What got you into cosplay?
I've always been into cosplaying- whether it was dressing up while I was young, or wearing clothes that substituted for a costume when I was in junior high, I always thought I never had the resources to go all out, so now I'm really persnickety with each tiny little detail.
Once I found out cosplaying existed and that people did it besides me, I was gunning for it- I just didn't know how or where to start.
What was your first costume and why?
Colette Brunel -Tales of Symphonia
Umm... well my brother was going as Lloyd, and we act like them anyway, so we figured it would be really easy to stay in character. I already had chakrams (yes, had... I broke them :( ), and I love that game.
Also, Colette and I are the same height and we have the same initials.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I really like Meroko, Ash, and Colette. Those are the ones that the most work was put into (except for Ash)
Meroko's got a special place because of how awesome her character is. She has bunny ears, too! :D Ash is because of nostalgia for the most part, but I always identified with him, and my first pokemon was Pikachu. Colette was my first real cosplay, and she's so adorable, and Symphonia's such a great game.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I've been waiting for Disney to make a version of Rapunzel since I was five. I'd been following all the concept art and buying so much Tangled stuff when it finally did. I just need to get the money to buy/make it. I'm a little jealous of everyone who's already done a Rapunzel cosplay. I just can't wait so much to have my own! It feels like I've been waiting forever. She's my favorite princess, and she's a lot like me. I just wish it would happen soon.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
When I was Ash and my friend was Wolfwood from Trigun. We were walking down the street in the hot sun for some lunch at Taco Bell, and I accidentally led her down a wrong turn. She had that hot suit on and was carrying the wooden cross gun. I was surprised she didn't pass out!
Do you participate in masquerades?
What was your best masquerade experience?
I was only in one so far (various reasons have prevented me from being in more since.) When I was Colette, I hopped across the stage, twirled one of my chakrams, struck a pose, and started skipping off the stage, when I stage-tripped and fell. That was fun, and people who knew who I was cosplaying liked it. :)
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
For Halloween, my boyfriend and I were Team Rocket grunts, and we used to go to Pokemon League all the time. (He still does.) Our region of people is called Team Rocket and we go to Rocket's Hideout a lot. (I call it the Game Corner, hehehe.) I didn't know there was a costume contest there, but my boyfriend did, and not only were our costumes pretty good, we were the only ones dressed as Rockets. It just seemed to fit. lol
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a Junior in college. I have two brothers; one is sixteen and the other four. The older used to cosplay and doesn't anymore. The younger isn't allowed to cosplay because my mom's kind of embarrassed of her other two children and doesn't want him turning out like us, even though he's already expressed love for both Tangled AND Pokemon. So there, lol. My dad's working on a Kratos costume, but it isn't really a priority and keeps falling to the wayside. He'll get it done, though... someday.
I love my job, but I wish it paid more so I could buy more cosplay materials.
As for hobbies... I really like ice skating, even though I live in the south and don't get to do it much.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I'm really into Lolita as well.
My favorite anime
Pokemon, Yugioh, Full Moon wo Sagashite, Godchild (did they ever make that into an anime? I don't think so...), Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, Cardcaptor Sakura, Tokyo Mew Mew, Fruits Basket, Beyblade, Yu Yu Hakusho, Ranma 1/2, Fullmetal Alchemist, DNAngel, Chobits, Code Geass, .hack//SIGN, Loveless, and many, many others.
My favorite game(s)
Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Pokemon, Kingdom Hearts, DDR, Diner Dash, Super Mario Kart, Donkey Kong Country, Soul Calibur II, Super Mario All Stars, Mario Party, Zelda: Link to the Past, Oracle of Ages/Seasons, and a few others like Wii Sports... Tangled on the Wii... stuff like that.
My favorite character(s)
Ryou Bakura, Tsukasa, Subaru, Meroko Yui, Ash, Melody from Pokemon the Movie 2000, Colette, Sheena, Raine, Zelos, Jaden Yuki, Winry, Ayame Sohma, Tomoyo Daidouji, the Dark Magician Girl, Miho Nosaka, Bianca from Pokemon Black and White, Rapunzel, Mew Berry, CC, Euphie, Nunally, Milly, Shirley, Lelouch, Rivalz, Jade Curtiss, Dist the Runny, Ion, Natalia, Guy, Tear, Hiei, Tyson Granger and many many others.
My favorite movies(s)
Aladdin, Tangled, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl's Moving Castle, etc.
My favorite actors/actresses