New popular culture of young people

People all over the world are mixing the fantasy life of characters into their everyday real-world life. Roleplaying with costumes is a way of life for some people; it is also well-known as a performance art called cosplay. The donning of costumes, along with accessories, to mimic a character or concept (often inspired by Japanese fiction, including anime, video games and comic books) combined with physically playing out the role of the character, is becoming more and more popular, not just in Japan, but around the whole world. These are not actors on a stage; they are real people playing out fantasy roles in real life.

Forrest J. Ackerman and Myrtle R. Douglas inspired worldwide costuming in 1939 as well. Ackerman wore his futuristic costume, designed by Douglas, to the 1st World Science Fiction Convention that took place in Caravan Hall in New York. It still stands to theory that, although dressing up as characters may have been inspired by Ackerman and Douglas, the actual coined phrase Cosplay still did not become real until Nov Takahashi coined it.

During video game and comic book trade shows, you may see a gathering of cosplayers, adorned with their anime-appeal costumes. Don’t be surprised if you see these bold characters walking on the streets during the day or at the nightclub at night; this trend has really taken off and seems to be growing more popular as time goes on. Cosplayers look forward to the two largest events in the world for cosplayers; the Comiket, held semi-annually in Japan and the San Diego Comic-Con, which can be found in California.

Today, Japanese cosplayers congregate outside during the weekends to masquerade, pose for pictures, and compare each other’s elaborate costumes. If you are interested in visiting one of the most famous cosplay scenes in the world, head over to Tokyo, Japan’s Harajuku district. In addition, there are several current magazines that focus on the vogue and rogue cosplay scene, including: Anicoz from the U.S., Cosplaymix, by Mexico, and Dengeki and Cosmode, two of Japan’s cosplay magazines.

 

Sexy girl cosplay Mileena from 2011 video game Mortal Kombat at Comic-Con

mileenamileena cosplayMileena is a fictional character in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series.

Mileena

Mileena wore a tight bodysuit (and mask), with her uniform being colored in shades of magenta. Later on, her costumes changed, some of them rather loose, but usually more revealing than Kitana’s. In terms of physical features, she is identical to Kitana except her face, as her visage is twisted by the Tarkatan DNA flowing in her veins, giving her a large mouth rimmed with long, sharp teeth.

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Mileena cosplay from Mortal Kombat

At 2011 comic con, there is a wonderful Mileena cosplay by Rosanna Rocha. Here is the review of Mileena cosplay.

1. How would you describe your costume?

I’m Mileena from Mortal Kombat. Basically I took a bathing suit and covered it in fabric. It took three weeks to sew. I just used a bathing suit as a pattern and sewed it from that.

2. Why did you choose to dress as this character?

The new Mortal Kombat game came out, and I really liked it. Also, the movie’s coming out so I was like, I should do a Mortal Kombat costume. Mileena’s my favorite girl, because she’s crazy.

3. What do your friends and family thinks of you dressing up for Comic-Con?

Oh, they’re all really supportive. My mom helped me buy all the fabric, and my friend is a fashion designer and she helped me sew some of it. They’re all like, ‘You’re hot, do it!’ And I like to do stuff like this all the time.

4. How much did your costume cost you to make?

Well, I have the boots. Those were $30 just by themselves. But the fabric was pretty cheap — it was only like $9.99 a yard, and it’s a tiny costume so I only used two yards of that. It was more the time spent making it than the money.

5. Is this your first time cosplaying?

Yeah, it’s the first time I’ve been to Comic-Con. It’s really fun! There’s a lot of waiting involved, a lot of lines for the panels and stuff. But it’s very exciting.