What got you into cosplay?
My first convention in 2003. The thought of dressing up as characters never crossed my mind until I was surrounded by cosplayers at the con. It was really inspirational for me! I've been cosplaying ever since.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My favourite costume is easily Keimi (One Piece), which I wore for the first time at Anime North 2010. I put an incredible amount of time and effort into the costume. Not only was it my dream cosplay, but it was the first costume I made completely from scratch! I'm very proud of it and couldn't believe how much attention it attracted at the con!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
My most memorable cosplay experience was the One Piece photoshoot at Anime North 2010. Everyone was so loud and silly. We really made One Piece come to life. I had so much fun!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I participated once for the experience, but it's not something I do regularly. I'm just not the competitive sort! I do enjoy watching them though.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
I won the Anime North 2011 Hall Costume Award for my "Unlimited Cruise" version of Keimi (One Piece). I also won Best in Division (Journeyman) at the ConBravo 2013 Masquerade for my Qurupeco Blademaster (Monster Hunter Tri) costume along with my fiancÚ.
Tell us a little about yourself
My interests include anime, manga, video games, ball-jointed dolls, violin, and cosplay - obviously!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I've been cosplaying since 2004, but haven't been confident enough in myself or my costumes to show them off. I won't post any photos of my past cosplays, but they include: Mizuki Natsumi (GetBackers), Bokuru (Hunter X Hunter), Hinamori Momo (Bleach), Yumichika Ayasegawa (Bleach), and a female High Priest (Ragnarok Online). They were all pretty awful though, haha!
My favorite anime
Yami no Matsuei, One Piece, Juuni Kokki, Romeo X Juliet, Saiyuki, Howl's Moving Castle, Dai-Guard, Monster, D.Gray-man, Shugo Chara!, Onmyou Taisenki, Princess Tutu, Seirei no Moribito, Saiunkoku Monogatari, etc...
My favorite game(s)
Animamundi, Guilty Gear X2, Okami, Legend of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Rune Factory Frontier, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy IX, Shadow of the Colossus, Monster Hunter, Harvest Moon series, Pokemon series, Legend of Zelda series, etc...
My favorite book(s)
The Twelve Kingdoms, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Alchemist, Crime and Punishment, Interview with the Vampire, etc...
My favorite character(s)
In no particular order...
Male: Usopp (One Piece), Franky (One Piece), Chopper (One Piece), Cho Hakkai (Saiyuki), Tyki Mikk (D.Gray-man), Arystar Krory (D.Gray-man), Zappa (Guilty Gear), Bridget (Guilty Gear), Howl (Howl's Moving Castle), Rakushun (Juuni Kokki), Taiki (Juuni Kokki), Dashwood (Animamundi), Tsukiyomi Ikuto (Shugo Chara!), Faust VIII (Shaman King), Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX), Link (Legend of Zelda), the entire cast of Yami no Matsuei...
Female: Keimi (One Piece), Nefertari Vivi (One Piece), Mizuno Ami (Sailor Moon), Shoukei (Juuni Kokki), Road Kamelot (D.Gray-man), May (Guilty Gear), Lina Inverse (Slayers), Lillith Zaberisk (Animamundi), Katara (Avatar), Hinamori Amu (Shugo Chara!), Garnet (Final Fantasy IX), Elle (Legend of Mana), Balsa (Seirei no Moribito), etc...