Otaku Cosplay - Anime Comes Alive With This Fascinating Hobby!

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In Japan, cosplay is an extremely popular pastime and can be commonly seen at public events such as video game shows, cosplay parties and nightclubs. In the more recent years since 1998 and beyond a great deal of cosplay cafes have begun to turn up in the Japanese Akihabara district and have grown drastically in popularity.

One of the biggest parts of the cosplay hobby is the creation of the character costume itself. The more intricate and accurate the details of the costume are the better the cosplay is considered. To this end even a person’s hair, skin and physical features may become part of the overall cosplay costume. Many anime events even hold contests where cosplay costumes are judged for accuracy and creativity.

Very much different than Halloween costumes, the goal of a cosplay costume is to literally become the character that is being depicted. For this reason cosplay costumes tend to be extremely elaborate and even simple costumes may take months of research and crafting to make properly. Many costume makers will employ many doctrines of craftsmanship to get the proper texture, look and feel of the specific character they want to cosplay as.

Cosplay trends change on a monthly and yearly basis as pop culture and anime changes. Due to the international success of some major film franchise in the past years some fantasy and sci-fi characters have become very popular cosplay figures. Characters from Star Wars and the Harry Potter series are among some of the most popular non-anime characters to see featured as cosplay.

Within the hobby of cosplay there are even some subgroups. Crossplay is one subset of cosplay in which the player dresses as a character of the opposite sex. Crossplay does not necessarily mean cross-dressing however as many anime characters wear clothing that is not necessarily gender-specific.

Cosplay in recent years has drawn a great deal of media attention. Every modern anime convention features a wealth of photographers who eagerly follow and photograph cosplay costumes to put online or catalog for cosplay magazines and publications. These photographers are usually referred to as “cameko” or “camera boy”.

With Anime as well as Manga being drastically on the rise in the last two decades, cosplay fandom has only increased. The diligent services that cosplay fans put into their hobby as they toil for months on costumes is second to none. With finely honed craftsmanship and a precise attention to detail, Cosplay is a fascinating art form that incorporates many forms of art and culture while providing a fun and social hobby for thousands.

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