A Guide To Manga, Anime and Video Game Cosplay
By Holly Swinyard
I received a free copy of A Guide To Manga, Anime and Video Game Cosplay from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Do you find yourself sat at home wishing you could be in your favourite video game? Or dream of a time when you pretended you were Sailor Moon? Or do you want to embody your Dungeons and Dragons character for real? What’s holding you back? Maybe you need to introduced to cosplay! Cosplay is a phenomenon that is taking over the world. If you haven’t seen it yet, have you not been looking at social media? Cosplay is a mix of exciting craft skills, heady escapism and passion for pop culture that lets you be whoever you want, whenever you want. Cosplay has made its way into TV shows and documentaries, been included as part of film premieres and video game launches, it’s even referenced in the comics, manga and media it comes from! Talk about meta. But what is this super popular hobby? Well, pick up this book, and it’s twin A Guide to Movie and TV Cosplay, to get all the answers. Because it’s more than just dressing up, promise. With a little bit of help from this handy, dandy guide to cosplay, you can get stuck in. Learn about the history of the hobby (it’s been around longer than you’d think!), where it came from and how it got to be the way it is now, get your head around making and designing costumes, find out how about all the amazing skills people are using to make these costumes, and perhaps even try a few yourself. Who knows, you might be rocking out as Astro Boy, Chris Redfield or All Might at the next big comic con! So why not give it a try and play make believe for a day.
Summary from Goodreads.
Cosplay is becoming a big thing. It is a fun hobby that you can dedicate as much or as little time to and still end up with half-decent results.
The title of this book includes the word ‘guide’, so while getting some history on cosplay is a nice bonus, I would have expected more actually cosplay advice. About one third of the book is dedicated to the history of cosplay, and what cosplay actually is. The next 3rd is around researching and designing your cosplay. The final third is dedicated to creating your look. Hair and makeup are focused on heavily, with props being the other main focus. As you can tell, unfortunately, I do believe that the balance of the book is not quite right. Now don’t get me wrong, understanding how cosplay came to be is probably very important to individuals who end up cosplaying for a living, but for someone who wants to give it a try then having so much of the book dedicated to this subject may be overwhelming and may put some people off giving it a try.
The photographs used in this book are stunning. My only issue with them is not the quality, or even the quantity since they are on almost every page. It is the fact that no photographs of unfitted cosplays are included. None of the instruction pages give you and visual guide as to what is going on, or what the difference in materials that are available look like. I personally would have liked to have the same prop made in different ways to see how easy it is to make them with different materials.
If you are more interested in the origin of cosplay, and are not too concerned about learning how to create a cosplay in too much detail, the this is the book for you.
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