What got you into cosplay?
Mainly my friend Billy. He went to Anime Expo for the first time during AX 2006 and now he is doing a lot of cosplays. It's inspired me to do something myself. AX 2007 was my first anime convention so I really wanted a cosplay for that. Plus, to me, going to an anime convention without a cosplay is like going to a LAN party with a crappy comp.
What was your first costume and why?
My first cosplay was Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHolic. Pretty easy to do and is a recognizable character. It's a unique cosplay because not a lot of people do xxxHolic cosplay (as far as I can tell). Plus, I like the guy.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Shin Kudo from Macross Zero. What I'm planning to do is make his entire flight gear. That means flight suit, survival vest, floatation device, helmet with a VAAISA (no baby-T), and those shoulder mount thingies synonymous with the Macross franchise.
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
During Anime Expo 2007, I was cosplaying as Kimihiro Watanuki. One day, my friends and I were walking through the Artists Alley when suddenly, off to my right I hear two girls behind their counter screaming the moment they saw me, "KAWAIII!!!!" How I felt was indescribable (mostly because I suck at conveying my feelings through words), but it was a very wonderful feeling nonetheless. I think it was mostly because both those girls were cute ^_^.
Do you participate in masquerades?
I'm not comfortable performing on stage.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm currently an electrical engineering major at San Jose State University (which means Fanime is only a couple of blocks away ^_^). I never have a lot of time to do cosplays so I only churn out maybe one or two a year. I've been cosplaying since 2007 so I'm stilling learning.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
My favorite anime
Honey and Clover, Samurai Champloo, Ichigo Mashimaro (Strawberry Marshmallow), Macross Zero, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Code Geass, xxxHolic, Azumanga Daioh, Rozen Maiden, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bartender, Oh Edo Rocket, Dennou Coil, Minami-ke, Real Drive
My favorite game(s)
Ace Combat 04, Ace Combat 5, Extermination, Killzone, Super Smash Bros. series, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, SWAT 3, Homeworld 2, Ground Control 2, Ghost Recon, Xenosaga trilogy, Mass Effect, Team Fortress 2
My favorite character(s)
Nori Sakurada (Rozen Maiden);
Suiseiseki (Rozen Maiden);
Ayumu "Osaka" Kasuga (Azumanga Daioh);
Hanatarou Yamada (Bleach);
Shin Kudo (Macross Zero);
Kimihiro Watanuki (xxxHolic);
Rosette Christopher (Chrono Crusade);
Mikuru Asahina (Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya);
Ginjiro, Genzo, and Shinsa (Oh Edo Rocket);
Haru Masamichi and Holon (Real Drive);
Melt and Coopa (Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk)