Though many popular and mainstream characters are being portrayed in cosplay events, anime and manga characters are still the most popular option for many cosplayers and enthusiasts around the world.
Coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi, Cosplay or Costume play is a performance art in which a participant imitate or wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character mostly popular anime or video game characters. Cosplaying became very popular in many cultures and cosplay events from around the world gather not only anime, manga or video game enthusiasts and cosplayers but also other participants which represent many other character ideas from popular characters on TV, movies, novels, comic books and many more. Though many characters are still drawn from popular fiction in Japan – anime and manga.
This evolving trend in the world of cosplay helped the practise to be recognized and since then created a big impact not only to Asian cultures but to many countries around the world most especially the Western cultures. Take a look at some of these awesome and impressive anime cosplay photos and compare which ones really fit with the original manga or anime character idea. In Japan, photographers of cosplayers are called Cameko, short for “Camera Kozo” or “Camera Boy”.