Report AFA-X(AFA 2010) Sono-4: Cosplay report Day-1
AFA-X is not just an exhibition, but also a cosplayers' festival. Compared to Japanese Major (otaku) event, cosplayers in AFA are not widely covered by mass media(*1).
This is because I had aggressively taken photos for AFA-X.
In DAY-1, the cosplay area is near entrance gate, and an adjacent vacant hall: 404(*2).
I'm surprised at seeing their excellent cosplaying skills. It's far better than I had expected. First, I'd like to write about the difference between Japanese cosplay events and AFA-X cosplay(*3).
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In Japanese cos-events, most cosplayers are in their 20's or sometimes in the 30's. So participation in a cos-event is not always a youth hobby, but also working adults' hobby in Japan. But cosplayers in AFA-X seem to be in their late-teens, I feel.
*Coscard is not common
I took the photos of more than 40 cosplayers at AFA-X. But I only got two Coscards(Cosplayers' name card). Coscard is must have item amongst Japanese cosplayers(*5). If you like to know the email address to give photo images, a memo pad must be needed. Yes, I always have my own memo pad as back-up to participate in a cos-event.
*Taking photos in a circle
Taking photos of an idol, it's very common to stay in a circle , and take photos at the same time. Yes, this is a global standard. But in Japan, taking photos of a cosplayer to wait in a line, and take photo one-by-one. This is a very common practice at a Japanese cos-event although I don't think that it's a good way of taking photo of idols.
*Couple cosplaying is not special
A pair of male/female cosplayers(it may not always girl-friend/boy-friend, may be a brother/sister) are seen many times in AFA. It's not so common in a Japanese cos-event.
*Mom's visit is not special
I see many overaged women in an AFA cosplay square. It seems to be a mom of female cosplayer. But this situation is hard to imagine at a Japanese cos-event since a cos-event in Japan is partly a hobby of young adults.
*Jyosou is not banned
"Jyosou"(女装) means that cross-cosplaying by male cosplayers. Jyosou is usually banned in a Japanese cos-event since Jyosou cosplay has a bad history(*4).
*Taking souvenir-photo is OK
This means that Ippanjin(一般人, non-otakus) takes self-photos with a cosplayer using their camera of their mobile phones. This is rarely seen in a Japanese cos-event.
OK. Sorry for an expected long introduction. Let's got to a cosplay square.
All these photos are taken in DAY-1, the sequence is in chronological sequence.
Referenced Work: Black Butler(> Ciel Phantomhive ?)
comment: It's taken just in front of entrance gate.
CN: Sheryl：ayuyu[D/A, cure:176879], Ranka：Beckie
Referenced Work: Macross-F(Sheryl & Ranka)
Very good at costume making techniques and posing. This is a symbolic shot which describe the situation of cosplay at AFA (^^). In Japanese cos-event, There are so many tight regulations. It's almost impossible to take a photo just in front of an escalator in operation.
Referenced Work: Getsumento Heiki Mina (> Tamamushi Mina)
I'm so excited to hear the name of the character. I like "Getsumento Heiki Mina" so much. The costume making is so good. But I wonder how she can get a red Randoseru(backpack for Japanese primary school students) outside Japan.
Referenced Work: Chobits
comment: It's still popular even in Japan, too.
CN: Jesuke（Ｊ助？）[D/A(EN), cure:112878(JP), blog(CN)]
Referenced Work: Alice in the Country of Hearts( > Blood Dupre)
According to the cosname, Jesuke-san is very specializing at Dansou(男装, cross cosplay by female cosplayer). Costume making, Dansou make-ups, posing are all excellent, Omigoto! I guess that she is a notable cosplayer in SG since she is interviewed by EOY.
Referenced Work: Vocaloid deriative
comment:It's taken just in front of entrance gate.
CN: Absorber as Ushiromiya Battler
CN: Kuro.子猫 [D/A, cure 240323] as Beatrice-sama
Referenced Work: Umineko no Naku Koro ni
comment: They are a part of large "Umineko no Naku Koro ni" Awase team.
Referenced Work: Macross-F(Nyan-Nyan Tei)
comment: This is the only "Nyan-Nyan Tei" cosplay in two days.
CN: Unknown (*11)
Referenced Work: Hatune Miku
comment: A hand-prop:pinky ring light is so good.
Referenced Work: (Original creation)
She stands out so much. Gothic lolita in Japanese style is so good. I ask her why using Baidu. She tells me that she is a Chinese, and studying in SG now.
CN: Xrystal[D/A, cure: 17914/晶] as Stocking
CN: Sakana[D/A, cure:7798/邪神魚] as Panty
Referenced Work: Panty & Stocking
It's very fast to make costumes. hand-props: LED-lights are so striking in a gloomy hall-404. A larger photo is available on Xrystal-san's D/A site. (Yes, I'm a die-hard Alpha mount user from Minolta era(^^;.)
Referenced Work: (Original creation ?)
Her posing skills are like that of a professional model.
CN: Cheryl[cure: 104705/Ki-Chan, blog]
Referenced Work: Macross-F(Sheryl & Ranka)
This type of costume(Universal Bunny) is only done by them over the two-day event.
*1) Japanese major otaku events which cosplayers can take part in are Comiket, Wonder-Festival, Tokyo Game Show(pls. read my report for TGS2010), and so on. But all these events are massively covered by professional photographers from mass-media. You can see lots of professional photos through Japanese internet portal sites. This is because I less go major events and take less cosplayers' photo.
*2) I guess that Hall-404 is occupied by cosplayers by default although the space might not have been part of the event. The organizer and the Suntec management office may give a silent approval to cosplayers. Thanks for good job.
*3) One of the major cos-events in SG is EOY, which is held in Dec every year. But I have never been to SG cos-event(incl. EOY). So I'm not sure that cosplayers' manner in this AFA is similar to those of other cos-events in SG.
*4) Earllier in the history of Japanese cosplay, Jyosou is accepted at otaku-events. But bad Jyosou cosplays grew more and more. It gradually degraded to bad impressions.
*5)Japanese Coscards usually have a Cure-ID and/or a Cosplayers' Archive-ID(known as "Ar-kaibu" in short). Both Cure and Archive is the most well known cosplayers' SNS. Archive is currently in Japanese only. But Cure has international pages/menus. It's no problem to register your name if you are not a cosplayer. Both sites have lots of non-cosplayer members.
*10) I failed to ask her for contact info. If you(i.e. reader of this article) know the contact info of the cosplayer(or who she is, where her site is) , please tell me via comment.
*11) This means that I can get the contact info, and sent an email for verification. But I have no reply as of today.
(To be continued to report:sono-5: cosplay DAY-2)
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