About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
Conventions, Anime North, actually, and seeing how much fun people have doing it. (I have more fun at cons cosplaying than when I'm not! Though I don't...not cosplay anymore.)
What was your first costume and why?
My first costume was Chisato from Vampire Princess Miyu...because it was easy, and I wanted to give it a shot...though I've never watched the anime. I don't really count it as a cosplay though, since it was mostly just me putting on a black blazer and skirt. So, really, my first costume would be Link, since I made that entirely on my own.
What is your favorite costume and why?
At this point, my Black Lantern Ice. It's comfortable, it's fun, it's epic. The only downside is that makeup takes...about an hour. As I make more costumes, this changes though. XD
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
One year I'd love to do Morrigan or Lilith from Darkstalkers, though Lilith appears to be much better suited for my body-type. One day...
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
There are so many, it's hard to pick just one.
Do you participate in masquerades?
On occasion
What was your best masquerade experience?
So far, Polaris 2010. Scion had an awesome shouting line that just... It was great.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Best novice presentation and best novice craftmanship for our Alice in Wonderland group at Ad Astra 2008; Best Characterization (Journeyman) for Alan and Ann with Scion at Anime North 2008; Honorable Mention for Workmanship for Sailor Mars and Pluto at Ad Astra 2009; Best Props (Journeyman) for Cubone and Marowak (technically Stargazer's work) at Anime North 2009; Best Accessories (Journeyman) for Miwako and Arashi (also mostly Stargazer's work) at Con-G 2010; First Place in Comics for Black Canary at Wizard World Toronto 2010; Best in Class: Artisan for Sailor Neptune and our skit at Anime North 2010; Honorable Mention for Workmanship for fit and tailoring and Best in Class: Artisan for our DC group at Polaris 2010; Best Costumes for our Black Lantern group at the Silver Snail Halloween Party 2010
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Do what you love.
My favorite anime
Sailor Moon and Escaflowne, mostly. Don't really watch much anime anymore.
My favorite game(s)
The Soul Caliber series, Kingdom Hearts, the Final Fantasy series (especially the retro ones), and Zelda!
My favorite book(s)
Anything by Tamora Pierce or Kelley Armstrong. I guess Anne Rice is pretty cool too.
My favorite character(s)
Morrigan and Lilith Aensland (Darkstalkers), Chii and Freya (Chobits), Sailor Saturn, Mia Dearden Speedy, Barbara Gordon Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Ice, Emma Frost...
My favorite movies(s)
Moulin Rouge, above all else. There are a bunch of others too, but I don't care to list them.

Uta Arashino


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