Nice Memory of InuYasha

I enjoyed myself in Chengdu cosplay convention last weekend. It is a nice cosplay party where I met some cool cosplayers dressing all kinds of fantastic cosplay costumes. The guys from Naruto, Kuroshitsuji, sailer moon, pokemon were catching my eyes there. They all look very attractive. I had some photo shoot with them. Now, I got the pictures and they all look cool. Great cosplay show, wonderful cosplayers.

Now, when I look at the cosplay pictures, I feel a little down. Facing nice pictures, I will recall all the good experience of the cosplay con, why I will feel lost? Maybe, I am very touchy. But I have to say I miss InuYasha, and I want to watch the classic anime, though there is no more new sequel since March 29th, 2010. InuYasha is over, not like Naruto or Kuroshitsuji.

It is a long time for an InuYasha fans. Sometimes, if you can’t get what you want, you only can recollect what you own. This classic Japanese manga series is written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shonen Sunday which is a famous manga magazine on Nov 13th, 1996, and concluded on June 18th, 2008. Because it is very popular, it was adapted as two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The whole series has a total of 167 episodes. I never missed any of the series. After a 5 years’ waiting time, the sequel was published on Oct 3th, 2009 which covers the rest of the manga series. It named The Final Act and it ended on March 29th, 2010.

That is not a long history for a Japanese anime. What I have to say, I didn’t see the whole of the manga, but I watched all of the anime TV series. So I guess all the plot of anime is as the same as the manga itself. This Japanese series’ protagonists are a time-traveling middle school girl who is a half demon, a lecherous monk, a fox demon, a demon slayer, and a nekomata.
They lived in Sengoku period and seek to find all the fragments of the jewel of four souls and to keep the jewel out of the hands of rebels, especially Naraku. I am not sure the anime’ plot is as the same of the manga’s, since I didn’t have time to read the classic manga. I am being a busy officer now.

So, anyone who have read the whole manga and watched the two anime TV series could reply me? Give me some different information about the manga.

However, I love the InuYasha anime which accompanied me for the school life. Because of the anime, I got a buddy Lee who has the same interest as me. Now, I think the InuYasha will be with me for another time, because cosplaying has been a hot hobby for me. And InuYasha certainly has become a nice choice for my cosplay costumes, though I have to wear a fake ear and a long wig. You know I have a big ear and short hair. That is a tough job for my dressing. Whatever, I like it, so I choose it.

Cosplay in Japanese Culture

Cosplay is not limited to dressing up in costumes from popular TV shows. Cosplay is also seen in traditional Japanese culture and fashion.

Coming of age ceremonies have been held in Japan since at least AD 714, when a young prince got new clothes and a hairstyle to mark their passage into adulthood. The official holiday was first established in 1948, to be held each year on 15 January. In 2000, as a result of the successful system, the Monday on which the Day Of Coming of Age was celebrated on was changed to the second Monday in January.

Many women celebrate this day with the use of Furisode (a kimono with long sleeves that hang) and zori sandals. Since most are unable to put on a kimono by themselves due to the complexities involved in dressing in one, many choose to visit a beauty salon to dress and have their hair done. A complete set of formal clothing is quite expensive, so it is usually taken from a relative or rented rather than bought for the occasion. Men sometimes wear traditional costumes (for example a dark kimono with hakama), but in modern times many men wear formal western clothes, like a suit and a tie, more often than a traditional dress.

The latest street fashion among Japanese women is the smokey eye look. It is a sultry and sexy look that is easy to achieve and which creates stunning results. The smokey eye look has been called the little black dress of make up as it is always stylish. Smokey eyes are perfect anywhere and anytime because the make up needed is not overdone and adds a little bit of mystery and allure to a woman’s look. The smokey eye make up is also useful for vampire Cosplay.

Fantasy and science fiction characters have became very popular Cosplay costumes. Characters from the Star Wars, Star Trek and the Harry Potter series are some of the most popular non-manga characters to be featured in Cosplay events. Anime cartoons such as Naruto, Bleach and Final Fantasy as well as video and computer games are also popular characters to be made into Cosplay costumes. Akatsuki And Organization XIII costumes as well as the ever popular ShinRa were the most common costumes at conventions. Outside of conventions, the most popular Cosplay costumes are school girl outfits and maid uniforms.

Comic books, graphic novels and fantasy movies are also a source of inspiration for Cosplayers.

Japanese Street Fashion

While considered by many as daring, outlandish and provocative, Japanese fashion has come a long way from being just about kimonos and school uniforms. Their eye-popping and flamboyant outfits have largely been influenced by Japan’s huge underground club scene. Tokya and Osaka is where Japanese Street Fashion is at its best. By adopting a mixture of current and traditional trends along with foreign and local labels, Japanese youth have created their own unique blend of fashion.

Japanese street fashion has a variety of trends and styles. Youth were more elaborate in their dressing patterns and make-up. Bright colours, eccentric patterns, hand-made garments, heavy jewellery, mixing and matching jeans and tank tops with traditional wear like kimonos, is their way of making statements about their cultural influences and way of life. Lolita, Kogal, Cosplay, Ganguro are some of the most sought after styles that Japanese youth display on the streets.

Lolita is a style with many subcultures, such as Punk Lolita, where chains, beads, lace and wristbands are popular accessories along with pink and peach colour prints. Gothic Lolita focuses on styles emerging from the Victorian age such as dark colours, black make-up, heavy brooches, and ribbons.

The Ganguro art of dressing is similar to North American youth trying to replicate tanned and blonde celebrities and models. The look consists of light or dark tanned bodies, bleached or dyed hair, summer dresses and platforms. Their exaggerated looks and outfits, is their attempt at westernizing themselves dramatically.

The Kogal style is where young Japanese women display their wealth through various tastes in music and fashion. Wealthy parents often support young girls who are into this style. They keep themselves up-to-date with Japan’s ever-growing mobile technology. They adorn themselves with big boots, skirts pinned very high, dramatic make-up and the latest in American fashion brands. Many see the growth of Gothic Lolita to be a reaction to the materialism desire that emerges with the Kogal trend.

Costume Play, shortened to Cosplay is a trend where dressing of characters from manga, anime, fantasy movies and videogames is encouraged. The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Matrix series are some Hollywood films which increased the popularity of Cosplay artists. Japanese youth styled in Cosplay attires are often seen at various public gatherings such as amusement parks, nightclubs dedicated to like-minded dressers and many high profile Cosplay parties.