Anime and Cosplay

Nan Desu Kan 2012: Next level anime convention awesomeness

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After the Lolita battle, I got in line with my sister and her bf for the Cosplay contest. There is a lot of waiting in line at these things, too, but the cool part about NDKers is that they are super nice and super polite. And once we reached the main event room, there was still a lot of downtime while the stage was being set up -- which meant I spent a lot of that time staring more at those super-nice people.

Having never read any manga or watched anime or even owned a video-gaming system of any kind, my frame of reference for most of these elaborate costumes was nil. But I enjoyed the elaborate wig stylings, face-paintings and handcrafted tutus, gowns, weapons and staffs, along with the obviously dead-on recreations of favorite characters' body language.

More than fifty contestants in children's, beginner and intermediate categories brought out their best cosplay attire and on-the-spot acting skills for the competition; one woman took her costume to the next level with an opera aria that was just beautiful. These people were in it to win it, and it showed.

The contest was followed by a handful of Cosplay skits: again, a very well-loved and thought-out portion of NDK. Love stories and fight scenes abounded, as did a clear disdain for the Twilight series. One skit involved name-checking famous pieces of literature, followed by a good audience laugh at the expense of Edward and Bella. But it was all in good fun, and the contest didn't seem too dramatic otherwise.

Day two was over for me then -- and I again missed the best part of the day, the late night Masquerave. But if I was going to wade through hundreds of people dressed in costumes (that by day three would no doubt be smelling to high hell), I was going to need my beauty rest.
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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