Dressing up is often considered a girls’ thing to do. Putting on nice make-up and accessories. A regular activity in most societies. Well, not any longer. We have the original Japanese culture taking the world by storm since 1984, according to the best-supported origin story on the internet.
A culture call Cosplay, a combination of the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’, termed for the performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent specific characters from comics, video games, anime, manga, and television. It’s a favourite ritual of the Comic-Con culture. As a hobby to some or lifestyle to others. It’s a form of expression for playing the part of the favourite character, associating, representing and embodying. Building confidence in oneself and building a strong sense of community.
Such events have taken place in most developed cities in the nation and few Northeast Indian states, like Mizoram and Nagaland being already avid fans of the culture. Cosplay festivals/Anime Cons/ Comic cons are a kind of a festival which is on trend and it’s only getting bigger and bigger regardless of where it is held. Such events held annually in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore Comic-cons and more. While in North-east India, there are various organisations mainly Nagaland Anime Junkies, Project Z.E.R.O and Arunachal Anime Con hosting annual events as such.
Two girls from Arunachal, Juno Pinggam and Chiichi Gichik were recently selected to represent India at the upcoming World Cosplay Summit 2017, to be held in Nagoya, Japan this August. The preliminary competition in India was organized by Project Z.E.R.O. under the sponsorship of Air India, Anime Pop Mall India and Brother India at Aizawl recently. The two girls are being invited to judge at the Shangri-La Cosplay Festival to inspire and further promote the culture at the festival.
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