What is Cosplay && Why is it Necessary?


Obviously you have heard about it before if you are on this site. Maybe you stumbled across this site, and was intrigued by the interesting colors and accessories we monsters wear. If you happen to not know what cosplay is, it is a shortened version of ‘costume play’ a term that originated in the 1980’s created by Nobuyuki Takahashi, when he noticed Americans wore costumes to science fiction conventions.

People quickly began making and designing costumes based off popular anime series, and get together at conventions or group outings to show off their fandom and love for costuming. Every and all characters from anime, popular movie series, and videogames are cosplayed as, and many cosplayers add their own flare and artistic vision to their costumes.

velvetrose as Suigintou from Rozen Maiden

Designing a costume is not always easy, and because there are usually extreme and fantastical garments and accessories in Anime, most pieces have to be made from scratch or commissioned by professional designers to create! Many cosplayers go to extensive lengths to get exactly the outfit they want, which introduces the DIY world of costume. While many sites make replicas of accessories and garments worn in Anime, some cosplayers prefer to have a selfmade outfit as it is personalized and sometimes much more detailed than something that can be mass-produced.

ryuuraigeki as Ryuuzaki Umi from Magic Knight Rayearth

While cosplay has roots of costume and is a form of costume, there are some key differences between the two. Cosplay tends to be replications of current anime characters and pre-existing characters, while costume covers a broader spectrum of all forms of theatrical dress and clothing that isn’t every-day clothing. Cosplay has stricter guidelines on what the costume has to be, since it is imitating a character, and straying farther from the design can make it harder to distinguish what the cosplay is meant to be.

Saeru as Anti-Sora from Kingdom Hearts

KittyLee as Magician's Valkyria from Yu-Gi-Oh

Infini as KOS-MOS from Xenosaga

Cosplay is now extremely widespread across the world, and there are many different types of anime conventions around the world where avid anime-enthusiastics are able to dress up and express their fandom!

Sorano_Suzu as Starlock Simon from Gurren-Lagann

Overall, both cosplay and costume should be looked at with a air of playfulness and creativity. Ones costume can be simple or intricate as one wishes, and only limited by the imagination and willpower of the cosplayee. Plastik Monstars LOVES to see other cosplay and costume lovers express their love for cosplay!!