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No offense, but I purely do not understand the purpose of cosplay. I truly hate the insult that it puts on the real characters. I've seen Edward turned into a fat fourteen year old girl before. It's sad and depressing those sort of people would even try... I mean Halloween is fine... but I mean CONVENTIONS?!?!? I mean go ahead and do it for fun. But you can't look like a character. It doesn't work like that! Who here aggrees?
........ Well, I still don't like it. even though no one posted. Please post sometime.....
Joined: 30-August 07
From: Southern U.S. (I moved, I'm not a redneck.)
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I don't hate cosplayers, I just find that quite a bit of cosplay is average at best in quality. Most of the ones that you see in conventions are done by average people with a wide range of physiques, but in anime, there is really only a hand-full of kinds of physiques. The twiggy, the curvy, and the muscular. There are a few exceptions, but most follow this, and lets face it, not all girls can meet the expectations of the glorified versions of the female form expressed in many of the shows we know and love. (Nor can the men compete with the chizzled physique of many of the most admired shonen protagonists.) That said, the few that make my jaw drop is what I go to the conventions for. On a separate note, this may sound discriminatory, but I think that Japanese people make the best cosplayers. If you do an image search for "great cosplay" you will find that most of the people with the truly great costumes are the Japanese.
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