Shut the fuck up; my housemate wanted to go, not me. No, we were not participating either.
Anyway, there's something I learned from it that I wanted to share here, especially since most of you love ripping on anything remotely weeaboo-related:
Cosplay gets an unfairly bad reputation. What most people don't know is that there are 2 types of cosplayers:
1. Obsessive, socially retarded weeaboos who are incapable of discerning reality from fiction.
2. People who are actually good at making costumes and playing the part, the result being more like amateur theater than stereotypical videogame / cartoon worship.
Group 1 is where the anti-cosplay stigma comes from. And I'm not defending them in any way at all; they deserve all the hate they get. I kid you not, some of the people we saw really shouldn't have been out unsupervised at all, let alone on a stage. Group 2, on the other hand, shouldn't have to suffer the same treatment. There was one particular cosplay double-act who staged a fight between Frodo and the Lich king (complete with Frodo getting swatted around with an enormous mace) which even got the attention of the cynical old bastards in the room who were only there because their friends dragged them there (i.e. me). That shit was AWESOME.
And here's the thing: The competition part is judged on acting talent and prop use as well as the costumes (another good act was a girl dressed as the girl from The Ring, complete with a TV she crawled out of). Ergo, once you get to the international cosplay competitions (yes, they do exist) all of the obsessive weeaboos have been screened out, leaving only the ones who are actually creative and interesting to watch. There's no good reason not to go to one, should it happen to be near where to live and you don't have anything else to do on the day.
It's a shame that a hobby with such potential for acting and costume design was effectively ruined before it ever started, by the very people who started it in the first place. There's real talent in some of them, and they never get a chance to show it to more general audiences because most western audiences immediately think "weirdo" on hearing the word cosplay.
I dunno, discuss or some shit.