Filler Post: The 5 Golden Rules Of Cosplaying in Public!

Cosplay is indeed fun and exciting. It allows you to transform yourself into the character from your favorite anime series, video game, or superhero comic. Cosplay is also the cornerstone of every anime, video game, and superhero convention in the world. (Even third world countries are getting into the cosplay spirit!) Although this is a fun alternative to escaping from the various challenges of the real world, there are some ground rules that you have to follow when it comes to cosplay, especially in public!

Although we’re passionate about the culture that’s centered around otaku fandom (conventions, cosplay, etc.), we have to know that we’re normal people just like everyone else. The last thing you wanna do is cause irreparable damage to the reputation of a fandom/community that a percentage of the world already finds weird. So to that we’re gonna give you the five Golden Rules of what to do, and what not to do when cosplaying in public. Remember, cosplay is not consent!

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The Golden Rule of Humility: Humble Yourself

When cosplaying in public, you’re probably going to get asked this question numerous times, “Are you in a play?”. To that we say humble yourself and be polite to people who are a just little bit curious about your costume, because the only time most people ever see cosplayers in public is during conventions, never ‘in the wild’.

The Golden Rule of Self-Awareness: Know Where You Are

Depending on the type of venue that you plan to attend, it may not be a good idea to wear any cosplay that may have controversial themes, or may be offensive/scary to small children. Any characters you decide to cosplay as that have on masks or wear something mask-like (like Tokyo Ghoul) might not be okay for places like malls, banks, or venues of that nature.

The Golden Rule of Honor and Courtesy: Respecting One’s Space

If you’re going to do a public cosplay photoshoot, make sure you do it in a space where it’s not going to interfere with traffic of any kind. Be respectful, be courteous, and most of all, don’t invade other people’s personal space.

The Golden Rule of Role-Play: No Killjoys

We’re not sure how much this needs to be stressed, but we’ve heard enough stories about these incidents all among the web. If you’re going to RP (Role-Play) while in cosplay, don’t drag complete strangers into the act who have no idea what’s going on, or what you’re doing. It’s bad enough a percentage of the world thinks cosplayers are weird, so don’t add fuel to the fire by doing something that you and the rest of the anime community might regret down the line.

The Golden Rule of Leadership: Stand Your Ground

When you cosplay in public, you must remember that you’re representing that fandom as a whole. You have been entrusted with the responsibility of carrying your fandom or community’s good name. If you do or say anything that your mother, grandmother, former kindergarten teacher, peers or pastor might find offensive while in cosplay form, that fandom’s image and reputation (or the thought and idea of cosplaying in public) will fall faster than a house of cards. A wise man once said, “With great power comes great responsibility!”.

Sure, cosplay in general may have its good and bad moments, but those moments depend on the actions of the individual wearing it. There are some cosplay that non-cosplayers and normal people may recognize; such as Marvel and DC characters, while others are a bit curious. Not everybody is comfortable with cosplaying in public unless it’s during a con, but for the percentage of fans who do, just remember these golden rules before making your way out the door in your cosplay.

The greatest Golden Rule of all: Have Fun!! 🙂

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Throwback Thursday: Life in the Fast Lane!

I guess it’s safe to say that many of us like to go fast like a certain blue hedgehog. Like just throwing all caution into the wind and just take off without even looking back. It may not seem like it to some people but life can pass you by before you even get the chance to blink, which is why we do everything we can to live it up to the fullest! Whenever WE think of the word ‘fast’ – we think race car drivers! Tonight is no exception for what we’ve got going on for you guys, so if you’re a fan of auto racing and sci-fi dramas, then you’re gonna love the classic 90’s anime title we’ve got right here! 😉

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Tonight’s throwback title is a 90’s anime classic known as Future GPX Cyber Formula. The series tells the story of 14-year-old Hayato Kazami who somehow became a race car driver for the Sugo Team, due to the fact that the Asurada (a super intelligent AI machine) inside a race car known as the GSX, has locked in his data after trying to escape from a man named Smith. During his races in the Cyber GPX Hayato meets a lot of friends and rivals, all while doing everything he can to avoid Smith and his henchmen from trying to get the Asurada back. This is a great series for the hi-octane otaku who likes fast cars and super computers, so if you fit this description, then by all means check this classic anime series out on Youtube or any legal streaming site!

We’ve got more awesome filler posts and D&A segment action comin’ your way, as yet another fun and exciting weekend approaches us on this humid and juicy July. We’ll continue to keep you guys posted on what’s new and what’s coming up next right here on D&A Anime Blog! It’s a part of you!