The benefit of (A) being press and (B) being late for the Cosplay Collection Night at TGS 2012, was that we got ushered to the very front, on the floor as all the seats were taken. Then, as soon as another group of journalists left their front row seats about 1/4 of the way through, I scored one for myself.
I’ve never “cosplayed” myself, unless you count Halloween, and I’ve always been a little bemused by how serious people can be about taking on the appearance and personality of a fictional character. But I must confess it was fun to see some of my favourite characters in “real life,” and all the characters at this cosplay event were, as far as I could tell, from video games. Here’s a few of my favourites:
Naruto Shippuuden: Fight-o!
I hold Naruto close to my heart because it was the first, and for quite a long time the only, Japanese anime show I ever watched, and thus my first major exposure to the Japanese language. I didn’t come to Japan because of Naruto by any means, but I guess you could say it planted a seed. So this battle interlude really made the night for me!
There were far too many costumes and groups for me to bother showing you everything, so here are a handful of what I found to be the most entertaining costumes:
Okay, so why isn’t Halloween more popular in this country, exactly?