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Posted 3/18/15
I always find it amazing to look at how far cosplay have gotten in such a short period of time. If you asked someone "what is cosplay" a few years ago then you'd have gotten a reply like "it's the things nerds and geeks do and that normal people doesn't do it"... However cosplay is getting more and more into the mainstream. A few weeks ago there was a cosplay competition live for the first time ever in the world on a national TV channel in my country Sweden that brought in a total of 250.000 people to watch the competition live on TV. However they also got a lot of people from other countries that wanted to watch it, but it was only in Swedish so it wasn't possible for English speakers to watch it before... Until now, they decided to sub it in English and post it for the amazing price of free on their on-demand website http://www.svtplay.se/video/2765987/sm-i-cosplay/sm-i-cosplay-avsnitt-1.

So this wanted me to ask the simple question...

How far has cosplay gotten in your country and city?
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15
It's still considered something deep within the realm of geeks and nerds. I really think it has gained traction just because people enjoy seeing pretty girls in fun outfits. And those pretty girls like attention so they like to dress up and post things on the internet. Maybe an initial slight interest in anime is amplified after they become more enamored with cosplay.

People are generally pretty accepting of it since my community is Asian but nobody goes around wearing a costume at schools or anything.
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Posted 3/18/15
Alot of people still call animes Chinese cartoon at my place.
And since we only have like 2 well known Cons every years: Anime North (Toronto,ON,Canada) and Otakuthon (Montréal,Qc,Canada)
Animes and Cosplay arnt really the popular thing over here. But if you ask people about Cosplay, its either '' what is that'' or '' Geek costume thing''

I dont talk about every canadians place, just from my place.
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15
I love European cosplayers.
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Posted 3/18/15 , edited 3/18/15

qualeshia3 wrote:

I love European cosplayers.


Then you can watch the competition, I posted the link in my original post. But if you're too lazy to scroll up then here's the link http://www.svtplay.se/video/2765987/sm-i-cosplay/sm-i-cosplay-avsnitt-1 . The pre-show is 30 mins and the competition starts at 00:41:00 in the video. You may also need to scroll down and select the english version.
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Posted 3/18/15
Cosplay has really developed and advanced within the past few years. It's taken a while to get to my city, but with a new convention in town, more people are starting to learn what it is.
The one downside though, is people in my country considering this cosplay:
Posted 3/18/15
I wouldn't really know, my state is just starting within the last few years to get going on our own conventions. I would imagine its still in the realm of the geeks in most other states though. I don't think it won't be considered a geeky thing outside of Japan due to its more of a professional thing over there and more of a hobby elsewhere.

Ive always wanted to try and open a manga cafe or hobby store and have cosplay events on a monthly basis and the likes just for people to get it more exposure but i don't know how well it would work.
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Posted 3/18/15
My state has maybe one or two conventions total. Whenever I mention cosplay to someone, it's about 50/50 whether or not they have any clue what I'm talking about. But that's within my campus of nerds. Outside of my school odds of anyone having a clue about cosplay become ever so slim. XD
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Posted 3/18/15
it's still considered really nerdy and lame
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Posted 3/18/15
There's a lot of cosplayers who go to Wizard World in Chicago. I've thought about cosplaying, but idk XD
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Posted 3/18/15

rosebudpony wrote:

Cosplay has really developed and advanced within the past few years. It's taken a while to get to my city, but with a new convention in town, more people are starting to learn what it is.
The one downside though, is people in my country considering this cosplay:


What... That's not Cosplay, that's just normal cloths with a brand on it...
Posted 3/18/15
The problem is the stereotype of western nations and Japan. While i don't judge i found this there other day when looking for stuff..
Now like i said i don't judge and this is just an example from an outsiders point of view i would imagine but well you know...

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Posted 3/19/15
it hasn't really grown up that i am aware of around where i live, i think its more prevalent in western countries and asia. i don't see it growing or becoming a thing here, i'm also not personally interested in it, nor do i find it interesting (except the really good and cute ones)
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Posted 3/19/15

KyotoTofu wrote:

The problem is the stereotype of western nations and Japan. While i don't judge i found this there other day when looking for stuff..
Now like i said i don't judge and this is just an example from an outsiders point of view i would imagine but well you know...



Stereotypes is always a thing that needs to be destroyed, there are great cosplayers from every country around the globe...

But even if you're bad doesn't mean shit since cosplay is about having fun, not trying to be something you're not.
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Posted 3/19/15
If I said"cosplay" to someone of my vintage, and in my location, they'd think I was talking about a discount store.
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