Brunei Cosplayers made an appearance at the Times Square Shopping Mall yesterday and will also be coming this Sunday for the public to have a meet and greet session with the cosplay characters.
Brunei Cosplayers Facebook group page was created by few cartoon & anime costume-loving youngsters and has gained nearly 700 members around the country.
Cosplay, a name that is now generalises individuals all around the world who dress themselves up as either cartoon-like characters or even near movie-accurate costumes.
The word cosplay initially derives from the combination of the words "costume play" which is basically is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea.
Originally, cosplay is associated more with Japan's traditional anime characters whether it is from the manga (Japanese comics), video games, graphic novels or even the anime cartoon itself. What makes it notable is its influence over a number of Asian countries other than Japan such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore and even here in Brunei.
However, Western countries have a much more different adaptation to the concept of cosplay as their choice of characters revolve more around the science fiction (sci-fi) and fantasy movie genres or even characters from popular culture; Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superheroes and the ever frightful zombies.
One of the Brunei Cosplayers facebook group page administrators, Juwaidi Johari told The Brunei Times that there is a rise of people donning in costumes here in Brunei Darussalam.
Juwaidi himself has been involved in the cosplay arena for about three years and described his role, donning the costume Trey from the popular Final Fantasy game as an expression of his own personality with that of Trey.
"Times Square invited us to make an appreance and meet the public today and we appreciate the invitation and feel happy to be here to meet the shoppers and take photos with them although some were shy," he said.
Juwaidi is calling out to the cosplay community to come and join the rest of the group in their character costumes this Sunday, June 24 for another meet at the same place.
Source: The Brunei Times