Cosplay (コスプレ Kosupure) is a term used to describe the performance art of participants donning costumes of favourite characters from anime, manga, video games, movies, comic books, cartoon shows, books, history or any other pop-culture media. Any entity from the real or virtual world may be taken up as a subject; inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa. Cosplaying is seen as an expression love for a character, much like Fan Fiction or Fan Art, and stems from the behavior of playing “dress-up” and role play during adolescence.
Cosplay differs from Halloween in that the object of cosplay is to attempt to become one's character much the same way as a stage actor inhabits a role. Costumes are expected to adhere meticulously to the attire known to be worn by the character represented.
The reason for cosplay can be for a variety of reasons; personal desire, product promotion, job description, however the method of creating a cosplay costume largely remains the same.
- Miia is a big fan of Naked Snake from the Metal Gear videogame franchise and has cosplayed as him on separate occasions, even having Suu transform into a box to sneak around in. Recognizing her outfit, Rachnera Arachnera made a Metal Gear outfit of her own after "The Boss".
- While secretly following Kurusu Kimihito and Smith, Papi has Suu transform around her to create a cosplay of Utsuho from Touhou.
- Okayado has drawn and submitted on his Twitter account artwork of 3 characters in outfits inspired by their voice actresses' previous roles.
- With Papi, Okayado had her cosplaying as Chiyo Sakura from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun and Prinz Eugen from Kantai Collection, previous roles of Papi's voice actress Ari Ozawa.
- With Miia, Okayado had her cosplaying as Elizabeth Liones from Seven Deadly Sins, a previous role of Miia's voice actress Amamiya.
- With Centorea, Okayado had her cosplaying as Ms. Baker from Gundam Build Fighters and Petra Ral from Attack on Titan, previous roles of Centorea's voice actress Natsuki Aikawa.