American girl, MichikoKojima, whose Adventure Time Fionna cosplay hat making tutorials was found by us yesterday, accepts our interview today. Actually, I do love many cosplay works created by her. All of them can be seen in her Deviantart gallery. Except stunning cosplay pictures, her cosplay tutorials do help most cosplay fans. Now, focus on this interview, to know more about MichikoKojima.
1. Please introduce yourself first.
My name is Alisha Klein. I am 21 Years old and my cosplay name is Michiko Kojima or just Michiko for short.
2. What does cosplay mean to you?
Cosplay is a way of expressing myself. In my normal daily life I can’t always act like the silly goofy person that I am. Cosplay is the ultimate way for me to be who ever and whatever I want regardless of age, gender and skin color.
3. What and when was your first cosplay?
My first Cosplay was Kagamine Rin from Vocaloid. I wore that costume to my first ever convention (Anime Detour) in 2009.
4. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
My first photo shoot at Anime Detour 2009. I was sooo nervous but I was still able to make some new friends and enjoy myself. It was a large group of vocaloid cosplayers. They were all so inviting and friendly to me and my friends. I will never forget all the laughs and silly poses.
5. What’s your favorite photo shoot?
I finally was able to get my cosplay group to do a photo shoot this past summer. We were in our Eeveelution cosplays. The costumes were very quickly thrown together not much time was put in but the photos that I got were still amazing in their own way. Photo shoots with your friends are always the best ones.
6. What’s your favorite anime/manga/game character to cosplay as?
For along time now I’ve loved cosplaying Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. I didn’t make the costume myself but I still felt so comfortable in the costume and as the character. There is something so sweet and simple about the character that I enjoy.
7. Any cosplay plan in future?
I have a long list of costumes that I would love to make, but currently I’m working on Fionna The Human from Adventure Time and Serah Farron from Final Fantasy 13.
8. Do you make your costumes yourself or buy them?
I have purchased many costumes but I am now working on making them myself. Sewing is a lot of work but at the same time when you finish a costume and put it on for the first time you feel so good about what you’ve created.
9. Any other cosplayers you like?
I look up to a lot of other cosplayers I truly don’t like to pick and choose between them though. especially when my list of awesome cosplayers keeps growing every day. I know this means I’m avoiding the question but I honestly find something great in every cosplayer I see.
10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?
I wish I could understand this question better. I guess you could say that I find I’m happier after I cosplay. I feel like I’ve done something that I myself am proud of. I cosplay for myself and for my own enjoyment so I always feel good about my work even if I made some mistakes.
11. Any advice you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
I myself am still a cosplay newbie, so to all those other newbies out there just have fun! Don’t cosplay to be cool or well known. Do it because you love it! It doesn’t matter if you make the costume yourself or if you buy it. If your having fun that’s all that matters!