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 probably 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 at the time, 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!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
My current dream costume is Dan Fei/Tan Hi from Thunderbolt Fantasy!
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 husband.
Tell us a little about yourself
My interests include anime, manga, video games, ball-jointed dolls, and cosplay - of course!
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I've been cosplaying since 2004, but wasn't confident enough in myself or my costumes until around 2008. My early cosplays include: Mizuki Natsumi (GetBackers), Bokuru (Hunter X Hunter), Hinamori Momo (Bleach), Yumichika Ayasegawa (Bleach), and a female High Priest (Ragnarok Online). I don't have any decent photos of these, but maybe that's a good thing - they were all pretty awful, 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, Seirei no Moribito, Saiunkoku Monogatari, Love Live! School Idol Project, Thunderbolt Fantasy, etc...
My favorite game(s)
Animamundi, Okami, Legend of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Rune Factory Frontier, Tales of Symphonia, Final Fantasy IX, ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian, Monster Hunter, Pokemon series, Legend of Zelda series, Guilty Gear 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), 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), Ikuto (Shugo Chara!), Faust VIII (Shaman King), Zidane (Final Fantasy IX), Link (Legend of Zelda), Shang (Thunderbolt Fantasy), the entire cast of Yami no Matsuei...
Female: Keimi (One Piece), Mizuno Ami (Sailor Moon), Shoukei (Juuni Kokki), Road Kamelot (D.Gray-man), May (Guilty Gear), Lina Inverse (Slayers), Katara (Avatar), Hinamori Amu (Shugo Chara!), Garnet (Final Fantasy IX), Elle (Legend of Mana), Balsa (Seirei no Moribito), Hoshizora Rin (Love Live!), Dan Fei (Thunderbolt Fantasy), etc...