Today I'm feeling liking talking about Cosplay Pronounced, kosupure is short for "costume play", a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. The characters are usually sourced in various Japanese and East Asian media forms, including tokusatsu, manga, anime comic books, graphic novels, videogames, and fantasy films. Other sources include performers from Visual Kei, J-Pop,J-Rock, fantasy music stories, novels, and objects from the real world or cyber-space that are often are unique and dramatic.
Cosplay participants ("cosplayers") create a subculture centred around wearing their costumes and re-enacting scenes or inventing likely social behaviour inspired by sources they have chosen. In some circles, the term cosplay has been broadened to include simply wearing a costume, without special consideration given to enacting characters in a performance context.
In Japan a whole district may be seem to be inhabited by the cosplayers and many business support it, supplying the needs.In the west this has been picked up on by the interests in gaming and anime.
This has had an influence on role play with males taking on the roles of females in play - think Second Life. There are a number of suppliers of Cosplay made to measure outfits. The image at the top of this post is of one. Cute, eh?
A great site abut the scene: Cosplay.com -Stockists:
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