Interview with cosplayer Yonejiro -
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!
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.
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
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
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.
You can see more of his work on his deviantart and tumblr
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