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Cosplaying not merely a ‘dressing up’ act

By Mirror Desk Updated: Jul 07, 2019 9:29 pm
Cosplayers at the 7th Nagaland Anime Junkies(NAJ) cosfest event at The Heritage in Kohima on July 7, 2019. (EM Images/Reyivolü Rakho)

The annual Nagaland Anime Junkies (NAJ) Cosfest is in its 7th edition this year and for anime and cosplaying fans, this event is more than just ‘dressing up’. Cosplayers who cosplay (costume and play) impersonate a fictional character – sometimes identifying completely as that character while in costume to render an authentic experience. Originating initially from Japan, cosplaying has exploded into a massive subculture and Nagaland is no exception. Cosplaying has become more than just wearing a costume but has evolved into a form of performing art.

Attendees of the NAJ cosfest who throng the event, not only get a glimpse of the elaborate and skilfully designed costumes, some of which have taken months in preparation, but they also get to experience the excitement and the fervour of cosplaying itself. The two-day event is host to participants not only from within the state but also other regions as well. Cosplayers travel from our neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and even all the way from Telangana to attend this event. People cosplay for various personal reasons-some do it for the love of a character while others perhaps to enjoy being in an elaborate costume. But if there is one thing that cosplaying has effectively shown, is that it transcends cultural barriers and unifies people across all age groups to form a supportive and an all-inclusive community.

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By Mirror Desk Updated: Jul 07, 2019 9:29:01 pm