What got you into cosplay?
My friend asking me to come to the San Jose FanimeCon with him in 2005 and saying how much fun it would be to dress up together as Sara and Setsuna Mudo from Angel Sanctuary (a series that I knew nothing about until after he convinced me). After seeing all the other congoers amazing outfits, I was set on coming back and doing my own.
What was your first costume and why?
I was originally going to go as Sara Mudo with my friend/then boyfriend as Setsuna, but our costumes didn't work out so I went as a cat girl instead lol Though true, not failed cosplay, Sailor Saturn, because she was not only my favorite character in Sailor Moon, but also the one I was associated with among my friends, earning me the nickname Saturn-chan (hence the username).
What is your favorite costume and why?
Sailor Saturn will always be one of my favorite costumes, but my current favorite is actually my Rhyme Bito cosplay. Most Comfy Costume EVER. And it has pockets <3
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I dream of going as Jibrille from Angel Sanctuary (blue/gold artbook version) & as Sailor Saturn in all her forms (Civilian, Possessed Messiah of Silence, Senshi, Princess). Also, I would love to cosplay as Mia from Golden Sun, Ninian from Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, Sister?Kyoya from Ouran High School Host Club, Claire Foley from Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Aelita Hopper from Code Lyoko, & a female Assassin Recruit from Assassin's Creed Brotherhood.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Honestly, I have one for every year:
Fanime 2005: Meeting my friend Chelsea and her looking up at me saying "You're really tall." (she's approx. half my height), as well as buying a pair of cat ears with a matching tail to replace my failed cosplay, and then having Scott tweak my ears and play with my tail out of boredom XD
Fanime 2006: The Inconspicuous Box sneaking up on us, the Save Points, and the Box That Ownz Souls XD Oh, and realizing just how cold San Jose is at 1AM when in a Namine outfit XD
Fanime 2007: Taking my friend Sally for her first con and seeing her reaction when she entered the Dealer's Room for the first time XD Also, getting to finally 'truly' be Sailor Saturn like everyone joked freshmen year and wielding the Silence Glaive. That was awesome.
Fanime 2008: Pairing with slaynsoul as Saturn and Pluto and being stopped literally every 5 feet for cosplay photos, as well as the amazing fun of the Sailor Moon Gathering.
Fanime 2009: Photoshoot of slaynsoul and I as Pluto & Saturn by Willow17, which was AWESOME! X3
Fanime 2010: The Great Belo-Hungarian Switcharoo (aka: switching Hungary and Belarus cosplays with my friend)
Do you participate in masquerades?
No, but maybe in the future. It looks like lots of fun.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a junior college student who has a dream to go to San Jose State University and study abroad in Japan. My dream job is to be an English teacher in Japan or an editor for a publishing company. I work as an administrative assistant in addition to going to school, so I have a pretty busy life and very little free time (I've forgotten what it is like to have more than two days off consecutively). However, I still find time to do the things want and see the people I love.
My hobbies include drawing, writing, reading, reading my bible, learning Japanese, playing video games & hanging out with my friends. I also love going to the San Jose FanimeCon & cosplaying, as well as generally creating things.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am a pretty friendly person, so feel free to come talk to me either here or if you run into me at a convention. Just let me know where you know me from. Also, if you have any questions on props I've made, don't hesitate to ask!
My favorite anime
Angel Sanctuary, .hack//SIGN, Sailor Moon, Witch Hunter Robin, Chobits, Inuyasha, Serial Experiments Lain, Pokemon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Avatar: The Last Airbender, pretty much anything by Hayao Miyazaki, Ouran High School Host Club, Ookiku Furikabutte, Mushi-Uta, Axis Powers Hetalia, Jigoku Shojo (Hell Girl), Fushigi Yuugi
My favorite game(s)
Golden Sun, Golden Sun II: The Lost Age, Lunar Legend/Lunar: Silver Star Harmony, Final Fantasy X/X-2, Kingdom Hearts I & II/Chain of Memories/Kingdom Hearts 358 Days/2, Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis/Fall of Alchemy, Ace Attorney Series, Persona 3 Portable, Professor Layton, Assassin's Creed 2/Brotherhood, Final Fantasy XIII/XIII-2, DragonAge: Origins
My favorite book(s)
Looking for Alaska/An Abundance of Katherines/Paper Towns/The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, a plethora of books by Tamora Pierce and Jodi Picoult, The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld, 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson, The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore, and anything written by my friends.
My favorite character(s)
Jibrille/Setsuna Mudo/Sara Mudo - Angel Sanctuary,
Hotaru/Sailor Saturn - Sailor Moon,
Shima/Kairi/Hiruko - Yumekui Kenbun,
Mia & every character except Alex - Golden Sun,
Sharon Rainesworth - Pandora Hearts,
Kyouya - Ouran High School Host Club,
Ninian/Nils - Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken,
Aura/Subaru/Tsukasa - .hack//SIGN
Rhyme Bito - The World Ends With You
Arrietty Clock - The Borrower Arrietty
My favorite movies(s)
Taiyou no Uta, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Memoirs of a Geisha, Corpse Bride, How to Train Your Dragon, Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton), Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Borrower Arrietty, The Hunger Games
My favorite actors/actresses
YUI, Robin Williams, Steve Martin, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Julie Andrews, Sam Waterson (Law & Order), Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette, Cote de Pablo, Micheal Weatherby, Sean McMurrey, Daniel McCullum (NCIS)