Tokyo Game Show: Cosplayers

September 2004







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TGS cosplayers gather between the two large halls on the second day of the show.




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 Photographers line up to snap the brilliant costumes - many are in costume themselves.




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Fantasy characters reveal skin - but only sometimes. Sexiness is an explicit choice.





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Empowerment is also a popular theme.





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 Sometimes a photographer will request a particular pose.




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Players will work together to find the best angle and pose for a given character.




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This often leads to smiles and laughter. Most don't take themselves too seriously. 




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However, some players do not like to be photographed out of pose.




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A majority of the cosplayers are women, but men attend in fair numbers.




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Often, girls Cross-Play as boy characters




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 Some boys cross as girls, too.




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 I find the poses fascinating. How many times did she practice kissing that chain?




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 Groups seem to enjoy the event quite a bit - hamming it up for the cameras and themselves.



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 Taking a photo here is a sign of respect and admiration. It is a compliment.




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The players give so freely of themselves - mostly, to strangers.




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 I saw a lot of kids at the event this year. Cross-Play was also more prevalent.








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 The color was great, as always.




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Worlds collided when players ate or walked on the show floor...




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 even though the cat and the school girl are everywhere.




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 Cosplayers present an alternate view of these cliches... personalizing them.




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This was one of my favorite groups!




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 The American girls were a big hit. Very pink!




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Hrm. Next year I may actually dress up!