Cosplayer Focus - Reflections on 2012!

The New Year's almost here! Through tons of great events, getting to meet new people and witnessing many memorable happenings, it's been one heck of a ride this 2012. Serene and a couple of our other cosplayer friends give their thoughts on how 2012's been for them - and their plans for 2013:

Megumi's Cosplay Reflections!

Phew! Another year has passed by in a blink of an eye once again and soon we"ll be ushering a new year!

2012 had presented itself as a year of many opportunities and experiences both in and out of my cosplay life. It had given me many opportunities to improve myself, learn new skills and make new friends as well.

If there was one highlight I would fondly remember, it would have been the Asia Cosplay Meet held during Cosfest XI held in July. It was the first time I had worked with an awesome team for a fairly large scale competition, and I finally got to experience the amount of preparation and practice that goes behind each and every cosplay performance that everyone sees on stage.

At first, it seemed like a daunting task for me. But my teammates, who were fairly experienced, guided me through the entire process and shared their knowledge and experiences with me. The practices and meet up sessions leading up to the competition as the weeks flew by also served to bring us closer as we faced the competition together.

Although my team and I did not win the competition, the opportunity itself had taught me much about a variety of skills such as prop making, costume making and performance.

With the above thoughts, this chapter of my cosplay life this year has come to a close. Hopefully next year would be one that'll be more enriching, full of more lessons in store for everyone!~

- Megumi

QB-sensei's Cosplay Reflections!

At the time of writing this article, I am currently making final preparations to head over to Kuala Lumpur with my fellow cosplaying buddies for Comic Fiesta, happening on the 22nd and 23rd of December. As I prepare to once again don the Salaryman Kyuubey cosplay for the first time outside of Singapore's shores, join me as I take a look back at 2012 in terms of my cosplaying adventures...

Photo credit: Marche Cch

After lurking in the shadows of the cosplaying scene since Anime Festival Asia 2009 as a casual photographer, I made my cosplaying debut at Cosfest XI in July as Salaryman Kyuubey, a cosplaying derivative based on Kyuubey, from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. My cosplaying debut on Cosfest XI got off to a decent start, with 19 contracts signed and few people recognising my cosplay, though it lacked exposure due to me juggling between the roles of cosplaying and photo-taking. Considering that I was blind in the headgear, I reworked my approach to propping the headgear above my eyes for visibility, only putting it down over my face for pictures, and refraining from taking photos until I finished my quota of signed contracts.

Safe to say, the approach worked for Day 2 of STGCC and TGX, with 41 and 52 contracts signed respectively, and more exposure of my cosplay. I hit the purple patch on AFA and EOY, with 150 contracts signed on all 3 days of AFA plus 115 contracts on EOY, not to mention a bigger exposure of the Salaryman Kyuubey cosplay.

I would like to thank my friend Mikyu for making the headgear for me, and to all that sportingly participated in making contracts with the Salaryman Kyuubey. All the contracts since Cosfest XI are on showcase on the Salaryman Kyuubey page on Facebook here:

None would ever imagine how these accessories would make my Salaryman Kyuubey cosplay go far...

Having said about 2012 in my cosplaying experiences, I already have plans and resolutions mapped out for 2013 in cosplay (I hope fans of Salaryman Kyuubey would not be downhearted):

I will be sending my Salaryman Kyuubey cosplay to my cosplay reserves list in 2013.

Do not be mistaken, I am not retiring Salaryman Kyuubey entirely. The cosplay will appear from time to time (maybe after some revamp involving the headgear and/or a white suit tailored for the cosplay), but my primary focus is to expand my cosplaying portfolio and work on my cosplans slated for 2013, such as Vocaloid Kaito in a few of his alternate costumes, and also Kinzo Ushiromiya from Umineko no Naku Koro ni. I am also resolving to return to photography once I purchase a new DSLR, and hopefully I can combine the roles of cosplayer and photographer by cosplaying photo-taking characters such as Tatsumi Saiga from Speed Grapher and Frank West from Dead Rising.

On a concluding note, 2012 has been a year of expansion of my social network through cosplay. I ran out of superlatives to describe my experiences throughout the past year, but it shall inspire me to look forward to 2013. To 2012, you have been a great year, but it's time to bid you adieu and usher in 2013, with another year of new discoveries!

Happy New Year!

- QB-sensei

Serene's Cosplay Reflections!

This year has been an interesting year for me. I'll leave the more detailed summary of 2012 and resolutions for 2013 in my FB page (, but right now, I guess I'll talk about my cosplay journey this year and what I hope I can achieve next year. Let's not get too long-winded about this, shall we? XD

This year has been fulfilling for my cosplay adventures, and a rather enlightening one at that. It's nice to know that I've improved vastly as compared to 2011 when I first got serious about cosplay and singing.

Along the way in 2012, I've met new friends, bettered relationships with my dearest friends, and gained experience and knowledge about cosplay.

This year was the first time I've tried a shoot with a proper storyboard (aka having a storyboard to follow etc), and the results were great! It was my first TRYING to cosplay as a 'loli' character even though that didn't go so well. XD

I've also tried new things like bodypainting, like my Kneesocks (from Panty & Stocking) cosplay! Urgh, that was a total pain in the neck! D: But it was fun applying that on my face and arms, and at least I know how to work with such paint now. :)

Ah yes, how could I forget one of my biggest achievements for this year: getting my boyfriend to cosplay with me and to make things even better, as my very first anime crush!! XD Imagine how happy I was to see my first 2D love standing in front of me. Did I mention my boyfriend looked great (AND UBER CONVINVING) as Lavi Bookman of D. Grayman?! -fangirls-

With that same cosplay in the previous picture (Lenalee), I had a lot of fun being in a D. Grayman team in Cosfest X.2 in the first half of the year.

Other than finally learning how to enjoy cosplay to its fullest, I attempted re-cosplaying characters that I thought I didn't do so well in. A few examples are my Haruhi, as well as my Stocking (Anarchy version).

I'm definitely happier with the current cosplays! XD It's a sign of improvement, y'see, and that's a huge encouragement to myself. *gives self a pat on the back*

As you all should know, sometimes along your journey of cosplay you fall in love with certain characters you know you just can't pull them off properly. But it really never hurts to try!

I've loved Sheryl Nome ever since I first laid my eyes on her in Macross Frontier. Her strong personality really clicked with me, and I wanted cosplay her badly. I borrowed costumes and wigs from my friends and tried to pull her off, but couldn't really do so. Though disappointed, at least I tried cosplaying my favourite character (albeit not convincingly ;A;)!

And sometimes, you just have those cosplay days when you're just feeling really "off" about things, and you don't look as good as you usually would. :( I've that for my Mirai Suenaga and Elizabeth (from Soul Eater) cosplay, and I hope I can do them justice in the future

All in all, this year was really eventful for me - I've been through so many things, be it good and bad, and I've really learnt so much thanks to all my friends and respected seniors in the cosplay scene. It's been really, really fun, and although I had a slight lull in my cosplay journey this year due to a lack of motivation, I found it quickly afterwards due to the support of friends.

Next year in 2013, I hope to continue improving in my current cosplays! I'd want to have another story-planned shoot, and to work with photographers whose works I admire but haven't dared to approach them. =w=;; I'm shy, geez. Also, I want to try to cosplay with different people to get to know others more, AND TO ATTEMPT SHERYL NOME ONCE MORE.

Last but not least, I really want to figure what's fuelling my passion for cosplay. Why am I cosplaying? And in what way am I enjoying it?

Hopefully I'll get some answers for it by end of 2013.

I'll see you all in the new year! :D

- Serene