Cosplay is the term that resulted from combining “costume” and “play”. It is dressing up as your favorite character from Anime. Cosplay popularity has been growing rapidly in Asia and many other countries. The anime world has many characters and many fans all over the globe. There are festivals and fan conventions that celebrate animation characters. These events are a chance for Anime enthusiasts to show the costume of their favorite character. To some people, it is only a hobby, a passion. But to others, it has become a lifestyle and a business idea.
Originated from Japan, cosplay and Anime movies have been embraced by other surrounding countries as well. Cosplay is about imagination and creativity. It is a way to express yourself, your emotions, and feeling towards a character and Anime series. To some extent, dressing up gives people more confidence and the chance to escape reality. Most people who are part of cosplay conventions and are fans of the fantasy world take their inspiration from famous Anime series, Manga, and video games.
The anime industry is on a continuous rise. Therefore, cosplay fans also have more sources of inspiration and costume ideas to choose from. Besides simply being a fan of the Anime world, it can also be turned into a business and income source. Many young people who took up cosplay as a hobby has turned it into a business opportunity. They earn money from promoting animation games or new comics releases. South Korea, Hong Kong are two of the biggest communities and fanbases of cosplayers. Many conventions are held annually to give them the chance to show their new costumes and promote their favorite characters.
Asia is a land with many opportunities where colorful costumes don’t seem extravagant anymore. Ever since the rise of Anime, fiction and fantasy have brought up many creative ideas and have woken the creativity of many people. It has become so popular in Asian countries that you can easily find costumes to rent and merchandise based on the most popular Anime productions.
Here are some of the reasons why cosplay is so popular:
- Use of imagination and creativity
Imagination is the key element of a spectacular costume. There are no limits and boundaries. You can simply reimagine a character’s costume without being judged. You can bring your touch to it and let your creativity take over.
- More confidence
Through your favorite character’s costume, you can experience his superpowers and strength. So, you will get a boost of confidence. Once in a costume, the character’s energy becomes yours and your self-confidence will increase.
Conventions and events are a great opportunity to meet people with the same hobby as yours. These are chances to make new friends who share the same passion for cosplaying as you do.
- Escape reality
For some people, cosplaying is a chance to escape everyday life and become one with your favorite character. Everything is possible in the Anime world and you can be part of it whenever you want.
Cosplay is not only fun but is also fulfilling for those who are truly passionate about it. Cosplay’s popularity in Asia is undeniable and it is growing day by day.