When asked what her parents think of cosplaying, Akane shared how they have had relatively of a change of heart. “My parents used to criticize because they find it very weird,” she explained.
“They also think that some outfits are revealing and might attract unnecessary attention.”
With the Singaporean cosplay community expanding, 19-year-old Akane, who studies at Polytechnic, looks into the universe of online video game characters, manga, and anime where enthusiastic fans dress up as one.
“What taken me into cosplaying is because I like two-dimensional characters,” she said in an interview with TISG. “I find their character design very fascinating, and there’s a lot of things in anime that I cannot see in real life.
As for the cost of outfits, she said she pays S$100 for costumes and wigs, and aside from S$100 to s$150, she pays for makeup.
When asked what her parents think of cosplaying, Akane shared how they have had somewhat of a change of heart. “My parents used to criticize because they find it very weird,” she explained. “They also think that some outfits are revealing and might attract unnecessary attention.
However, for now, they have come to acknowledge it.
Whereas Akane shared that two of her favorite feature of cosplay are meeting new people, she also talked about some negative experiences, such as harassment, being cat-called, and receiving unsolicited filthy photos on social media.
“For online molestation, I usually just ignore or block them, but as for the real-life one, I did oppose the person to stop, and finally he stopped,” she cited.
She also included that she doesn’t like being looked at in a way. That causes her to feel judged by people. She explains, “I do not like to get watched in public places, and I find it very unpleasant.”
Anime and Gaming = Cosplay
She has higher hopes for the world of cosplay, though. Saying that the growing anime and gaming communities can attribute. To the fact that new characters being created as supporters are developing a new appreciation for the character designs.
“I think more people are getting into cosplay because anime and gaming communities become larger,” she cited. “There are more characters to survey, and maybe they value the game design and the character design, and they find it quite intriguing and interesting to be like them–just like me. Hence, moreover, people will want to join and play together.”
She has attended Sakura Matsuri 2019, Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2019, and AFA 2022.
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