Interview with cosplayer Meepygal -
Meet Cristina, a.k.a. Meepygal, a cosplayer from Portland, Oregon, USA. She has cosplayed characters such as Rei Ayanami from Evangelion and Birdy Cephon Altera from Birdy The Mighty. Meepygal is also the Cruncyroll Ambassador from the Oregon area. Her cosplay of Yuno Gasai from Future Diary(Mirai Nikki) is breathtaking. Read on to find out more about her!
Name - Meepygal
Place - Portland, OR
DOB - October 28
Fav Anime - Evangelion, Birdy the Mighty & Gurren Lagann
1. How about you introduce yourself to the readers first?
Meepygal :- Hello my name is Cristina (aka Meepygal) and I am a cosplayer from from the Portland, Oregon area. Cosplay, art, & performing arts is my passion! I am a huge fan of anime, manga, comics, films, games and pop-culture in general.
2. When did you realise your love for cosplaying and for how long have you been cosplaying?
Meepygal :- I am half Japanese and was born in Japan so I grew up with Japanese pop culture in my life. Its one of the main reasons why I was introduced and influenced to cosplay/conventions when I was in middle school. I got invited to go to Sakura con 2008 so that was my first convention and my start of this amazing hobby.
3. Why did you choose to cosplay Yuno Gasai?
Meepygal :- I really enjoyed the Mirai Nikki manga and decided to cosplay her when the anime was coming out.
4. Could you give the readers some tips on cosplaying Yuno Gasai?
Meepygal :- Don't be afraid to get creative when you cosplay her. You can do a lot of action and fighting poses. I literally had used at least five different weapons props in multiple photoshoots & I loved portraying the crazy yandere side of her. Also make sure you get pink contacts that stand out, since her eyes are incredibly vibrant and expressive. I see a lot of Yuno cosplayers buying pink lenses that look too grey and I think it ruins the overall look and feel of the character.
5. How do you decide what character to cosplay?
Meepygal :- If I like it, can afford it and have time to construct it.
6. What is your dream cosplay?
Meepygal :- Ive completed quite a lot of my dream cosplays in this past year but currently my top two are Rei Ayanami's plugsuit in Evangelion ANIMA and some version of the Iron Man suit.
7. How do you view yourself as a cosplayer?
Meepygal :- I mostly do it for fun and friends. I love going to conventions and showing off my work too. Im usually a perfectionist when It comes to certain costumes and will work to make things look nice but my attitude is mostly laid back and fun.
8. Do you have any embarrassing cosplay moment that you'd like to share with us?
Meepygal :- My most recent one was at Kumoricon this year. I was backstage during the cosplay contest and was giving out donuts to everyone in the room when I tripped over someones cosplay prop, went flying with all of the donuts and took a chair to the face like a champion.
9. Could you give some advice to the beginners out there?
Meepygal :- Remember this is a hobby HAVE FUN. If you want to have amazing costumes its going to take a while for you to build the skills and knowledge that a lot of us veterans have. Practice and research is key; don't be afraid to make new things no matter how bad they look. Don't be afraid to make friends with other cosplayers, and ask for questions or help! When I first started sewing on my own my costumes were definitely not quality work.
You can see much more of her work on her deviantart, Facebook, World Cosplay, Blog and Twitter.
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