Cosplay (m., Squl., コ ス プ レ kosupure, abbr. From English costume play - “costume game”) - dressing famous characters in costumes and making such costumes. A popular hobby, akin to a masquerade.
Due to the popularity of cosplay in Japan, it is often mistakenly assumed that cosplay is exclusively a Japanese or Asian hobby. The term is cosplay of Japanese origin, but the costume game originates in the United States, where it was historically known as costuming rather than sexy-cosplaying. The main prototypes of the costume game are characters from cartoons, anime, video games, films, comics, books, legends and myths . Real prototypes can also be prototypes - for example, musical stars.
Cosplay participants recreate in detail the images taken as a basis, focusing on the high-quality elaboration of the costume, makeup and additional attributes specific to the selected character. The costume is demonstrated in a defile with maximum wagering. Costumes are usually sewn independently, but they can also be ordered at the studio or bought ready-made (in Japan, for example, the business of producing costumes and accessories for cosplay is set to a very wide flow). Cosplayers usually show their costumes either at themed festivals, or in a series of photographs (photo cosplay) or on video recordings (video cosplay).
A gorgeous selection of girls playing cosplay
Variations and variations
Identification with the hero is one of the phenomena of cosplay, but not necessarily a condition. A cosplayer can identify himself with one character and act only in his image or appear in other images, despite this. The cosplayer can also change the characters he identifies with. Increasingly, modern cosplayers do not identify with the characters in whose images they appear.
Cosplay of the character’s own vision. This can be a change of gender of a character, its medieval or steampunk version, a crossover of several works. The original gives more room for creativity. Its meaning is not to convey the author’s character as accurately and in detail as possible, but to create the most interesting and unusual reading.
Adaptation of costumes and stories of characters to the real world. Initially, this term denoted film adaptations of anime series. Later it began to denote not only professional, but also amateur work in this direction.
This direction can be found at many festivals, but its affiliation with cosplay is controversial. Street fashion is not the creation of a specific character image, but an imitation of some style of Asian fashion, cosplay of some random Japanese adherent of a certain subculture. The most famous directions of street fashion are Lolita and J-rock.
A phenomenon that has become popular with the spread of the Internet. The purpose of the photo cosplay is to convey the character image (poses, facial expressions, background) as accurately as possible on the photo.
Not so much developed phenomenon when a participant writes a short video - a kind of film, revealing his character.
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