What got you into cosplay?
I love costumes since I was a child! Since I'm an anime / game fan, I think cosplay is the ideal reason for wearing them now. I can have fun, take photos and make friends.
What was your first costume and why?
I should say Marle, from Chrono Trigger, but I never wore that costume at a con until recently, so... my answer is Skuld, from Ah! Megami-sama OVA. I was desperate to choose a character, and someone said I looked like her. Since I love brat-like characters, I choose her.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Ruki (Digimon Tamers): Comfortable, fits me well, fun to act like her for photos and masquerades, cool character.
Hinata (Naruto): Fits me well, well-accepted at cons, loved character.
Aika (Skies of Arcadia): Beautiful, full of details, well-accepted, character I love, dream coming true after four years.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
I'm not used to dream too high, because skills are somewhat limited. But I would love to make a very elaborated dress, or a non-cute woman, or some demi-humam character with lots of make-up. Aika was one of my dream costumes, too, and now it's real! *_*
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
December, 2002: a 4-year-old cute girl recognized me as Ruki, and asked me where was Renamon. CUTE! =^_^=
November, 2007: my Aika cosplay granted me THREE prizes at the same con. And I used the "We Can't Save The World From The CD Player" SoA joke for the free-style skit!
May, 2009: I finally played a decent skit as Lafiel after five years of frustration. And because of that, I qualified for Yamato Cosplay Cup Brasil! Almost unbelievable! O.O"
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes, most of them, even when there's no chance of winning. Acting like the character on the stage is always lots of fun!
What was your best masquerade experience?
As Ruki: I said (like the character does during the anime) that everyone who called "me" Ruki-chan would get their ****s kicked. I left the stage with a chorus of "Ruki-chan! Ruki-chan!" XD
As Aika: I used the Windows startup sound as a joke during the masquerade, and the public said something like "duh". Now, every time Windows starts, I say "duh", too... XD
As Kumatora: When the EPS fake door (with a paper on it saying "Hi, I'm a door! =)") was put on the stage, everyone started to say it should win the contest! XD Some people still think I cosplayed as a door! XD
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Sometimes. From first to fifth place, specially at smaller cons.
Tell us a little about yourself
I'm a happy, sometimes childish girl with a strong personality, who likes anime, videogames, cosplay and general fandom works (fics, art, comics, sculpture, etc.).
I'm an Architect and Urbanist. I graduated by the end of May, 2007. Now working as an architectural project analist for my State's Sanitary Vigilance. Hospitals must be well-planned before built.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Please don't look down on cosplayers who don't know how to sew. Remember they still make a lot of accessories and props all by themselves, and they still participate in the whole sewing process by choosing fabrics, patterns, etc. Not to mention that they create their own skits. It's not like you must be all alone when making your costumes.
My favorite anime
Rayearth, Escaflowne, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon (specially first season), Slayers, Digimon (except Frontier), Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, Bleach, Detective Conan.
My favorite game(s)
Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, Final Fantasy 7, Star Ocean: The Second Story, Skies of Arcadia Legends, Sonic Adventure 2: Battle (and other Sonic games), Super Mario (specially the platform / adventure games).
My favorite book(s)
Harry Potter, The Princess Diaries, Twilight, some non-fiction books.
My favorite character(s)
Male characters: Van Fanel (Escaflowne), Ascot (Rayearth), Zelgadiss (Slayers), Syaoran (Cardcaptor Sakura), Ken (Digimon 02), Shinichi (Detective Conan), Nash (Lunar), Gaara (Naruto), Elric brothers (Fullmetal Alchemist), Ishida (Bleach).
Female characters: Lina Inverse (Slayers), Umi (Rayearth), Misty/Kasumi (Pokémon), Rika/Ruki (Digimon Tamers), Peach (Super Mario), Lucca (Chrono Trigger), Hinata (Naruto), Aika (Skies of Arcadia).
My favorite movies(s)
My favorite actors/actresses
Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, Drew Barrymore.