What got you into cosplay?
Well... when I was 11, I found a Squall Leonhart cosplayer on cosplay lab after browsing google for FFVIII stuff. I had a thought, "These guys ROCK!"
Then I heard about Anime Weekend Atlanta...
What was your first costume and why?
Android 17 from DBZ. I was 10, I had no idea cosplay even existed. It was my halloween costume. I attracted... a lot of attention :)
What is your favorite costume and why?
I have 3 for very different reasons.
For costumes I can just wear around, Roy Mustang... In a Miniskirt... It started as a joke, but it's become one of my absolute favorites. Just the fan reactions! It's great! So many fantastic memories from that skirt.
For the sheer nostalgia, SohRyu is at the front of my heart. He was my first major award years ago and I've literally been constantly working on him since! I'm appalled by how bad some of my construction was back then, though XD
Overall though, I think my favorite costume so far has been Fai from Tsubasa. For once I really really connected with the character and I had a BLAST wearing him! Er... not to mention- LOOK at that thing and tell me it isn't awesome XD (I was shocked that it turned out so well, honestly)
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
It used to be Hinoto, but after trying to move around in SohRyu... I'll have to rethink that...
Right now I'd LOVE to do The Sandman/Dream/The King of All Night's Dreaming from Amano's gorgeous illustrations in "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters".
Amano's work in that book was simply awe-inspiring... Especially the centerfold with Dream's cloak spilled out. I could describe the sheer amount of intricacy and color, but I'll have to leave it at... Amazing. *hearts*
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
AWA 15... Ciel was such a fun costume, I had several really awesome meet-ups, but one point in particular- in the middle of our Hetalia shoot this TINY Inuyasha walks up and I, being Russia (:D) give him my biggest smile, hold out my sunflower and say "You vant to be one with Russia, da?" and of course everyone in the surrounding area screams "NOOO!!!" and hold the kid back. Afterwards I see him and his mom in the dealers' room and he asks to take a picture with me. His mother comes up, thanks me and says that he cried his eyes out earlier because he didn't get a picture with me. I had such a "AWWWWWWWWW!!!!" moment XD
Later he comes up to me and say I'm realy pretty X3 Ego, through the roof.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes! It's my favorite part! :D
What was your best masquerade experience?
AWA10. I got to stand in line with my friends.. oh lord... being stuck between Cat in her giant Yubaba head, Will sweating to death in Sephiroth, Shawn-kun with his heart boxers, the FFXII guys, and Syd-chan with her Yaoi Paddle... (omg the yaoi paddle... XD) how would it be possible to forget THAT!? Plus Shawn-kun won best video game :D
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best Use of Materials - Anime Weekend Atlanta XI (Toshiya)
Best in Show Youth - Anime Weekend Atlanta XII (SohRyu)
Best in Show - AniMesa 2007 (SohRyu)
2nd Place Novice- Nan Desu Kan 2007 (Alucard)
1st Place - AniMesa Halloween 2007 (Dietrich)
Most Creative - DistinctiveFabrics.com (SohRyu)
3rd place -AniMesa 2008 (Shiki)
Best Craftsmanship Journeyman - Anime Wasabi 2008 (SohRyu)
Best Presentation - Anime Wasabi 2008 (SohRyu)
Best in Show Manga - Anime Weekend Atlanta XIV (Fai)
Tell us a little about yourself
Hajimemashite! Ari-desu! Princeton daigaku no ninensei-desu yo. Senko-wa mada wakarimashita. Doozo yoroshiku!
(I'm a freshman at Princeton University, but I'm not 100% sure what I'm majoring in!)
At the moment I'm working in the school's costume department making costumes for productions! I LOVE MY JOB.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
When it look like a wig, it's probably my hair. When it looks like my hair, it's probably a wig *head/desk*
I guess I should say outright that you should never be afraid to send me a pm asking about anything! I've explained most of my costumes head to toe at least a dozen times each so feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need suggestions ^___^ I am notoriously slow when replying though >>;
My favorite anime
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Death Note, Cowboy Bebop, Kaleido Star, Full Metal Alchemist, D.N.Angel, Gundam Wing, Pilot Candidate, Trigun, Fruits Basket!, FLCL, Wolf's Rain, Detective Conan, Hellsing, Hana Kimi, Junjo Romantica, Yami no Matsuei, Trinity Blood, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles, Kuroshitsuji
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy 7-10(2), Kingdom Hearts (2!), Tales of Symphonia, Threads of Fate, Ehrgeiz, Devil May Cry (1, 3), Metal Gear Solid 3, OKAGE: Shadow King, Crisis Core: FF7, TMNinja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Super Mario Painter, Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
My favorite book(s)
Trinity Blood: RAtM, Howl's Moving Castle, Sandman: The Dream Hunters, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Monster at the End of this Book, The Lord of the Rings, Memoirs of a Geisha, Good Omens, Basically anything Terry Pratchett's written
My favorite character(s)
Once I typed out a list... It was two pages long...
Mori (Ouran High School Host Club)
Kusama Nowaki (Junjo Romantica/Egoist)
Issak Fernand von Kampher (Trinity Blood)
Kamina-sama (TTGurren Lagann)
Viral (TTGurren Lagann)
Sebastian Michaelis (Kuroshitsuji)
My favorite movies(s)
All Miyazaki movies (TOTORO!), LOTR, The Last Samurai, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Hellboy 2
My favorite actors/actresses