Cosplay is a youth subculture originating in Japan. The moniker is derived from the words "costume" and "play", and is believed to have been first thought up in 1984 by a Japanese studio govt named Nov Takahashi. When he wrote for Japanese science fiction magazines about the spectacular costumes worn by attendees on the Los Angeles World Science Fiction Conference, he steadily adopted the portmanteau time period cosplay, which is used to explain the trend today.
The main function of cosplay is that participants take pleasure in dressing up as their favorite characters from anime, comedian books, and video games. It has developed to incorporate, notably when adopted within the west, individuals dressing up as characters from fashionable non-Asian fantasy and science fiction motion pictures and video games, resembling Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Physician Who and World of Warcraft.
As a trend idea, cosplay has also been seen to extend in direction of a style of dressing up not solely as established, well-known characters, however as characters that the fanatic has developed themselves. That is often a crossover into the Japanese Lolita style of costume, the place girls wear a particular, cute style. This enables women who like the look however don't want to fully undertake the Lolita style as road gown to benefit from the less severe " Cosplay Lolita" style at cosplay events and venues.
Extra trends and sub-genres in cosplay include " crossplay", which involves carrying the costume of a personality of the opposite intercourse, and individuals referred to as "dollars", who wear full physique fits and masks to play characters with out their own faces on show, somewhat like sports mascots.
Cosplay is often something that takes place at events, concerts, conventions and venues where likeminded individuals meet to show off their (often hand crafted) costumes, socialize, and photograph other enthusiasts. The most popular space for these form of activities is the modern Harajuku space of Tokyo. Within the district of Akihabara, quite a lot of cosplay themed cafes have been opened during the last decade to cater to the cosplayers, and the workers all put on anime themed costumes themselves.
Twice a year, a whole bunch of hundreds of cosplayers flock to Tokyo to visit the Comiket conference and market - the most important occasion on the earth for cosplay enthusiasts.
The idea of dressing up and of taking part in position play based round widespread characters additionally exists in the west, where cosplay type outfits are worn to attend science fiction and comedian guide conventions. The most important of thes e is held yearly in San Diego.