EVERYONE loves to play dress-up. Some love it more than others and subsequently become famous for it. Enter cosplay, a contraction and amalgamation of the words “costume play”, a slightly left-of-centre subculture that is fast becoming part of mainstream culture, spawning its very own icons and seriously enthusiastic fan base. Cosplay Outfits
It was with this newly-learnt nugget of information that I was able to understand and appreciate the near-hysteria surrounding the arrival of Japanese celebrity cosplayer Kaname, (pronounced Kah-nah-may) who flew into Kuala Lumpur recently as part of the line-up of real-life star attractions at the pre-event press conference as well as at the upcoming first-ever satellite Anime Festival Asia (AFA) in Malaysia.
To those unfamiliar with this 34-year-old popular icon of Japanese cosplay culture, Kaname is a celebrated cosplay artist when he isn’t living what he terms his “regular life as a normal human being” complete with a full-time job as a salaried employee.