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Get K-ON Cosplay Idea-Interview with cosplayer Suzumi

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Meet Suzumi a cosplayer from Japan! She has cosplayed characters such as Hagumi Hanamoto from Honey & Clover and Suzaku Kururugi from Code Geass. We at ProCosplay absolutely loved her cosplay of Yui Hirasawa from K-On! Suzumi was kind enough to share with us some info about her. Read on to find out more.

Biography :

Name - Suzumi (すずみ) Takafumi
Place - Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
DOB - July 28
Fav anime - DRRR!
                     Vocaloid
                     Pokemon BW *blush* etc etc...



1. How about you introduce yourself first?

Suzumi :-
Hello~ I'm Suzumi, you don't know me but let's try to get along, alright?

2. What inspired you to start cosplaying and for how long have you been cosplaying?

Suzumi :-
I guess seeing all of the anime characters around and how good everyone looked dressing like them, I just wanted to try. I've been doing it for...about 3 years now.

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3. Why did you choose to cosplay Yui Hirasawa?

Suzumi :-
Because she's cute! And I love how easy going (yet ditzy) she is.

4. Could you give the readers some tips on cosplaying Yui Hirasawa?

Suzumi :-
Make sure the hair is right. And don't get lazy if you want to get her uniform. AND just because she wears casual things does NOT mean you can go out in casual cosplay. It really is not the same...

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5. Do you have any favourite cosplayers that you admire and get inspired by?

Suzumi :-
I really like Chen Mei Ting (RabbitMillet), Celestine (astral17), OkiyaDaze, and... Oh! I like Kaesaru but she doesn't cosplay anymore. They all inspire me alot.

6. Which character do you love cosplaying the most?

Suzumi :-
Obviously Yui Hirasawa. But I like Hagumi Hanamoto and I wish I could do more of Suzaku Kururugi.

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7. What are you planning to cosplay in the future?

Suzumi :-
Someone (I don't know who) from Angelic Layer, Rei Ayanami, and Japan from Hetalia.

8. How does cosplaying make you feel?

Suzumi :-
It makes me feel awesome. I really can't describe it, I just love doing it. And my greatest joy comes from actually getting the cosplay done..Even if I may have made the costume too small.

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Get Angel Beats SSS Cosplay Idea-Interview with cosplayer Mika

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Meet Mika, a 17 year old cosplayer from Philippines. Despite having entered the cosplay scene just in 2010 Mika has managed to stand out with her charismatic costumes and personality. Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy VII, Sophitia Alexandra from Soul Calibur III and Madoka Kaname from Puella Magi Madoka Magica are some of the characters that she has cosplayed. Mika was kind enough to share with us some info about her. Read on to find out more.

Biography :

Name - Mika. I'm also known as Mikachu. XD
Place - Philippines~
DOB - July 9, 1994 (17)
Fav anime - That's hard to answer! XD Angel Beats, Guilty Crown, AKB0048, Fate Series, Code Geass, Macross Frontier, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Full Moon wo Sagashite ---- I come to love animes that either stir lots of emotion in me or make me think more about life.



1. How about you introduce yourself to the readers first?

Mika :-
Hello~ I'm Mika! I've been an otaku for as long as I can remember, and I love anime and games to bits. If I didn't, I don't think I'd be -me-. Its a big part of my life, and characters have had impacts on me that have made me into who I am today, in the same way that people around you shape you as a person. Aside from being a cosplayer, I'm just your typical student who loves to sing and eat. XD

2. What inspired you to start cosplaying and for how long have you been cosplaying?

Mika :-
It began when I first saw these photos of famous cosplayers such as Kipi, Arisa Mizuhara, Aira, and Kaname (If I remember right? XD) on the internet a couple of years ago. The thought of seeing such inhumanely beautiful and anime-esque people thrilled me. I immediately thought of trying the same, and thus I did my first (and really fail cosplay @_@) as Haruhi Suzumiya back in 2007. I stopped because I needed to focus on school first, and felt that I wasn't too fitting for it yet. Around April 2010 I began to cosplay again now that I felt more confident. I've been cosplaying for two years now, but I dont really feel like it's been that long. XDD

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3. Why did you choose to cosplay Yuri Nakamura?

Mika :-
The moment I saw the Angel Beats trailer, something about the soundtrack was so appealing to me that it convinced me to try watching. I instantly loved the show because of Yuri who has this extremely similar personality to Haruhi Suzumiya (one of my top favorite anime characters of all time), she was just too amusing/funny/interesting. But just when I thought she'd be another Haruhi, the show shocked me when things went for a turn and more of her character was fully revealed. It hit me emotionally, I really sympathized with Yuri; her personality is extremely if not exactly similar to how I am in real life.

When I watched her in the first episode I immediately told myself I'd cosplay her. But when the show explained more about her, this casual desire to cosplay her grew SO MUCH. >_<

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4. Could you give the readers some tips on cosplaying Yuri Nakamura?

Mika :-

COSTUME:
Yuri's costume might seem simple, but it's actually different from typical seifuku with the unusual blouse layout and collar shape. There are also lots of small details such as the SSS patch, the back ribbon and the change in fabric color of the skirt panels on her sides. The collar and skirt color can also confuse people, in the same way that her hair color is also confusing---they all keep changing hues depending on what images you are looking at. I'm happy with the colors I got and I feel confident in them because I tried to find a balance between the colors of the original concept art/promotional art and the anime screenshots. With enough thinking, planning and attention it's easy to get her costume 100% accurate. Gun props are also easy to get!

PORTRAYAL: This is a little confusing. Although I know her personality inside out, I feel like there's this balance I have to achieve in portraying Yuri---You have to give off this 'serious' and 'confident' aura, but at the same time you can still make small smiles/smirks. She also doesn't entirely make these super angry/fierce expressions. She doesnt have any iconic pose nor does she have a consistent facial expression. She's very overall balanced and 'normal'-ish for an anime character if you get what I mean. XDD She's very regularly 'human'. While she smiles and laughs roughly, she's also mostly no-nonsense. I suppose it depends on your pose, and what aspect of her you'd like to show in photos, but I feel the best advice I could give in making expressions (which I think is the most important aspect of any cosplay) is for you to imagine how she would act/behave.

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5. Do you have any favourite cosplayers that you admire and get inspired by?

Mika :-
Yes, a lot!! I love Aira, Spiral Cats, Rainer Tachibana, Astellecia, GundamFamiglia, Mon Shie... there are just too many of them!

6. What has been your most exciting/memorable cosplay experience to date?

Mika :-
It was at this gaming event last year, 'Level Up! Live 2011' where I first debuted my Rune Knight (Ragnarok Online) cosplay. Lots of cramming was done and it was the first costume that my cosplay family/group/team, Team MARCH, made together. I was really really nervous because that was the first serious competition I had ever joined and the second catwalk I had ever had (first catwalk was in my first cosplay XD). It's a pretty heavy and energy-draining costume but I was so happy, I swung my sword, shouted, ran around on stage and the people were going crazy, the crowd stood up and cheered loudly and I wanted to cry out of happiness for the costume everyone crammed together. XD The people from Team MARCH who were there were watching right at the edge of the stage, so all my nervousness just melted. That whole day, I will never forget.

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7. What is your dream cosplay?

Mika :-
There are a few; KOS-MOS from Xenosaga, Inori Yuzuriha from Guilty Crown, my own Nord Dovahkiin from TESV: Skyrim, Echizen Ryouma from Prince of Tennis and Sakura Kinomoto from Cardcaptor Sakura.

8. In what way has cosplay changed your life?

Mika :-
I became more open-minded, more sociable, more accepting of the fact that there will always be people who are very different from each other. It has given me friendships, has caused me to learn how to sew, how to make props, where to buy certain things, how to use public transport, how to cut and style wigs/hair, how to do all kinds of makeup, it's also made me learn how to appreciate heels (which I used to hate XD). I became more girly because of cosplay, because it has made me more comfortable with wearing skirts, heels, having long hair, accessories and the like. I have come to be less awkward towards the opposite gender and now I even feel like my close friends are mostly males because of my hobbies (games etc). Cosplay has made me a more independent person too, and it has made me learn that if a person wants to do something, no matter what happens it can and will be done. Determination overcomes nearly everything. Also, I've become less shy in crowds and public presentations and have become a better speaker.

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9. Do you have any piece of advice for the beginners out there?

Mika :-
The most simple and essential thing I'd like to say is this: Please, no matter what, there must always be love. If there is love in what you are doing, things will fall into place---Because you love what you are doing, you will be determined. Because you love the character, you will learn more about them, you will easily be able to -be- them. Lots of people enter cosplay these days and become clouded with the intent of becoming popular and highly photographed, of becoming beautiful and the like---this should not be the case. Cosplay for the character. Cosplay because you genuinely, sincerely, from the bottom of your heart, love whoever it is you are cosplaying. That might be a little over the top for the more casual people but still, there must always be a genuine interest in the character; cosplay is not merely a product of wanting fame or doing something that suits you. Dont be afraid to try new things and always, enjoy.



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Cosplay for newbies-Cosplay location tips

When looking to create your own cosplay suit (assuming that is you don’t intend to just buy a complete one online), it helps to learn the very important rule of thinking outside the box. As unusual and specific as most characters costume components are, sometimes the most difficult piece can be easily found in the least likely of places. For starters, let’s begin with where to find fabrics. Stores like Joann Fabrics or local fashion stores like Vogue or any nearby material store can help you find the fabrics and materials you need from sewing needles, patterns, threads, and all sorts of important components. When it comes to patterns, be sure to keep an open mind and look at other kinds of outfits that may appear close or seem like they carry a good likeness to the character you are trying to create. Halloween patterns for costumes like pirates, Jedi knights, or ball gown dresses may be used and modified when using the pattern to create different (or all) sections of your costume. It’s important to make sure you can sew or know someone who can sew WELL if you’re trying to build your costume.

       When it comes to other parts like gloves, boots, headbands, holsters, or odd things like wings and weapons, it helps to literally look everywhere. Sometimes your character’s gloves can be found in the garden section at Home Depot, or if your character has purple or different colored hands, latex gloves from a hospital or nearby Walgreens may have the very same colored gloves you need for your hands. Everything from scuba goggles to plastic skeleton bones or cardboard can be cut, shaped, resized, and modified to fit your costume’s various needs. Of course, local costume shops or Halloween stores will be more than able to help you out with make-up, eye contact lenses, wigs, masks, prosthetic teeth or limbs, so I recommend trying to find a costume store that is open all year around and not just during the Halloween season. Now all of these things like wigs and fabrics can be extremely expensive, it depends on how far you are willing to pay, drive or go for to get the parts you want.

       Of all the places I can recommend to go searching for cosplay parts, the best in terms of variety and being easy on your wallet is you’re local Good Will store or thrift shops or even garage sales. Any store that takes in goods and resells them like clothes and toys would be an ideal spot for cosplay parts. Why you may ask? Because people donate and give away all kinds of things from golf clubs, chairs, toys to sweaters and vests etc. Good Will and thrift stores can carry virtually any kind of piece of clothing you could need from shirts, vests, ties, hats, shoes, I’ve found many perfectly identical costume parts for my cosplays in Good Will stores more times than I have in any costume or Halloween shop. It may take some rummaging and searching and sometimes you may not always find just what you want and may have to modify it to suit your needs better, but more often than not, you would be truly surprised at how many perfect cosplay parts you can find at thrift stores or stores that take donated clothes and toys and such. As they say, one man’s trash is another man’s gold, or in this case, one man’s donation is another man’s cosplay part.

Cosplay for newbies:How to choose your first cosplay

How to choose your first cosplay

   When it comes to getting into the world of Cosplay (short for costume play), it can become a very expensive, daunting, exhausting and complicated hobby to partake, but if handled right, it can serve to be a wonderful and satisfying hobby for many years to come. However, when you’re starting out for the first time, it is very important to make a cosplay that is simple, easy, and inexpensive since as a newbie, you can’t jump into the big leagues at the drop of a hat. Everyone started at the bottom at one point and if you’re reading this, then you’re at the bottom and want to work your way to the top. Best characters to try out for newbies, as far as the simplest ones goes, would be characters that dress in normal clothes and by normal clothes, I mean characters with easy, normal looking, average every day clothes you might find an average person wearing. Someone like L or Light Yagami from “Death Note” for example, Takizawa from “Eden of the East” (or anyone from that show for that matter) or any character from the music inspired show “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad” would also serve as simple, average cosplays for newbies.

Light from Death Note

Light from Death Note

Takizawa From Eden of the East

Takizawa From Eden of the East

       Though, even if you are a newbie at cosplaying, it helps if your dress up as someone recognizable even if it is a simple cosplay. For example, Ash or Misty from the well-known series “” are very easy cosplays to perform and VERY recognizable and expected at local conventions or cosplay gatherings.  Characters from “High School of the Dead” are also easy to perform, though they will require some intentionally designed “wear and tear” such as scrapes, scratches, or blood splatter marks to coincide with the zombie nature of the show. That’s another great thing about cosplaying 101, very simple things such as splatter marks or a rip or tear can help turn an everyday outfit into an iconic outfit or uniform that matches a character from an anime series. Characters from the show “Ranma ½” are a bit more geared towards oriental styled (naturally) but still, many of their uniforms and outfits are very simple and would make for very easy beginners outfits.

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High School of the Dead

High School of the Dead

       Usually anime that are geared in real life (normal realities devoid of robots, aliens, vampires etc) are usually the best kinds of shows to find ordinary looking characters for cosplay. Best examples of this include almost every character in “Black Lagoon” like Revy, Rock, or Benny. Suguru Misato and his teacher Ms. Shikijou from “Mahoromatic” would also fit this category. However, sometimes even bizarre, fantasy set shows can have normal looking characters despite their abnormal settings or sci-fi elements; like Kyon from “Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya” or Sassi and Arumi, both from “Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi.” Always popular with every fan are characters from acclaimed director Hayao Miyazaki, who has made several films with famous characters that are fun to pull off and easy to recognize like Kiki from “Kiki’s Delivery service”, Ponyo and Sosuke from “Ponyo”, or Chihiro from “Spirited Away.

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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Get Durarara Cosplay Idea-Interview with cosplayer Yonejiro

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Yonejiro is a cosplayer from the U.S. Though having just entered the cosplay scene recently, Yonejiro has managed to fit in perfectly well. Matt from Death Note, Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara and Keith Goodman from Tiger & Bunny are the characters that he has cosplayed so far. Let's get to know more about him!

Biography :

Name - Yonejiro - Drew
Place - United States
DOB - February 14
Fav anime - Tiger & Bunny, Ao no Exorcist, Sex/Love Pistols, Durarara, Zoids, and Code Geass



1. How about you introduce yourself to the readers first?

Yonejiro :-
Ah, hello everyone! Just your normal cosplaying college student from here in California. Trying to do well in both school and my cosplay xD

2. When did you realise your love for cosplaying and what inspired you to start cosplaying?

Yonejiro :-
Just last year in 2011 I went to my first convention and was blown away with all the cosplay. I hadn't really known much about it before hand, but once I went I knew I would have to start cosplaying soon! I'm still fairly new to cosplaying and it has been less then a year since I've started. I fell in love with it right away. Being able to really bring some of your favorite characters to life is what inspired me and keeps me going.

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3. Why did you choose to cosplay Shizuo Heiwajima?

Yonejiro :-
Well, the series Durarara is one of my favorites. It's very interesting and different from other shows I've seen so I knew I had to cosplay from it. I particularly really was intrigued by Shizuo's deep character. He's more than just a guy with strength and an anger management issue.

4. Could you give the readers some tips on cosplaying Shizuo Heiwajima?

Yonejiro :-
Have fun with it! Don't be afraid of yelling out in anger and lifting things above your head. And always remember to look angry >D

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5. What according to you are the pros and cons of cosplaying?

Yonejiro :-
There is always pros and cons to anything, especially cosplaying. I find though that the pros out weigh the cons significantly. You get to meet new people who share a common interest in that fandom (I even met my girlfriend who is an Izaya cosplayer), have fun in costume, create your cosplay from scratch or put it together (makes it more personal), and planning out how to make props. It's hard to explain just how much fun it really is. The cons are being able to afford all of it and time rush issues. Sometimes/most of the time cosplayers are working hard all the way up to the night before the convention.

6. What is your dream cosplay?

Yonejiro :-
That's tough... I think either Wild Tiger's mech suit or Sky High's hero suit, both from Tiger & Bunny. I have yet to work with armor yet and will want to eventually. Honestly, I really want to make something with a big cool sword too :b

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7. Where do you often go for your photoshoots? How do you choose the background for a photoshoot?

Yonejiro :-
Either around conventions or anywhere with a nice city vibe. You really have to try to create the feel of where the characters in the anime.

8. Do you have any embarrassing cosplay moment that you'd like to share with us?

Yonejiro :-
Oh my, let's see. At one convention there was a lady who was walking right towards me. I thought they were going to ask me for a photo and I said "yeah, sure" and waved to them. They walked right past me over to their friend who was hanging out beside me. I was so embarrassed, my face turned red and I had to walk away.



9. Can you give some advice to the beginners out there?

Yonejiro :-
This might seem silly or wasteful at first but it really comes in handy eventually. Look through different cosplay tutorials even though you don't think you'll use them. I would read and watch many tutorials about random things that I didn't need then for my cosplay. But later on when I decided to make a street sign I remembered a few tutorials that gave me ideas about how to make it. It's always nice to have an idea about different materials, how they work, and different ways to do one thing.



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