In the world of geek culture, cosplay involves dressing up as a fictional character from a film or video game. It’s a mash-up of innovation, community, and pandering to fandom fervor. As a bonus, it provides an opportunity for attendees to reflect on the reasons and methods behind their cosplaying.
When you hear the term “costume play,” you’re thinking “costume.” Cosplay is a combination of those two terms. Attendees at the event dress up as their favorite movie, television, anime, or video game characters. Anime fans, on the other hand, are the most likely to use the term. “Cosplayers,” or those who engage in cosplay, dress up as their favorite characters from films, television shows, and video games for enjoyment.
Yuka is one such cosplayer who caught our attention via her social media profiles. The first look in her profile speaks about her interest in Genshin Impact, Cocogoat. Her newly opened Facebook profile has another set of Tokyo Revengers photoshoots almost reflecting the actual. We were eager to interview her, and the only way we got a response was to send her an email and ask if she’d be interested in an interview. She said yes and replied with an email of her own. Below is everything you need to know about Yuka and her journey as a cosplayer. So stay tuned till the end.
Question: Starting with the interview, you’ve made an excellent first impression throughout your professional life thus far. So what sparked your interest in becoming a cosplayer in the first place?
Yuka: I simply decided that this was a hobby I was passionate about because of my love for sewing, makeup, acting, and anime/manga.
Question: Cosplay is a labor-intensive art form that requires close attention to detail to be as authentic as possible. In other words, how do you go about it, and which step do you find the most difficult?
Yuka: The attention comes with hate, of course, whether we like it or not. At first, it was pretty hard for me to get used to the mix of feedback I got on my cosplays, but over time I learned to filter out which kinds of comments I should be paying attention to.
Question: For someone with experience in this field. Are there any notable cosplay memories or experiences you’d want to share with us?
Yuka: My first time boothing. I never expected to have so many wonderful people come and support me, and I was so very touched.
Question: You’ve made success in your cosplay profession, but there are still things you want to do. Could you tell us about the sources of inspiration and motivation that have brought you this far?
Yuka: Other cosplayers! Since I was in middle school, I’ve looked up to cosplayers, not only for their crafts but also confidence. I love how they were so passionate and didn’t care what the public had to say since they focused more on having fun with their art!
Question: Were the challenges you’ve faced in the past motivating enough for you to consider a job shift or fresh opportunity?
Yuka: Yes, many times. There are many reasons a cosplayer can come to this conclusion, whether it is hate, art block, burnout, etc. However, what always stops me is my love and passion for this hobby, and I’m not going to give it up because of some minor problems.
Question: The next thing to consider is how many photoshoots you’ve been in. Which of these costumes was the most enjoyable for you to create?
Yuka: The photoshoot I had for my Perfect Blue cosplay was such a blast. I got to express my ideas and thoughts onto this photoshoot set like a canvas and “painted” it with various props, lighting equipment, fake blood, and how I chose to bring the character to life.
Question: When you take into account how time-consuming the process of creating cosplay characters is. We’d want to know which of your cosplays was the most challenging for you to make.
Yuka: Definitely Asuka’s plugsuit. I had many failed attempts creating the bodice and wasted so much material!
Question: We’ve bombarded you with questions about cosplay. Tell us about your favorite cartoons or TV shows and the characters that initially sparked your interest in this line of work.?
Yuka: My favorite anime as of now is NANA. It taught me so many things and holds a special place in my heart.
Question: What else does interest you other than cosplaying?
Yuka: I like creative writing and art!
Question: You’ve amassed a sizable fan base on Instagram. As a result, what advice would you provide to someone who wants to become a cosplayer or follow the same path as you?
Yuka: No matter what you do, people are always going to find a way to hate on you. So keep your head up high, choose carefully what kind of comments you should be taking to heart, and lastly, always remember that you are cosplaying for your own enjoyment and nobody else’s.
Question: The interview was fun got to know a lot about you and cosplaying in general. I wish you continued success. Is there anything more you’d want us to mention in the post based on your online personas?