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Hey crunchyroll,

Going to fan expo Toronto for the first anime convention I will have ever gone too. Im going with a group of friends who are also cosplaying but for the different sections of fan expo like gaming and sci fi. I wanted to know if there are any tips or such when making a costume, or wearing one. Do people typically go all out or just casually dress up for first time events? Also any ideas of what to go as would also be appreciated as I do not have any current ideas for costumes. If there is anything people have never seen from a fairly popular anime (no naruto, bleach, or anything with more than 48 episodes) that they would enjoy seeing as I play on taking many pictures.
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I've never been to a Toronto con, but the ones here in the US tend to be pretty casual for the most part. Wear a costume or don't, either way you won't get funny looks. (though I must admit it's fun going as a group of cosplayers to a local mall for lunch.. in costume.. highly recommended for you and your friends if you have the chance)

Try not to stay in your costume for too long, especially for your first time. It's really easy to get dehydrated or overheated and not notice it because you're getting your picture taken and having a fun time. I'd suggest a few hours tops, and not at a dance or for anything where you're stuck in place for a long time, like in line for and at the masquerade.

Make sure your costume has pockets, or have a friend that can help you carry stuff, especially a camera. Doubly true if you plan on going to the Dealer's Room to pick up goodies.

Do you have any pics of yourself handy? Or favorite animes that could be good to pick a cosplay from?

Not sure which con you're going to, but some have rules about cosplays, especially with props - swords can't be too sharp, or must be soft, spikes on armor are a no-no, stuff like that. Be sure to check their site and forum before locking in your costume.
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Maybe a high school uniform for your first time, as it's simple and so you can get the feel of what it's like to cosplay for the first time.
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I've never been to a Toronto con, but the ones here in the US tend to be pretty casual for the most part. Wear a costume or don't, either way you won't get funny looks. (though I must admit it's fun going as a group of cosplayers to a local mall for lunch.. in costume.. highly recommended for you and your friends if you have the chance)

Try not to stay in your costume for too long, especially for your first time. It's really easy to get dehydrated or overheated and not notice it because you're getting your picture taken and having a fun time. I'd suggest a few hours tops, and not at a dance or for anything where you're stuck in place for a long time, like in line for and at the masquerade.

Make sure your costume has pockets, or have a friend that can help you carry stuff, especially a camera. Doubly true if you plan on going to the Dealer's Room to pick up goodies.

Do you have any pics of yourself handy? Or favorite animes that could be good to pick a cosplay from?

Not sure which con you're going to, but some have rules about cosplays, especially with props - swords can't be too sharp, or must be soft, spikes on armor are a no-no, stuff like that. Be sure to check their site and forum before locking in your costume.


Thanks for the reply, those tips definately sound like they will be very useful. honestly i was thinking about taking the subway while cosplaying but probably wont anymore. Anyways, i uploaded photo onto profile pic, recently taken as of 5 minutes of this post. Half asian, naturally black hair, its not right now. in terms of animes, the ones i really liked were SAO, durarara, Death note, Fate zero, Mirai nikki. I dont mind going for plain and simple or over the top, im open to most any ideas. I would like to be a character who sticks out more then blends in, but as i mentioned earlier, i havent been to conventions so i dont really know what gets overplayed and such. Thanks
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Yeah, subway might be bad for possible costume damage, too - people stepping on parts, or bumping into something in a too-crowded situation, not to mention the possibility of overheating. If at all possible, get changed at the con would be my advice.

An SAO avatar would be pretty neat, I think. They aren't overcrowding cons, and it's mostly clothes that you could adapt from other existing items, along with a sword or two. One thing I've never seen is a prop that looks like the in-game menu for a player, which would be pretty easy to make with a sheet of translucent plastic, a heat gun to curve it slightly, some paint, and a wire holding it out from your sleeve.

I wouldn't worry too much about what gets overdone, especially given your likes. You'll always see tons of Sailor Scouts (women and men versions), and Naruto groups outnumber pretty much anyone else, but they still have their places at a con. Far more important to pick something you like and have fun with it.
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Best advice I can give is play to your strengths if you want to have an impressive cosplay showing.

Meaning, stick to your body type and what is feasible for you to do. Its very demoralizing to have an ambitious costume that goes completely wrong. Its not fun, seriously.
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Hmm not sure about how helpful you'll find this but let's see.

You can choose one of your favorite characters from really any anime you may watch.
If you find a character you already relate with a bit that'll makes things easier.
Something you should do is work around the prop of your character if let's say you wanted to get noticed a prop would help out a ton.
Serious cosplayers will expect you to embody your character so it is best to know who you'll be cosplaying as apposed to random cute school girl. Neko/Cat - school girl or w.e. I wouldn't recommend unless you really don't care for the cosplay or very short on time... I'd assume you want to go all out since you're taking tons of photos.

You could also choose a friend to do something with you group/duo cosplays are always very popular and if done correctly will compliment your hard work... for example "Zelda & Link" clearly a very popular one.

You can use a cosplay generator, for well someone who may fit you. (be warned that they also include / hentai characters)
http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/

--- I could help you with specific costume building if needed.
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for cosplaying the first time ever the biggest advice I can give is don't worry about trying to match the character perfectly minor details aren't going to make or break you as long as you give other people the idea of who you're supposed to be, I've seen hundreds of cosplay outfits that weren't 100% on the mark for the character but you know what? a lot of them were still damn good cosplays
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Well, I've never been to Toronto cons, but I've been to some in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa/Gatineau, and a few small ones in the US. Many people who don't want/know what to cosplay wear Kigurumis...that COULD be an option...

I know some stores also where you can order pre-made cosplays, but I don't suggest them as those usually look cheaper than drug store halloween costumes.

Edit: another thing after reading more of the posts here - Don't worry too much about how you look, IMO, it's best to have fun cosplaying a character and not be 100% on the mark (and being damn proud of yourself) than no efforts and criticizing others. I, personally, never bash on people who at least TRIED to cosplay something. Efforts are always a reward in itself.

And as I said, most of all : HAVE FUN!
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For cosplaying for the first time and in general, You can make the costume as fancy as you want! Just make sure that you can fit into whatever transportation you're taking and that you can finish the costume before the con!
Some people prefer to go all out on every convention while others don't, it really depends on your personal preference.
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Posted 4/21/14 , edited 4/21/14
I'm also going to a con in Toronto, anime north and Fan expo. I plan on going as Mikasa from AOT. Not sure if I'll wear the maneuver gear for it might be to much to walk around in and take care of. I also have never cosplay before. But I have gone to a lot of costume parties and go all out with my costumes. Its all about comfort. Make sure you try out your outfit in your house for a bit to see what you can adjust to make it more comfy or in-force. sitting, reaching, and stuff you would normally do with out your costume on. if your going to wear anything on your face that needs latex, bring the bottle with you, so if it comes lose or falls off, you can put it back on. Have a bag with camera, water. etc. I hope your cosplay works our for you and you have lots of fun. Maybe I'll see you there?
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I'm going to my first con this weekend! So excited! I'm new to cons, but I have a lot of experience making costumes. I did my time in the SCA. I'd suggest that you give yourself enough time (at least 3 weeks) to produce your costume. Put your costume on and wear it for a day around the house! Yeah, the neighbors may look at you funny, but by doing this you will discover the issues that you don't want to discover at the con!
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i cosplayed for the first time when i was like 11 and took on a very gothic lolita style costume with SO MANY parts, needless to say i didn't finish it and it ended up not looking so great.
dont make the same mistake. try something simple that doesn't have too many parts and tiny details
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