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What is Cosplay?

Wiki : "Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea."

Cosplay simply put, is fans recreating their favorite gaming/anime/comic/tv characters outfits in real life. Cosplayers can create outfits for commission to make money, for collectors, for photo shoots in things like anime magazines, for the purpose of anime conventions, for advertising, for the challenge, for charity, just for the heck of it and mostly above all for fun!

Seeing somebody dressed up as a fictional character can be pretty funny and lame but not everyone understands the full scope of 'cosplay' when seeing it for the first time. It's a highly competitive (and often expensive) art wherein people's skills range from recreating real functional weaponry and blacksmithing to giant fairytale ball gowns, neon colored hair that defies gravity and futuristic anime hover bikes! And that's not even mentioning the talented professional photographers involved.

A costume can cost from $10 up to over $5000+. And as insane as those prices may seem, fans WILL pay for them for the chance to look like and represent their hero.

Most fans of a cartoon have looked at the series and thought 'How would that look in real life, or in a live action movie?'. Well that's what cosplayers do. Bring fantasy to life! Sometimes jawdroppingly well, sometimes really badly, but the point that matters is that they care enough to try in the first place. And to be a cosplayer takes a LOT of guts. (Being a bit crazy helps too).

I used to be quite snide towards cosplayers in general (well come on it IS weird), I'd only ever seen BAD examples of cosplay, until i decided one day i was going to try and create a costume myself to see if i could give it some more credibility. Boy! Is it a challenge! And that's from someone with experience doing theatre wardrobe. The amount of hard work and logic planning that goes into each costume is remarkable. Seriously, try it before you diss it. I also discovered that cosplay and fantasy fashion modeling was a very lucrative glamorous business. Not only that, but i found the cosplay community to be even more absorbing, friendly and helpful than the typical art community. It's a highly competitive area. It also helps you as an artist understand what you're drawing more. So i gained a huge respect for cosplay and set out to hunt down every NiGHTS cosplayer i could find.

Many people see cosplay as being a seedy Japanese adult industry thing were pretty girls dress up as half nekkid characters from the likes of Streetfighter and mud wrestle on video! (We only do that on Friday nights ;P ) There is a huge stigma surrounding cosplay but at the end of the day it's just another side to costume design. I can honesty say i really enjoy cosplaying. Annnnd i never thought i'd say that.

Some cosplayers can take things a little overboard such as bleaching their skin, extreme dieting, obsessive and jealous convention behavior, much comparable to the youths who look at celebrity magazines and get plastic surgery to look like their idols. Just a different area of the media that's all. Some cosplayers often lose it a bit and end up as 'lifestylers'. Which is all fine and dandy but i think when you lose that notion to take off the costume at the end of the day you really gotta re-evaluate why you don't like yourself more than the person you dress up as. But fans are fans, and fans will always have quirks.

Sometimes i'm browsing cosplay photographs and I walk away stunned. Not all cosplayers use detergent bottles hotglued to their head. Real and unique wearable clothing that frankly I wish was available in shops. Since I started getting into cosplay i've also been designing and making my own clothes and textiles. It's a useful skill to have.

Whatever your opinion on Cosplay, i'm sure you can appreciate the fact that some people want to recreate the costuming from NiGHTS into Dreams. The game was inspired by the famous world of Cirque du Soleil which is world renowned for its incredible visual artistry. So colorful and pretty, i hope you enjoy our galleries. I recommend joining the communities in the links section to get you started.




Cosplay Video

30 September;  Author: TRiPPY

A collection of NiGHTS related cosplay videos! NiGHTS cosplay is pretty rare- so when it's done it takes a lot of effort and enthusiasm…. not to mention guts lol! Cosplaying NiGHTS characters also raises awareness of the games at large public events, so i massively encourage it. If you have any videos of NiGHTS cosplayers tell us [ HERE ]




Lélis and PhoenixBruno
elis and Bruno made some incredible costumes for the huge World Cosplay Summit competition and went on to win places in both regional and Brazilian events. I'm so proud of them! Getting on stage is no easy thing to do and they done it so well too. "
NiGHTS into Dreams is such a WONDERFUL game. I am a NiGHTS lover since Sega Saturn. Last year, the launch of "NiGHTS Journey of Dreams" for Nintendo Wii make the gaming community EXCITED. Me included =D
The game is good, not so good as "into Dreams" but the design of THIS NiGHTS is sooooo nice that I decided to cosplay him (or she xD) ? It was a hard costume. Damn, very HARD to make that HAT. And to find the correct fabric…'cause this NiGHTS has a special shiny thing ? XD I simply love to play NiGHTS. One of my favorite costumes, FOR SURE <3"

1rst Place at World Cosplay Summit Regional Eliminatory at Kodama 2008
10th Place at World Cosplay Summit Brazilian Eliminatory 2008

Lélis and PhoenixBruno

What if you could fly?
Through the night sky, the World of Dreams awaits you.
A World just for you your Nightopia!!

Visitor from another world, welcome!
Is it your first time here? So, let me explain!
You are now at the entrance that your people call World of Dreams.
But don't be fooled by the name World of Dreams!
I don't mean that it doesn't exist. It is simply… How could I put it? It is a world that you can only visit when you are asleep.
But let me tell ya, it will be much better if we fly around then chat all day long! So, what do you say? Wanna dualize with me and fly around? Cause NiGHTS here is able to assimilate with your body and… Oh, it will be easier to understand if you try! Shall we go?
AHAHAHAHAHA! Ah NiGHTS, long time no see! Walking around with our little visitor friend, aren't you?

You can cut the act now my dear brother, because the plan to obtain your …Ideya… has gone per-fec-tly!
Don't listen these lies!!!
LIES??? AHAHAHAHA! Let me ask the visitor something. Do you know he is a …Nightmaren… like me? Oh! Poor, poor little visitor! Betrayed by the one you thought was a friend! Now say good bye, visitor!
NOOOOOO!(combat scene)
Visitor voice:
NiGHTS, I believe in you. I believe because we are friends. NiGHTS, I TRUST YOU!
Reala, you don't need to act like this!

SHUT UP NiGHTS! An infidel like you can say NOTHING!
We are the same, my brother! You don't need to follow the dark side …cause we are not Wizeman's puppets! Reala, we all have free will! Come with me brother, make your choice!(END)



Maresuke & Friends
A compilation of Wizeman's best bits.
Beth as Wizeman, Hannah as NiGHTS, Michelle doing camera work, and Maresuke as Reala. Absolutely bloody hilarious. Word.



NiGHTS cosplay on national TV? Hell yes. This is us on BBC Childrens Newsround thanks to SEGA Europe. Yes 'us'… DiGi was their official Sonic mascot hahaha. So much fun! 


EternalFluffy & LilStarcon
Cosplay at Colossal Con spotted! *stealthcam*

NARSi and TRAViS at Anime Boston. Warning contains bad language… lol is it just me or do all us NiGHTS cosplayers have verbal rage? Though i think if you understood how much work goes into cosplaying NiGHTS you'd be the same too *lol*



EternalFluffy & LilStarcon
The terrible-two at Colossal Con answering questions- in character! Zuhaha great stuff!



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