JIMAA: The Basics of Cosplay

Journey Into Manga & Anime

First things first, what’s cosplay?

Cosplay is short for “costume play”, and is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play, with favorite sources being from manga and anime, comic books, video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.

So why do people do it?

Well there are many reasons. It can be for fun, community, winning contests, or much more. Check out this article from iFanboy for a more detailed answer.

What do I need in order to cosplay?

  1. First, decide on who you want to cosplay.

With anime as with anything else, the sky’s the limit on who you can dress up as. When you pick a character, take note that if it’s your first time cosplaying you might want to choose a simple outfit, however if you’re up for the challenge then pick whatever type of style that you want-the sky’s the limit on this too.

  1. Decide how you want to go about getting your costume.

Are you putting the costume together yourself, do you know how to sew, or are you going to let someone else make it for you? Consider your budget and time allowance.

Also know that it’s okay if you don’t know how to sew. There are many costumes that only require you putting together an outfit with minimal or no sewing required.

Where can I purchase my cosplay materials?

1.Hand me downs. Ask your relatives for any old clothes that you could use.

2.Thrift shops. Hey Mackelmore wasn’t playing around in his song. You can get pretty good stuff from your local thrift shop for inexpensive prices.

5. For wigs, you might want to check out ebay.

4. Cosplay.com is your best bet at getting good tips and resources for cosplaying.

5.If you aren’t making or putting together your costume, then here are some good sites to buy costumes that are already made:

CosplayFU.com

CosplayMagic.com

HelloCosplayMoonCostumes

QQCosplay Design Studios

Remember to just have fun, be creative and let your imagination run freely! As you continue to cosplay, you’ll learn new techniques and get better at it. And there you have it! Now go forth and cosplay!

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