What got you into cosplay?
Friends who introduced me to anime and manga in middle school (around 2006)
What was your first costume and why?
Tenten, from Naruto.
I really liked Naruto back then, and when I met Tenten's character I liked her because she was level-headed and down to earth. Also, the manga suggested that she was Chinese, my ethnicity, and she just seemed like my kind of girl- someone I both admired and wanted to emulate.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Shimohira Reika, from GANTZ.
It's a rarely-seen cosplay, and I worked hard on it. The effort I put into it shows, I think~ and that same effort was recognized when I debuted it at Anime Expo 2011.
It's fun to wear! The skintight bodysuit is comfortable, like a second skin. And it's actually pretty easy to move in.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I really want to cosplay some Castlevania characters; in particular, Hector from Castlevania: Curse of Darkness and Shanoa from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
Both would be really fun and challenging, but I would need to put aside a lot of time!
I have a bit of a dilemma recently, though, where I've realized that I don't really have a "dream" cosplay. And eventually, I'll be too old and too busy for this hobby of mine. So I want to quickly discover what that dream cosplay is, so I can start to put my full effort into it.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Meeting Monty Oum, the creator of the "Dead Fantasy" series among others, at AX2010 during a Final Fantasy cosplay.
He gave me a signed picture of Tifa, the character I was cosplaying at the gathering, and said my cosplay was among the best he'd seen there! I felt really honored. He's a skilled animator and a really kind person. That was a moment of glory for me.
Do you participate in masquerades?
No. A choirmaster and drama teacher once whispered behind my back that I had no stage presence. I agree with them, though I felt discouraged. I haven't tried anything in front of an audience since then, but it's okay. I have more than enough fun making the costume and new friends at cons!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Two hall awards from ALA 2012 and 2013! One for Reika Shimohira's GANTZ suit and the other for the craftsmanship of the Jesus Beam staff :D
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a Legal Studies/Political Science double-major and a tutor/test proctor/administrative assistant for a nonprofit organization serving underprivileged students. My hobbies include composing music for piano and violin, tennis, cooking, video gaming, and painting with watercolors.
My favorite character(s)
Cassandra Cain (Batgirl)
Faith Connors (Mirror's Edge)
Reika Shimohira (Gantz)
Tifa Lockhart (FFVII)