About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
One day, I saw pictures of Japanese cosplays in a magazine. It was the first time I heard of this. I had always loved to dress up, and I found this really exciting! A few years later, in 1999, I went to my first convention, in Paris, and there I saw my first cosplay contest. I swore that I would make a costume for the next edition the following year ^^ Then I met a girl who wanted to organize a Sailor Moon group for the next year, and I told her I'll do Sailor Venus, and so I began! =)
What was your first costume and why?
Well, in fact I have two 1st costumes! The one I began first was Super Sailor Venus. She's my favourite Sailor and one of my favourite female characters ever, and I was part of a big Sailor Moon group ^^ The costume was mostly done by and with my grandmother. The other costume was Naga from Slayers, made in a very short time in a rush to accompany a friend who was cosplaying as Lina. I consider Naga being my 1st costume and Venus the second, because I wore Naga first.
What is your favorite costume and why?
I really have to many costumes to chose just one... But among my favourites will always be my Eternal Sailor Venus!
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Twelve years later...there are still too many dream costumes to make!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I have too many good memories to pick just one! But the Eternal Sailors group was epic, I was so happy to be part of a complete Sailors group.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, almost everytime, because in France that's the way it goes. If you want to go on stage, you almost always have to enter the contest. But I also cosplay without entering them, just for the pleasure of wearing a costume, enjoying the con, having fun with friends and taking pictures.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Maybe the 5th Element group? My costume was crappy, but the audience loved our performance so we were very happy ^^
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes, I have won many, alone or with groups.
My favorite anime
Sailor Moon, Yuyu Hakusho, and Berserk are my 3 favourite manga. But I like various others series, manga or anime.
My favorite game(s)
Mostly RPG! Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Phantasy Star, Shining Force are among my favourites series. I'm also a huge fan of Skies of Arcadia. I also like oldies very much, like Streets of Rage, Sonic, old 16-bit games... And also, Guilty Gear X, King of Fighters, Phoenix Wright, Bust a move (puzzle bobble), Professor Layton, Shining the Holy Ark, Lunar, Sakura Taisen, Grandia 2, ..........
My favorite book(s)
The Lord of the Rings <333 Harry Potter, polars, fantasy,... Yeah, I especially like fantasy novels. ^^
My favorite character(s)
Minako/Sailor Venus, Hiei (Yuyu Hakusho), Casca and Guts (Berserk), Guilford and many Code Geass characters (I'm a huge Code Geass freak *__*), Miles Edgeworth (Phoenix Wright), Shermie (KoF), Nei (PS2), Rydia, Terra and Tifa (Final Fantasy),...
My favorite movies(s)
...can't choose @_@ Maybe Leon? The 5th Element, and Pirates of the Caribbean, 1st movie ^^
My favorite actors/actresses
I have no really favourite actor or actress... Maybe Johnny Depp and Jean Reno ^^

Minako Aino


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