What got you into cosplay?
There was a local convention so I wanted to wear something to it--my first convention! I saw many other cosplayers so I decided to stick with it, and I'm glad I did.
What was your first costume and why?
Young Gohan. I liked DBZ at the time, so I wanted to make a costume from the show. With the black shirt and sweats, the white thing around the neck and homemade sash and wristbands and that's it. DBZ fans liked it.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My red Ranma outfit. Everybody loves this costume and I've worn it off and on since it was commissioned in 2001. I even got violently glomped at conventions! It's getting old now, and I hope to get a different Ranma top, but it's still my favorite.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'd love to have a Tenchi Misaki costume since it's my favorite series. Something from Slayers, but I won't say which character. I wanted to be Captain Harlock but others have done it already really well so I may forget about that idea. More crossplay too, and more retro anime cosplay. Ideas are always popping up nowadays, so more costumes are coming...
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Participating in Battle Cosplay at Anime Oasis. That was based on an idea suggested by me, and bringing a LARP video game like show to life cosplaying an anime character was a thrill. It went over so well they're still doing it. This culminated at the Battle Cosplay this year where me and my partner became BC champs! I also like it when I fool people with crossplay--it means I'm doing something right! The best experience so far was having my cosplay photo in 2 magazines: me as Kodai/Wildstar in Cosmode issue 17, and as Nana O. in Shojo Beat October '07 issue! Also memorable are the local photoshoots, where I sometimes pair up with Kumi-chan for cosplay, mostly R. Takahashi titles! It's more fun to cosplay with others.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Just a couple of times. I'm shy and don't speak very loudly onstage unless I'm doing battle cosplay or karaoke. I performed by myself once and with BakaZoku cosplay group at a halftime show, and at SC '06 for that wedding. I joined a cosplay group (Desert Chikins), so hopefully I can participate in masquerades in the future. I'm more of a independent DC member, and suppporter of the other members since they're into Final Fantasy cosplay while me not really.
What was your best masquerade experience?
I'd still go with Battle Cosplay at AO, which is sort of a masquerade event. I was all aglow watching an idea I suggested come to life, although now I'm retired from participating in it. Someday I hope to write, direct and maybe participate in a masquerade skit.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
A hallway cosplay ribbon for my Ranma "Mao" outfit last year at Kumori Con '04. It was a last minute ribbon, but I was happy! At a Sci-fi/fantasy con called Rusty Con wearing my Shin Ani-maid costume, I won a prize at the Masquerade cotillion: "Best Princess!" Awards aren't really that important. The best thing is when people like your costume and take your photo.
Tell us a little about yourself
I temped for several agencies and several years doing misc. data entry and office work, most recent at Polyclinic. Feb '08 I was hired there permanently-yay! I'd like to be a freelance writer doing essays, reviews etc. But this job (that I love) pays the bills and lets me travel and go to cons. Aside from Anime and cosplay, I love Hong Kong (and other Asian) films and have been there twice. I hope to get a good amount of money, do some travelling like Japan, get a place away from my family and be closer to others, and do what I like to do. I also play guitar, sing karaoke, write songs and filks, and am good at learning songs, like anime ones, by listening to them. In fact I created a group called Ani-Music Unlimited, where me and my sax playing friend play anime and game music at cons. I'm also a wannabe movie maker and love to videotape stuff, make tapes and share them with folks. And I like to draw, and have many ideas for mangas, though no time to create one!
Do love music and I play guitar and I'm part of 2 exciting music projects. Ani-Music Unlimited: a duo act where me and my sax playing friend play anime tunes on stage or in the halls at con. Then there's Soul Candy, a full on rock band where we cover anime theme songs. We hope to play a few conventions in the future.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Picking a costume/character. I believe you don't have to pick a character cosplay that matches your personality, because I think that limits your choices and thus your repertoire. I say the sky's the limit--cosplay whatever you feel like, whatever is in your heart. It can be a fun challenge to cosplay someone not like you. Besides that's what acting is for, right?
Did I mention I met Jackie Chan and John Woo? I got photos!
I know French, but not so much Spanish. And I do not own any game consoles except classic NES and a Gameboy.
I'm a more social person thanks to cosplay, cons and gatherings. It's good, but sometimes it can be too much of a good thing...On the other hand if it wasn't for cosplay and conventions I may not have met certain special people. :)
I married Kumi-Chan on April 16th 2011.
My favorite anime
Tenchi Muyo! of course. Ranma 1/2 and Ghost and the Shell are great. For laughs, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Kodomo No Omocha. Azumanga Daioh is the best and so is Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 and Slayers. Nothing beats Yamato (Star Blazers) and the original Mobile Suit Gundam. Oh yeah, how can I forget to mention FLCL?--genius! I love NANA, and classic titles like Speed Racer and Astro Boy, plus more Gainax titles. Many more.
My favorite game(s)
I'm not really a game player except old school like Dig Dug, Pacman and Galaga or nintendo/atari video games. I do like DBZ Budokai on PS2, and Pokemon on the Gameboy--I played that ad nauseum! And I like DDR/Stepmania, Guitar Hero and the Taiko Drum game too. Oh and I like the Rock Band game too.
My favorite book(s)
I'm also not into books unless they're about something I like, such as Hong Kong Action Cinema. But I like to read Anime/Manga magazines and Manga graphic novels. My favorite manga right now is NANA, though I like Honey and Clover too, plus Geobreeders, Azumanga Daioh and Detective Conan.
My favorite character(s)
Tenchi Misaki, Ranma Saotome--boy and girl types, plus sisters Akane and Nabiki. Vegeta from DBZ. Also Sana Kurata from Kodocha, Lum from Urusei Yatsura, and Motoko from Ghost in the Shell, Sailor Venus and Jupiter, Kotobuki Ran from SuperGals! Nana Osaki from NANA, Wildstar from Star Blazers, L from Death Note, and Ichigo, Rukia and Yoruichi from Bleach. And many others...
My favorite movies(s)
Movies by Martin Scorsese like Goodfellas, Sergio Leone like Once Upon a Time in the West, Quentin Tarantino like Kill Bill, David Lynch like Blue Velvet and Akira Kurosawa like Seven Samurai. And films by Spike Lee and Woody Allen. Ever see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind?--brilliant! Hong Kong wise any John Woo film like Better Tomorrow or Hard Boiled, Jackie Chan's Armor of God. Classic kung fu films like Come Drink With Me and anything by Wong Kar-wai--see Chungking Express! Films from Japan and Korea are awesome too.
My favorite actors/actresses
Winona Ryder, Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Toshiro Mifune, Chow Yun-fat, Wu Chien-lien (Eat Drink Man Woman) and Maggie Cheung. Who else..Christina Ricci, Tom Cruise (hey he's a good actor though kind of weird now!), Robin Williams, Harrison Ford, Uma Thurman, Matt Damon, Jet Li and Jackie Chan.