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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cosplay (costume play) is a type of performance art whose participants outfit themselves, with often-elaborate costumes and accessories, as a specific character. Characters are usually sourced in various Japanese and East Asian media, including manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, and fantasy movies. Cosplay participants ("cosplayers") form a subculture centered around wearing their costumes and reenacting scenes or inventing likely behavior inspired by their chosen sources. Cosplay can be seen at public events such as video game shows, as well as at dedicated cosplay parties at nightclubs or amusement parks. Possibly the single largest and most famous event attended by cosplayers is the semiannual doujinshi market, Comiket. Cosplayers in Japan refer to themselves as reiya "layer". Cosplay costumes must meticulously adhere to the designs of the characters' attire, and even more generic costumes are often elaborately artistic. A recent trend at Japanese cosplay events is an increase in the popularity of non-Japanese fantasy and science fiction movie characters. In Japan, there are two cosplay magazines, Cosmode and Dengeki Layers. As the cosplay culture becomes more dominant in the Japanese street fashion and Japanese popular culture, many businesses are seeking opportunities to profit from this new phenomenon. In this category you can find various popular cosplay pictures and wallpapers.
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