About Me / Q&A

What got you into cosplay?
I started in about 1997 as far as cosplaying in general, though mainly for Halloween, and gatherings or anime club things. In 2004, I became more full fledged and starting doing it for conventions as well. I have always just loved dressing up and playing the role of my favorite characters from the series' I enjoy. It's also just so much fun.
What was your first costume and why?
My first major costume I can think (remember) where two different ones, which I did for a Halloween party at a anime club I used to go to. I dressed as Light (Raito) Yagami from Death Note for that party, then later that evening did a sort of Gothic take on the Mew Mews from Tokyo Mew Mew, for another party at a co-workers house later that evening. I wanted to do stuff that was new (Light- Death Note just released Vol. 1 of manga) and different (Gothic Mew- Just something weird and wild).
What is your favorite costume and why?
I think my funnest one I did was the one I did for Youmacon 2006. I did a Kurosaki Ichigo in his Bankai form/Hollow. I pretty much hung around most of my non-gopher's (volunteer) time with CloakedSchemer, who was doing Hitsugaya. My only disappointment was that I had to commission a portion of that costume, only because of massive time constraints, between work and school. If I wouldn't have been so sapped on time I would have done the costume myself. I hope to have enough time this coming con season though to make my stuff this time. I miss doing it. My second favorite is my Nea Walker cosplay, as it was fun to pull together and debut. Another fav is my Philemon, as since as it stands, I am still the only Philemon cosplayer out there.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I have several, though I guess doing a really good Edward Elric would be nice or Allen Walker as Crown Clown...Though I might even look at doing him from the "Ark" part of the series. And when I say good, I mean floor people with 'OMG Holy Crap' looks. Other Costumes I would like to do:<br> -Sir Integra Hellsing (Hellsing)<br> -Lord Munto (Munto)<br> -Virgil (Devil May Cry 3)<br> -Rain Jewlitt (Immortal Rain)<br> -Zol Balfaltin "The Grim Reaper" [Machika's Grandfather] (Immortal Rain)<br> -Lamia (Betterman)<br> -Daigo Asahina (Manga- Firefighter Daigo of Fire Co. M)
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Most recent memorable experiences was from Youmacon 2011. Enjoying a dinner with 18 Risembool Rangers dressed as Nekozawa ('Princely' Version), and Vic Mignogna. What was fun, was him meeting Edward Elric the BJD...XD. Yes, one of my 4 ball joint dolls is a custom of Edward Elric, so he walks in to the dinner where where sitting and I'm talking to few people, then I hear a "Hi everyone..." followed by a slightly perplexed "Oh my God..." -Vic stares at Ed for a few moments before sitting down- It made for a funny moment, being I happened to be fixing his leg at the time...XD
Do you participate in masquerades?
I never had the chance, so Youmacon 2006, was the one where I popped the Masquerade cherry so to speak. I was a little nervous and ended up doing out of the blue as a solo's skit, a round of moves that showed off some of his moves more or less. It wasn't the greatest, but I'm still happy I finally got to do something like it.<br> <br> AWA 2007 was my second masquerade, where I did Zexion. I didn't win anything, but I had fun, though between fanning myself, a Alucard cosplayer in front of me and a Majin Boo cosplayer behind me my arm defiantly got tired...
What was your best masquerade experience?
The fact that the random thing I did for my first ever Masquerade was so-so (and completely out of the blue, I mean as I got on stage random) and I was nervous as hell, I felt good doing it, and having the chance to be able to enjoy myself in front of my fellow anime fans.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Not yet, I hope to eventually.
Tell us a little about yourself
Other then being an Otaku? J/K..;P I work in a nursing care facility kitchen and live with the family and two kitties, Emmy and Shadow (my personal furball) and a small fluff ball of a dog named Bailey. I enjoy collecting and photographing Ball Joint Dolls (BJD). I currently have five of them; Icarus "Icky" Razalude Brashen (a LUTS Abadon), Tsunayoshi "Tsuna" Mikhail Commadore (a LUTS Bory), Edward Elric (a Doll in Mind Custom head and Leekeworld body), Wahrheit "Tiashe" Tiashe Raggs (a LUTS Maska Elf) and Allen Walker (Dream of Doll Hoo). I also am and artist and do drawing, both traditional and digital as well as tattoo work for BJD's. I also do jewelry craft some minor metal work and chain-mail for humans and BJD's, though the metal work and chain-mail I do more for BJD stuff. I am also a cosplayer and overall general nerd with a love of video games and tech. I also love to do various types of roleplay... chat based, LARP'ing, forum...etc. I also enjoy regular and cosplay and convention photography.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Ummm... not that I can think of off hand, that you couldn't ask me via IM.... Though I am a member of a lot of fanclubs... You can also find all my other places at my webpage posted up top....
My favorite anime
Ummmm....Do you really want to read a novel? <br> Basically I watch just about anything... Though two personal favs of mine are Fullmetal Alchemist and D. Gray-man
My favorite game(s)
FFVII, FFVIII, FFX, FFX-2, Kingdom Hearts Series .Hack// Series., Zelda Series, SMT/Persona I'm an RPG freak......
My favorite book(s)
Too many to really list, but heres some I can recall off the top of my head.... Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Harry Potter series, Balefire series... A good book, and a real eye opening one every young adult or even older adult should definatly read..."Where Have All The Leader's Gone" by Lee Iacocca. Basically he asks WTF is wrong with our leaders, and talks about how things have gone so downhill with our nation, and gives some good ideas on how we can turn things around. I highly recommend it!!
My favorite character(s)
Sephiroth, Cloud, Vincent, Kadaj, Edward Elric, ALlen Walker, Nea, Ichigo Kurosaki are a few of the many....
My favorite movies(s)
Harry Potter movies, Dune (original and remakes), Memoirs of a Geisha, TRON are a few...
My favorite actors/actresses
Oh hummmm.... Most of the cast from Stargate, and argh! I can't think of the rest of 'em right now.....

Raiji Magiwind

United States

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