Q: When did you start cosplaying and how long for?
I started cosplaying when I was 14 or 15. My friend introduced me back into anime and then introduced me to cosplay itself.
Q: What attracts you cosplay?
My favourite cosplay ever would have to be my
Toadette from MCM
London Expo May 2008. It was great fun to be recognised so
much! The cosplay I am most proud of would have to be my
Butterfly Chii dress (from
Chobits). I made it when I was 15 and absolutely love it.
Q: Have you had any cosplays go wrong/encountered problems whilst making cosplays?
The 3 zips in my Kairi cosplay (from Kingdom Hearts 2) I kept sewing upside down. Apart from the regular "oh crap I sewed that in wrong!" moments, nothing serious has happened. *touches wood*
Q: Have you ever regretted cosplaying?
Never. Although I did get annoyed when my
dress ripped down both sides at the cosplay cafe.
I went with a group of friends once, but none of use were in the same anime cosplay.... so no.
Q: What cosplays are you planning?
My next cosplays are going to be
Baby Princess Peach (from Mario Kart Wii) for Video Games Live and
MCM London Expo
October '08. Also Chii (from Chobits) for the
Ball and Amu Diamond (from Shugo Chara) for MCM London Expo May 2009.
Although I'm currently working on a half-dream cosplay for the Grand Cosplay Ball, I've only ever seen one other person doing it. It's Chii (from Chobits) in her bead covered dress from the front of Your Eyes Only art book. My bank account will hate me after this one - those beads will cost a fortune! However I have yet to find a cosplay so out of my depth I can't find a way of making it. Not to blow my own trumpet or anything.
Q: Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?
Try not to go for the generic Naruto, Death Note, Haruhi and Bleach cosplays. As popular as they are, the one thing newbies seem to get wrong are the mannerisms which is what pull those cosplays off now. People who don't get in character kind of take something away from the costumes. Not that I have a problem with any of the above anime/manga but they're done way too much right now.
Q: Do you have an account with the website Cosplay island?
Indeed I do, my username is Hexi! Add me 'kay?