Cosplay and self-confidence at the Expo
Looking good is seldom easy.
And the cosplayers who attended the inaugural CharaExpo, held at the Singapore Expo over the weekend, can definitely agree to that.
Dressed in layers of clothing, they braved Singapore’s scorching weather just to look like their favourite anime and manga characters.
One of them, Mr Alexander Tan 24, turned up at the Japanese anime, manga, games and cosplay event on Saturday dressed as one of his favourite characters, Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji or Black Butler.
The student who wore a black suit and a wig told The New Paper that he bought his outfit online for about $200.
He added: “My family supports my hobby and my mother even helped me with my wig.
“This costume is not comfortable at all. But it’s a small price to pay to look good.”
Another cosplayer, student Becky Ng, 19, came dressed as Morgiana, a character from the Magi anime.
She said: “This costume was handmade by another cosplayer and I bought it online from her for $60 on Friday – just in time for CharaExpo.
“Cosplay allows be to be somebody else. It also helps boost my self-confidence.”
CharaExpo was organised by entertainment company Bushiroad Inc.
The event aims to give fans an opportunity to rub shoulders with the people who produce items such as anime and manga.
Stars from the New Japan Pro-Wrestling team also made their first appearance in Singapore during the event.
More than 15,000 people visited the two-day CharaExpo which ended on Sunday.