Between fantasy and reality, whoa… thatâs quite something isnât it? Whoops! Donât be discouraged by that exaggerating post title! You wonât find any heavy stuff here, not in my blog. Well, what is cosplay? For those unenlightened ones please read the wiki here. Sorry, but I wonât bother to (re)invent the wheel… *halah!* Bear with me please. :-)
This topic crossed to my mind when some crazy dude in Loenpia.net mailing list mentioned about wearing anime costume to a quiz show weâre about to attend (which due to its deadline, I personally doubt its realization.. sorry guys :-p) Wearing anime costume? Thatâs only means one thing, Cosplay! yay! For me, cosplay means two things :
1. Draw the line between fantasy and reality
To be honest, this is my first impression when I saw cosplayers for the first time. Itâs quite common reaction for newbie like me back there. But the impression didnât stop there, until now, sometime watching cosplayers in a convention or show really shock you up. It instantly awakes you from the land of fantasy, and hereâs why…
Well, the reasons are simple. Iâm sorry to inform you ladies and gentlemen, in this boring world, there no such thing as (or do exist, but extremely rare) :
- Cute, living, girl shaped, personal computer, named Chii, like you Saw on Chobits
- Ultra cute girl, red eyed, blue haired, slim enough to fit in a plugsuit, smile only once in her entire life, named Ayanami, like you saw on Evangelion.
- Stunningly beautiful, martial art master, named Tifa, like you saw on FF Advent Children.
And this stupid list goes infinitum..
So, what Iâm about to say is, when we (normal, mere mortals) try to recreate things I listed above, the result is not quite like we expected. And whats sucks about it is : thereâs nothing wrong here! Itâs all because our limitation as normal human. Maybe we arenât good-looking enough? Our body are not slim enough (yay!) or not muscular enough? Our skin are too dark or too white? Yup, this is âreality factorâ?; you canât do anything to fix it. But hey, donât get me wrong. I love cosplay (though never really done it). I admire those spirit cosplayers spread, I feel it and I love it. Salute to all of you cosplayers!