Anime and manga comprise a major portion of Japanese pop culture today, especially since it is not only popular in Japan but also around the world. To allow people to express their love for their favorite anime characters, “cosplay” (from the word “costume” and “play”) came into practice. It is a performance art in which cosplayers wear costumes complete with fashion accessories in order to portray a specific character. It is commonly participated by adults who enjoy dressing up and putting makeup on. You can see several of them in the districts of Tokyo such as Akihabara and Harajuku. With the rapid growth of the number of cosplayers, it is quite hard to tell which characters most of them find appealing. But there are actually 5 anime that are popularly portrayed by different cosplayers all over the world. Check them out below.
Attack on Titan is one of the most popular animations since its release. The story revolves around Eren Yeager and his foster sister Mikasa Ackerman, as well as their childhood friend Armin Arlert. It started with the giant humanoids called “titans” who breached the walls and tried to wipe out humanity. The death of Eren’s mother resulted in his vow for revenge to fight against the titans and enlist in the military with the same purpose.
Doing a cosplay of the Attack on Titan characters require dedication and skills as it needs makeup, jackets, weapons, tools, etc. Some online stores also offer the finest quality of costumes for you to choose from. There are also many scenes captured by cosplayers such as the scene where Eren gets eaten by a Titan or the team fighting together. Some cosplayers take several hours doing their makeup such as the body paint of the male titan Eren.
Uta no Prince-Sama is a well-known anime series based on a visual novel in Japan. It is also a popular game franchise which is targeted towards the female audience. It is all about Haruka Nanami who dreams of becoming a composer and writing a song for her favorite idol, Hayato. She entered a prestigious school where she was surrounded by great idols and composers. In the game, as a player, you have to assume Haruka’s character where you will be given 7 main plots to experience. The progress of the story ultimately depends on the player’s decisions. In order to change the plot progression, the player can repeat the game several times.
There are several Uta no Prince-Sama characters that are cosplayed by people such as Otoya Ittoki, Haruka’s friendly classmate in Class A; Natsuki Shinomiya, a guy who likes Haruka and has an extreme fondness for cute things; and Tokiya Ichinose who has a strong resemblance to Haruka’s idol. The anime is also used in several cosplay gatherings such as the recent Otakon 2016 Uta no Prince-Sama Cosplay Gathering.
Love Live! is an animation produced by Sunrise Inc., a Japanese animation studio and production enterprise. Its story is all about a group of fictional school girls hoping to save their school from shutting down. It starts with Honoka Kosaka, a girl who’s deeply attached to her school and who found out that her school will be closing due to lack of applicants. In order to prevent this from happening, she and her friends started a school idol group to attract new students. They were actually successful in preventing the school from closing down, but they soon disbanded after winning the Love Live competition due to their own personal reasons.
There are so many Love Live! costumes available online such as wigs, uniforms, props, accessories, etc. There’s also a gathering called Anime Expo 2016 Love Live! Gathering which you can participate in. It is a chance for you to meet people in the same fandom.
This animation is set in a world where supernatural abilities exist. It focuses on a high school student of Academy City in the west of Tokyo named Toma Kamijo, a boy with unusual abilities. He soon meets Index, an English nun whom he developed a strong bond with. However, their relationship was thought to be dangerous for other magicians and Espers (individuals who possess special powers via science). Many of them wanted to discover the secret behind Toma’s abilities as he is able to negate supernatural powers and his own luck. His special ability puts him in between the conflicts of magicians and Espers.
This anime has also been a popular cosplay theme for people. Many of them opt to do Accelerator’s character who is known as the most powerful Esper in Academy City. He is tasked to deal with the cruel Dark Side of the place as well as the secret conspiracies surrounding it.
Infinite Stratos is an animation based on a light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru of the same name. It is all about a powered exoskeleton called “Infinite Stratos” (IS) which has been made by Japanese scientist engineers. It is so powerful that it threatens to destabilize the world. Because of this, the “Alaska Treaty” was made to make sure that it will never be used for military combat and that it will be equally distributed to different nations around the world to make sure justice prevail. The IS is exclusively operated by women until one day when Ichika Orimura (a 15-year-old boy) was revealed to possess the innate ability to operate it. He was pulled out by the government to start his training in the Infinite Stratos Academy where he was mostly surrounded by girls.
There are so many promotional costumes of Infinite Stratos that you can find online or in shops within Japan or abroad. The commonly used costume for cosplaying is the school uniform used in the academy.
Cosplay has the essence of giving everyone the chance to become the character they desire to be just by simply dressing up. It is also an opportunity to make friends with people of the same interest. Cosplay also allows one to become a totally different person from who they really are. Why don’t you join the cosplay fun and dress up as one of the characters from these 5 popular Japanese animations?
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