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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.

Pokemon Cosplay

Pokemon Cosplay

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

Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

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