Cosplay is popular for many different types of people worldwide. It is both a hobby and a professional career which brings fun, enjoyment, and challenges for those individuals who are creative, imaginative, and dare themselves to conquer skillful challenges earning personal accomplishments and rewards.
What is cosplay? Cosplay is a coined word created by Japanese reporter Nobuyuki Takahushi in 1984 for the words Costume Play.
Okay that is one serious fact. Let’s move on to why cosplay is popular.
There are many reasons but the first and foremost is “Personal fun and enjoyment” followed by:
- Be somebody else for a day
- Love of acting and the theater
- Satisfies artistic creativity
- Pride and accomplishment in creating a costume and its accessories
- Ignites imagination
- Make friends and Social Gatherings
- Becoming part of a large community
Fun and Enjoyment – A day which allows playing or acting. Releasing behaviors which match the costume being worn. Play acting a fantasy or wish such as becoming Superman or a famous celebrity.
Be somebody else for a day – Copy and design a costume of a favorite character wearing all accessories from head to toe and walk in their shoes for self and crowd reaction. It may be a portrayed sex goddess like Marilyn Monroe or an historical president such as Abraham Lincoln.
Self-Expression – Wearing an original costume displaying our skills and talents to design and construct. The desire to create a personal imaginative character.
Love of acting and the theater – Amateur and professional actors and actresses may use this outlet as an audition for entertainment employment.
Satisfies artistic creativity – Some people love to create unusual fashions and the type of characters who would wear these creations.
Pride and Accomplishment in creating a costume and its accessories – Some costumes are very simple or may be purchased. Costume creations are inspired by characters in video games, cartoons, anime, comics and books. Creating armor worn by warriors, people becoming transformers, and mythical accessories are very challenging of mind and physical skills.
Ignites Imagination – Thinking about something that does not exist. Then bringing it into physical existence with creativity. A writer draws a character from his imagination which will become a character in the story. The creativity will address appearance, clothing style, speech pattern, and whatever else is needed to make this character believable. It is the same for the imagination of cosplayers.
Friends and Social Gatherings – There are thousands of cosplayers in many local communities and countries participating in conventions, community projects, advertising events, and any function which welcomes enthusiasts both online and offline. These occasions offer opportunities to make new friends.
Becoming a part of a large community – There is a stereotype that introverts or geeks are the largest number of people who enjoy this activity. Creating these costumes adds excitement to offset employment or personal lifestyle which may be boring, mundane, or stressful. It’s a hobby on the opposite spectrum of the everyday work day which offers fun, enjoyment, and self-accomplishments with pleasurable rewards.