What got you into cosplay?
Well I stumbled upon 'cosplay' online and thought it was really cool looking, now I thought that in England it was just silly and didn't think it would be popular at all and thought it was only an American thing. But boy was I wrong! The flood of cosplayers at my first convention amazed me so much, so at my third convention I decided to finally go for it when my friends were willing to cosplay with me as I really didn't want to do it on my own *laughs*
What was your first costume and why?
If we're being technical here then it would be Kyo Sohma from Fruits Basket, though I only really wore his casual clothes and didn't bother with a wig because I thought I would stand out too much! So I don't count it as a real cosplay. My first real cosplay, shall we say, is Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing because I'm a big GW fangirl and I only had one week to gather materials and stuff and since I had the costume in my costume already all I had to make was the scythe!
What is your favorite costume and why?
Hao (Shaman King) and Kahoko (La Corda d'Oro) probably. They're both one of my favourite anime/manga and I've spent so much time and effort constantly revamping Hao for every rewear. And with Kahoko, I've just been wanting to cosplay her since I got into the anime (and then the manga) and so it was amazing being able to cosplay her.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Garnet from Final Fantasy IX in her big coronation dress. Yes I've made it twice already, no I'm still not quite happy with it. Third time lucky right? Another dream costume is Wedding Ashe from Final Fantasy XII, so much detailing! It'd also be my dream to get a full La Corda d'Oro cosplay group with everyone being real musicians and being able to play something (e.g. Salut d'Amour by Elgar) together as a group!!
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Getting attacked by 50 caterpillars when I was cosplaying as Garnet from Final Fantasy IX. It was HORRIBLE and I actually cried because I'm stupid and scared of bugs. There were a couple cosplayers hugging me and then about 4 cosplayers behind me trying to get the bugs off me and the dress because I was useless and couldn't do anything pahaha! They were all from my FFIX group too! They're so lovely and now everyone knows that I'm a big cry baby when it comes to creepy bugs and spiders XD!
Do you participate in masquerades?
I do yes, I used to get so stage fright. Now I get excited everytime! It's seriously a big confident boost and it's a great way of showing off a costume hehe!
What was your best masquerade experience?
Massive Final Fantasy IX group!! It was seriously epic and everybody looked awesome!
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
ECG Solo Qualifier @ Bunkasai 2011 as Koharu Kusumi, 2nd place juniors @ Midlands MCM Expo 08 with Hao and friend as Ren, Joint 1st place at Taunton Tokyopop ReCon April 08 with Clow Country Sakura, Best costume at Taunton Tokyopop ReCon Oct 08 with Princess Garnet til Alexandros XVII
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm studying to become an electronic engineer, specialising in audio and media. Surprisingly, I have yet to delve into electronics when it comes to my own cosplays despite dealing with circuitry every week! I enjoy creative hobbies such as music, dance and art outside of university. Been learning the violin, piano, ballet and jazz since a young age and took up guitar in my early teens.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Wigs are awesome 8D
My favorite anime
La Corda d'Oro, Shaman King, K-ON! and Ouran High School Host Club
My favorite game(s)
Persona 4, Persona 3, Final Fantasy IX, Okami and Street Fighter
My favorite book(s)
I'm a manga person! My favourites include Shaman King, La Corda d'Oro, Vampire Knight and all of Arina Tanemura's works!
My favorite character(s)
Hao Asakura (Shaman King), Ryoji (Persona 3), Hikaru Hitachiin (Ouran High School Host Club), Haine (Gentlemen's Alliance)
My favorite movies(s)
Anything by Disney, Studio Ghibli and Tim Burton.
My favorite actors/actresses
David Bowie, Rowan Atkinson, Jim Carey, Mizushima Hiro