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Cosplayer Spotlight – YOKO X AOI Cosplay

I hope you enjoy this dynamic duo! In this interview, we are taking with Yolo who answers for herself and Aoi. Enjoy! 

Soul Studios (https://www.facebook.com/GFXSoulStudios/)

What do we call you?

YOKO X AOI Cosplay

What is your favorite beverage?

Aoi loves Dr. Pepper & Coca-Cola while I (Yoko) prefer coffee, tea, & water.

When did you start cosplaying?

I cosplayed back in 2011, and Aoi started out in 2005.

Why did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying because I wanted to express my love for anime & video games. I made people happy by bringing their favorite characters to life! For Aoi, it is to escape the mundanity of day-to-day life.

Who are your cosplay idols?

Mon Cosplay, Hana Bunny Cosplay, Alyson Tabbitha, Leon Chiro, Moderately Okay Cosplay, Reika, & many more!

What type of cosplay do you do?

We cosplay mostly from anime and video games!

What are your favorite cosplays?

For Aoi, it would have to be Allen Walker from D.Gray-man & Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden. Mine would be Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online & Sakura Haruno from Naruto Shippuden.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

Probably Cecil from FFIV and Onion Knight from FFIII.

Aoi (YOKO X AOI Cosplay)

Do you make, buy, or special order, your cosplays:

It’s a combination of making our cosplays and buying them. We only buy the cosplays if we feel like we don’t have enough time to make them and we just want to enjoy the event. If we have time and we are eager to challenge ourselves, we’ll make the cosplays ourselves which ranges from default outfits to formal wedding dresses!

What do you love about cosplay?

We love that it brings people together and that it’s a common ground for many friendships to grow from. We may meet a person cosplaying from the same series we are cosplaying from, we talk about the other characters or what’s our favorite episode, and next thing we know, we’re eating out with them or planning out-of-con visits to their place and hang out! It’s just amazing!

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

Being confident in the cosplay. One other difficult thing about cosplay though would have to be the negative stigma that still exists.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

For Aoi, it would be Allen Walker from D.Gray-man & Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden. For me, it would have to be Sakura Haruno from Naruto Shippuden.

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If you could live in or visit any fantasy world, where would you go?

For Aoi, he would love to live in the world of Air Gear. For me, it would be the world of Final Fantasy!

Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?

From the sources! Usually, if we feel really strongly about a series or video game, it’s enough to motivate us to get down and start planning out the cosplays.

What are your “fandoms”?

Naruto Shippuden, Final Fantasy, Dragon Ball, Destiny, The Witcher, Sailor Moon, and so on forth.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

Surround yourself with supportive & positive people, and you will learn faster in cosplay-making or make improvements than those who don’t.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

Ironing a pleated skirt makes a huge difference! Also, using interfacing fabric in stand-up collars is amazing, and yes, good character makeup improves the overall cosplay look!

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

If the cosplayer made the cosplay, we do wish that some non-cosplayers will understand the work put into it and appreciate the struggles they had to do to re-create the outfit. It can take time in learning how to sew, how to style a wig, or how to use makeup. Even if the cosplayer did not make the cosplay, they are probably using this to save time in putting more time into their makeup and other various specialties, such as cosplay photography.

Soul Studios (https://www.facebook.com/GFXSoulStudios/)

What cosplays are you working on?

They’re going to be kept mostly as secrets for now, but we are currently working on another set of Naruto Shippuden cosplays and cosplays from a couple of anime/video game titles that a lot of people grew up with!

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

For Aoi, Cecil from Final Fantasy IV and Iron Spider from Spiderman! For me, it would have to be a Sakizo cosplay!

Where can people find your cosplays?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yokoxaoicosplay

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yoko_x_aoi_cosplay

(Yoko) World Cosplay: https://worldcosplay.net/member/yokotsuki

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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