I’ve been protecting cosplay for properly over a decade now, and in that point I’ve seen a great deal of books, posts, YouTube movies and even TV sequence in regards to the topic. What I had by no means seen, till now, was somebody truly go and make a documentary as slick and complete as Cosplay Universe.
A feature-length movie, out there now on most digital platforms, Cosplay Universe appears to be like on the historical past, the folks, the craft and the tradition, and options interviews with everybody from Yaya Han to Jessica Nigri to Stan Lee (the movie has been in manufacturing for some time). Right here’s the official pitch:
The award successful documentary, “Cosplay Universe,” provides viewers a window into the ever rising and evolving world of cosplay. What began in Japan as a subculture outlined by a communal love of anime and the characters it produces, has now turn out to be a worldwide phenomenon that encompasses characters from media throughout the globe.
On the floor, this comparatively new sort of exercise could appear like merely “taking part in dress-up,” however cosplay has a lot extra to supply than that. This type of “dress-up” fosters self expression in a method that’s inspiring and fairly uncommon. It provides folks an avenue to find components of their identification which will have beforehand been hidden. Cosplay is artwork, cosplay is transformation, cosplay is neighborhood.
This movie offers you a entrance row seat to a very distinctive artwork type devoted to fantasy and the individuals who make it a actuality.
I sat down and watched it lately, and I liked it! The entire thing is simply actually earnest; it’s fuelled by interviews with cosplayers large and small, and by no means feels prefer it’s going over-the-top or reaching too far. It’s only a enjoyable, sincere take a look at cosplay and folks’s ardour for it.
You’ll be able to see its trailer under, and get extra information at its official web site: