cosplay costumes, you also need cosplay wigs to offer you a vivid look. Also make sure to choose them carefully. Find fabulous costumes and you will make heads turn!
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