What got you into cosplay?
I wanted to go to a convention.. people usually cosplay at conventions and it would be like a second Halloween. One trip and I was addicted, now my whole year practically revolves around cosplay.
What was your first costume and why?
Sailor Jupiter, because back then that was about the only thing I knew. Until I developed some broader tastes and shifted more towards the shounen series than shoujo.. I like seeing things go boom.
What is your favorite costume and why?
My Kuja costume. It took me a really long time to make it, it was the first one I had done on my own without any help, and it looked damn good (in my own humble opinion).
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
Lots, but I'm sure I'll get to them all eventually. At the moment I think Trance Kuja is at the top of the list. And a Kamen Rider armor suit..
What has been your most memorable cosplay experience?
Most memorable is usually all the things that go wrong. Last minute costume adjustments, group arguments, etcetc. Luckily all the fun times outweigh that. Best times, though, would be meeting Moriyama Daisuke and getting signed shitajiki from him <33 as well as winning for a group skit with my anime club, it made all the work and practice worth the effort. I hope there'll be more such memories to come ^^
Do you participate in masquerades?
Usually, but not always.
What was your best masquerade experience?
Either b*tch slapping my sister Tira as Chocolate, or beating up the Kefka and taking over Anima as Kuja. I love winning. Oh! Not to mention the Cookie Water incident in the dungeon AX'00. That had been great. The joy of actually *winning* something at ALA'07 with my group/club is definitely a highlight to my usual Masq. failures.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Tokyopop gave me a t-shirt for my Kuja o.O; Also got a Best Novice for it at the first ALA. Group Presentation and Group Craftsmanship ALA'07. Best Workmanship Group in class (Novice) Fanime'07. Mask Making ALA'08. A Group Achievement award Fanime'08. Judges Award AX'09. Best in Show PMX'09.
Tell us a little about yourself
Work and cosplay is about all there really is to my life. I watch a lot of anime, try to read a lot of manga, play video games and generally just play on my computer.
My favorite anime
Too many. Usual top favorites are Gundam and Kamen Rider, though.
My favorite game(s)
Final Fantasy, .hack, Breath of Fire, Star Trek Online
My favorite book(s)
Anything Mercedes Lackey, Sword of Truth series, anything by Tad Williams, many more.
My favorite character(s)
Too many to name.
My favorite movies(s)
Galaxy Quest ftw