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Cosplay isn’t a simple costume

Cosplay isn’t a simple costume

Cosplay, in terms of a combination of the word “costume” which means costume or clothing and “play” which means playing. This term is a Japanese-made term which is an absorption from English or also called wasei-eigo. Cosplay literally means an activity that uses clothes similar to those worn by characters in anime, manga, fairy tales, video games, singers, and a musician complete with makeup and accessories. Not only that, a cosplayer also completes his appearance by imitating scenes or movements similar to the manga / anime characters he plays. A cosplayer is usually referred to as a coser. Aside from that, check out the Youmacon Facebook page if you want to know more about the upcoming cosplay events and conventions.

Many think that cosplay comes from Sakura, Japan. In fact, cosplay itself comes from the culture of the United States. At that time, in the 1960s, there were many outstanding science fiction films in the United States, including Star Trek. From there it is often held a science fiction convention. Scientific convention participants are required to use costumes such as those used by characters in the science fiction film. At that time, people who used costumes were not a strange thing in the United States. Because, the culture of the United States is already familiar with masks like on Halloween and Easter.

Finally the organization of the science fiction convention spread to Japan in the 1970s in the form of a costume show. Precisely in 1978, the first science fiction convention was held. Mari Kotani, a science fiction crictikus, uses costumes like the characters in the story A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Unfortunately, the convention participants were wrong to assume Mari Kotani was wearing Osamu Tezuka’s Triton of the Sea manga costume. So, at the next science fiction convention, many participants used manga character costumes.