Of course you can. Just make a contract with me. And become a Magical Girl. – Kyubey
A lot of cosplayers love to dress up as animals from anime and manga, the most common being pokemon. The great thing about animal-human cosplay is there is no human costume template to follow so everyone ends up taking a different approach to the character. One little evil kitten has become quite a popular character too, this is the best of Kyubey.
Cosplay Gen is the bible of cosplay, from interviews to tutorials, the magazine showcases the best of cosplay and gives you an insight into the minds of dedicated cosplayers – and best of all it is made by fans for fans.
Below are promo cards for issue 3, taking some of the best cosplays from the issue and mixing them up with illustrations by Cristian Dîrstar – it’s interesting to see cosplayers who dress as real life versions of drawn characters being drawn themselves, seems like a weird paradox but we love it.
Last summer I was travelling to as many conventions as I could doing cosplay photography, since then I have been working unpaid so have had no money to travel around the country. I however I will not let this spring/summer’s events slip past me. As I get ready to photograph some cosplayers I thought I would try and find someone who shoots in a similar style to me.
Alot of photographers take the subjects away from the hustle and bustle of the con, put them against a white wall or in the garden of the venue the con is held at, I however like to capture the ongoing convention in the background. Much like those street fashion photographers who stop people on the street and get them to stop where they are and pose.
I found the work of Jason Chau who does the same, I love the fact he has a style, the same sort of framing in every photo and bright vivid colours, the background is still there but using depth of field it is not distracting from the cosplayer. You can see all of Jason’s work here.
Batgirl — with Alissa Simmons.
Hibiki Ganaha from the iDOLM@STER — with Ichigo Kitty Cosplay
Probably the most cosplayed character ever! This dynamic virtual pop star comes in so many interchangeable looks she’s the perfect cosplayer, buy a decent Hatsune wig and then change the rest according to if you want to be Christmas Miku, bunny Miku, racing Miku and everything in-between. Here are the best Hatsune Miku Cosplays out there.
Our favourite gothic lolita die hard Kira fangirl, Misa Amane combines cute and dark – she’s the perfect cosplay for those with edge, who don’t want to dress in pink wigs and bows. These are the best cosplays of Misa.
With the iconic fetishised colours and atmosphere of Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure – Giorno cosplayers and photographers have no excuse when it comes to stylising. Saturated colours, romanticism and flowers create the perfect look for this unique character. Below are 4 cosplayers that have done a pretty good job at bringing the characters and the style off the pages and into reality.
Since Shingeki No Kyojin (Attack on Titan) aired it is near impossible to visit a con and not see a fleshy titan. They make a great cosplay adventure because there are so many ways you can dress up, body suits, body paint, onsies etc. They have quickly become a cult phenomenon and these are the best out there:
Anna Fischer is a talented fashion photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times and The Wallstreet Journal just to name a few. However Anna’s Cosplay photography is probably what she is best known for, particularly her project ‘The Wild Places‘.
The Wild Places is a photo project taking top-tier cosplay talents on a photo-odyssey across the untamed landscape of America. I want to expand the scope of what cosplay photography can be. I think it’s time to go big. It’s time to break cosplay out of the photobooth, the pool deck, the hotel lobby. I want to take it to the desert, to the ocean, to the mountains. I want to take cosplay away from the tame spaces, and to the wild places.
– Anna Fischer
I LOVE this project, America provides great landscapes from deserts to dense forests. The only issue is money, cosplay photography isn’t that lucurative in the West. Anna Fischer tackled this problem with her Kickstarter project – The Wild Places. When Anna posted ‘The Wild Places‘ on Kickstarter she aimed to get $3,000 in donations, to date she has received over $26,000, and here’s why people want to fund this project:
The Wild Places
The Wild Places Nevada
The Wild Places
The Wild Places
The Wild Places New Mexico
I think this is a really strong project and set of images that give a breath of fresh air to the world of cosplay photography which is often repetitive and never leaves the convention grounds. I love seeing when new images are published and the next locations. It’s one to keep your eye on if you love cosplay or photography in general, you could always donate and get involved! See the project website here.
One of my new favourite things to do on instagram at the moment is to findcosplayers – they’re great to follow as you get to see some behind the makeup shots and characters in everyday situations, it’s awesome to see people showing the non-convention side of cosplaying.
StahliCosplay first came to my attention on a search for Attack On Titan cosplay – the Levi costume made me stop scrolling a take notice. Who can ignore those epic Levi brows & Titan PJ’s?!
Like a lot of anime lovers when I come across a new anime I always make a note of it so that once I’ve finished what I’m watching I can move onto the new one – this lead to a looooooong list on my phones notes – not handy as sometimes I delete it by accident or write so many down I forget which ones which (too lazy to google them all :P).
However last night I discovered AnimeTrakr – a much needed free app that allows you to browse through each anime seasons new releases. You can then add them to any of the following lists; Planning, Watching, Completed, On Hold and most importantly Dropped.
I had hours of fun browsing through this seasons new releases and checking out some past seasons – I created a great list of anime to watch! – I recommend this app to all anime lovers who scramble on their phones to write a list of anime to watch and struggle to find release dates that aren’t for Naruto or Bleach.
In the last hour or so I have had a realisation. Struggling to find what I am interested in and a focus area for this blog after leaving University has had me questioning myself for weeks now. I like anime, I like film, I like books but I am not your typical fan of any of these areas, I don’t dedicate my life to them or obsesses over them 24/7.
Upon return from seeing the Pacific Rim at the cinema I thought about the medias across all boards which I obsess over (this thought ignited by a Pacific Rim obsession coming on). They all have one common thread. Apocalypse.
Let’s begin with my first serious obsession, Lost. Week after week as a 13 year old girl I would watch as Jack, Kate and the gang went about their business. Now some people might argue Lost doesn’t revolve around apocalyptic themes, but in my eyes it does. For the characters involved their worlds have been destroyed, they have to rebuild and adapt to survive.
From this point on I cannot recall a time line of my obsessions. Unlike the majority of fans, I am not a “full timer” if you like. For example my favorite anime at the moment Shingeki No Kyojin is aired online every week, however I have only seen 5 of the 14 episodes. When I become obsessed it’s accompanied by a serious level of intensity. Spending a day or two immersing myself in the world I have chosen to experience. I recall my first year of University after purchasing the Buffy Boxset to pass time and watching every episode within 2 weeks, I genuinely jumped when I first embarked on a human on the streets of Coventry, thinking he was a nasty vamp. Before I jumped into slayer mode I quickly recollaborated and remembered to my sadness, “It isn’t real”.
This may sound strange to some but this immersion is the satisfaction fandom gives me. I don’t particularly care which anime is top of the charts or knowing the latest releases. What I look for is the connection that makes me not want to leave the house until I know how it ends.
I seem to be digressing a tad, my point is that today I realised that the majority of media that consumes my life is based on some sort of apocalypse.
Below are my favourite anime and films at the moment (both lists are in constant flux), unaware until today of the weird obsession I seem to have.
Anime: – Deadman Wonderland
“A massive earthquake ravaged Japan’s mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story starts with Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary, unassuming middle school student attending Nagano Prefecture’s middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a simple, normal life. This all changes one day when a strange man covered in blood and crimson armour appears, floating, out of his classroom windows, and massacres Ganta’s entire class and, instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in his chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is convicted of the crime, following a suspiciously quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme-park-like prison.”
– Synopsis by T.H.E.M anime review
– Cassherns Sins
The world is in ruin. Everywhere, robots are rusting and breaking down, unable to repair themselves. Humans come few and far between with extinction inevitable. Chaos is ensuing, despair consumes the hearts of most, and all of this can be blamed on the actions of one robot by the name of Casshern. Chased by hordes of the vengeful, the now amnesia stricken Casshen walks the Earth slowly remembering his greatest sin; killing Luna, the Sun that was name Moon. With no place to hide, he must reconcile with his past. However, those around him are not so soon to forgive.
-Synopsis by The Nihon Review
– Puella Magi Madoka Magica
She has a loving family and best friends, laughs and cries from time to time… Madoka Kaname, an eighth grader of Mitakihara middle school, is one of those who lives such a life. One day, she had a very magical encounter. She doesn’t know if it happened by chance or by fate yet. This is a fateful encounter that can change her destiny—this is a beginning of the new story of the magical witch girls.
– Synopsis by Aniplex of America
– Shingeki No Kyojin
Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by giants. Giants are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of giants.
Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a super giant that appears out of thin air. As the smaller giants flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single giant and take revenge for all of mankind.
– Synopsis by Kiss Anime
Films: – Fifth Element
A cab driver in the 23rd century finds himself battling an evil force during an apocalyptic war as he tries to secure a mysterious “fifth element.”
-Synopsis by Star Pulse
A feared urban cop takes on a vicious city drug dealer in a futuristic metropolis as director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) team to bring iconic 2000A.D. lawman Judge Dredd to the big screen. In the future, much of North America has been poisoned by radiation. The sprawling urban jungle Mega City One stretches from Boston to Washington D.C., and in order to keep the growing criminal element in check, police enforcers called “Judges” have been given the power of judge, jury, and executioner. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of them all, delivering death sentences with impunity as he fights to rid the streets of “Slo-Mo” — a powerful new drug that alters its user’s perception of time. In the process of training psychic rookie Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), Dredd receives a report of an incident in a sprawling criminal stronghold ruled by fearsome drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), and ventures in to investigate. Upon learning that one of her top men has been captured by Dredd shortly thereafter, an enraged Ma-Ma seizes control of her massive 200-story complex, launching an all-out war against the Judges as Dredd and Cassandra find themselves trapped in the belly of the beast.
-Synopsis by MSN
– Pacific Rim
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
– Official Synopsis
Part of me is considering transforming this blog into a one stop apocolyptic source, reading books, manga and watching all sorts of crazy films and anime, I mean there have got to be others out their like me right?
I looked briefly at Makoto Aida’s work here. Exploring his role in “Bye Bye Kitty” and his work. In doing this research I came across these images…
Aida is what I consider an activist photographer. Although he might not think it himself his work comments on the society he lives in a provokes change. Making the spectator question what they except as normal.
Japanese artist Makoto Aida used the form to make a biting commentary on how manga and anime objectifies the female form by drawing eyes on model’s breasts. When it’s not, the medium is people barely dodging a police fine for public indecency.
Kawaii is the dominant culture in Japan. How do you combat this or incorporate it in order to keep your work interesting? It is a strange thing to say, but I did grow up among what they call “kawaii culture.” I say strange as we all take it for granted. I guess we’ve been exposed to such [kawaii] images without even realizing it. They are everywhere so, it’s always been in my subconscious. I do not take this whole thing too negatively, but still I am a man, I am not fanatically into what is considered kawaii in general. I guess you could say that I do incorporate the idea, or what I consider kawaii into my work unconsciously.
Aida is known for his paintings rather than his photographs. It is hard to find text and information on his photographs, I will scouer the internet and try my best. If I can’t find anything I will have to put my own analysis skills to test.