What is Cosplay?
Cosplay is a word coined from 2 words – “Costume” + “role-play”.
Cosplay is a craft where a person puts on the costume of their favourite character, from an animation (cartoon) / comic / game / movie. At the same time this person dressed in the appropriate character costume role-plays that character in speech, gesture & look.
Example: a person who wants to cosplay Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, he has to put on a costume that has resembles that worn by Actor Johnny Depp in the movie & walk + talk + pose like Captain Jack Sparrow.
Cosplay adalah perkataan yang dicipta dari 2 perkataan dalam Bahasa Inggeris – “Costume” (kostum) + “Role-play” (perlakonan).
Cosplay adalah karya di mana seseorang memakai kostum karekter yang diminatinya dan juga memperwatakan telatahnya sekaligus.
Watak cosplay boleh dipilih daripada mana-mana filem, animasi (kartun), komik ataupun permainan video, mengikut kegemaran individu.
Original document here: What is Cosplay? Eng & BM pdf
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COSPLAY is a word coined by Japanese Animation Magazine Editor, Takahashi Nobuyuki which stands for Costume + role-play. This came about after Mr. Takahashi visited World Con in 1984, which was the leading science fiction (sci-fi) convention in America at that time. He was astonished & enlightened after witnessing fans at the convention dressed up as popular sci-fi characters from Metropolis, Star Trek, Star Wars etc. After encountering this culture, Takahashi-san was determined to bring this phenomenon back to Japan but first it would need a name. Just as every new born baby is named before introducing its existence to the world, Takashi-san termed it – “COSPLAY” & with the emergence of the internet, COSPLAY is now a worldwide phenomenon.
So COSPLAY is the act of dressing up as your favourite character & role-playing their character, voice & mannerisms. [*cosplay is NOT only confined to Japanese Anime characters, though it does refer to it most of the time since it was founded by a Japanese Anime Magazine Editor 🙂 Takahashi-san!]
[Source – Channel News Asia], written by The Captain for Cosplay Fun – Malaysia and the local community, January 2011.