It’s time for another interview, this time with Kirichan! She’s a lovely cosplayer from Washington, who is quite the talented seamstress!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Kirichan. While in Japanese class, my teacher translated my first name wrong so it came out as Kiristle rather than Krystle. I shortened it and ran with it.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
4 years. I had friends into anime, and decided a month before my first Sakuracon that I was going to make a few costumes. I did 3 cosplays that next month.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I recently started working with liquid latex and sew in circuitry. Both of these are difficult, but so different to work with. Variety in materials keeps you sane.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Aqua from Kingdom Hearts and Big Sister from Bioshock. Aqua has a hand carved wooden keyblade I am itching to paint, and the Big Sister is overall very intense.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love to see accuracy, but I also like seeing when people edit outfits for their body shapes. Also, heavy detailing is always a must.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The cosplay scene is almost like a second family. Some people you are close to, some you only talk to at cons, and a few will drive you insane.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would like to stop seeing huge groups with immature cosplayers emerging. It really gives a bad name to the fans of that show, book, etc. It also gives the assumption that we are all immature.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Pick an outfit, jump in and never fear asking for help! You will only get better the longer you try.
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Sakuracon and PAX. Sakuracon is just otaku everywhere and it’s almost like a big cosplayer reunion every year.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
When I wear Princess Tutu I do it en pointe (on my toes)! I took 8 years of professional ballet.