I got surprised when I went to Robinson’s Mall Ermita today with the ongoing event. It was the 3rd Philippines Cosplay Convention and it was my first time to see a big number of costume players in my life. It was an energetic and fun filled day for anime and cosplay enthusiast alike (including myself).
Here’s some information about cosplay from Wikipedia.
“Cosplay, short for “costume play”, is type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan. Favorite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies. Role play includes portrayals of J-pop and J-rock stars, Taiwanese puppet characters, science fiction characters, characters from musical stories, classic novels, and entertainment software. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.”
The world famous place to find cosplayers would probably be Harajuku Street in Japan where you could see some people dressing up as their favorite manga character.
Here are some of the costume players.