Another Monday, another awesome cosplayer! This cosplayer’s talent is truly amazing. I hope you like getting to know them.
WHAT IS YOUR NAME?
Hi I am Anpanman_cos, a cosplayer from Milton Keynes,UK. Please to meet you. My cosplay’s vary from Alice in wonderland to anime characters. All costumes are made by me and paraded at conventions around UK.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEVERAGE?
A good old fashioned cup of tea
TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF.
A Russian-English cosplayer since 2016, interest include KPOP, anime, manga, costume making and can’t forget about the internet memes.
I have descoved my passion for cosplay at my first convention in 2015 MCM London COMIC CON. I have never seen before a gathering of hundreds of thousands people in the same place, with a common interest, just like mine. What can I say, I am only human…I was hooked.
WHEN DID YOU START COSPLAYING?
As per above.
WHY DO YOU COSPLAY?
I am an anime addict! Watching anime makes me feel better, i can loose myself in the show, forget my worries, leave stress behind and fully emerge into the fantasy world. The characters, their life, their development, the emotions … I re-live it all with them. It helps me with my struggles in day to day life. Shoyo Hinata’s optimism taught me I can achieve my goal if I train harder.
Edward Elric’s love for his brother inspired me to be more thankful and forgiving to my siblings.
Spending hrs on: costume material shopping, getting it right, costume making, wig styling and finally cosplaying my idols makes me feel alive. It inspires me, keeps me motivated and i am a better, happier self thanks to the community and art of cosplay.
WHO ARE YOUR COSPLAY IDOLS?
My cosplay idols include: Dirty_shinobi, Emjayyycos, kinpatsucosplay.
WHAT TYPES OF COSPLAY DO YOU DO?
Films: With Alice in wonderland i can use my own interpretation for costume development- The White Rabbit. Corps Bride from Tim Burton movie Corps Bride.
Anime: Lord Sesshomaru from Inuyasha. Ginji (9 tailed fox) and Ranmaru (dog god) from Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi. Aquarius from Fairy Tail. Gin from Hotarubi no Mori e.
Video Games: Ahri from League of Legends. Chershire cat from Alice Madness Returns.
Coming up: Superhero film: Crossplay Shazam.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COSPLAYS?
At the moment is my Ginji Cosplay. Let the future show what it might be next.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO COSPLAY BUT PROBABLY NEVER WILL?
I always wanted to cosplay Katsuki Bakugou MHA. Personally I dont think I have the attitude for his facial expressions. He is everything I am not. I want to cosplay him so badly!
DO YOU MAKE, BUY, OR SPECIAL ORDER YOUR COSPLAYS?
I make all of my costumes, armor, style wigs. However, I buy accessories from car-boot sales and eBay. The items I can not make such as a clock and keys for my white rabbit photo shoots.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT COSPLAY?
I love that people at conventions address me in my character name! The would treat me and make small conversations as if they are talking to the character I am cosplay! That feels awesome!
Cosplayers treat other cosplayers very nicely and genuinely kind people.
WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT THING FOR YOU ABOUT COSPLAY?
There is not enough time in the day to keep up with my schedule.
Some costumes are very impractical, the 9 tails on Ginji are super heavy but look fabulous.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
Ginji the 9 tailed fox
IF YOU COULD LIVE IN OR VISIT ANY FANTASY WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Depends if I get to choose which power I have, I would go to the alchemy world from FMA.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
Anime i watch.
WHAT ARE YOUR “FANDOMS”?
UWU… just kidding…or AM I? I absolutely obsessed with MHA.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH BEGINNING COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Hot glue gun is your answer for quick fabric assemble, HOWEVER it WILL come apart when you wash your costume! So, if you want a long lasting costume, get that thread and needle!
WHAT TIPS OR TRICKS DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER COSPLAYERS?
Don’t wear hills to conventions, it will murder your feet and you might not enjoy your quality time with your friends. Or, pack flat shoes in a bag with you 🙂
Read entry regulations for your weapons before attending the convention. Some materials are not suitable and it will be confiscated at the door.
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WISH NON-COSPLAYERS KNEW?
Please don’t assume we are perverted just because we dress up in a costume! What ever the costume maybe, its a fictional character, they do not exist. And YES in anime there is fan service, so some costumes may be revealing, it does not give you a reason to harass the cosplayer.
WHAT COSPLAYS ARE YOU WORKING ON?
My Plan till October 2019 is:
MAY: Ranmaru -Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi,
JUNE: Aquarius -Fairy Tail,
JULY: Gin – Hotarubi no Mori e,
JULY- Ahri lol,
AUG- remaking of corps bride,
SEP- Crossplay SHAZAM.
WHAT COSPLAYS DO YOU WANT TO DO IF MONEY AND TIME WERE NO OBJECT?
hmmm… I havent thought about it
WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND YOUR COSPLAYS?
See my cosplay and follow on instagram @anpanman_cos
If you were to do a photoshoot including other cosplayers which cosplay characters would they be?
I would love to find a Lucy Heartfilia cosplayer in UK which would be willing to do a photoshoot with my Aquarius cosplay. But I don’t know where to start contacting people. Who? How? If they read this blog, they can contact me directly and arrange a photshoot. that would be so helpful 😀
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