What got you into cosplay?
I attended my first Anime event with friends in 2005 and realised how fun my friends were having in cosplay, so I wanted to give it a go and join in the fun with friends.
What was your first costume and why?
Osaka from Azumanga Daioh because back then, I had very little knowledge and no experince in cosplaying or sewing. I didn't even know where to buy fabric or wigs, so I wanted a character where I can get away without a wig and has a very simple costume to make. Osaka was the only character I had in mind and even if I don't find the materials, her costume will be easy to buy and modify!
What is your favorite costume and why?
It has got to be my Sakura costume (Clow Country/Coins artbook) because it was my dream costume. Ever since I started the hobby I always wanted to make this costume, but I lack the knowlegde & skills. I eventually made it 2 and a half years after my first cosplay and I loved it so much! My sewing skills are usually poor, but this costume turned out better then expected. Infact it's the only costume where the sewing, lining and shapes were neat.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
My dream costume will have to be Chise from Saikino (SHE; The Ultimate Weapon) I just want to make the massive wings and gun weapon on her arm, however I doubt I will be able to make it since I can't carry the props on public transport. I have so many dream costume and I doubt I will be able to make them all! Some of the few characters and costumes I have in mind are;
~ Platinum the Trinity from BlazBlue
~ Marth from Frie Emblem
~ Oerba Dia Vanille from Final Fantasy XIII
~ Fate Testarossa from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (all of her costumes)
~ Sakura Kinomoto from Card Captor Sakura (all of her costumes)
~ Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicle (all of her costumes too!)
There are loads more, but don't want to turn this page spamming with all my dream costumes.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
I had loads of memorable experinces, my best so far is being choosen as an official BlazBlue UK cosplayer to represent a BlazBlue event at London's HMV at the Trocodero and to go on stage at Bunkasai 2011 with Toshimichi Mori and Daisuke Ishiwatari, creators of BlazBlue and Gulity Gear respectively. It was amazing to meet the creators who loved our cosplays, they shake our hands and got loads of photos with us.
Do you participate in masquerades?
Never used to, but I eventually started to enter masquerades in mid 2008.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Wining 3rd place at Midlands Expo 2011 with my Rachel Alucard coplay. It was something special because this was the 1st time I've won something and I really worked so hard making the costume.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
The only prize I've won is 3rd place at the Midlands Expo 2011 with my Rachel Alucard cosplay.
Tell us a little about yourself
I graduated from Coventry univeristy with a degree in Mathematical Sciences
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I am a massive Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki, Nami Tamaki, Halko Momoi, Tokyo Jihen fan. I hope to make more Jpop/rock cosplays in the future
My favorite anime
Cardcaptor Sakura, Tsubasa Chronicles, Kamichama Karin, Kaitou Saint Tail, School Rumble, Tokyo Mew Mew, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and Puella Magi Madoka Magica.
My favorite game(s)
Fire Emblem, Bomberman, Final Fantasy, BlazBlue, Professor Layton, Pokemon and Super Mario 64 (and I like almost all of the Mario games really). I also like the classic Sonic games on the MegaDrive.
My favorite book(s)
I don't read books, but I read a lot of Manga
My favorite character(s)
Sakura Kinomoto (both CCS & Tsubasa versions), Karin Hanazono (Kamichama Karin), Fate Testarossa (MGLN), Meimi Haneoka (Saint Tail), Tenma Tsukamoto (School Rumble), Ichigo Momomiya (Tokyo Mew Mew), Rachel Alucard (Blazblue), Marth (Fire Emblem), Refia FFIII)
My favorite movies(s)
Battle Royale, Kill Bill, A Tale of Two Sisters, Death Note, Death Note; The Last Name, Versus, Dark Water, Final Fantasy VII; Advent Children, Cardcaptor Sakura movie 2