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Cosplay

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Transcript of Cosplay

cosplay what is ?
•Performance art involving costumes and accessories
•Often characters drawn from pop media, but…
the origins of cosplay Term kosupure was first coined by Noboyuki Takahashi in 1983
Masquerading began in WorldCon 1939
Reintroduced to Americans as “cosplay” in mid-1990s
cosplay today Japan is the largest exporter of cosplay
Magazines
Skits and contests
Meidokissa
Harajuku district
Cosplay vs. Halloween costumes > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > > vampires Cosplay costumes tend to be: cos tume play "cosplay" COsplay and Gender Crossplay crossdress Dressing up as a character of the opposite sex Dressing up as a character who dresses up as the opposite sex Heterosexual and homosexual tensions
at conventions Participants play with different types of sexuality (“playing at”)
Playing at heterosexuality = woman flirting with a woman dressed as a man
Playing at homosexuality = woman dressed as a man flirting with another woman dressed as a man
Double-reverse sexuality = woman dressed as a man flirting with a man dressed as a woman
Idealized forms of
femininity and masculinity Conventions create a different type of
space where traditional gender roles
do not apply. From Cosplay chat rooms: “Make it even kinkier by
switching gender roles.” “It takes a real man to
dress as a woman.” “I don’t think I could ever switch gender roles.
*sweat drop* I can imagine ‘getting it on’ while
crossplaying but I’d still keep my masculine
gender role. Expressed notions of the “ultra feminine”
and the “ultra masculine” Gender bending derives from manga as a genre •Heterosexual relationships characterized as too boring
•Heterosexuality conforming to societal norms
•Other forms of sexuality, including homosexuality, more adventurous and oftentimes more marketable
•Yaoi “boys’ love” allows women to become immersed as a man and love like a man from a male perspective
•Ueno Chizuko: “male homosexuality (in shôjo manga) was a safety device that allowed (girls) to operate this dangerous thing called ‘sex’ at a distance from (their) own bodies; it was the wings that enabled girls to fly”
•Otoko no sekai = world of and for men
Samus cosplay in the west Origin of Western Influence “Cosplay” = costume + play
Nobuyuki Takahashi of the Japanese studio, Studio Hard, coined the term.
In 1984, he attended the Los Angeles Science Fiction Worldcon and was impressed by the costumed fans.
Costume becomes kosu (), and play becomes pure ().
Today costuming is still growing in popularity in North American and Europe.
Recently, popularity has even spread to South America and Australia.
Japan vs. West In the West, cosplayers primarily dress up as characters
from science fiction, historical fantasy, and live-action series.
Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter
Even more recently, movie characters created by Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks.
In the West, costumers also include subcultures of hobbyists who participate in Renaissance faires and Civil War re-enactments. In the late 1990s, the international popularity of Japanese animation
led to the increase in Western cosplayers to dress as Japanese characters.
In Japan, sources for costumes derive from manga, anime, tokusatsu (live-action film or TV dramas that feature superheros and considerable special effects), comic books, video games, hentai (comic porn). (much overlap)
Manga – Astroboy, Sailor Moon
Anime – Pokemon
Tokusatsu – Godzilla
Comic books – Comic Sketches of a Hundred Women, Shiji no yukikai
Video games – Naruto, Dragon Ball Z
Conversely, just as Western cosplayers are increasingly dressing up as Japanese characters, Asian cosplayers are increasingly dressing up as Western fantasy and science fiction characters, due to the international success of Western films.
The Dark Knight, The Matrix, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter.
Anime Conventions in the West They have become increasingly popular in the West that they compete with science fiction, comic, and historical conferences for attendance.
Outside of Asia, the most popular event for cosplayers is the annual Comic-Con Internationalheld in San Diego, California.
Comic-con International Comic-con has become much more than just a comic book convention.
Comic-con International: San Diego is the largest convention in the Western Hemisphere, and second largest in the World after Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.
Commercialization
Celebrities at Comic-con vs Japan more attention to detail handmade involve the personality/nature of the character in dress cosplay in Started 8/30/1998 held twice a year once in the spring (February) once in the summer (August). vendors cosplay dance teams Comic World Taiwan held in three cities
Taipei (CWT) Taichung (CWT-T) Kaohsiung (CWT-K) Comic World Taiwan-Taichung (4th event poster)
10/10-11/2009 Comic World Taiwan-Kaohsiung
(5th event poster) 7/18-19/2009 Seoul Comic World (92nd event) 3/19/2010 Busan Comic World (61st event)
3/19/10 Pictures from the Comic World Korea conventions: Anime Festival Asia also known as AFA Moe Moe Kyun Maid cafe Cosplay Regional Championship Finalists: Phillipines Indonesia Singapore Malaysia Thailand by
Goose Lee
Yu Lee
Jordan Anderson
Gene Eng
Will Passo
Ren Peir Daegu Comic World (6th event) 3/19/10 Comic World Taiwan-Taipei (23rd event poster)
12/12-13/2009 Famous cosplayer Kaname
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