Sunday, June 5, 2011
Cosplay: Literally "Costume Play." Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character). -- urbandictionary.com
I know I've mentioned this before on Ze Twitter and in various conversations throughout the years, but cosplay fucking scares me. I just don’t get it. I mean, I get dressing up… for Halloween, or costume parties – that's fun! But what, exactly, is the point of dressing up as your favourite character on a warm summer day and taking “artsy” photos of yourself in front of a random building, or in a meadow before heading off to that convention? What’s the deal with the poses? Why won’t a simple smile suffice?
Okay, I sort of understand if your costume is actually awesome (yes, this does happen occasionally, but more on that in a minute), and you want some kind of visual record of it. But those silly poses are a bit much. Also a bit much? When you look fucking ridiculous but take, like, a bazillion pictures of yourself looking fucking ridiculous with the express purpose of posting them all over the internet.
As I mentioned before, I’ve actually seen some pretty dope examples of cosplay: Where the clothes are made with painstaking attention to detail, and the wearer looks the part they are trying to portray. Observe:
|Ya Ya Han makes her own outfits, and they usually come out pretty rad.|
|Phoenix Kasai's C.Viper is amazing! This really doesn't do it justice.|
Of course, the impressive stuff is pretty rare. More often than not, you’ll find shit like this:
Photo credit: Yugikitten.deviantart.comNOT BETTER!
It’s stuff like this that genuinely makes me believe that mankind is doomed.
From top to bottom: Lenne (Final Fantasy X-2), Crimson Viper (Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs Capcom 3), Dante (Devil May Cry, Marvel vs Capcom 3), Jill Valentine (Resident Evil 3: Nemesis), Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2 - film), Leon Kennedy (Resident Evil 4)