Mugen Cosplay + Anime North 2007
My costume is done! And it was road tested yesterday at the extremely awesome Anime North 2007 convention here in Toronto.
Major props to my mom for an amazing sewing job, although I will take some of the credit for measuring, cutting, threading and the overall managing of the project. After putting on the final touches of blue body paint and big hair (thanks to my wife and personal hairdresser Marijke) I became Mugen. Head over to flickr for a photo set of my costume in action. For more on the making of this costume, check out this earlier blog post.
And why did I put in all this effort? Dozens of hours of work and dedication? To join my people, the over 15,000 anime fans who descended on the Toronto Congress Centre this weekend for Canada’s biggest fan-run anime convention. It was fantastic: astonishing outfits, a really positive vibe, I got hugged and photographed A LOT, an expanded dealer’s room where I picked up some Death Note and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga super cheap, and thousands of people who totally understand me and my obsession. I’m twice as old as most of them, but when it comes to age/gender/ethnicity, it matters not to the anime fan.
Here’s another flickr set, this one dedicated to cosplay at the convention. Yeah, I know, I’m in almost half of the pictures, but once I found out about the whole “faceoff” thing – posing with other characters in mock battle – I couldn’t stop myself. At left, I’m posing with Pan from Lelola.net, the first cosplayer I ever interviewed for CBC Radio 2 years ago at CN Anime. Her appreciation of my costume was the most meaningful compliment I received all day.