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Katsucon 16 Cosplay

Katsucon 16 Cosplay
16 Feb 2010 05:26:35

After hearing the requests of some of the people on the site, the following are the cosplay pictures that I took while I was at Katsucon this past weekend.


Sure, seeing someone cosplay as a human resident from the Animal Crossing video games is nothing new to me (as the same cosplayer did this the previous Katsucon). However, this time around, the cosplayer done things differently by doing an "evil" version of the same character he did last year.


There's Death Note cosplay, and then there's "Death Note" cosplay (as in actually dressing up as the book itself). Given the idea of how the Death Note works, the cosplayer also had a few markers to allow attendees to add names to the list of victims that died in the hands of the Death Note. I happened to add a name in the book itself. Try to guess which one of the names listed in the picture is my contribution.


When it comes to mascot characters in mahou shoujo titles, one of the best ones out there is definitely Kero-chan from Cardcaptor Sakura. Now if it only didn't cost $400 to buy the whole series at the Dealers' Room.


Cosplay isn't just for Japanese titles at anime conventions, as people also dressed up as characters from American titles. Some of the American cosplay that I saw at the convention include Deadpool, various Batman villans, and, interestingly enough, Capt. Cold (a villain from the Flash comics that most people would be familiar with if they saw Challenge of the Superfriends). However, being a child of the 1980's (and still having memories of a memorable "host introduction" bit that took place at the Neko-Con 2001 Masquerade), nothing says "picture worthy" more than Cobra Commander from G. I. Joe.


Yep, people do dress up as characters from hentai titles at conventions targeted towards people of all ages, as seen by this Dragon Pink cosplayer.


When it came to Funimation's presence at Katsucon, one of their main game plans was the promotion of Strike Witches, which comes out on American DVD next month. This included having a couple of female cosplayers dress up as two of the main girls in the series. This is one of the cosplayers that helped promote the series this past weekend. As for me, I may pick up the series just to see how far this show goes when it comes to playing the "fanservice" card (heck, I can't believe Funimation was able to show a few episodes of the show, including one that actually showed the nipples of naked women, during the afternoon hours without "carding" people before they can enter the video room).


Note: if you're going to do some Pokemon cosplay, make sure it's elaborate, as seen in the picture above, which features a really good Diglett cosplay.
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pluvia33
pluvia33 (USA)
15 Feb 2010, 23:08:14
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It was amusing to see Glenn Beck and Uwe Bowle in the Death Note. "Kamina (oh, wait)" made me laugh, too. Not sure who you would have put. Maybe Goku just because it's the biggest name?

The Kiro is pretty cool. But wow, $400? I remember Right Stuf was selling a batch of all 18 DVD singles for under $100 at one point. I spent almost $200 for my Cardcaptor Sakura collection because I had to have the two thin pack Book sets. Really didn't want the 18 DVD cases to take up space on my shelf if I could avoid it. Too bad the Clow and Sakura Books didn't stay in print very long. For $400, was it the sets or the singles?

The Strike Witches cosplay was surprising. More surprising that it was "official" Funimation cosplay. I was surprised that they licensed the series in the first place. Kind of makes me wonder if a Kodomo no Jikan anime license might actually be possible, even though the manga license got killed.
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16 Feb 2010, 19:47:26
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When it came to the CCS collection that was sold at the Dealers' Room, it was the singles (along with the two movies).

As for Strikes Witches, the "dub preview" and cosplay were just part of what Funimation did to promote the show at Katsucon. They were also giving out paper airplanes featuring the panties designs of the various characters in the show (they can six to offer, but I only picked up three), with them having a paper airplane-related event on Saturday around the same time as the Masquerade.
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16 Feb 2010, 11:51:19
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xD As always I cant recognize any characters expect Death Note.. Hahhaa. XD The idea was really fun xD

And... We can make a competition! Let it be a prize of 10 SP for a person who makes right answer! Everyone has one try!

I'll be the second! "Dear Santa for Christmas"? :P
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16 Feb 2010, 12:04:48
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Glory wants SP too!
Laughing Man gonna be my answer! :D

Thanks for the report :) Cosplay-shows are quite popular in Russia too (much more than figurines, I guess). Hope, some of us will take pics to share with you one day.
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16 Feb 2010, 19:50:03
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No one has guessed my contribution to the Death Note yet, although the "Dear Santa" one was a close one (I actually was there when the person who contributed that idea wrote that in the Death Note and then followed it up with a "What have I done!?!" reaction after he realized he killed Santa).
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18 Feb 2010, 06:37:23
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LOL!
My second guess: Naruto :D
Or was it me who wrote it? oO
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19 Feb 2010, 19:48:24
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First clue to my Death Note contribution: it is NOT Shonen Jump-related.
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20 Feb 2010, 12:40:58
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Second try! *_*

Narusegawa? BTW, who is she? *_*

P.S. Did you write it in English?
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20 Feb 2010, 16:04:23
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Ding! Ding! Ding! That was my entry.

For those who don't know who she is, Naru Naruesegawa is the main female character of Love Hina, Ken Akamatsu's big hit before Negima. As for why I'd put her name in the Death Note, the girl's is basically a very abusive person who is always beating the crap out of Keitaro (the maile lead of Love Hina) whenever he does something clumsy, yet she still end up as his "mate" at the end of the story (even though she's the dullest of all the main females in the group).
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20 Feb 2010, 16:56:19
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Haha, I actually like Naru a lot. Only girl I liked more was Motoko and I was perfectly fine with her not being chosen. It left her free for my pitiful dreams. XP
From my perspective, I think it's really hard to really call her "abusive" with the high level of slapstick in the series. Yes, if a girl actually did that kind of crap in real life it'd be totally unacceptable. But slapstick was a major focus of a lot of the comedy in Love Hina so I consider her behavior passable. Although I'd have to ask if you've actually read the manga or just seen the anime? Going just based on the anime version Naru does kind of suck. They really didn't show enough of the more important moments between her and Keitaro in the anime. They focused a lot more on repetitive slapstick jokes, even more so than in the manga. I mean, they didn't even have a single Valentine's Day in the anime. And even if you have seen both versions, if you happened to see the anime version first it could kill her character and give you preconceived notions of her while reading the manga. Not to say I hated the anime version. I thought it was a nice complement to the original manga in ways, but it wasn't anywhere near as good.

And I'll shut up now. Sorry for the rant. Love Hina was one of the first manga series I ever read and it was my favorite for years. Even still it's my third favorite manga.
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ToonAddict (USA)
20 Feb 2010, 19:31:59
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Yep, my familiarity of Love Hina is going by the anime version, so that could be part of the problem (although I've looked at the manga story that the RPG episode is partially based on, and I felt that the anime version, with its focus on Motoko, was way better than the Keitaro-focused manga version). Still, the fact that I preferred the other girls more than main girl Naru is one reason why she's on my list of characters that I wish I can kill.

BTW, when it comes to Ken Akamatsu's other big title, Negima, the anime/manga problem is the other way around, as reading the manga first (or knowing a few spoilers about it) will ruin the experience when it comes to watching the Xebec version of the series.
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21 Feb 2010, 05:32:28
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Okay, I was hoping that was the case. I can understand someone not liking Naru as much as the other girls, but to want to kill her, I thought that just had to be based on the anime. Or I might just take the concept of thinking someone deserves to die (even if they're just fictional characters) a little more seriously than most people. The subject came up in a forum I was on a few years ago and back then I could only really think of two people to name, both of which ended up dying by the end of the series anyway. Although there is at least one character I can think of now who might not really deserve it, but I'd still like to kill her: Yayoi from the second season of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu. I really didn't like how she acted at all and the whole "force Haruka into become an idol" plot really killed the series for me (what could have been a 9 ranked series for me, like the first season, ended up getting a 6 because of that story, a pretty low rank coming from me).

But yeah, back on subject, the RPG episode of Love Hina was one of the best from the regular TV series, even though it had no real importance to the actual story. They took a small, insignificant chapter from the manga and just had fun with it. It also had one of the most amusing songs from the entire series, Densetsu no Onsen Game (Legendary Hot Springs Turtle).

Negima has spoilers?? I've read the manga up to the beginning of the tournament during the festival and don't really remember anything that I'd really consider a potential spoiler. The Xebec anime doesn't go any further than that, does it? But it has been a while since I've read it so I might have forgot. I have all of the anime based on the series, but I've only seen the first episode of the Shaft version. I want to get back into reading the manga and catch up before I watch the anime. But I've heard the Xebec version kind of sucked anyway and from what I've seen in AMV's and such the animation looks really boring. I think I'll enjoy the Shaft version more since I like the style and am more interested in how they put their own spin on the series.
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21 Feb 2010, 09:03:00
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By "spoilers" in Negima, what I meant was having any knowledge to what happens in the manga version of the Kyoto arc, as the Xebec version of Negima ruins that story big time (as in cutting out almost everything that made that arc so great).

As for the Shaft version, the TV series is an "alternate" telling of Negima, so it's safe to watch that show whether or not you've read the manga. However, you may want to read the manga some more before before watching the OAV's that came out in Japan from 2008 onwards.
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22 Feb 2010, 06:31:19
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Awww... so we have Vallefor the Winner oO
Is he going to buy us a drink or something?
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