April 30, 2010
-- Cosplay is a world famous culture and performing art which originated in Japan and has gained popularity in Indonesia, Malaysia, China, United States and many other parts of the world. This moniker was coined from the two words costume and play. Since it is a performance art, costumes play an invincible role. As the name Cosplay implies, here actors dress up exactly like the character or theme they portray on stage. Cosplay artists mostly replicate mythological, fiction series characters from movies, book series or games and cartoon characters.
Cosplay is gaining momentum and many budding artists are trying to launch a career by attending various Cosplay competitions which are conducted in anime conventions. The Madman National Cosplay Competition which happens in Australia every year is one such place where aspiring cosplayers convene to participate by acting in their own plays wearing the perfect costume and accessories to portray their character. Originality, attention to detail and creativity are three basic parameters which Cosplay artists should always keep in mind. The contestants will be evaluated both by the judges and by the fans and winners become very successful and famous. Cosplay generates lots of business opportunities in various forms. Cosmode and Dengeki Layers are very popular Cosplay magazines in Japan. MTV airs some episodes dedicated to the art of Cosplay in the series True Life. Cosplay costumes, accessories and make up are manufactured and sold.
Some renowned cosplayers are Li or Pimlink as we all know who lived as Zelda from ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series and C. J. Collins has earned millions of fans for his role of Refka of the Final Fantasy series. The popularly elected Taiwanese President Lee Teng Hui dressed as Heihachi Edajima from the series Sakigake. A Japanese entrepreneur who was scheduled to be the fourth private space tourist wished to dress as Char Aznable Gundam. The Canadian talk show ‘Ed’s Night Party’s’ Liana Kerzner is well known for her sexy Cosplay costumes and attends many anime conventions in North America.
Cosplay is not simply following your idol character in features, dressing and accessories but it also involves performing like the character and replicating their actions. This means you cannot just choose any theme or idea and base your Cosplay act on it, but need to know the intricacies of the character. Do you think you have it in you to become a cosplayer? Explore your interests and start getting dressed!!!