Monday, July 18, 2011

JLOP -vs- Anime Expo 2011

We go out looking for interesting things to shoot. We also look for strange and unusual. Yeah, well, as you can see, sometimes we don't have to look very hard.

I watched a pretty good amount of Japanese animation growing up. I could sing the theme songs for shows like "Gigantor", "The Amazing Three", "Kimba" and of course, "Speed Racer".

If you were hardcore back in those days, you even watched the subtitled "Brave Raideen" and maybe picked up a word or two of Japanese.

It never really crossed my mind to make myself a costume based on the characters from those shows.

If it did (and I swear it never did), I couldn't see myself suiting up and going hang out in public.

I'm pretty sure it was frowned upon back in those days.

Lucky for us the world is a little more understanding. It doesn't mean that dressing up as an anime character isn't still looked at as maybe a bit eccentric. At least these days if you decide to indulge, there are whole conventions where you can hang out with other folks who are into the same thing.

Just make sure you know the dates of the Anime Expo.


Anonymous said...

Actually, dressing up as fantasy characters at conventions has been around for quite a long time:

"It all began in 1939 at the first World Science Fiction Convention, commonly called WorldCon, in New York City, a convention of only a few hundred attendees— mostly about written science fiction rather than films (not a great number of sci-fi movies back then). A man who would later become famous for his place in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror publications, Forrest J Ackerman, showed up in a silver costume inspired by his favorite film, Metropolis.

From there on, as science fiction, fantasy, and comics conventions evolved, grew, and spread, it became common to have a Saturday night party or dance where costumes were encouraged. Over time as the event grew in popularity, the dance floor got replaced by audience chairs, costumers presented their work on a stage rather than in the center of the room, and some clever individual got the idea to bring his or her own music to hand to the fellow at the record player when it was his or her turn to be judged. People no longer just wore their costumes, they presented a character, a mood, some drama or humor. From those small social gatherings in hotel meeting rooms where vinyl records spun on a turntable was born what was to become the elaborate on-stage event of today’s Masquerade show."

You would not have been so out-of-place dressed as your favorite anime character after long as you had someplace to cosplay that is!

Drei said...

i don't find american's very amuzing when it comes to anime. i find anime cosplay if the one who dress it has fine texture of skin like the asian does. you rarely find American who would fit anime cosplay very well.

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beFrank said...

All I can say is, wow.