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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:02 PM   #1
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Recently my little girl asked me to create her an ichigo costume to wear, It personally didnt surprise me any because of my Fiancee and my backgrounds as furs for so long. My little girl one day found a small set of kitty ears, gloves and a tail I picked up from a garage sale a long while back and ever sense has been wearing them around the house *its actually really cute* But a few *somewhat* friends have been giving me a hard time about letting my child watch anime and a lot of them, have said if I do this then I am forcing my views and activities on her... Though if I would join back with the anthro crowd it would be better for her and they wouldnt mind it so much then..
Ick I feel pressured. I rather have my daughter watching anime that actually has a point and makes sense then the dribble that we call american cartoons anymore. But in doing this am I forcing my cosplay on her? Personally she asked for the costume because she loves to dress as a kitty i think.. *rambling*

Do you all think its bad to have a child watching anime and wanting to dress up as the charaters she sees? I mean damn american children dress up as american cartoon charaters for halloween all the time and their folks arent considered bad parents right?? please help me this has got me really flustered.
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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:09 PM   #2
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I dont think that theres anything bad about it. I've been watching Anime since I can remember, I know i'm still young (13) but I think that Anime is better than american cartoons, I would let her...I dont think anythings wrong with letting her cosplay...but...if she wanted to cosplay as someone like Faye Valentine from Cowboy bebop I wouldn't let her do that ^_^; I would also think that it's cool to have a mother like you. My mother isn't really into Anime...*sigh* I hope that I helped ^_^.

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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:24 PM   #3
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When I was little my favorite game was dress-up and Halloween was my favorite holiday. I don't think playing dress-up has had any negative impacts on my life. I remember watching the Miss America pageant with my little sister then making ball gowns out of our blankets, it was fun!

I think including her in the costume-making process would be a great learning activity. Bring her to pick out fabrics, maybe even teach her to sew. Let her pick fabrics, or come up with a way to make Ichigo's bell. If she has fun, learns something and grows closer to you I don't see how having your little girl cosplay is a bad thing.

I've thought about this myself since people have joked that when I have kids they'll be in costume. I laugh, but honestly I wouldn't do it if my kids didn't say "I want to" first. Since your daugher has expressed that this is what she wants I don't feel that you're pushing your hobby on her.
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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:32 PM   #4
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You're not forcing her if she asks and wants to wear it. And Ichigo's costume is soo cute! I want one, lol! Anyway, I think it's a fine idea to make her a costume. A lot of kids have costumes for Halloween so why not? When my mom made me a Sailor Moon costume for Halloween, I loved it so much that I wouldn't take it off. I think it's just fine to make her a costume. Just as long as she wants the costume, itís fine. And Tokyo Mew Mew is a good series for younger viewers so there shouldn't be anything wrong with making a costume for a younger girl. ^.^'' Now I'm repeating myself, sorry. Well, I hope I helped.
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Unread 06-22-2004, 10:36 PM   #5
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You didn't mention the age of your daughter... but from the sounds of it, you're not letting her watch just anything. If she's old enough, maybe have a few conversations about what she's watching with her - what she thinks the point of the show is, or why she likes certain characters.

Having her just watch it is not forcing views on her. It's not like you're forcing her to watch certain animes. Besides, I find people get from the shows what they want. For example, I like Evangelion. I watch it, it was enjoyable. I don't think too much about it, beyond 'hm. That's a neat concept.' However, another person could watch it, and come away from the series thinking about life and our existence, how we deal with pressure, our place in the world, and a lot more philosphical stuff. Your daughter is young - I think she's at the 'I enjoy this' stage (heck, some of us never leave that one ).

Don't worry about what your "friends" think. Everyone has a different idea on the "right" way to raise a child. If your daughter is happy, healthy, and well-adjusted, then you're doing a great job. These people just might have preconceived ideas about anime (its all violence or porn), and are expressing their concern. You can say something along these lines, if you like, "Thank you for your concern, but it's really none of your business" or something, and leave it at that.

Oops. That got a bit long. Heh. Good luck to you! Stand your ground, and continue showing your daughter shows that actually have a story and a message to them (instead of 'catch a bad guy every day' kind of stories). It's none of their business what your child watches, anyway (but I do believe parents should screen shows/movies/books/etc before allowing small children to watch them).
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Unread 06-22-2004, 11:10 PM   #6
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I think it is totally awesome that your daughter is getting into cosplay. It shows she wants to use her imagintaion which is rare these days with kids costantly playing video games and stuff and costantly watching tv. At least when she watches anime it has some sort of value to it besides just plain boring silly junk like ed edd and eddie, that is the stupidist show it is funny but there are no values to it at all. I know when I watch anime I get ideas like wow that is a really cool out fit I like the way that charachter acts she or he has a cool attitude what can I do to be like them what kinda material am I gonna need for that costume. If it was me I would have told them I am not forcing my veiws on my child and if any body is it would be you forcing your views on me so just shut up it is none of your bees wax and further more I don't want to hear you criticizing my daughter imagination.

I recently attended sakura con and I had a lot of fun I had to bring my daughter to the con so I decided to dress her up she loved it she was only 18 months old but she liked the attention she got. I won't force her to watch anime or dress up but she now wants to wear her costume and picks up the bow and fuku all the time and trys to put it on herself. She like sailor moon R the movie and always grabs it and hands it to me. I am not going to deny her the right to watch something she wants to watch (not Me) unless it is something that would be harmful to hear mental health, anyways I am ranting now but the point is that no one is her parent except you and it is none of their beeswax. Encourage her and teach her, hey even start teaching her to sew. Sewing is a dying art in the US I mean how many people do you know that know how to sew.
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Unread 06-22-2004, 11:22 PM   #7
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Honestly, I think that the fact that your daughter is so interested in anime is a great thing; because she is so young, that is a great bound that you and her share, especially during this stage of your lives. It's nice to see mothers and daughters taking genuine interest in the other's liking.

I don't find anything wrong with allowing your daughter to watch Japanese anime, simply for the reason that it is much like any other cartoon. Honestly, her interest in it may blossom into genuine interest for other things: Japanese (or general Asian) culture, traditional dance/music/whatevers, or art. It can lead to great things. Your daughter's interest in anime is nothing unusual, and at least you're well aware of this (as other parents may not be).

The fact that your daughter wants to be Ichigo is as unusual as a child wanting to dress up for Halloween. Any child who sees a character--cartoon or otherwise--they like will soon want to emulate that character; in your daughter's case, it is a lot more accessible, and makes a bit more sense. If this is your daughter's hobby, then so be it. Don't let what others say worry you, you aren't damaging her mental health status in the least by supporting it.
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Unread 06-22-2004, 11:44 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by StrawberryKitty
Do you all think its bad to have a child watching anime and wanting to dress up as the charaters she sees? I mean damn american children dress up as american cartoon charaters for halloween all the time and their folks arent considered bad parents right?? please help me this has got me really flustered.
Nope, it's not a bad thing that your little girl watches anime, if she likes it and you think it suitable (like there aren't any bad words like the B, F, and S - words than it should be fine). Also, if she is the one wanting to dress up as an anime character, than it's fine. It doesn't make you a bad parent if you let your kid watch anime or dress up as a character. Thats what kids do, so it's totally normal
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Unread 06-23-2004, 12:49 AM   #9
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I agree - anime isn't bad for a child to watch. What's more, if you really want to get on your friend's cases; cosplay teaches a lot of valuable lessons. For example, if you want to turn it into something educational, cosplay teaches budgeting, sewing skills, math skills, rendering skills, design skills and 3D conceptualization.

I'm a costume major at a University and my background in cosplay puts me ahead of my class because of it. What's more, I think it's essential everyone knows how to sew, it's a good skill to have.

Further if your child expresses interest in it than you aren't really forcing it onto them. If she loses interest and you press it, that's forcing it, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 02:22 AM   #10
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You sound like the parent of a very young child; under Kindergarten age, perhaps? ^^ That is a time when parents worry a lot about whether they are doing "the right thing".

What's with your friends? *baffled* I presume you are being responsible and not showing her anime (or certain scenes in certain anime) that may be inappropriate for her age, and that she is watching anime with you there to provide any explaining she may ask for. There's plenty of anime that is kid-friendly, or at least not kid-harmful if seen by a small child. What is wrong with your child showing an interest in the activities of her family?? And what is wrong with her requesting a costume, whether she likes a particular character or just wants to dress up as a kitty? I see no "forcing" involved here. If you make her a costume she will be happy you did something special for her that she had asked about.

Would your friends say the same about including your child in other types of family activities, such as picnics, camping, vacation trips, concerts, going to a sports event, etc.? C'mon.

My husband and I have watched anime and read manga for years and years, and I have been a costumer for years and years, so we knew our children would be exposed to all of that. In fact, we bought the "Totoro" movie in anticipation of having children, because we figured it was sweet and adorable for a child perhaps 3 and up. (And if we watched it with them we could get them over any initial potential "scaredness" they might have when the character Mei first meets Totoro.)

If my children had no interest in anime or costuming I would not buy them anime or make them costumes; however they are enthusiastic enough that they are demanding I teach them how to make costumes on their own now. (They are 9 and 13.)

Conventions are a family activity in our household, so they have been attending cons with us since they were in utero. (When they were small, many of the SF cons we went to had childcare and / or children's programming as well.) We go to several cons a year, and we ALL wear costumes there - anime, science fiction, fantasy, etc. (Anyone who doesn't feel like doing so doesn't have to - my husband and younger daughter are often out-of-costume by evening, because they have had enough for the day.)

My cosplaying kids are also bright, well-adjusted academic achievers, and quite socially accepted. I'd like to see anyone call ME a bad parent.

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Unread 06-23-2004, 02:33 AM   #11
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Cosplaying would be fun for kids. And plus they can develop better social skills when they cosplay at cons. A kid should be just fine at a con as long someone watches them.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 02:39 AM   #12
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hey it's no different than when I was little and played GI Joe out side. Kids generaly like costumes. It's fun. If they can dress up for Halloween then why not a con. Any one saying that your forcing your views on them is a party pooper. They need to learn how to have fun.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 03:14 AM   #13
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Actual, this gave me a great idea for a commision to do.

Wehn I have the time, I'm going to get one of those baby outfits that cover hands and feet and have hoods. I'm going to make it into a moogle suit.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 09:20 AM   #14
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I will chime in and agree with everyone else. There is nothing wrong with your child watching anime. There is certainly nothing wrong with her wanting to cosplay. I mean if we can do it, why not our kids! One day, when i have kids, i hope they want to cosplay and watch anime too.

Secondly, i personally find anime to be a great way to help educate children in making decisions and understanding social relationships. American cartoons do no such thing and are just a way to distract kids. They rarely teach anything past what society deems as good. So as a parent, i see you allowing your child to watch anime a benefit of helping your child have fun and gain a better understanding of the world than if they were just watching cartoons.

Just my opinion... and when the costume is made post it, because kids in costumes get awwwws.
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Unread 06-23-2004, 01:12 PM   #15
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I'm 13 and I've been watching anime since I was 9 and I cosplay as everything....it's totally okay.
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