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Unread 02-08-2016, 02:32 PM   #1
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Is it okay to cosplay from a lesser known anime?

This may seem like a bit of an odd question, but it's my first time ever cosplaying (I'm really excited by the way). I'm going to Anime Matsuri and was wondering if it's smart or stupid to cosplay from an anime that doesn't seem as universally known. I'm doing Akihisa Yoshii from Baka and Test. He's a character that I find hilarious and can relate to, so I want to cosplay him more than anything. I just don't want to go there and get weird looks. Thanks in advance for any help! ^__^
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Unread 02-09-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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Generally it is seen as okay, but please keep in mind the cosplay police do patrol every con and you should be prepared for an interview to explain your choice of character.
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Unread 02-09-2016, 01:20 PM   #3
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Generally it is seen as okay, but please keep in mind the cosplay police do patrol every con and you should be prepared for an interview to explain your choice of character.
It's true. I've been arrested numerous times for cosplaying from obscure JRPGs at anime cons. They ask you how many people recognized you and everything. It's scary.




We actually have thread about this fairly often. Here's the most recent:
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=359526

I don't really feel like rehashing everything I said in there.


(Also, I may be totally behind on the times, but I feel like Baka to Test is fairly known? I don't think it's ever been super popular cosplay-wise, but I feel like people watch it...or watched it. My knowledge of this is probably from several years ago.)
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Unread 02-09-2016, 01:28 PM   #4
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It's true. I've been arrested numerous times for cosplaying from obscure JRPGs at anime cons. They ask you how many people recognized you and everything. It's scary.
Why not better call them the "Cosplay Gestapo"?
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Unread 02-09-2016, 01:33 PM   #5
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Why not better call them the "Cosplay Gestapo"?
Nobody expects the Cosplay Inquisition!


But yeah bro, you're fine.
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Unread 02-09-2016, 03:00 PM   #6
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Nobody expects the Cosplay Inquisition!


But yeah bro, you're fine.
Well, now I want to see some Spanish Inquisition cosplayers....
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Unread 02-09-2016, 06:34 PM   #7
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I have been cosplaying for years and have been to Anime expo the last 10 years. As long as your cosplaying is not offensive, and believe me I have seen some offensive stuff, you're fine.

Just look up Con rules and you're good.
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Unread 02-09-2016, 06:41 PM   #8
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Of course, it's even (gasp) okay to cosplay from something that's not an anime at an anime convention or to cosplay from an anime at a comic convention.
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Unread 02-09-2016, 07:30 PM   #9
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I don't know if its just me, but I kinda like cosplaying characters that are more obscure. It helps you stand out in the crowd (in a good way), and its all the more exciting when you find someone who knows who the character you're cosplaying is. There are just some characters that I love that don't get the love they need :P
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I cosplayed something nobody recognized once. I died.
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Unread 02-09-2016, 08:36 PM   #11
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i'm the actual cosplay police and i say it's fine.

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Well, now I want to see some Spanish Inquisition cosplayers....
i'll do it if we coordinate beforehand with panels and photoshoot hosts and pop into rooms "randomly"
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Unread 02-10-2016, 12:11 AM   #12
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I'd be careful. Depending on the con you go to, its a felony offense to cosplay as a character from an anime that's more than 5 years old. Punishable by up to 15-50 years in cosplay jail.

To be honest, I enjoy seeing people as lesser known characters. I love alot of popular anime, but its a refreshing sight to see someone as a character that hardly gets attention in a crowd full of Narutos and Sailor Moons and Eren Jaegers. Someone is BOUND to know who you are in my opinion. I remember at my last con, I saw a girl dressed as the main character from the worst/best fanfiction ever, "My Immortal". You should have seen the look on her face when I recognized her character. I literally made her day, since no one who came up to her knew who she was.

Go for it!
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Unread 02-10-2016, 01:22 AM   #13
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Of course! Most if not all my cosplays have been pretty eclectic. Just be prepare for very few people recognizing you or in my case hearing, "I don't know what you are but that's an awesome cosplay! May I take your picture?"
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Unread 02-10-2016, 11:34 AM   #14
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It can make someone's day to see a character from their favorite obscure thing.
If you're worried, maybe go on the con's forums or Facebook groups beforehand and ask "hey, will anyone recognize this guy?"
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