I came across Wiru (Will Vandomu/ウィル ヴァンドム) on Worldcosplay.net and I was really impressed by how many characters were done by one person. Will started out cosplaying in high school after a friend asked them to join a cosplay event and ever sincee they were “attracted to this world”. Although it is a hobby, I could have mistaken this for a job, and I’ll be honest, I first thought it WAS their job. Wiru truly looks like a professional.
Now, I don’t know if it was taboo of ME to ask, but I did it anyways. I asked for the blood type and the response was A. What does that mean? Below is the short of it but I highly recommend this article to understand it more.
Blood Type A
Best Traits: Earnest, sensible, reserved, patient, responsible
Worst Traits: Fastidious, overearnest, stubborn, tense
I really thought that there might be a darker side to Cosplay in Tokyo but from what I gathered in the interview, cosplaying is simply a great hobby to do with friends. That’s not to say that things don’t get heated in the Cosplay professional venue. I don’t know if it’s anything like the Visual Kei subculture (read that article… It’s really good) but Will’s fans have her best interest in mind. “They are always so kind to me and their words make me become motivated.”
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Costumes generally range in price to make, which is completely understandable, and can take up to 2 weeks to make at the longest. I can sit down and paint for a couple of hours so making an outfit that can take 2 weeks is a daunting task!
What I think I appreciate about Will the most is that NOTHING is out of the question whether it be female characters, male characters, and even animals, which is not unremarkable but I see a lot of Cosplayers focus on one style instead of exploring like Will does.
“I am mainly dressed like a man, so I am dressed like a woman once or twice a year.” I would love to see even more variety but of course it is up to the model and we’re lucky enough to get what we get as fans.
I am always looking forward to seeing some amazing fans create/recreate what they love. For the most part I always just want to create my own art but in the case of Cosplay, I actually appreciate what other people have made a lot more.
In closing: Cosplay isn’t about having the fanciest and craziest costume or outfit. You can spend months on a project or throw something together in a couple of hours. Cosplay is about being the characters YOU like. I cosplay Fujisawa Sensei on a daily basis! (El Hazard, If you haven’t seen it, watch it) The point is that there isn’t anyone telling you what you should and shouldn’t cosplay. Clearly, always push yourself and don’t resort to anything “simple” but if you happen to get a white high cut tank-top and a black miniskirt and call yourself Tifa, I’m good with that. Honestly.
And I would like to thank Will for taking the time to answer my questions. I look forward to seeing more.