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Post Reply Cosplaying, why do some people not "get it"?
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18 / M / Tórshavn
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Posted 5/19/13
If modelling is Okay then cosplaying should be too -.- They are just ignorant over this fact
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21 / M / Outer Space
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Posted 5/19/13
but what do cosplayers do? do they just model? do they dress up as them and act as the characters with their friends? i have no idea what they do?
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Posted 5/19/13
Simple answer: shame.

You are not born knowing shame just like you are not born knowing racial hate or bigotry. People are taught these things. Some of us listen to our parents and those around us and blindly accept these things are facts of life.

Some of us, however, question these perceived social norms. When we do not get a satisfying answer back, we do the logical thing and make a decision for ourselves. Many of us decided that just because our parents believed that we should be ashamed of certain things that are not considered normal, we will live our lives a little differently.

A cosplayer is just someone who, in most cases, simply loves the things that they are into. In this case, most likely anime or comic books or the like. There is nothing wrong with it. While I do not cosplay myself, I will never talk down to people that do. It is what they like to do for fun and it's a way for them to express themselves. Some people will argue that there is no point to it, but really there is. By that line of thinking, you can say there is no point to doing the wave at a baseball game or wearing the jersey of your favorite sports team.

Why do people do it?

Because it's fun and it's a way to show others with like minds that you are a fan of this or that and you sincerely derive joy from these things. You don't have to fully understand why a person does something they like to do. You don't even have to like it yourself. Fact is it's their life and if they choose to dress up like Haruhi Suzumiya or Frank from Donnie Darko, that's their decision.

Life is too short not to have a little fun.
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Posted 5/19/13
If its something that people enjoy that isn't hurting others then they should be able to do it. If you cosplay then more power to you. I've seen some really cool ones that make it so obvious that serious effort was put into them, so why not show them off?
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Posted 5/19/13 , edited 5/19/13
Heh some people list don't realize how Much fun cosplaying is. I personally cosplay myself about 3 to 5 times a year depending on many anime conventions I am able to make Lol. I've cosplayed as more male characters which is normal seeing as I am a guy but I have cosplayed the last 10 times as a girl, the last one being Erza from the anime Fairy Tail. :3
Just ignore the idiots out there against cosplay.
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Posted 5/20/13
Well I don't find it useless or a waste of time. I DO find it insanely hilarious to see cosplay characters they don't remotely look like at all or poor and sloppy cosplay. Me being as brown as milk chocolate I can only cosplay characters who are also brown like Archer,Simon(Durara!!!),Brock etc or characters that are in a full body suit and you cannot see their skin (Kamen Riders for example)

But otherwise the only conclusion I can come up with is other people, especially people who are ignorant to anime think it looks dumb because its not usual or what they are use to seeing. God knows
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Posted 5/20/13
I think it fun dressing up as your favorite character
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19 / F / HK
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Posted 5/20/13
People can become famous via cosplaying...

Personally, I would do it if I looked like the character myself, and if I had the time and money to do it and go to a convention, but other than that...

If the particular person really didn't look like the character and is spending too much time and money being something they are not rather than concentrating on reality, I see it as a harmful addiction.

Cosplaying at conventions are fun. Pretending you're an anime character in real life is not.
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Personally, I love cosplay. I've got three costumes, and cosplay photography is one of my favourite convention pastimes. But plenty of other people will think "what's the big deal? You're just dressing up like a character from a cartoon."

I, for one, don't get sports. It's just a bunch of sweaty men running around and kicking a ball through posts so they can win a shiny trophy, and I don't understand the popularity of it.

But other people are extremely passionate about it. They get all their friends together so they can watch the game, and scream at the TV as though it'll make a difference to the outcome.
I often get peers coming up and asking me if I watched "the game" the previous night, and I'm always clueless and have to answer "oh, there was a game on? Sorry, I don't follow sports."

It's just a matter of what you like as a hobby.
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Posted 5/20/13 , edited 5/20/13
if i had the money i would totally cosplay (as long as i didn't need to cut my hair that is)
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22 / M / England
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Posted 5/20/13
I dont really understand it tbh but whatever makes people happy
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Posted 5/20/13

xRuneStone wrote:

Personally, I love cosplay. I've got three costumes, and cosplay photography is one of my favourite convention pastimes. But plenty of other people will think "what's the big deal? You're just dressing up like a character from a cartoon."

I, for one, don't get sports. It's just a bunch of sweaty men running around and kicking a ball through posts so they can win a shiny trophy, and I don't understand the popularity of it.

But other people are extremely passionate about it. They get all their friends together so they can watch the game, and scream at the TV as though it'll make a difference to the outcome.
I often get peers coming up and asking me if I watched "the game" the previous night, and I'm always clueless and have to answer "oh, there was a game on? Sorry, I don't follow sports."

It's just a matter of what you like as a hobby.


Yeah i dont get sports as well... at least the "regular sports." I love combat sports though. I just think they take a lot more heart, skill, and dedication. Plus, imo fighting is a lot more interesting and its 1 on 1.
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22 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 5/20/13
I'm too cheap and lazy to cosplay, but I enjoy watching people who do. It's especially fun if they can mimic the characters' personalities and voices at least decently.
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Posted 5/20/13 , edited 5/20/13
I think cosplay is a very enjoyable hobby. Some people don't even need to break the bank just to pull this off for conventions. I sometimes tend to go overboard but try to keep my budget tight. I do enjoy taking photographs at cons and mingling with other fellow cosplayers. I tend to cosplay characters that are less known. Like Uncle from Jackie Chan Adventures. Another one I am doing real soon is Kiritsugu Emiya From Fate/Zero.
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21 / F / ireland
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Posted 5/20/13
Maybe they just don't like dressing up.

My friend fucking loves cosplaying but it is not my thing at all. I couldn't be arsed putting it all together and I'd just feel silly wearing it.
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