1. Hello, please introduce yourself to the readers of wowbeat.
|K-on! Akiyama Mio Maid outfit |
(photo by: Chris Honders)
Hi! My name is Mariselle, but when it comes to cosplay I’d like to go under Lady Kitsuka. People usually describe me as an energetic, bubbly and cute girl. Though I can be quite sarcastic, perverted and short tempered as well! In general I can be found in front of my sewing machine, as I have a serious addiction to it. I also like to hang out with my friends though, and watch anime or seiyuu/events together.
|Shirogane Naoto (Persona 4) |
(Photo By; Chastten Cosplay
2. When did you start with cosplaying?
I've been cosplaying for quite some years now. I can still remember the first convention I went to; it
was a full weekend at Animecon 2007.
Before that time I thought cosplay was a bit strange and didn't think it was going to be my kind of thing. But walking around the convention and seeing how passionate so many people were about their hobbies quickly made me warm up to it as well.
So I decided that the next convention I was going to attend, which was Abunai 2007, I was going to go in cosplay as well.
I couldn't sew at that time, so I ended up buying an Suzumiya Haruhi uniform off ebay, together with a Konata wig. I must have looked like a complete noob, but I still have some really fond memories of that experience. It was after that convention that I decided I wanted to start making my own cosplay. I took sewing classes especially for it, and started on my first project, Satoko from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. And now 9 years later I'm still not planning on quitting anytime soon!
3. What is your favorite character to cosplay? And tell us why.
Oh Gosh that is such a hard decision. I've done tons and tons of cosplay over the years and there are several ones I have fond memories of.
I think my pick would be Gareki from Karneval. After having cosplayed girls for years non-stop I was considering of actually doing some crossplay. Lots of characters that I love are boys after all, and there were some designs I was looking forward to create.
My first attempt was at Abunai 2014, which I wasn't really satisfied with at all! It also didn't help that people kept telling me I'm too adorable looking to be able to get away with portraying a guy.
The convention that followed after I attended a Dansou lecture however, and it inspired me so much that I wanted to give it another try. I thought to myself, if this is going to be a disaster again, I'll give up.
The result was however so much better than I expected it to be!
Walking around in that cosplay really make me happy! Though I still got a lot to learn when it comes to crossplay, it made me realize I shouldn't let other people's opinions influence me that much.
Plus it also helped it was one of the most comfortable outfits I've ever worn.
4. Which character do you want to cosplay in the future?
I have a never ending list of characters that I will probably never be able to finish in a life time! My upcoming projects are mostly idols though, lol. For Abunai I'm currently working on Anzu from iDOLM@STER: Cinderella girls. After that I will be working on Riku, Nagi and Mitsuki from Idolish7. And then there are some Vocaloid outfits I still have to finish. The idol boys from Tsukiuta are probably also going to be on it very soon.
5. What do you prefer: buying or making your cosplay?
Making! Without a doubt! Then again ever since I was a little girl I've always enjoyed creative hobbies, so it only makes sense.
(Photo by: Youri Swanenberg)
6. What do you think of people who only buy their cosplay?
You gotta do what you gotta do! I may be addicted to sewing, but I can imagine it's not everyone's cup of tea. Either because creating cosplay is not something they are specifically good at, or because they simply have other interests.
Besides, it can take a lot of time and patience to learn this, so not everyone might have the time for it. So I think people shouldn't be ashamed of the fact they buy their cosplay.
7. What is to you the hardest about cosplaying? (like creating the outfits, posing, finding/making props etc.)
Props, props for sure! And I really suck at making armor as well. Basically I'm just no good when it comes to creating things that can't be done with a sewing machine.
The problem it that instead of practicing with it more, I tend to avoid it at all cost. I really should start making some more props in the future.
8. How long does it take to get fully dressed in your favorite cosplay?
It kind of depends on whether I dress up as a girl or a boy. I'm still not good with crossplay make-up, so it takes me ages to get it somewhat right. Though to be honest, I'm just slow in general and I like to take my time. I think it takes me roughly about an hour (maybe 1,5 if I get distracted in between) for me to dress up as a girl. When it comes to dressing up as a guy I need at least 1,5 hours, but I tend to start 2 hours before, just to be sure.
9. Which anime do you recommend to others?
I think that the anime that could definitely use some more love is Chihayafuru. It's so unknown by most people, while it has a great story and very lovable characters.
It's about tomboyish girl named Chihaya who grew up in the shadow of her big sister. She's a model after all and loved by many people. So Chihaya assumed her only goal in live was to be her sisters number 1 fan. Then one day Arata, a boy from her class, tells her how dumb he thinks that kind of goal is and she should find a dream of her own. By telling her about his own dream in life he introduces her to competitive karuta, a physically and mentally demanding card game inspired by the classic Japanese anthology of Hundred Poets. Captivated by Arata's passion for the game and inspired by the possibility of becoming the best in Japan, Chihaya quickly falls in love with the world of karuta.
It doesn't take long before another classmate called Taichi joins their little club as well. The trio spends their childhood days playing together, until circumstances split them up.
Now in high school Chihaya is completely addicted to karuta and set on creating a club. She gets reunited with Taichi, and aims to create a team of people who love the sport just as much as she does.
What I probably love the most about this anime is the character developments and the friendship between each of them. Then again I'mjust a sucker for friendship anime.
10. Who is your favorite voice actor?
|Matsuoka Gou (Free!)|
(Photo By: RE: PLICA)
Miyano Mamoru!! It was actually because of him and the rest of Style 5 (the main voice actors from the anime Free) that I got into the hell hole called the seiyuu fandom.
Before that there were only a handful of voice actors I was familiar with, but I couldn't really say I loved them or took a big interest in them. I've even watched several anime were Mamoru voiced the main character, but I didn't become fully aware of his existence until his role as Matsuoka Rin.
I'm sure that most people that know me will just assume it's because I have a huge crush on Rin, but at that time I didn't even like him all that much.
It was at the time when the first season was still airing and the character songs were just released. I automatically assumed I was going to like Makoto's song best, since he was my favorite character at that time.
Instead I announced to my very close friend.
''Okay, I don't even like Rin all that much, but whoa I'm completely in love with his character songs, and his voice is actually just really sexy in general!"
After Free ended I started watching anime that had the cast of Style 5 in it.
I think the other 4 seiyuu are also amazing, but Mamoru stayed my favourite of them all.
It came to a point were I started buying his concerts and cd's as well.
11. What is your favorite anime song? (opening, ending, character songs?) and why?
After all this time I can still say it's Real Wave from Miyano Mamoru and Shimazaki Nobunaga. It's the first track of the Rin and Haruka duet series.
Free is my favourite anime, plus Rin and Haruka are not only my favourite characters, but also the ship I love most of all. So it was kind of an easy choice.
12. Ok let's end this with the final question, do you have any tips or advice for any beginning cosplayers?
Just do whatever you feel most comfortable with and don't let others people negative remarks influence you too much. If you don't want to make your own cosplay and just want to buy it, then go for it!! If you do want to make it, then go for it as well!!
In this case I can definitely recommend you follow some sewing classes. They usually have them in each town and they don't cost a lot of money. They can help you out a lot when it comes to setting your first step and learning about the basics.
(Photo by: Chastten Cosplay
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