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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.
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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 16:52:14 Reply

Why can't people be more accepting, jesus


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 16:52:54 Reply

Cosplay is awesome.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 16:54:49 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, LiquidFire wrote: Cosplay is awesome.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 16:57:59 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:56 PM, Provoke wrote:
At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, LiquidFire wrote: Cosplay is awesome.
Second that motion, except for Homestuck cosplayers (yes even the good ones).

You know, I've only ever heard people talking about homestuck on newgrounds, and it makes me wonder where all of this stuff is happening.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 16:58:19 Reply

i hate amateur theater people


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:04:03 Reply

At 11/26/12 05:03 PM, Provoke wrote: www.mspaintadventures.com
That's where most of it is happening.

no thanks

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:04:37 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:49 PM, Sheizenhammer wrote:

now maybe you can understand:
bdsm
furries
DnD
comic nerds
gamers
religion
bronies
sonic nerds
nerds
internet users
many forms of rollplay
and many forms of deviancy


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:22:12 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:56 PM, Provoke wrote:
At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, LiquidFire wrote: Cosplay is awesome.
Second that motion, except for Homestuck cosplayers (yes even the good ones).

I like cosplayers who mixes Matryoshka and Homestuck. Looks pretty nice.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:29:06 Reply

Wait so there are actually smart cosplayers?!

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:35:31 Reply

Cosplay is cool and all, but the only time I ever feel the need to dress-up in a costume is during Halloween. Any other time just feels weird.

At 11/26/12 05:04 PM, tox wrote: now maybe you can understand:
DnD
comic nerds
sonic nerds
nerds
internet users
many forms of rollplay

I think "Nerds" embodies all of these.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:36:28 Reply

At 11/26/12 05:35 PM, GodOfVideoGames wrote:
At 11/26/12 05:04 PM, tox wrote: now maybe you can understand:
DnD
comic nerds
sonic nerds
nerds
internet users
many forms of rollplay
I think "Nerds" embodies all of these.

and that is why you will never be one bro, but nice try


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:42:11 Reply

That's cool. I support cosplayers. If it makes them happy, why the fuck not
I would cosplay, but I'm too hairy to play anyone besides some Greek dude. No one would wants to go to a competition just to see some greek dude


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:43:58 Reply

At 11/26/12 05:36 PM, tox wrote: and that is why you will never be one bro, but nice try

Never be a nerd? I guess that's good.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:46:52 Reply

Besides, I'd rather go to an augmented reality concert than a cosplay contest


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 17:46:59 Reply

At 11/26/12 05:43 PM, GodOfVideoGames wrote:
At 11/26/12 05:36 PM, tox wrote: and that is why you will never be one bro, but nice try
Never be a nerd? I guess that's good.

in my life if you said i would never be a true nerd i would be pretty sad, but to all his own man, so cheers to you bro


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 19:23:33 Reply

I agree with pretty much everything you've said. The people that cosplay because it's a little hobby of theirs (while putting some effort into it and not overdoing it) and to just have fun are OK, and I can even encourage that behaviour. The weeaboos that do it out of pure obsession and won't give up the act for a single second no matter what, however, are truly the ones that should go to a fucking asylum or something.
Hell, I even thought about cosplaying a couple of times, but I'm too lazy and I just wouldn't be able to pull off something half-decent.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 20:44:54 Reply

At 11/26/12 07:30 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Furries, on the other hand, are a dangerous breed.

I respect your decision


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 20:46:23 Reply

At 11/26/12 08:44 PM, Xenomit wrote:
At 11/26/12 07:30 PM, Urban-Champion wrote: Furries, on the other hand, are a dangerous breed.
I respect your decision

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 20:49:52 Reply

At 11/26/12 05:04 PM, tox wrote:
At 11/26/12 04:49 PM, Sheizenhammer wrote:
now maybe you can understand:
bdsm
furries
DnD
comic nerds
gamers
religion
bronies
sonic nerds

i like the fact that i am many of those things

nerds
internet users
many forms of rollplay
and many forms of deviancy

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 22:04:18 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:49 PM, Sheizenhammer wrote: Shut the fuck up; my housemate wanted to go, not me. No, we were not participating either.

Whatever you say.

I went to a cosplay competition.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 23:36:03 Reply

They might want to consider changing the name to "Amateur Costume-Design" competitions. Remove the stigma.

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-26 23:45:30 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, LiquidFire wrote: Cosplay is awesome.

This sums it all up. Thread over.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 05:06:18 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, Xenomit wrote: Why can't people be more accepting, jesus

Sure but we don't want to accept everything. Then we'd be no better than pansexuals.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 09:14:54 Reply

At 11/27/12 05:06 AM, JBK wrote:
At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, Xenomit wrote: Why can't people be more accepting, jesus
Sure but we don't want to accept everything. Then we'd be no better than pansexuals.

There's nothing wrong with being attracted to pans.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 10:34:34 Reply

It's just like any fandom. There's the good and bad sides of it, but bigots paint them all with the same brush.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 10:51:42 Reply

I used to go to anime/comic cons. The only reason I went to them because of: boobs and asses. A lot of cosplay girls tried very hard to be half-naked.

yeah I was 'that' pervert.
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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 12:50:05 Reply

The day weeaboos are eradicated from the face of this awful earth, will be the day cosplay/anime/manga/similar stuff get socially accepted.

Assuming it ever happens...

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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 13:07:38 Reply

At 11/26/12 04:52 PM, LiquidFire wrote: Cosplay is awesome.

I once went to one in 2008, as Dante from DMC, my best friend went as Virgil and we end up having an epic fight in the midst of the crowd, another friend video taped it too, if I can get hold of him, I may post it, but that was the only time I went to one sadly.


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Response to I went to a cosplay competition. 2012-11-27 14:24:57 Reply

Just let people have some god damn fun without you bitching away.


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