Cosplay is a short form of "Costume play" and it deals with dressing up as a fictional character mostly but not limited to Japanese games, anime and manga.
Cosplayer /Layer are terms for people who do cosplay
Cosplay Conventions are gatherings for competitions, stores and booths that have goods and products related to but not limited to Japanese games, anime and manga.
Top 3 Misconceptions:
Attractiveness is required and chosen
While we do have an administering body for conventions and such, no one has a say who has a right to cosplay (Except your parents... Learn to listen to them!!). Again, similar to drawing, gaming and reading books, if you can afford it or have a way to access materials needed for it (renting a costume, buying it or making it) and YOU want to do it.
head on to your nearest convention or photoshoot with friends
and JUST DO IT! : )
There is no need for links here, you only need to do an FB name search and you can get it. If you were expecting ME and my nakedness? You're better off waiting for male pregnancy to happen. Because only the doctors who operated on my mom during pregnancy, my mom, my childhood nanny and my future husband is allowed that. It's EXCLUSIVE, which no amount of likes or money can EVER hope to buy.
If I were a guy, I'd find this day and age absolutely easy to get my 'game-on', 'do the dirty do, 'a date with Ms Right' easily.
How so? If you have to ask, then please talk to me and let's be friends because I need people who are not yet tainted with this thing we call the internet. But then again, if you're reading my blog, that just means you're very adept with it as this is a very tiny corner of this vast world.
On to the point:
There was instant sharing of food/location, there were ways to easily cancel appointments, and book flights, and now even pleasure and showing off how slutty you are is as easy as pressing a button and ta-dah! The whole world can see all of your soul if you still have it
Am not a huge fan of naming names and bashing people, but since she likes attention so much I'll give her my 10 minutes and an article here in my blog. She might even all caps glory me to death or enjoy the 'attention' (or rather dislike) she's gotten from me.
Minding my own business
I'M TRYING, I've seen her page and posts through a friend around a month ago but as a girl who gets cat calls and such? She's becoming much worse and I find being disrespected as a girl seriously degrading. And when one person acts and tends to represent an entire 'hobby' it becomes so easy to generalize for people who don't want to give it a second thought. (Which is possibly 99.9% of this world's populace -- ok maybe 70% and the other 30% are rare pokemons) She supposedly does 'cosplays' which is in seriously mediocre to almost awful quality which really hurts the purist inside of me.
My views on Baring Skin
It's one thing to be sexy even without taking your clothes off, honestly I've become really aware of my behind due to several friends and total strangers commenting on it. As much as I TRY NOT to draw attention from it, people seem to really like to comment on how 'big' it is and such. So even at this degree wherein I'm more or less clad (Good example is the SnK Mikasa cosplay on Left hand side) it was still considered a 'sexy cosplay' But more or less I can standby on the fact that my MAIN MOTIVE WAS TO PORTRAY MIKASA. Not show off my goddamned ass.
I've never shown cleavage or even so much as a bare butt cheek in my cosplays. I try to be as 'child friendly' as I can but I can't help who sees the photos so that's a risk I've been taking.
For girls who feel the need
You might want to firstly, tell your parents about your path to whore-dom. Or maybe not, maybe whores don't really value any form of respect at all. Being naked, or merely covering your nipples with hands or other objects--- is just plain porn. What was/is your motive? I doubt it's an act of being naive, I'd rather see girls act cutesy then be an outright slut. As I've said before. I have no qualms about sexy cosplay, it's just the emphasis should still be on COSPLAY and not the SEXY.
If you're really rocking that accurately made costume then being sexy is just a plus.
Being a bait and tempting people
Not everyone who sees your photos are fine with just letting their hands do the work, sometimes that might fuel a desire far greater and animalistic. Anything anyone does has a direct effect to everyone else, or at least that's how I view this life. And when you post nude or almost nude photos, you tempt someone. It's not as big an effect as dressing up scantily, you directly affect yourself when you do that. And you WILL BE a walking temptation and are easy to act on. It's all about caring about OTHER PEOPLE and YOURSELF a little more.
If you REALLY REALLY (x10) HAVE to be a slut
I'll go martial law on you in this one, so you're tempting people? You're posing with nothing but bottle caps or your hands?
Let them do the deed with you or basically use you up as you seem to be happy being fap material anyway, so maybe since you enjoy eyes on you so much invite EVERYONE of your pervert kingdom. Facebook is so easily accessible and seeing as people seem to enjoy exposing themselves in it, it's not impossible that YOU (YES YOU) might have inadvertently cause someone pain with whatever you posted.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR ACTIONS should have been a basic thing your mom or dad taught you, but seeing as sluts grew boobs instead of brains I guess we have to live in a world where there's just free porn for everyone, like it or not. What I just don't like is the fact that people spread it around like wildfire. If people can't post responsibly, at least share responsibly. If it's a post you don't want your dad or mom to see, chances are there IS SOMETHING wrong with it.
To Online Harassers + Trolls
Please, please, please just leave us quiet one's out of this and just go to people like that who obviously enjoy the attention. We might want a bit of appreciation from time to time but trust us, we don't mind being left in the dust when it comes down to it. We can just smile to ourselves in content. Don't pick on the innocent, go to the one's who are definitions of 'dolts' and 'perverse' just like you.
I'm personally going "EH? WHY?" on this myself I think one of the best practices in maintaining a blog is possibly updating on a schedule.
Not that this blog is of any value to humanity, (although not a lot of online material is) but that's not the point, so at least when anyone visits they'd know when they can read new useless stuff! Fun!!
I've been itching to illustrate some blog posts and I guess I started with this little announcement.
Updates will be on:
First having a sexy Nishikino Maki image.
Now, let's start with the overall quality before we go to the thing I was slightly disappointed in.
Price: $16- $22
Quality: Heat resistant/non-shiney (But doesn't seem to curl with a curling iron)
Thickness: Average to somewhat disappointingly thin (Will expound on this later)
Color/Style: VERY close to the sample photos on actual but on cameras the color can vary of course
Wrapping it up:
One last bit, is the fact that it's just awful at the scalp area.
I've seen this sickness before in Grandyoung wigs, via friends and their wigs. And wished that I'll never encounter a wig with this issue.
This and the weird gloss of Grandyoung wigs caused me to stop buying that brand. But now even Lucaille has it which just narrows down my trusted brands to around 2: JIUWIHU and CosplayC/CosC which are both photogenic wigs.
It's not obvious from the front or sides though, just really messy on the top which really irritates the OC-ness in me. I've tried to brush it but it's not that simple to fix it seems. All in all, it's a good enough Maki wig or the price. But am no longer going to get Lucaille.
According to rumors from a japanese culture centric blogspot blog (Link Here)
Starting August 8, Japan will be trying to implement an anti-piracy campaign.
Yep, heard it right! That would mean all our fresh and raw sources of anime and manga would most definitely be stopped.
From our Perspective
Honestly, if quality CD's were readily available locally I wouldn't mind collecting and buying them for the sake of getting my anime fix. But seeing as we only have at least 2 stores that cater to that (And they're not exactly 'legit') it's not the best option.
And even if blu-ray disks would come out online, not only does that mean that the series has already ended. It can also mean a longer wait due to shipping and possibly customs. And customs aren't the best place to get your goods stuck in.
For people who dislike english and local dubbed anime, like myself. I don't think we'd hesitate to pay for these streaming sites. Main issue is, the convenience of actually getting to watch a series at your leisure is part of what makes the hobby. There's also a huge fanbase of people who make PV's, .GIF's, and the likes that actually garner more audience for a series. It's a form of advertising and spreading the love for a series. If they stop the torrent sites, they basically stop people from making quality fan based art.
CD wise, this is a seriously depressing topic, CD's aren't released as early and the subs would take ages to happen more so if we're going to wait for the series to be localized (But damn, who wants that?)
For Manga, I guess not a lot of issues as you just have to invest a little more in getting the books from bookstores abroad. Which will be unfortunately taxed when it gets here. It's all about money really. Or maybe, we can cross our fingers and someday a Kinokuniya branch would actually take interest in making a store here.d
As supposedly the act of pirating these forms of entertainment is garnering losses of 5.5 Billion in yen.
The internet and the power of anonymity is simply frightening at times. From identity theft to worse case bullying that cause some to even hide in their homes at times. Admittedly, if you attract attention to yourself you would be a target of criticism. But again, are we asking for it openly? Is it right for you to be rude? Would you ever tell a stranger to his or her face that he/she is ugly and such?
Normally the answer is no, but because of the internet - we all have this power
Bullies are everywhere
I still don't know why people have the urge to look down on others and write it down. I have been made fun of, judged and called many names for simply posting pictures on my FB account. Thing here is, I have never promoted myself, or even told anyone to please 'like' this or that and please subscribe and such. Am still too damned shy for those things.
Ever been bullied? Received a really depressing comment?
If you have, then try to take a breather. These people are misinformed, and they probably have their own ideals in mind. That's not something you can control. What's more important is, DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU'RE DOING? Are you satisfied with the outcome and such? That's all there is to it.
Critics are welcome, BUT
at least try and be constructive. I don't mind these comments anymore, I just need an example. Dont take it the wrong way. People will always be highly critical of others though some are more vocal about it. That's how diverse life is, and we just have to be stronger, but likewise I really hope these people would find a better outlet. As fun as it may seem to bring others down, you aren't doing anything to improve yourself and that just sounds really dragging.
A lesson of CAUTION
It is said, that most women have at least experiences some form of stalking in their life at least once. And think about it, you might find out you've been at some point a victim of stalking as well. Although it may seem flattering at some points, it can also be quite rattling and down right scary.
2. The untraceable name
Kuri curry? Who?
I made my pseudonym due to the fear of being once again stalked. At school, I never imagined I'd actually be stalked up to the point that I was afraid to GO TO SCHOOL. They would watch me go to class almost daily. (That's why I was fairly sure they were there for me) take pictures of me while I'm at Chem Lab, or basically just even follow me up to my house.
There were even points wherein I was approached and followed in a mall up to the point I went to the comfort room. Wherein the guy could no longer follow.
I was afraid, and I DO NOT LIKE being afraid. I did not understand why I was being followed and I did not like it. I usually commute and it's rather hard to be taken seriously if they tag my name with the words, "Ahh the cosplayer?". Outside of my hobby, I'd like to be treated like a professional. Sure, I do tell some of my work mates but with being known as 'the cosplayer' in the office. (You get a LOT of unnecessary attention plus people think you LEND OUT EVERYTHING)
3. Controlling what's shared
Either with settings, or securing that you only post things you want to be seen by EVERYONE on a certain account is a good way to lessen the amount of information people can get their hands on.
With this name of mine, I can control what people see and what they don't. I don't want future clients looking at me and merely seeing that I'm a delusional 'kid' who still fantasizes about old world vampires, mech, and time leaps.
Things that I would suggest NOT being specific about in regards of ONLINE Accounts/Online contests (UNLESS they WILL NOT divulge your private information):
Famous people can do these things, because well for one they have SECURITY. As normal folk, we have a lot more vulnerability then they do. If they or anyone messes with them, it's easier to trace.
Sum it up?
TAKE CARE OF YOUR IDENTITY.
You don't need to bare all to the point that people can make fake accounts in your name and fill up the info section like some well studied for exam.
There's a lot of articles about being good judges, and one thing that will be redundant among them is the fact that you have to always be NEUTRAL.
We naturally stick to what we like --
Even when we don't mean to, you would probably have a collection of same wig colors with varying styles.
Naturally, we have our 'identity' and we know what naturally looks nice for ourselves. (So don't ever lose this to critics or even friends giving you their opinions -- remember! They're opinions, take them at face value. It's up to you how you want to do this hobby)
But again, the opposite doesn't hold true -- but then again am pretty sure there will always be that ONE color you like wearing the most. As for me, it's blonde, green (mostly Miku and CC) and silver. It was a hard battle between the blondes: Len versions, Saber versions, Krista, Mio and a whole bunch of others but in the end Saber Alter won out the spot.
I'd love to see your Wig Color Meme! :)
I can give you a copy of the template I used if you wish (Or I'll update this soon with a download for it)
Pick your valentine: (Kidding)
Catching something 'real' but unplanned.
Sometimes life gives you a bit of a reward and we caught this beautifully painted horizon.
That's not edited guys, it's really just that pretty.
Nothing beats the 'real thing'
This photo still brings back the feeling of witnessing something so pretty. Though, it was freezing cold there at that time and I had to pose. But that's hardly any issue really.