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Friday, February 19, 2010
Cosplayers in the U.S. may not know about the show 'Cosplay Heroes Unmasked', since it's being shown on the Animax cable channel, which isn’t broadcast stateside. But this is a great opportunity to see what’s happening in the international cosplay scene.
So first, a bit about Animax: Wikipedia explains in detail that it's a Japanese anime satellite television network, dedicated to broadcasting anime programming. Operating across Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Latin America and most recently in Europe, Africa and Australia, Animax is the first and largest 24-hour network dedicated to anime in the world, with a viewer reach of over 89 million households, 62 countries and more than 17 languages.
This month, as you can see in the video clip above, they're featuring 'Cosplay Heroes Unmasked' - "a close look at the phenomenon of cosplay in south east Asia. Animax goes behind the scenes of a regional cosplay competition to look at the lives and passions of young cosplayers who pursue their hobby relentlessly. The world renowned Japanese cosplayer, KANAME* is the principal narrator throughout, who analyzes, comments and demystifies the world of cosplay, which goes much beyond just the theatricality. To become the fictional persona, the cosplayers must learn the nuances of costume design, makeup, voice modulation and acting. This colorful art is a means to bring passionate youths closer to one another, and their very own passport to the fantastical world of anime and manga."
It also features the well-known Alodia as well as cosplayers who attended Anime Festival Asia 2009 in Singapore. Check out the AFA'09 webpage - it's so lively it might just make your head explode. If it doesn't, you might want to plan a trip to Singapore for AFA'10 - you can follow their progress on Facebook and Twitter.