Gaijin Smash

Cosplay

Posted in Blog by gaijinsmashnet on June 7, 2007

So I have to be an “Active ALT” at one of the schools. Which meant no more sleeping at my desk. Which is a shame, because sleeping at work is just a notch below “That Extra 5 Minutes in the Morning” as the best sleep ever. Oh well, time to wipe the drool off my face and actually do something productive, I suppose.
One of my extracurricular duties included making a monthly English newspaper. By newspaper, I really mean just a big sheet of poster paper with some kind of story or article written on it in English that would be put up on the bulletin board outside the teachers’ room. The teachers showed me the last one the previous ALT had written before he’d left. It was something about the fish canals in Seattle, Washington.
Clearly, the guy had no clue about the interests of Japanese students.
It’s a common mistake really. A lot of ALTs come in all enthusiastic about getting to teach Japanese kids about their home country. There are people who try to give talks about the Boston Tea Party or the white sands of New Mexico, or even the annual watermelon seed spitting contest of Portland, Oregon. And while that’s all well and good, these people often forget to take into account one crucial aspect–Japanese kids just don’t give a flying fuck. Japanese kids don’t give a shit about stuff that’s actually Japanese, they certainly can’t be asked to care about something that’s over a whole ocean away.
I found this out during my first year of teaching.
Kids: Hey, what do you like to do on the weekends?
Me: Well, I like to go into Kyoto and meet friends.
Kids: Kyoto! Wow, that’s really far away!
Me: WTF? It’s only 30 kilometers away! Less than an hour by train!
Kids: OMG, so far. You really like to travel.
Me: It’s only 30km away!
Kids: So, what’s it like out in Kyoto? Is the weather the same as it is down here?
Me: THIRTY. MOTHERFUCKING. KILOMETERS.
So unless the fish canal article described how the fish ended up directly on their dinner plates, I doubt the kids cared. If I was going to put the effort into making it, I wanted the kids to at least read it. Or, at least stand there and look at it for a few minutes before saying “eigo wakaran” (I dunno English) and going off to go fondle each other lovingly in the hallways, blow on a duck horn, camp outside a bathroom window, or whatever the fuck it is these kids are doing these days.
So I decided to write about the explosion of anime and manga in America. This always gets a huge kick out of Japanese people, no matter how old they are. When it comes to internationalism in Japan, there is nothing Japanese people love more than–
1. Japanese people succeeding overseas.
2. The chance to laugh at non-Japanese people being stupid.
The anime/manga explosion in America gives Japanese people a chance to accomplish both at the same time, which gives them a twisted sense of orgasmic joy that they haven’t experienced since…ever, perhaps. Every now and then the evening news does a story about it. I saw one such story once-at the end of the story, one of the reporters read off a list of the top three anime in America.
Male Reporter: And apparently, the top three most popular anime in America now are Naruto, Inu Yasha, and Bleach.
Female Reporter: Ah, soo desu ka?
Now, as many of you may know, the Japanese language is filled with all sorts of tiny nuances that can radically change the meaning of a word or phrase. For you amateur Japanese students out there, you might have read the female reporter’s response as, “Ah, is that so?” However, if you had actually seen the look on her face as she said that, you would have realized that this is a much better translation.
Male Reporter: And apparently, the top three most popular anime in America now are Naruto, Inu Yasha, and Bleach.
Female Reporter: I have no idea what the fuck you just said. Was that even Japanese?


I decided to write about the American anime/manga explosion, and to help pad for space I threw in a blurb about cosplay and figured I could provide a picture as well. This turned out to be sort of a mini-dilemma–what kind of picture would I include? I briefly considered using my All-Time Favorite Cosplay Picture, Sol Badgirl. However, I quickly ruled that out–I got the feeling that most boys would just skip reading the article and stare at Ms. Badgirl’s massively wonderful cleavage. I wouldn’t blame them–hell, *I* would stop reading and just stare into Titty Valley. Plus, Sol Badgirl is too good. I thought it wouldn’t be as fun to include a picture of cosplay that actually works.
Then that brings us to bad cosplay. And certainly, there is some horrendous shit out there. And while I’m sure it would have been madly entertaining, I had to think about what impression I’d be giving these kids. Kids are terribly impressionable–ESPECIALLY Japanese kids, and I didn’t want an entire school of kids running around thinking this kind of thing was the norm in America. No, I had to do some damage control.
I eventually found a Naruto group cosplay picture. It wasn’t extraordinarily bad, nor was it exceptionally good. It was just average. I thought this was a good medium–entertaining, yet not damning. I printed it out to use in my newspaper.
(I would LOVE to reproduce the Naruto cosplay picture I found here, but I just don’t have it anymore. I tried looking for it, but I realized after an hour that that was quite impossible. Looking for one specific Naruto cosplay picture is like looking for whale semen in the ocean–you know it’s there, but there’s no way to distinguish it from all the other crap, and even if you do find it you’ll just wish you hadn’t.)
As my desk was too small for the large newspaper, I took all my supplies to a nearby conference room. There, a group of sannensei girls were working on sewing some skirts for what looked to be a school presentation. I asked if I could have a corner of table space to work on my newspaper, and they graciously agreed. I spread out my supplies and began to work on the article.
After a few minutes, one girl came over and took a look at what I was doing. Quickly losing interest in the English (as most Japanese schoolkids are prone to), she began to look at the pictures. Suddenly, she just started laughing. It wasn’t like an explosive burst or anything, but like a chuckle that gained downhill momentum, fast. The picture eventually just got the best of her, as she fell to her knees, with her head buried on the desk, laughing.
Gee, wonder which picture she found?
Her friends eventually come over to see what’s so interesting. The girl is completely paralyzed–the best she can do is weakly offer up the picture to the newcomers. The second girl takes one look at it, and also collapses into a laughing heap on the floor. This causes pretty much all the girls to now rush over and see what the fuss is all about.
This is another one of those times where I just need to step back and let the situation explain itself.
Girl 3: Holy crap, what is this?
Girl 1: (still in stitches) I…can’t…breathe….
Girl 4: Is this…Naruto? Is this…cosplay? Is this…Americans cosplaying Naruto?!
Girl 5: I think it is supposed to be Naruto. Look, there’s Naruto right there. And look, there’s Kimimaro.
Girl 2: No, that’s not Kimimaro. Kimimaro was sick, but he wasn’t THAT pale and thin!
Girl 5: Well, I think it’s supposed to be Kimimaro.
Girl 3: Look, that’s Orochimaru!
Girl 4: Wow. I didn’t think that character could be anymore disgusting, but hey look, they found a way to do it.
Girl 2: …Is this supposed to be Kakashi?
Girl 4: No. Kakashi’s not a tub of lard. That’s gotta be Chouji.
Girl 3: No no, look–he’s got the face mask and a copy of Icha Icha Paradise. That has to be Kakashi.
Girl 4: Maybe if Kakashi stopped working out and ate chocolate cake everyday…
Girl 2: Look at this girl, pretending to be Sakura! Look at her smiling, as if she’s doing nothing wrong.
Girl 1: (Is trying to speak, but is still laughing too hard–I think she may actually be dying.)
Girl 3: Is this a real picture? Like, you didn’t make this up with any computer voodoo, did you?
Me: Nope, that’s a real picture. Real people went to an anime convention, actually dressed like that.
Girl 2: So, like, there were no mirrors in their houses, and nowhere along the way to the convention, were there?
Me: I’m pretty sure there had to have been a mirror at some point…
Girl 2: So you’re trying to tell me that they did this intentionally?! …..WOW.
Keep in mind, that the picture I’d printed out, I considered to be “average.” I shudder to think what might have happened had I printed out one of the bad ones.
The girls are now absolutely enthralled by the picture, and by corollary now interested in my article as well. They even try to read it, despite it being in English. Since they’re third years, they are able to understand most of it. Girl 1 finally recovers, and decides to ask me a bit about cosplaying in America.
Girl 1: So, there’s anime and cosplay in America?
Me: Yeah, anime is really popular in America now. Some people go to conventions. And some people do cosplay. Not all, but some.
Girl 1: What kinds of anime do they cosplay?
Me: Everything, really.
Girl 2: …Everything?
Me: Yeah. Naruto, Inu Yasha, Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon…
Girl 1: How about Full Metal Alchemist?
Me: Yeah, that too.
Girl 1: Really?! Do they cosplay Al? (Alphonse Elric – a character that is a suit of armor.…Not wearing a suit of armor, mind you, IS a suit of armor….Don’t ask.)
Me: I’m sure they have at some point…
Girl 1: …How? Judging from this picture, it seems like they’d just make a suit of armor out of cardboard.
Girl 2: Poor Al…
Girl 3: What else do they cosplay?
Me: Just about anything. There’s even Gundam cosplay.
Girl 2: Gundam?! GUNDAM?!
Girl 1: ….Oh my God. So much cardboard.
After awhile, the period bell rang and the girls had to rush to their homerooms. But not before making me write down URL’s with sites of American cosplay pictures on them. Girl 1 says as she heads off to her class, “If you don’t see me at school tomorrow, you’ll find me dead in front of my computer screen. Died from laughing too hard.” Well, if the Joker ever wants to set his sights on Japan, apparently he can cut costs on developing deadly laughing gas, and just print out a few cosplay pictures and start handing them out on the streets. I don’t think even Batman’s supreme prep-time could save the Japanese.
I do want to re-iterate that the picture I chose, was by all means, average cosplay.
Don’t think me mean or cruel. But, if you’ve ever cosplayed anime in your life, and someone took a picture of it…and if that picture just happens to be on the great wide interweb…there’s a good chance there’s a group of Japanese schoolgirls laughing at you as we speak.

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  1. Jay said, on June 7, 2007 at 1:44 am

    i was wondering when you’d do an article on cosplay… WELL MET! =D
    imo, not a fan of it… unless it’s something really sexy, with ample breasts.

  2. Nix said, on June 7, 2007 at 1:47 am

    I almost fell out my chair laughing. Very funny, if only you could have found that Naruto cosplay picture, you might have had a few lawsuits for accidental death from laughter, take THAT Joker.
    Now, I must now burn out my eyes with Draino.

  3. Golden_Demon said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Well, I’m not into cosplay but, as far as I know, they DO have loads of really good cosplayers, while here… well… if someone gets to ‘average’, that’s already way too good…
    Can’t blame those japanese girls for having high standards and laughing at those ‘baka gaijins’
    (Az’s Note: More than “high standards”, I think it was just “OMG why are you dressed up as anime characters?!” It’s not as common here as many people might think.)

  4. Draeger said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:25 am

    You should of went with some Misa Amano (from Death Note) cosplay. Let us think about the reasons why it would be ungodly popular:
    1) She is white.
    2) She is blonde.
    3) She has large boobies.
    4) She is dressed in Gothic Lolita type clothes.
    5) Repeat #1 – #4

    You would of promoted so quickly Azrael! Especially how that girl in the picture is jailbait and well…you know the rest!

  5. El-Ahrairah said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:33 am

    Funny stuff Az.
    Am I the only one that got angry looking at chubby Guile?… God damnit chubby Guile.

  6. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:34 am

    LOL I will admit I do like some of the better anime out there, but cosplayers always make me laugh. Its the reason I have never even gone to an anime convention, well that and I am not a big anime fan, just an average one.
    P.S. In my defense I have been watching anime before it became popular here in the states, I am now starting to hate it more and more 😦 We use to get decent stuff like Akira, but now its mostly that naruto and yugio crap.

  7. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:34 am

    LOL I will admit I do like some of the better anime out there, but cosplayers always make me laugh. Its the reason I have never even gone to an anime convention, well that and I am not a big anime fan, just an average one.
    P.S. In my defense I have been watching anime before it became popular here in the states, I am now starting to hate it more and more 😦 We use to get decent stuff like Akira, but now its mostly that naruto and yugio crap.

  8. Kohaku said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Laughing at American cosplayers is one of the highlights of going to any convention. There are a FEW good ones….but….fanboys…need I say more? Now what’s REALLY funny??? the Furry cosplayers..THAT is something to see….Dammit Az, now I’m going to go laughing at cosplay pics on the net!!!!If I die laughing, I blame you! lol
    (ps I got a PS3 for my birthday yesterday! I’ll kick your ass on that too!!!)

  9. Gabe said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:06 am

    Az, maybe you should remind thoes girls that even though cosplayers in America are weird, one 10 min. walk down Japanese fad lane will make even “out there” group look cool. All one has to do is look at the cowgirl/greaser/japunk fads to realize that the stuff japan has done in the past and present makes Poindexter from Revenge of the Nerds look like the Fonz.

    Greaser

    Punk
    I regretably can not find a picture of the cowgirl fad. But I assure you that it was worse than the last two. I also what to say that the two pictures were the best I could find after an hour of looking.

  10. Misty said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:26 am

    Cosplay frightens me. The most “cosplay” I have ever done is Super Mario. On Halloween, in which I went around and begged for candy rather stand around a crowded hall and squeal about how Inuyasha is my “bishie” (for the record, I HATE that show!!!)
    Did… that guy in the one picture… PISS himself?!?! I am officially terrified…….

  11. FifthDream said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Man-Faye ftw.
    (That’s actually the second blog i was able to say that in this week.)

  12. Mel said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:57 am

    Holy crap its man-faye, I see him every year at AX. But yes any good part of a convention is seeing some really really bad cosplays.

  13. Chris said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:08 am

    The second Gundam picture is the quintessential event of Americans co-opting the Japanese culture for their own amusement. Gundam suit, poorly constructed, “MADE IN USA” emblazoned across the chest.
    That’s right, without our presence in WWII, there wouldn’t be any Gundam to loosely base your confusion and guilt coming out of the war on. Hahahaha!

  14. Ljufa said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:17 am

    …Looking at American cosplay is one of those things that just embarrasses me. I’m not sure if I’m embarrassed for them, or embarrassed by knowing they exist. Now, I haven’t looked at cosplay pics for.. around ..wow, 7~ years I guess. But they were really, really bad when I did look. I always wonder why people don’t want to create NICE looking outfits. They use crappy material, and don’t ever bother to make something that even fits them.
    Now, about that SolBadgirl pic.. am I the only one concerned that her face appears to be that of a child? She really..looks..like a kid to me… I can’t enjoy another girl’s cleavage if she looks like a kid. God, please don’t let the pedophiles respond to that.

  15. Fate said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:30 am

    In today’s news: GaiJinSmash! Japanese Schoolgirls killed by bad American Cosplay! Joker put to shame by obese Kakashi! Entrepreneurs in talk with organisers over setting up booth selling mirrors at next Anime Convention!
    In other news: Gundam Cosplayer wins award for being environmentally friendly by recycling enormous amount of used cardboards!

  16. Shamie said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:35 am

    My Japanese exchange roommate keeps trying to convince me to go to the “otaku neighborhood” of Tokyo and COSplay as Temari from Naruto (apparently I look like her). I tell her I’ll go if she goes with me naked (because she’s hot). Neither of us has given into the others demands… yet.
    I understand the girls’ entertainment with the picture, good job getting them to read the English. Maybe to get their attention more you should have put up a horrible COSplay picture next to an awesome one. For variety. Preferably NOT the Lee one you posted. Ewwww……

  17. Anon said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Az, dude, what did I see in the third picture of the bad cosplays…
    /b/? You’re not….

  18. leidbag said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:14 am

    That girl beside man-Faye looked pretty hot, for some reason, even if she was in side view and I don’t know who exactly she’s cosplaying. I wonder why…

  19. BrianfromNazareth said, on June 7, 2007 at 6:44 am

    I accidently discovered cosplay last year (well I did know it exists before but didn’t give much thought) and exposure to it nearly killed me. I haven’t laughed so much since watching Blackadder. There is festival in this land when there are masquerades all over the country but I never saw anything as hillarious as I saw on that site. It is one thing to watch a picture of yourself dressed as smurf twenty years ago, but completley another watching pictures of obese, hairy guys in Sailor Moon outfits.

  20. J-hoosier said, on June 7, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Dude, that’s an awesome idea…I might just print out some of those bad photos to show the students. Might get the bastard ones to asphyxiate.

  21. Mayhem said, on June 7, 2007 at 6:46 am

    LMAO at whale semen comment… but it’s true, for every great, brilliant, terrific cosplay person (usually women, go figure, not complaining!) there’s another nine waiting in the wings to show you how NOT to do it.

  22. Kerii-chan said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:15 am

    ….I’m embarassed for america. And I hope to god that they never find my cosplay group’s pictures.
    But, America does come out with some amazing cosplayers at times. At MangaNEXT, the girl who won first in the cosplay contest (and she SO deserved it) made the most amazing Lady from Devil May Cry 3. Everything, down to the contacts, very awesome looking scar, and giant bazooka. She looked so much like Lady I questioned her for half an hour on line XDDD

  23. Kerii-chan said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:29 am

    But of course, I must be a friggen masochist but maybe it’ll entertain you r your students:
    [video src="http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v348/XiaoHuLi/?action=view&current=MOV00310.flv" /]
    Hare Hare Yukai with no music done in the middle of a New York mall by Kairi, Riku and Izumi.
    Not saying which one I am.

  24. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Rules one and two.

  25. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Rules one and two.

  26. JH from Finland said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:08 am

    Az is obviously a closet /b/tard. Barely an update goes by without a 4chan reference.
    Oh, right: Man-Faye FTW. Anonymous also demands Sailor Bubba.

  27. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Anonymous is legion…

  28. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Anonymous is legion…

  29. Jason said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:32 am

    Could be worse. It could have been Sailor Man.

  30. nakatago said, on June 7, 2007 at 9:38 am

    The cardboard Alphonse is actually from the Philippines…(it’s still a bad costume, though). I did see another cheapskate costume (American). A guy was cosplaying as Gamabunta (Naruto). He had face make-up on and black t-shirt that says “gamabunta” on the front. It was actually funny.

  31. Requiem said, on June 7, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I laugh like those Japanese girls at almost all cosplay pictures. American, Japanese, I find both equally ha-ha inspiring. Picked up a book on Japanese (just Japanese) cosplay at the book store a few months ago and laughed or cringed the whole way through.
    If you cosplay, and especially if pictures are on the internet, someone somewhere will laugh their ass off at you.

  32. Kinokogami said, on June 7, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Dude I so hate you for making this web site ! My friend gave me this web adres and for that, now I hate him too! I’m on the second year of japanese filology in Poland, my exams are not far away, and what I’m doing ? Huh ?! Reading all your posts and laughing my ass off instead of reading some japanese literature πŸ™‚ Anyway, thanks! Kancho thumbs up for you !

  33. ERik said, on June 7, 2007 at 10:28 am

    What do you mean the SolBadgirl face looks like a child?
    Wow wait, you’re right . . . she DOES have a face . . . dunno how I missed that . . .

  34. Idella said, on June 7, 2007 at 10:59 am

    D: wow, those Japanese have issues, I ❀ Japan but seriously I can’t decide who’s worst, Japanese or Americans. Oh well.
    I’m watching the news in Japanese and now they are doing the american segments. They showed Criss Angel escaping, I swear this news report couldn’t care less about it. Simply says “Hai” at the end of reports. Seems like “whatever” lol.
    And maybe you should have showned them Yaya Han or Yuffie Bunney (one of my friends) they are atleast good cosplayers.

  35. Unknown said, on June 7, 2007 at 11:23 am

    Hey Az, you visit the /b/ or got it from another site?

  36. James said, on June 7, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I dunno, I was at A-kon this last weekend, and the cosplayers there seemed just fine. Very few of the overtly horrible “plastic box with gundam written on it” type stuff. Most of it was pretty cool; in fact, seeing the cosplays is probably the highlight of going to cons for me. I’m not that much of an otaku- I watch enough anime to recognize most of the costumes, but that’s it…. but their enthusiasm is so earnest and awesome that it becomes infectious. The people at cons tend to be way friendlier than anywhere else Ive seen, too.

  37. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    If only the fat fanboys would stop trying to cosplay as skinny or fit characters. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP.

  38. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    If only the fat fanboys would stop trying to cosplay as skinny or fit characters. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP.

  39. Raspberihevn said, on June 7, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I love you for this article. People who can’t cosplay really shouldn’t cosplay. I was hoping that if any Japanese happen to stumble upon an American cosplay site, he would feel horror and disgust. Uncontrollable laughter can only occur so often… Sigh, to stay true in character is too difficult…

  40. Raspberihevn said, on June 7, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    I love you for this article. People who can’t cosplay really shouldn’t cosplay. I was hoping that if any Japanese happen to stumble upon an American cosplay site, he would feel horror and disgust. Uncontrollable laughter can only occur so often… Sigh, to stay true in character is too difficult…

  41. Keely said, on June 7, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    OMFG! I KNOW THE GUY DRESSED AS FEY! I’M SO ASHAMED! *Cries* Gawd, did you know they pay him to actually go to cons and do that? Its scary. But I hafta say, there are some supremely good costumes out there.
    I’ve gone to AX (anime expo) for nigh on 7 years now and every year you get uber horrible people who you wish would have actually WATCHED the anime, and then the ones who come from Japan and just blow all of us out of the water. Like the people who come every year dressed as FF characters. HOLY CRAP. Where the HELL did they get the material for 8 foot swords and make it look real?
    Any ways, glad you showed them such wonderfulness, really. Thank you. You should mention to them people from THEIR country come here to cosplay, and that over here in america, if you have a beautiful costume and your hot and Japanese (a guy or girl) you WILL get laid. Very easily. Just keep that in mind little impressionable Japanese boys….

  42. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Eh, I’ve seen worse cosplays.
    Come to think of it, some of those were from Japan as well. Bad taste knows no borders!

  43. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Eh, I’ve seen worse cosplays.
    Come to think of it, some of those were from Japan as well. Bad taste knows no borders!

  44. Cait said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    I hope it is allowed to post the following link of a picture taken of Angemon and Angewomon from Digimon… (At least that is how they and the show are called in Germany.) This was on Nihon Day in DΓΌsseldorf… And it was really… err… interesting… I especially love Angemon’s fitting shoes…
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1027/530292048_1e8eaf3287.jpg?v=0

  45. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Am I the only one disturbed that so many commenters think that what’s funny is that these people are wearing low quality costumes? What’s funny is that some 40 year old dressed up as a Japanese cartoon character, not that he didn’t color his sword correctly.

  46. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    Am I the only one disturbed that so many commenters think that what’s funny is that these people are wearing low quality costumes? What’s funny is that some 40 year old dressed up as a Japanese cartoon character, not that he didn’t color his sword correctly.

  47. Gunlord said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Leidbag, I believe the cutie standing next to Man-Faye in that picture is cosplaying as Dizzy from the Guilty Gear series, which is the same series that the ‘Sol Badgirl’ character comes from. Well…except for the fact that it’s “Sol BadGUY” in the original…D:
    In any case…I’ve come to expect quality from Gaijinsmash, but this was just AMAZING. I lol’d so hard. Epic, epic win.
    (Also, who DOESN’T hang around 4chan these days? Seems like everybody I know has rickrolled a few fools or shoop’d a few woops…)

  48. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Ahhh, good ol’ Sol Badgirl. I love that picture. Being a fan of Guilty Gear helps. Okay, that’s a lie. You don’t need to know anything about Guilty Gear to like that photo, but it helps you apreaciate it besides the breast.

  49. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    Ahhh, good ol’ Sol Badgirl. I love that picture. Being a fan of Guilty Gear helps. Okay, that’s a lie. You don’t need to know anything about Guilty Gear to like that photo, but it helps you apreaciate it besides the breast.

  50. Jonci said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Just photoshop the “this kind of thing” image, cut everything but the girl on the left, and it becomes a very nice image. Though, if SolBadgirl is too much for the newspaper, so would that girl.
    However, it could make a nice defensive weapon when some boys are causing trouble. Give them that image, you’ll have, at least, an hour of peace.

  51. GringoDownSouth said, on June 7, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    I’m a huge anime fan but I’ve never done the whole cosplay/convention thing. But I assure you, if I ever feel an urge to dress up as Naruto I will do it well and the result will be awe-inspiring. It will take a lot of time but dressing up as anime characters really does make one look like a fool if not done right.
    The more I think about it, though, how do you NOT look like a fool when the anime character you are modeling looks like a fat orange?

  52. Shinkada said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    I can actually vouch for this one, despite never being in Japan. Australia gets quite a few exchange students (hell, we get quite a few Asians in general), and NO ONE finds cosplay more disturbing than them. You’ve got to remember that anime’s been around, and popular, a damn long time in Japan. They’re used to it now, it’s just another TV show to them. Do you see us running around dressed up as Jack Bauer or someone from Lost or Heroes? No, ‘cus it’s normal TV, just like anime is to them. And if you saw someone clumsily dressed as Jack Bauer, you’d laugh too.

  53. Neil said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Hold on, did you just say that Inuyasha is actually popular?

  54. Cerebomb said, on June 7, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Best cosplayer I’ve ever seen is a girl out of Texas named Jace Moore.
    Starscream, Green Goblin, Grima Wormtongue, all amazing.
    http://jacemoore.deviantart.com/gallery/?search=by:jacemoore%20sort:time%20-in:scraps+in:artisan/textiles/costumes&section=browse

  55. GLC said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Oh, man. This is friggin’ awesome. The reactions of those Japanese ladies were hilarious! πŸ˜€

  56. Jennifer said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    I am so going to have to show this to the cosplayer I know (she spent months making costumes), especially since her pics just made it up onto the Internet…

  57. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Wtf? What made those chubby girls think dressing up in skimpy Yuna/Sailor Moon costumes was a good idea? LMAO at the cardboard Gundam guy.

  58. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Wtf? What made those chubby girls think dressing up in skimpy Yuna/Sailor Moon costumes was a good idea? LMAO at the cardboard Gundam guy.

  59. Ash said, on June 7, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    /b/.
    oh lawd, I knew it. Just by the “Over nine thousand” and “Interweb” shit. Jesuschristitsalion, Az. You’re my new fave. person EVER.
    I lol’d @ the cosplay pictures too.
    We get that shitty cosplay here in Michigan 😦

    That for example. DIES.

  60. Random said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Now you’ve got me curious as to what the pictures were.

  61. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Wait, nevermind, I need to improve my reading comprehension.

  62. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    Wait, nevermind, I need to improve my reading comprehension.

  63. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Az is a /b/tard?
    :O

  64. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    Az is a /b/tard?
    :O

  65. Ace said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:27 pm

    Woah now, don’t compare these dudes with Japanese Greasers. As a Greaser here in the States I must say they do an excellent job.

  66. Anon2 said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Good god… I think my eyes have melted…
    For the only good cosplay pic that you had, there is always something better:

  67. Cyven said, on June 7, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    I died several times reading this…
    Az you made my day!

  68. JH from Finland said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    By the way, I also think there’s not much point in discussing the impact of HOW POORLY MADE your costume is on your coolness factor. Even if the costume was a perfect incarnation of its anime counterpart, you’d STILL look silly walking around in that shit.
    In conjunction with an earlier comment, this doubly goes for live-action movies: Those superhero costumes may look cool on-screen, but you wouldn’t catch me dead wearing one outdoors.

  69. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Ah, the SolBadgirl’s face isn’t that young. My ex has a pretty similiar face and she’s turning 21 next week.
    As to American cospaly… Some sucks, actually a lot sucks. But there’s still some pretty good cosplayers around.
    Also, people do dress up as Heroes characters and stuff. There’s cons other than anime, such as Star Trek and comic and general sci-fi/fanstasy cons. I’m pretty sure that every country has cons of some sort, and it’s generally a subculture…but that’s just how it is. And anime cons are definately bigger in Japan than in the States.

  70. Anonymous said, on June 7, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Ah, the SolBadgirl’s face isn’t that young. My ex has a pretty similiar face and she’s turning 21 next week.
    As to American cospaly… Some sucks, actually a lot sucks. But there’s still some pretty good cosplayers around.
    Also, people do dress up as Heroes characters and stuff. There’s cons other than anime, such as Star Trek and comic and general sci-fi/fanstasy cons. I’m pretty sure that every country has cons of some sort, and it’s generally a subculture…but that’s just how it is. And anime cons are definately bigger in Japan than in the States.

  71. Shin-chan said, on June 7, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    ROTFLMAO!!! Oh, my guts… that was so funny!
    I’ve had friends who cosplayed, and I often think that they look stupid in their costumes. (Even when they’re perfectly made.)
    Maybe you should do an article on Halloween? They’d get a kick out of some of the crazy crap that we do on ‘Dress Like a Whore’ Day. Or maybe you can do an article on Bigfoot. (Though I don’t think anyone would read that.) ^_^

  72. Patrick said, on June 7, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    To Shamie: Pics? Sounds like we need a comparison of both of you.
    Az, cosplayers and furries can be pretty funny when you cross them with gamers. Ever seen someone trying to cosplay a half-troll? Or an owlbear? Yeesh. At least some of them are good. The top three at last year’s GenCon costume contest were pretty good. I have no pics, didn’t have a camera. But they were really well done. Even the big guy (Who was playing the Thing, IIRC.)

  73. Colin said, on June 7, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve collected several of these (along with other random related pictures) for a facebook group I created. Just in case you or anyone else needed a laugh, here’s the link to my favorite of the pictures: http://umd.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=30977495&id=13301206&op=1&view=all&subj=2224750818&aid=-1&oid=2224750818
    I just don’t think it gets any better than that one, frankly.

  74. anonymous FTW said, on June 8, 2007 at 12:23 am

    The Japanese people come off as Neo-Nazis to me, they both had the same superiority complex, sans the killing of other groups of “inferior people”.
    OTOH, look at this. More signs of it, they think anything NOT from Japan is inferior, and guess what – so do a lot of people in the US.
    The article states that, and then look at all the comments, instead of saying F.U., what do they say? “We’re sorry for being inferior”.
    WTF?! You guys are the biggest pile of butt-kissers this side of the moon. Why don’t you serve yourselves a little side of DIGNITY?

  75. JT said, on June 8, 2007 at 12:24 am

    I do have to agree with everyone, America has some horrible Cosplayers. However, several of my female friends actually have made exceptional cosplay chars out of Love Hina… but thats old. The First Gundam Cosplay wasn’t bad at all. It did, however, look like a statue, but nicely done.

  76. Dave D. said, on June 8, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Good lord is Sol Badgirl hot….uh…what was I saying. Oh yea!
    Crap on a barracuda, cosplay is either hit or miss….actually it’s either industrial toxic waste or really awesome. I know some people who are into it and I’ve actually come across some really good ones(I saw on of Alphonse that looked like it was actually made of metal and looked 100% accurate, some one has a lot of time on their hands)….now sadly I’ve seen horrible horrible things. Man Faye, sailor bubba, the black version of Rock Lee (who looks like he peed himself) and tons of horrible occurances of people who are just kidding themselves. If you’re a short, hairy, stout guy Cloud or Dante from DMC isn’t the best idea.
    Oh well, at least you had a memorable day without getting attacked, horrified by bizarre natures or gawked at dude.

  77. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Dear heavens, I was looking for a way to keep myself awake during my sixth period. Bless you for it. Mind you, I almost bit my tongue off trying not to laugh in the staff room – imagine the explaining I would have to do to a staff room of Japanese teachers…
    But yes, you called it and you called it well.

  78. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 1:45 am

    Dear heavens, I was looking for a way to keep myself awake during my sixth period. Bless you for it. Mind you, I almost bit my tongue off trying not to laugh in the staff room – imagine the explaining I would have to do to a staff room of Japanese teachers…
    But yes, you called it and you called it well.

  79. Jen said, on June 8, 2007 at 1:51 am

    Hey, Az,
    I just wondered – when you were in the JET Program, were you a Prefectural or Municipal ALT? I’ve been contracted to Kyoto-fu, and so I just wondered.
    If you could email me any useful/interesting info on the prefecture, I would REALLY appreciate it.
    Thanks!!
    ~Jen πŸ™‚

  80. Andrew said, on June 8, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Good. Someone needed to take those cosplayers down a notch. I mean that in the best of humor, and nothing else.
    For the sad, sad record, I know three cosplayers: one who played a character named Toast (yes, Toast), a Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan, and one who does Street Fighter cosplay. Despite that the final one is attractive and at least has the sense to grab onto SF, she’s also in my Japanese classes and is amazingly bad at Japanese.

  81. Defectron said, on June 8, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Yeah there’s too much cardboard in cosplay
    You should have used this cosplay picture of me petting Nabeshins Afro, there’s absolutely no card board in my costume at all!

  82. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    I brought one of my Japanese exchange friends to the Seattle Sakuracon to look at things. She has been to Comiket dozens of times, but when we went there she was amazed at how big the place was and how many people were there. There were surprisingly some good cosplayers, but there were two girls playing as the chicks from Evangelion, in weird skimpy costumes with their ass meats falling out. She nearly choked.
    GOOD TIMES IN AMELICA!

  83. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 2:26 am

    I brought one of my Japanese exchange friends to the Seattle Sakuracon to look at things. She has been to Comiket dozens of times, but when we went there she was amazed at how big the place was and how many people were there. There were surprisingly some good cosplayers, but there were two girls playing as the chicks from Evangelion, in weird skimpy costumes with their ass meats falling out. She nearly choked.
    GOOD TIMES IN AMELICA!

  84. Kfisher said, on June 8, 2007 at 2:28 am

    The cardboard picture was the best one. Damn most of those cosplay pics make me lol.

  85. Brad said, on June 8, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Who knew Sol Badguy makes a pretty cute girl?
    (Any other pics of her? Good lord, her eyes could stop an approaching army, and her curves would bring them to their knees.)

  86. JH from Finland said, on June 8, 2007 at 5:32 am

    >>WTF?! You guys are the biggest pile of butt-kissers this side of the moon. Why don’t you serve yourselves a little side of DIGNITY?
    Well, not really my fight, but I think you’re confusing dignity with pride. Dignity would stop these people from cosplaying in the first place, while it’s pride (or infantility) that makes them slash out with a “F.U.” when the silliness of their actions is pointed out to them.

  87. NT said, on June 8, 2007 at 10:37 am

    I try not to laugh or jeer at horrible cosplay (take note that I said TRY). However, the cosplay competitions that I believed to be is like believing AZ’s life in Japan is good and fair.
    Once I believed cosplayers should be in character as much as possible and gets high points for that but NO. Instead, most cosplayers just walk on the stage and that’s much about it. Worse, instead of being in character, they try to make a fool of themselves or do something cool so that they get the attention. And then in the end, a winner is announced and ask yourself: “how the hell did he/she win?” And about the judges, it should be anybody as long as they are anime geeks so that the “dream cosplay competition” is possible.
    I just hope I see that “imaginary cosplay competition” someday.
    I guess I am an idiot to go to “AniCons” hoping that I can see descent and good cosplays.
    If Az’s students laugh that hard just by seeing those average cosplays, how much more if they see actual cosplay competition outside Japan. Maybe WWIII will break out because of “laugh genocide”.

  88. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Holy $#!+, is that your gf in the unzipped pink jacket? Hawt!

  89. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Holy $#!+, is that your gf in the unzipped pink jacket? Hawt!

  90. Prodigal Priest said, on June 8, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    >__< I’m gonna go kill some orcs or whatnot. Catch you later πŸ˜‰

  91. Anonymous said, on June 8, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    American cosplay can actually be very good, just as Japanese cosplay can be very bad.
    I’m ashamed to say that the “average” american cosplay isn’t great at all. Most american cosplayers need to figure out that if they don’t feel like putting much effort into it, it’s not worth doing it at all. Alot should also figure out the value of make up. I’ve seen many potentially good costumes ruined by freckles, etc which could have easily been covered up.
    I do think though that you should’ve shown the girls some good american cosplay in additon to the “average” though.

  92. DaiKamonohashi said, on June 8, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    Sure, cosplaying may be silly but in my view that’s half the appeal!
    …though that’s no excuse for the ones that look really bad. Not at all. Ew.

  93. Spoon said, on June 9, 2007 at 5:48 am

    There is Cosplay… and there is Cosplay
    THIS: http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/873/kashiro1sb3.jpg
    Is Cosplay
    If only american cosplay was half as good =p

  94. moreOats said, on June 9, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    knock yourself out…LOL
    http://www.acparadise.com/series.php

  95. Jaded said, on June 9, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Girl 2: Look at this girl, pretending to be Sakura! Look at her smiling, as if she’s doing nothing wrong.
    Funniest shit ever. Did she actually say this, or did you tweak the translation to make it this awesome?
    (Az’s Note: On the contrary, I don’t think the translation did the original line any justice.
    And you’re right, it was one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever heard in my life.)

  96. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Ugh, bad cosplay. :[ Even other cosplayers think they’re embarrassing. Most of the people I go to cons with spend time and effort on their costumes, but then this one fat chick tags along, who just slaps on some cat ears, and our image is totally ruined (yes, a group of college girls who dress up as cartoon/video game characters are concerned about their image. I am aware of teh funny). Oh well, at least she’s not wearing spandex.
    >>Dignity would stop these people from cosplaying in the first place…
    I don’t know if you’ve met any cosplayers, but we’ve got plenty of dignity. We’re well aware that we’re making fools of ourselves, for one weekend, with people who are doing the same thing, or at least sympathize. Now, it’s the gangstas and wiggers, with their oversized shirts and their pants what they have to hold up as they walk that I’m concerned about, re: dignity…

  97. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Ugh, bad cosplay. :[ Even other cosplayers think they’re embarrassing. Most of the people I go to cons with spend time and effort on their costumes, but then this one fat chick tags along, who just slaps on some cat ears, and our image is totally ruined (yes, a group of college girls who dress up as cartoon/video game characters are concerned about their image. I am aware of teh funny). Oh well, at least she’s not wearing spandex.
    >>Dignity would stop these people from cosplaying in the first place…
    I don’t know if you’ve met any cosplayers, but we’ve got plenty of dignity. We’re well aware that we’re making fools of ourselves, for one weekend, with people who are doing the same thing, or at least sympathize. Now, it’s the gangstas and wiggers, with their oversized shirts and their pants what they have to hold up as they walk that I’m concerned about, re: dignity…

  98. Jack said, on June 10, 2007 at 6:49 am

    Well I must be pretty uncool, because this is the first i’ve heard of “cosplay”. anyway that story was a pisser, and the girl in that first pic is so hot that its not even funny – good work all round Az.

  99. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 7:20 am

    It seems I’m the only one who thinks this, but actually those girls seem really malicious and mean-spirited to me (and this is coming from someone who has never done cosplay and has no intention of ever doing so). Sure the photos you provided show up some bad cosplay, but even if it is a tad embarrassing, I don’t think it deserved that kind of spite.
    “Girl 2: Look at this girl, pretending to be Sakura! Look at her smiling, as if she’s doing n
    nothing wrong.”
    Well, you know, she *isn’t* doing anything wrong. I’ll take a wild stab and guess she’s smiling because she’s…having fun. And it seems to me that’s a better thing than those japanese girls who are just making fun.
    I know my opinion isn’t going to be popular here, but I’m not a big fan of that kind of mean-spirited ridicule.

  100. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 7:20 am

    It seems I’m the only one who thinks this, but actually those girls seem really malicious and mean-spirited to me (and this is coming from someone who has never done cosplay and has no intention of ever doing so). Sure the photos you provided show up some bad cosplay, but even if it is a tad embarrassing, I don’t think it deserved that kind of spite.
    “Girl 2: Look at this girl, pretending to be Sakura! Look at her smiling, as if she’s doing n
    nothing wrong.”
    Well, you know, she *isn’t* doing anything wrong. I’ll take a wild stab and guess she’s smiling because she’s…having fun. And it seems to me that’s a better thing than those japanese girls who are just making fun.
    I know my opinion isn’t going to be popular here, but I’m not a big fan of that kind of mean-spirited ridicule.

  101. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    >>It seems I’m the only one who thinks this, but actually those girls seem really malicious and mean-spirited to me
    I don’t know , it’s not that different then us laughing at all the weird stuff AZ describes his students doing.

  102. Anonymous said, on June 10, 2007 at 8:33 pm

    >>It seems I’m the only one who thinks this, but actually those girls seem really malicious and mean-spirited to me
    I don’t know , it’s not that different then us laughing at all the weird stuff AZ describes his students doing.

  103. Liam said, on June 10, 2007 at 11:05 pm

    I envy your writing skills. awesomeness…

  104. JH from Finland said, on June 11, 2007 at 4:53 am

    >>Now, it’s the gangstas and wiggers, with their oversized shirts and their pants what they have to hold up as they walk that I’m concerned about, re: dignity…
    Right up there with cosplayer as far as I’m concerned. Or: Stylish vs. fashionable.
    I was (mostly) referring to poor cosplaying, by the way, altho I’m sticking to my original comment about cosplaying being fundamentally silly. Not that there’s anything wrong with silly, just saying that good cosplayers calling bad cosplayers uncool is like the pot calling the kettle black.

  105. tideman said, on June 11, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Az:
    You are the new Mark Twain.
    I haven’t laughed this much since I read “Innocents Abroad”

  106. dawnchylde said, on June 11, 2007 at 2:50 pm

    This is the funniest article I have read in ages. Halfway through the article I was just about rolling on the ground myself. It got even better when I started clicking on the links. Then, I clicked on This Link and found someone I had actually met at sakuracon a few years ago. I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry or hang my head in shame. It was fantastic!
    Thank’s for the great article.

  107. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Anonymous is watching you Az. -squints-

  108. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Anonymous is watching you Az. -squints-

  109. Greg said, on June 11, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    I know the guy who went to the con dressed as “Black Gai,” and I like him.

  110. ltcinsane said, on June 11, 2007 at 10:24 pm


    heres some Australian Cosplay from last year which i regret not going to most of the cosplay i’ve seen there rates from average to very good.
    mind you i envy the voice actor who got to sign Winry’s cleavage which you can just make out in that pic.

  111. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    uh… why are there so many comments about cosplay? you guys are discussing cosplay like an artist would critique the pros and cons of rembrandt’s style. it’s not that important, don’t take yourselves too seriously…

  112. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    uh… why are there so many comments about cosplay? you guys are discussing cosplay like an artist would critique the pros and cons of rembrandt’s style. it’s not that important, don’t take yourselves too seriously…

  113. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    going to an anime convention doesn’t grant people the privilege of looking ugly without threat of ridicule. if you look great then great, test your cosplay skills by audience approval. if your costume work is bad and you think it’s bad, or you don’t have the confidence to handle criticism, play it safe and leave it at home. if you outfit is bad and you have no sense of style, allow us to educate you by laughing at you.

  114. Anonymous said, on June 11, 2007 at 11:33 pm

    going to an anime convention doesn’t grant people the privilege of looking ugly without threat of ridicule. if you look great then great, test your cosplay skills by audience approval. if your costume work is bad and you think it’s bad, or you don’t have the confidence to handle criticism, play it safe and leave it at home. if you outfit is bad and you have no sense of style, allow us to educate you by laughing at you.

  115. JH from Finland said, on June 12, 2007 at 10:52 am

    >> it’s not that important, don’t take yourselves too seriously…
    That’s the million dollar question, innit? Apart from the basic needs, what’s important is completely subjective. Altho I myself have little interest in it, I can certainly think of worse things to get passionate about than cosplaying.

  116. Anonymous said, on June 12, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    i KNEW az was a /b/rother

  117. Veinor said, on June 13, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Would somebody tell me who the people in this one are supposed to be? I’m not a big anime/manga nerd, so my recognition is pretty poor, but I’m just dying to know.

  118. Anonymous said, on June 15, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Man-Faye is gross, but the Dizzy in that same picture was really hot. Hotter than Sol Badgirl imo.

  119. Anonymous said, on June 15, 2007 at 2:15 am

    Man-Faye is gross, but the Dizzy in that same picture was really hot. Hotter than Sol Badgirl imo.

  120. Anonymous said, on June 18, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Some people cosplay for the attention. (e.g. Man-Faye. He has his own entry in Wikipedia for crying out loud.)
    Most dress for the fun of it (America)…not for the art of it (Japan). After all, I see adults still dressing up at Halloween. What’s the difference? One day for Halloween, or one day for an anime convention?

  121. Anonymous said, on June 18, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Some people cosplay for the attention. (e.g. Man-Faye. He has his own entry in Wikipedia for crying out loud.)
    Most dress for the fun of it (America)…not for the art of it (Japan). After all, I see adults still dressing up at Halloween. What’s the difference? One day for Halloween, or one day for an anime convention?

  122. Michael said, on June 19, 2007 at 4:16 am

    I know exactly the kind of people you’re talking about. I nearly died laughing myself. This is just too funny, I added a link to your site on my myspace.

  123. AutumnFire said, on June 20, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    Several of your readers may hate InuYasha, but for a perfect character to play for old, overweight, graying ‘mature’ women, Kaide rocks.
    It’s a comfortable costume, there’s no skimpiness (which you do NOT wanna see at my current weight!), and if you keep your bow unstrung it makes a very handy staff to beat up obnoxious little tweeners at Cons.
    Cranky old obasans FTW!

  124. Anonymous said, on June 22, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Hahahahaha.
    Hahahahahahaha.
    I’m sorry. It’s just that this reminded me that when I attend Comic Con next month, I probably will not be able to walk five steps into it without bursting out into hysterical laughter at some of the cosplayers. I’ve never been to a convention, but cosplay has provided me with no end of hilarity. Well, really, I have some respect for those who do it well, but the ratio of good:bad cosplay is nowhere near even.

  125. Anonymous said, on June 22, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    Hahahahaha.
    Hahahahahahaha.
    I’m sorry. It’s just that this reminded me that when I attend Comic Con next month, I probably will not be able to walk five steps into it without bursting out into hysterical laughter at some of the cosplayers. I’ve never been to a convention, but cosplay has provided me with no end of hilarity. Well, really, I have some respect for those who do it well, but the ratio of good:bad cosplay is nowhere near even.

  126. Chris from New Zealand said, on June 23, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    As with anything, there is the good and the bad. However even what I’d consider great the Japanese schoolgirls would probably laugh over. I’ve started cosplaying myself this year:
    http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1060571
    http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1064450

  127. lucas said, on June 27, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    if you thank cosplay is bad try civil war reenacters. of course, they have a word for the bad of it, its “farb”.

  128. Wesley L. Lawrence said, on July 6, 2007 at 6:05 pm

    (Quote)
    Kids: Hey, what do you like to do on the weekends?
    Me: Well, I like to go into Kyoto and meet friends.
    Kids: Kyoto! Wow, that’s really far away!
    Me: WTF? It’s only 30 kilometers away! Less than an hour by train!
    Kids: OMG, so far. You really like to travel.
    Me: It’s only 30km away!
    Kids: So, what’s it like out in Kyoto? Is the weather the same as it is down here?
    Me: 30. MOTHERFUCKING. KILOMETERS.
    (/Quote)
    Holy F*ck…
    I live in Ontario Canada, sometimes for the weekend, I’ll bike from 20-40km for FUN, and these people see it as being “Far”? (BTW, its 20/40 there and back, but I’m also on a bike.)

  129. Anonymous said, on July 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

    When I saw the reactions of the Japanese female students over the cosplayers’ pics, at first I was wondering why, then I noticed some pics here, and it made me laugh (specially at the Man-Faye)
    I never imagined that there are also bad cosplayers in the US, since I’m from the Philippines (though even here there are also bad cosplayers too)

  130. Anonymous said, on July 16, 2007 at 11:36 am

    When I saw the reactions of the Japanese female students over the cosplayers’ pics, at first I was wondering why, then I noticed some pics here, and it made me laugh (specially at the Man-Faye)
    I never imagined that there are also bad cosplayers in the US, since I’m from the Philippines (though even here there are also bad cosplayers too)

  131. DS said, on July 17, 2007 at 3:08 am

    Apparently Star Trek/wars cosplay is relatively well dressed. Give them a look at that, wonder how they’d react. However, I’m probably wrong. Like that one fellow said, “for each one theres 9 that suck”. well okay, it was more well spoken then that but you get the point.

  132. Anonymys I.M. said, on July 18, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, just wow. I almost died laughing on this one.
    “This collage of shitty cosplay brought to you by /b/” for the win.

  133. Yaaka said, on August 2, 2007 at 9:54 pm

    ARGH!!!! NOT FUCKING MAN FAYE!!!!!

  134. Mr. Annon Y. Mous said, on August 4, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Az, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Black Gai (the dude who pissed himself) is made of win. He is the greatest thing to come out of Naruto since the actual Gai. He is the most hilarious cosplayer ever.

  135. Anonymous said, on August 22, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Cosplay is just too painfull and emberassing for me to even look at

  136. Anonymous said, on August 22, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Cosplay is just too painfull and emberassing for me to even look at

  137. Carla said, on September 9, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    I’m kinda loling at the above comments pinning those female students as malicious and cruel. Isn’t it kind of a cultural thing, that Japanese girls tear apart whatever/whoever they don’t like? I know Japanese gosuroris do it, with websites like “Kore wa Rorita ja nai” or whatever to ridicule poorly-dressed girls.

  138. Kat said, on November 2, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    I love cosplaying and seeing great cosplay, so yes, I do laugh at people who don’t seem to put much effort into their costumes. However, I think that overall, Japanese cosplay is usually better because it’s so popular, and there is much easier access to items you can buy from store. If you want anything decent from anywhere else, you have to either make it yourself or order it online. 😦 It costs a pretty penny to make a decent cosplay, either way.

  139. Andres0082 said, on November 22, 2007 at 1:27 pm

    If you think there’s bad cosplay, you have NO idea some of the cosplayers here in ecuador, that shit would make even the nerdiest otakus use tabasco for eye drops

  140. Skiba said, on November 24, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    I’m American AND an anime fan, and cosplay makes me shudder sometimes. I swear, the only good cosplayer out there is PikminLink, she’s awesome at it. Her dad like, fires metal to make the swords and shields for her. And she even kinda looks like a gender ambiguous Link! >_>
    http://www.pikminlink.com/EndlessRealm/index.html

  141. Sophia said, on December 26, 2007 at 3:10 am

    I’m now too afraid to cosplay anymore. πŸ˜„

  142. Katie said, on April 5, 2008 at 12:36 am

    My brother is friends with a lot of Japanese exchange students, and when I showed them pictures of my cosplay, they were just like “chou kawaii” like they say about everything I do. I have to wonder if they were just being civil because they think I’m cute or if it was because they’re college-aged, and more mature than high school girls.

  143. Andrea said, on April 8, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Cosplay in America IS really funny. But there are some Westerners who do it very well. Here is a link to a girl’s page. She makes all her costumes, and the detail is wonderful. Also, so is pretty, so she actually looks good in the costumes!
    http://yukilefay.deviantart.com/

  144. Radien said, on April 13, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Eh. I highly doubt the average Japanese cosplay is really THAT much better than American. You see some incredible American cosplays if you look for them, like this Ivy Valentine cosplayer:
    http://picasaweb.google.com/anglconadmin/SakuraCon2007SundayPhotoBooth/photo#5051671339203436242
    I do think that Japanese convention goers are slightly more hesitant to cosplay, particular male ones, since the female ones mostly do it for attention from kamerako (camera guys). Since American congoers are more willing to cosplay — especially high schoolers — that means more who cosplay on budgets smaller than $500 per costume.
    However, ultimately I think those girls were peeing their pants largely because they have a very narrow view on cosplay to begin with. Did you catch the comment about “smiling like she’s done nothing wrong?” I think that’s largely because they saw a *girl* acting like a typical anime-obsessed otaku, and thought there was something despicable about that. Like, “no self-respecting Japanese cosplayer would put herself in that situation unless she was going to be surrounded by worshippers.”
    That and the fact that Japanese height and facial proportions do not vary much, so the mere idea of seeing someone with a long American nose or different height/build than the typical Japanese. I know even Americans often bemoan that some cosplayers are out of shape, but some of these standards couldn’t be met even if they were all perfectly fit.

  145. tet said, on May 11, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Someone tried to make a cosplay of Frog/Glenn from Chrono Trigger that didn’t turn out too good.
    I guess the costume was okay, but the froggy head on top… no it wasn’t makeup… it appeared to be paper-mache, and didn’t really look like frog. It looked like a cartoon character… kerokero or something, tarding out.
    I found the image if you’re interested:

    the cosplayer even admits he just likes it cause its so silly.

  146. Buzz said, on May 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Don’t mock cardboard! I don’t strictly cosplay, but as an English drama student, I go out drinkingin daft costumes ALOT. Cardboard is the best thing cos it’s cheap, easy to find, and you can make pretty much anything out of it.
    That said, I do have to laugh when people I know go overboard. Or totally underboard and expect a black tshirt and a necklace to make them x character…

  147. Jonadab said, on July 3, 2008 at 6:34 am

    >”OMG why are you dressed up as anime characters?”
    Yeah, I live in Ohio, and that was pretty much my reaction. I’ve heard of going to conventions dressed up as Star Trek characters, complete with forehead-ridge makeup that takes hours to apply (though I’ve never personally witnessed this phenomenon), and I think I saw a photo on the internet once of some pathetic loser dressed up as Obi-Wan Kinobi complete with a mocked-up light sabre, but until reading this article I was blissfully unaware that people anywhere (much less here in my own country) went to conventions dressed up as _cartoon_ characters for crying out loud. To me that’s not funny so much as just sad.
    My question is, WHERE do people do this? Not around here, I’m pretty sure, or I’d have heard about it by now. There are a few people around here (mostly of middle-school age), who are “into” Japanese cartoons in the sense of watching it on tv and maybe checking out some “graphic novels” from the library, a few even try to draw the stuff, but this…

  148. Nekoni said, on August 30, 2008 at 5:50 am

    (for ref before you choke at my name- no, I hate cats and I don’t own kitty ears, bleh. Also I’m part asian(chinese) part caucasian, so comparing them is with no ill intent)
    Interesting article about cosplay, though I think those girls were pretty normal teenagers. (btw I’ve been reading your blogs/articles/comedic diary for years, I always drop back for more eventually, you’re a drug) If you went to a highschool or any non-japantards or anyone who lacks any level of geekyness or otakuness (they’re both made up words, so sue me) I’m sure they’d be the same. Though you’d probably moreso encounter ‘huh? Who’s that? Why’re they dressed weirdly?’ more often with the adults.
    I’ve done cosplay once and the experience was a bit more positive, but then my experience was a bit different…
    I went to an expo in the UK, with the largest general gathering and the largest cosplay gathering in the country, and a massive, major competition. Oh there were loads of normal and subpar cosplayers, but there were so many good cosplayers there, (and yes, I can say that in relation to good japanese cosplayers) good CAUCASIAN cosplayers even, that caught your eyes, that you didn’t even see the normal and crud ones (not unless you actively searched, person by person, instead of just looking towards the biggest crowds or brightest colors)
    Some cosplays are so good you get the shivers from them, and your jaw falls off, even in the west. I’ve seen Cloud and Rikku(Final Fantasy) incarnated into the flesh, a fully functioning dalek (costs roughly $3000 to build) a clone of the Doctor (Who), the faceless thing from Spirited Away, an authentic, right down to the HUGE baloon breasts, Tsunade (Naruto)- every single one of them were caucasian, and despite the mass of asians attending the event even with a ‘geneological advantage’ they were severaly outclassed. I can’t actually name an asian I saw that reached the ‘good’ level actually (in the largest gathering in the country)… So believe me, it’s not one-sided (I’m not including sponsered cosplays in this- just like in Japan, western events have sponsered cosplays, which are 100% amazing… sometimes the cosplays you see and wow over have been picked for and paid for it, so let’s stick with fans) Even I can brag to have been a good cosplayer, though I’ll be better once I spent another $200 dollars on remaking my costume and buying sweat resistent makeup. (I was Naruto, and great, but cosplays aren’t designed for karate matches, let that be known..)
    That’s another bad thing about conventions- you sweat, a LOT (especially if you’re a hyperactive maniac like myself). Makeup runs, people stink, hair gets stuck to faces- the majority of good pictures you see come from cosplay picnics, or cosplayers who won’t let you even poke them and refuse to walk around or infront of the airconditing vents because it’ll mess with their hair. Also the ones you see handpicked from the asian web are the exceptional ones, not the rules, they’re forwarded because they’re amazing. I have seen bucketloads of asian cosplay photos that are just as wincable as western ones, but not as often from obesity, of course. It’s more often ‘Um, sorry, ‘who’s that person cosplaying?’ ‘they look nothing like them’
    Of course as I said, go to a huge event and you won’t even -see- them, the awesome cosplays take center stage. If you do happen to see them at least it’s a great laugh (even cosplayers laugh at other cosplayers, quietly…) some people are bad on purpose and take it to the level of genius.
    Random additional fact – males rarely cosplay in japan, for some reason it’s a bit taboo. It’s not taboo in the west, and while that’s awesome for the adult, non-short characters that do exist, it’s a bit of a curse because men grow stuble and beards and other weird things anime characters are free from. We’re also so funny that we have male crossplayers cosplaying women, it’s hideous but hilarious. Anyway, given the factors popular anime characters tend to be young and beardless and feminine looking, and most japanese cosplayers are girls, that’s the reason you don’t get many awesome male cosplayers.
    Anyway, yeah, it’s intricate and requires a lot of money; most of the laughable ones aren’t serious, they’re just ‘I’m going to a con, I want some extra fun’ it IS an EXPENSIVE hobby (and job), and a time-taking hobby. Most people don’t decide who they want to be by their looks, but their favourites. I don’t blame them, the most important factor of the little sport is to have fun, even if it is laughable to normal people. It’s hardly meant to be a Paris fashion parade (though I think those look funnier, they’re actually TRYING to be serious..!) The challenge to do it and do it well is immense. You’ve got character choice (you’re extremely lucky if you resemble someone you even vaguely like, letalone your favourite) requiring physical traits like height, build, skin color, hair-color/texture, then after that, makeup, costumery… A really good cosplayer has to look right, apply makeup like a pro, sew like a magician, avoid having their costume/makeup destroyed by the elements, or movement and lastly have a good photographer… all in all, OUCH!
    Mostly though you can divide it into ‘giant costume party’ cosplayers and ‘I wanna’ be a model’ cosplayers…
    Anyway yeah, enough in depth incomprehensible rambling… Sorry for the length…
    Maybe it’s a little insight into the world of cosplays.

  149. somerandombaltimoron said, on October 14, 2008 at 2:16 am

    As someone who lives in Baltimore, MD–how I side with the Japanese girls. (Our economy is actually fueled by cosplayers, dontcherknow. It’s strange, realizing that you are actually supposed to be grateful for the multitude in multicolored wigs causing traffic jams come every August. Like the Mariposa festival, only they don’t collapse dead on the pavement as often.
    Muppets. All of them. Think about Hons, and then make them into Revolutionary Girl Utena, and you’ve got a fair idea of what goes on.)
    Naruto cosplayers. They’re like the armpit of it for the most part. (Good ones couldn’t possibly exist at this rate. It would defy the law of averages.)

  150. Kade said, on February 15, 2009 at 3:34 am

    *snorts and tries not to die laughing* That was gold Jeff, completely and utterly gold πŸ˜„
    For a moment, towards the beginning, I was shocked. There are fish canals in Seattle? There are fish canals here?! Where? I haven’t seen them! I just know there’s Pike Place Market in Seattle that sells fish…God I need to get out more.
    It makes me sad to think that cosplay, what we think is good, is really bad compared to what the Japanese can do. I’ve seen some of their stuff. They’re scary good. But you mentioned Al (or at least one of your students did) and so I am happy ^^ FullMetal Alchemist and Alphonse Elric are my my favourite series and character.


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