CospARTy

I’ve already been spamming photos of me from CospARTy like crazy on Instagram so here’s the blogpost for it!

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CospARTy is the event to cap off Arts Week at university. I went partly to support my friends Vivian, Em and their Japanese society, partly because I relish any moment I get to wear my Rinoa Dion Rogers cosplay.

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Shameless uni pride plug but The Underground looks so good now as does the rest of the surrounding area including the food court which used to a derelict wasteland of greasy kebabs, stale sushi and dirty plastic table tops. While the food vendors haven’t really changed, at least we can pretend we’re in a hip Newtown establishment brewing just beneath the surface. In any case it’s such a nice thing to come back to uni to, hopefully it’s not too late to have hang-out sessions here before I graduate.

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Photo by Em Chai

A bit on my costume.

Dion Rogers’ Rinoa is the competition winner for FFAnything-2 way back in 2001. Circa that time period I had all the love for my Playstation X and practically zero search engine skills so on the extreme off-chance that I came across it online, I was absolutely mesmerised. The costume itself is actually this crap quality thing I bought last year from a cosplay store online and paid a little too much for because I needed express shipping. It’s actually gotten even more tatty after just two wears. The night before CospARTy I ironed it with extreme care yet somehow managed to stain some of the blue with some of the white from the angel wings. But I love it. Even if a car ran over it in torrential rain I would still love it.

I first started playing Final Fantasy VIII when I was around eight years old. To date it’s still one of my favourite games of all time, I draw all sorts of inspiration and personal values from it. Being a fat, geeky and unattractive girl of ten years old, Rinoa was a goddess to me. She’s funny, cute, extremely kind and with a little bit of a stubborn princess attitude. To top it all off Final Fantasy has a knack for creating these beautiful people of an ambiguous master race but I always thought Rinoa’s features were just well, most like mine. In the game Rinoa, steals borrows Squall’s Griever ring to make a copy of it for herself (because she’s just that kind of overbearing person). The one I am wearing is the one I bought when I was ten years old from a gaming store in One Utama that doesn’t exist anymore. It comes with a bunch of other stuff like Squall’s Griever necklace and miniature gunblade and I have held on to all of them all these years waiting for the moment I would be able to cosplay Rinoa. I feel so blessed and ‘achievement-unlocked’y about being able to reprise my role again.

 

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photo by UTS Exposure x Brad

Ravi was my proverbial white knight again coming as Squall/Leon in his Kingdom Hearts II dress. He’s also wearing my Griever necklace! In all honesty I don’t think anyone but our friends that night knew which characters we were meant to be. There was possibly a 30% recognition rate at SMASH last year? I don’t mind too much though but the amount of times people asked for a photo without actually knowing who my character was, was a little bit hilarious.

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Jesse as mameshiba! His grandmother made his costume for him, it even comes with a hat with ears underneath that bean suit.

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photo by UTS Exposure x Brad

Vivian and I, with Vivian as Cardcaptor Sakura in her primary school/nautical themed uniform. Another dream was achieved that night, Vivian had always wanted to cosplay Sakura and now she even has a Syaoran to cosplay with her.

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Kathy as Yuna from Final Fantasy X!

 

CospARTy was oodles of fun, considering I barely knew anyone. I think people are automatically a lot friendlier when they’re in a guise of some sort. I love costume parties and I think cosplay is a great way to express yourself and your love of whatever particular fandom you’re into. I’m not sure I’ll cosplay again since I don’t game or watch anime much anymore, but if I do it’ll probably Rinoa again in some shape or form.

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Because once again I got tagged by a few people on Facebook regarding cosplay

First cosplay: Either Yuuki from Vampire Knight or Female Honey from Ouran High School Host Club

Second cosplay: Hitachiin Hikaru from Ouran High School Host Club

Third cosplay: Dion Rogers’ Rinoa

Most satisfied: Dion Rogers’ Rinoa from SMASH 2013. I had the ‘right’ hair for it and I even had angel wings!

Most unsatisfactory: Either Yuuki or Hikaru. Yuuki because it was sweltering hot and I didn’t really look like her at all, I just looked like a emo kid. Hikaru was pretty bad too because evidently wearing a wig does not make me look like a boy  (I was genuinely surprised).

Upcoming cosplay (If I do end up cosplaying again):

– Rinoa original form (FFVIII) plus Shooting Star

– Female Squall (FFVIII) plus Lionheart

– Transient Princess Rinoa (Monty Oum) THE DREAM

– Cactuar or Moogle or Chocobo or Tonberry

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5 Comments

  1. I’d like to see Chocobo Sam, haha.
    Keep up the cosplaying! I think you’re doing a good job with it (Y)

    • Thanks Jo! Haha I’ll try my best. It’s a time consuming hobby but a good end result makes it worthwhile. I LOVE chocobos they’re like giant silly chickens!

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