Cosplay originates from the mix of the words outfit and play… in the event that you hadn’t gotten it as of now. To begin with made well known in mid-twentieth century Sci-Fi traditions of America, it truly took off as a subculture in Japan amid the anime and computer game blast of the ’80s. Today, it’s picked up an overall after, basically by the most committed fanatics of anime, videogames and kid’s shows who take on the appearance of their most loved characters and embrace their identity for a day. Citylife chose to converse with a couple of eager cosplayers in Chiang Mai and discover more about these uber enthusiasts of anime.
Cosplay hit Thailand in the early naughties when Japanese culture filled TVs, comic book shops and the music charts and by 2002, the first cosplay events and dress-up competitions had come to the city. Fast forward to 2017 and cosplay is more popular than ever, with up to five large scale competitions held in the city each year.
Following quite a long while of joining clubs and getting together with different cosplayers, Aeam now has taken her enthusiasm for mold and cosplay to the following level and has opened an online shop for the individuals who need an outfit however are not sufficiently gifted or do not have an opportunity to make one themselves. Charging around 10,000 baht for one outfit, Aeam makes around four outfits every month for both general and new clients. “I used to make all the more, yet I am still at college myself and didn’t have enough time to make them all, it takes quite a while as they are frequently very complicated.”
“The best thing about cosplay is making the outfits yourself,” said 28 year old Lotlalit ‘Look Yee’ Wongputtipong. “It is pitiful when individuals go into cosplay equip rivalries yet are obviously wearing an industrial facility made outfit requested on the web.”
The separation from regular societal norms during cosplay is evident however, with girls as young as 12 dressing up in tight bikinis or skimpy schoolgirl outfits, oblivious to the sexualisation of the young that is commonplace in Japanese anime. According to Look Yee, parents seem to accept skimpy clothing in cosplay…while still forcing their children to cover up at the swimming pool.