anibee Features: Richfield Edbert!
Cosplay is a wide, diverse hobby with many different outlets that suit different folks for different needs and situations. Some cosplayers are perfectly content doing it to hang out with friends, but some like to take it to the next level, forming their own groups, companies, and even making a career out of it!
In Cosplayer Focus, we get to talk to one such individual who has done just that. Respected cosplayer, judge, and personality, it's Richfield from Indonesia!
anibee: Hello Richfield! Please give an introduction of yourself, how long you've been in cosplay, and how you got started!
Richfield: Hello my name is Richfield Edbert from Indonesia! I am currently 31 years old, and I own my Graphic Design and Event Organising Company. I started cosplay in 2008 as Sale Promotion Boy for my Tokusatsu magazine booth at a local toy fair. I wore the Power Rangers SPD Red Ranger costume to promote more of my magazine sales which its highlight was about Power Rangers SPD.
anibee: You seem to have a liking to do all sorts of tokusatsu-based cosplay! Is there a reason for this, or was it just a coincidence?
Richfield: There is no coincidence I believe. All things have a cause and an outcome. I was a tokusatsu magazine publisher and a leader of Tokusatsu community in Indonesia. Also, I'm just a hardcore tokusatsu fan!
anibee: Some people shy away from doing tokusatsu cosplay because of others being unable to recognise you and your efforts due to various things (your face is covered, etc.). Does this discourage you in anyway?
Richfield: Not at all. For me, covering your face is more challenging because you have to express your emotions using just body language. Being happy, sad, angry, excited, nervous, scared, and brave without facial expression needs a lot of effort and good acting - but the results are always great!
anibee: You have done an impressive amount of professional-level work, all in the name of cosplay! Could you tell us a little bit about some of the projects you're involved in?
Richfield: I have a number of them!
1. Cosplay Minded
A documentary movie of Cosplay in Indonesia.
I was the casting manager and also one of the speakers
2. AFA ID
Anime Festival Asia Indonesia. I am one of the judges in its Regional Cosplay Championship Preliminary for Indonesia (Regional Cosplay Championship) and work as an official organiser for the contest.
Anime Festival Asia in Singapore. I am one of the judges in its RCC Finals (Regional Cosplay Championship) and work as official organiser specialised in RCC area
Indonesia Cosplay Grand Prix, World Cosplay Summit (WCS) Preliminary for Indonesia. I am one of the judges and work as official organiser
5. LITTLE TOKYO ENNICHISAI
A Japanese Culinary & Culture Expo in Jakarta. I work as official organiser. ICGP preliminary and CLAS:H Semifinals usually take place in this event.
anibee: There are people who do not like cosplay getting 'commercialised', while some embrace it. What is your opinion on this?
Richfield: It depends on point of view of each person. Some say cosplay is not fun anymore since it's commercialized. But on the other hand, it is a valuable tool to those who wish to introduce cosplay in a positive light to the public. Of course there are always people who will try to exploit it for their own benefit, giving "Commercialised Cosplay" a bad name.
anibee: On the most basic level, what does cosplay mean to you?
Richfield: To me it is many things;
- Cosplay is about creativity.
Making the costume by your own helps us to have deeper connection with the character we play. In the event of any mishaps? Be creative! Find people with talents, work with them or learn from them. This advice also goes to people with financial problems. Be creative. Use any materials from your surroundings and make your piece of artwork.
- Cosplay is a performing art.
We don't just wear any costume, but we have to portray the character we choose as accurately as we can. So we need a lot of effort, starting from deep research of the character, rehearsing your actions, emotion management, body and stamina exercise, building confidence, stage mastering and performing in public places.
- Cosplay is an expression.
If we love something truly, we will express our love in many ways or forms. In Cosplay, we express our love and respect to the characters we watch in anime , tokusatsu, games, etc. We do it to show other people that we love these characters dearly. That's why I am always strict to those who try to disrespect character I play.
- Cosplay is a hobby for everyone
If you have to stop doing it for any kind of reasons, you can continue it later. Hobbies are a part of us and thus, the only thing that really stops us from doing it is ourselves. Remember, YOU are in control!
- Cosplay is entertainment.
At its core, cosplay is about entertainment, both for you and for others. Becoming a childhood hero brings feelings of nostalgia for grown ups and happiness to the current generation. Being in the midst of people, happy fans and children who enjoy taking pictures, giving me "high-fives", smiling and laughing... it is a really great feeling.
- Cosplay is positive activity
By doing it, a lot of teenagers don't have too much time to play or try bad things. Cosplay establish a healthy spirited competition and creativity.
- Cosplay is a contribution to one's country
Activities like becoming a county representative and participating in international cosplay competitions help nurture strong, positive ties. It also helps to integrate multiple different sectors for the country such as tourism and entertainment.
anibee: Do you have a "dream" project that you would like to do?
Richfield: Yes, making WCS become the "Olympics" of the cosplay world, fully supported by the governments in each country, complete with elements such as flag raisings and national anthems playing in opening and closing ceremonies. It might sound silly and unnecessary to some, but it's just a dream, right? It helps me stay optimistic and have faith it will be realised soon or later.
anibee: What are your hopes for cosplay in the future?
Richfield: I hope that:
- Cosplay will never end and be ever-green
- More parents will support their loved ones in cosplay
- More local creative industries will produce local products such as affordable and cheap materials or local characters and super heroes, so we can cosplay them too to promote our country.
And of course, I hope people will continue to enjoy cosplay!
A truly accomplished cosplayer who has not lost sight of his passion and goals for his hobby! Inspiring!
Many thanks to Richfield for his time!