About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
I had found some sites online that showed pictures of cosplayers at conventions, and some costumes on E-Bay, and I instantly fell in love. Halloween had always been one of my favorite holidays, and while I also always enjoyed RPing, the idea of dressing up as my favorite characters and going to a convention full of my otaku brethren was perfect. ^^
What was your first costume and why?
Hm..the first anime costume I wore was Supersailorpluto from Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon, because BSSM was my first anime ever and I've always loved it. I also have always admired Setsuna/Pluto for her strong personality and fighting abilities to match. And the Time Staff...that thing RULES. However, wearing that costume made me realize that no matter how much I like the character, I still HATE skirts with a passion. ^^;
What is your favorite costume and why?
As of right now, I'd have to say my Monkey D. Luffy costumes from One Piece. ^_^ Luffy is my favorite male anime character ever, and we have a lot in common, so it's always easy and fun to get into character whenever I wear it. Plus it's a comfy costume for the most part. Can't beat comfy and fun!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Definitely. Someday, I AM going to make an Ameria from Slayers costume. Ameria is my favorite character ever (and my alias, no less), and I identify the most with her. She's my anime idol and I want my best costume ever to be hers. ^_^\\// Someday, I will complete it for JUSTICE! =D
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Wow..that's tough.. I've had too many. But I guess for one, I'll never forget being Naruto and getting Initial Lotused by Rock Lee. XD I also got to shin kick a couple Irvines as Fuujin, which is always fun. Plus all cosplaying I've done with my awesome group! I lurve my Zoroko and Jing!
Do you participate in masquerades?
Sure do! With my cosplay group, Kaizoku Kosplay. And occasionally with the Random Battle Group. ^^
What was your best masquerade experience?
Doing out Ace Attorney skit, "Turnabout World", at Ohayocon 2009! I loved representing the older fans who remember Carmen Sandiego. :) Following in close second was Ohayocon 2004's "The Real Slim Shuichi", because I reworked the rap lyrics for Gravitation and got an actual guy to rap it. People were asking for the MP3 afterwards and that was really rewarding. ^^ More recently, our "Tribute to the Best Alchemist in the World" skit at Ohayocon 2006, because Zoroko-Al makes the best guitarist-slash-drum set ever, and then our "Many Uses of Keyblades/Soras at the Roxbury" from Tekko '07 got a great reaction. ...Oh, and Zoroko and Jing getting best craftsmanship for our Twilight Princess group at Ohayocon '08! I'm so proud of them, I knew they could do it! Because they're awesome and don't give themselves proper credit. ^_^
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yep! Tekkoshocon 2003: "How To Lose a Fanboy in 10 Seconds" -Honorable Mention Ohayocon 2004: "The Real Slim Shuichi" -Judge's Award "Best Use of a White Rapper" -Best Overall Performance Tekkoshocon 2004: "Naruto of the Night" -Best in Show Tekkoshocon 2005: "Robin Link: Elves in Tights" -Best Craftsmanship -Best in Show ColossalCon 2005: "Priceless - KaizokuKard" -Best in Show Ohayocon 2006: "Tribute to the Best Alchemist in the World" -Best Musical Group Anime Punch 2006: "Totally Lost" -Best in Show ColossalCon 2006: "Silent Hill" -Judge's Award Ohayocon 2007: "Guiltless Advertising" -Best Performance (Masters Division) Anime Punch 2007: "You Are a Pirate" -"Most Badassiest" Award Tekkoshocon 2007: "The Many Uses of Keyblades/Soras at the Roxbury" -Best in Show Ohayocon 2008: LoZ: Twilight Princess Group -Best in Show (Craftsmanship; this one goes to Zoroko and Jing alone! They rule!) Ohayocon 2009: "Turnabout World" -Best Performance (Masters Division)
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a graduate of Youngstown State University with degrees in Political Science/Pre-Law and Criminal Justice, and currently work in a little family-run bakery. ...No, I don't have Solar Hands. ._. As for hobbies, I'd think they were obvious... XD Anime, manga, cons/cosplaying, J-music (or almost all music at that), karaoke, surfing the Internet, chatting on forums, roleplaying. Just generally geekiness all around. ^_^
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Check out the rest of Kaizoku Kosplay!! Cosplay.com IDs "Zoroko" and "Robo Jing" I'm slowly but steadily working on our group website, which is at http//sefina.furtopia.org/kaizokukosplay/ Also, I'm a Core member of the Random Battle Group and run its website at: http://www.randombattlegroup.org
My favorite anime
Slayers, One Piece, Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach, Ouran High School Host Club, The Third, Le Chevalier D'Eon, Bishoujo Senshi Sailormoon, GetBackers, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Hellsing (Ultimate OVA), Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Tactics, Rozen Maiden, Magic Knights Rayearth, Tsubasa Chronicles, Gravitation, Angelic Layer, Petshop of Horrors, Yakitate Japan!, Genshiken, Samurai Champloo, Card Captor Sakura, Jigoku Shoujo, Shaman King, RahXephon..um...I probably should have cut this short a long time ago, but there are so many! ^^;;
My favorite game(s)
Super Mario Bros., Duck Hunt, Final Fantasy VIII, Guilty Gear XX, Soul Calibur II, One Piece: Unlimited Adventure
My favorite book(s)
The Harry Potter series
My favorite character(s)
Ameria Wil Tesla Seiruun (Slayers) Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
My favorite movies(s)
Mononoke-Hime, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Iria: Zeiram the Animation, Armitage III: Polymatrix, the One Piece movies, Slayers Premium, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Matrix, Ringu/The Ring

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