Cosplay Interview 03: Luki

OdinSphere.jpg
Image copyright of Iggie

Hello! Thank you once more to be interviewed for eMagi.co.uk. Please state your name (don’t need to include surname if wanted) and current occupation.
Dee Hunter, currently working nightshift at a local supermarket but graduated this year (Publishing with Journalism).

Do you have any hobbies or interests?
Other than anime and cosplay?  Taekwondo, writing and playing RPG’s.

When did you first show interest in animé and more specifically cosplaying?
I probably first became interested when I bought Final Fantasy 9 and the sales assistant told me to check out ‘Akira’ if I liked Final Fantasy.  I did, started buying more anime DVD’s, and when my parents got Sky I started watching things like Pokemon and Dragonball Z religiously.

As for cosplay, I’d been interested for years, but it wasn’t till 2004 when my friend Redkun told me about Ayacon that I actually started planning to do it.

Why cosplay at all? To some, people find it weird yet it is gaining more popularity in the UK due to various events and coverage. What do you enjoy the most about it?
Its hard to explain.  Its being able to express part of who you are – you immediately know you have something in common with someone if you recognise their cosplay, and there is nothing more satisfying than walking around and having someone shout out your character – especially if you’re doing someone obscure.  It can really make your day.

Which characters have you cosplayed thus far and your favourite amongst them?
Sheena Fujibayashi – Tales of Symphonia
Ming Chao – Et Cetera
Haruhi, Mikuru and Yuki – The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (same costume with different accessories each time)
Pronyma – Tales of Symphonia
Ellipsis – Saturnalia
Sunako – Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (The Wallflower)
Shadow Heartless – Kingdom Hearts
C.C – Code Geass
Gwendolyn – Odin Sphere
Gaz – Invader Zim (non anime)

Even now Sheena is probably my favourite since she remains to this day, the only cosplay I was actually comfortable in.  Gwendolyn is my second mainly due to how much effort I spent on her.

Any characters you would like to cosplay in the future?
In an ideal world I’d love to try and do Tokunaga from Tales of the Abyss or a Transformer/Mech costume, but thats so beyond what I can do right now.

Realistically I’m hoping to do Karura from Utawarerumono and Gwendolyn’s ball gown from Odin Sphere.

Ever had a wardrobe malfunction or prop go wrong?
(laughs) I don’t think I’ve had a costume that didn’t.  Ming Chao’s gun started shedding paint the second I got it to the con, and I keep trying to use my own hair, which is a big no no.  Pronyma and Gwendolyn were the worst though, since both had such bulky aspects that people couldn’t help but bump into them.

How long on average was spent on your cosplay to create it?
At least a month.  With more difficult costumes I have to give myself two months if I want to be finished in time.

What do you think of Crossplayers? (People that cosplay as the opposite sex)
I have no problem with them so long as they do them right.  Shave and makeup for the boys, and try to bind (or at least reduce) the breasts please.

If there was one aspect of cosplay you would like to improve on, what would it be?
The sowing part.  I literally learn through trial and error, and usually make the same errors over and over and over again.  And I loathe hand stitching with every fibre of my being.  It seems a strange thing to say when you make costumes, but its because I keep making so many simple mistakes.

Ever enlisted to be in a cosplay masquerade?
I’ve been enlisted at almost every convention I’ve been to save the London Expo.  I’ve always found it more enjoyable to take part rather than watch it.

The eternal cosplay question – Make or Buy?
For me, make.  I’ve only ever bought one costume (C.C), and that was because it was dissertation year and didn’t have the spare time to try and make her.  Buying costumes is a good idea if you really don’t have time but still want to cosplay, but it does mean you lose the feeling of achievement when you wear it.

Most impressive cosplay you have seen?
By miles, the Kimahri at the Amecon 2008 masquerade.  I was helping her get it off afterwards, and the amount of belts and buckles keeping seperate parts together was insane.  Not to mention the detail that had been put into it.  I can only imagine what that cost in time and money to put together.

Best anime related event you have been to thus far?
Ayacon 2005, my first convention ever.  I missed Friday due to a resit exam, but everything else was ‘just right’.  Gorgeous weather, not too many queues, a dealers room that left me satisfied but still with cash at the end, and that great unofficial gathering on the steps on Sunday.  I can’t wait for it to return.

Thank you for your time! Would you like to leave a little message to those who have yet to cosplay?
Always buy the more more expensive wig.  DON’T use your own hair – it will never behave on the day, and DON’T rely on a cheap party wig.  Trust me, you get what you pay for.

Ellipsis.jpg C.C. 2.jpg Mikuru 3.jpg Pronyma2.jpg

Respective images copyright of Cosplay Snap, Redkun, Birthday Boy and Nert (Many Lemons.