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Yes, I have a DB Question (Cosplay)

Post by omae no kaasan » Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:58 pm

Why do people cosplay as DB characters?

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Post by Jerseymilk » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:28 pm

Greg, please put better warning signs around that thing. I was definitely not prepared enough for that. >_<

I personally believe that there are some anime series that just can't be cosplayed realistically, unless you have the budget of Lord of the Rings to hire Oscar-winning special effects and make-up people. Dragonball is one of those series. Part of it's the Saiyajin hair which is really hard to pull off, but just in general the look of the Z Senshi. What I mean is, most people just aren't buffed up like them, so that's also part of why it looks terrible. Let's face it. Seeing a pot-bellied, scraggly-armed Goku just doesn't look very good.

I've seen some of the characters work, but those were ones that tend to look a lot more "regular" human in appearance, such Maggie's #18 cosplaying. Videl a lot of times looks fine, Pan, I saw a pretty nice Chi-Chi once too. I've seen one good Mirai Trunks done by an Asian guy, but I believed it worked because he just did him in base form, so it was just a matter of having a pretty regular hairstyle and dying it purple. I've seen pictures also of a Roshi that looked pretty good too, but ya all in all, people just end up looking silly.

If people however want to cosplay, that's their perogative. It's a free country and more power to them and all that, but there are just certain characters I look at and know there's no way that it will ever look very good or at least definitely know there's no way I'm ever going to look like a carbon copy of that character.
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Post by Super Sonic » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:32 pm

I've seen a few good Krillin cosplayers. But the worst I've seen was a pic of a guy dressed as Majin Buu(non fat). Let's just say the Buu antenna looked like a certain part of the male body.

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Post by Jerseymilk » Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:42 pm

I know the pic you're talking about because remember Sonic I posted it up on Randomness. XD

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... /bad22.jpg

Here are some more examples of why Dragonball cosplaying certain characters doesn't work:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... f/bad3.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... f/bad2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... f/bad6.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... f/bad9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... /bad25.jpg

And the scariest one I think I've ever seen:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... f/bad8.jpg

Anyway, I'll try and see if I can track down some that have actually been done pretty well for comparison and to prove my points above. For now, you can always check out Maggie's A Lovely Cyborg site to see her cosplaying as #18. She actually looks good. And no I'm not just saying that Maggie, it's the truth. 8)
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Post by lost in thought » Sat Dec 03, 2005 4:09 pm

Wow. There are only two of those pictures that I see as a reasonable (or partially decent) attempt at cosplaying as such characters, and I'll tell you which ones, and why:
  • Image 1, Bad22.jpg:
    - I like where this person took the idea of Majin Buu, because other than the abismal eye design and the antenna that looks like a rather mishapen penis, he pulls of a rather decent Super Buu. Had the person spent a bit more time with the makeup, and obviously his -human horn- on the forehead there, I think it could have been the best Majin Buu costume I've ever seen. [And I've seen a few, none of which were anything to sneeze at.]

    Image 2, Bad9.jpg:
    - The only thing I like about this is the hair, they didn't go for your standard wig, instead opting for something a little more unusual but in turn more authentic. I like that, because frankly most of the wigs I've ever seen sucked, and this if coupled with a person who could actually pull off the buff appearance of a DBZ character would probably be the best cosplay outfit one has ever seen for the series.
Dear god some of that shit is just horrible...

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Post by *PINHEAD* » Sat Dec 03, 2005 5:20 pm

It is certainly odd. Different strokes for different folks... :?


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Post by Yi Xing Long » Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:15 pm

:shock: OMG! I did not need to see those. My eyes they burn! :? But seriously... who would embarass theirself doing such a thing?

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Post by Mattias » Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:52 pm

Oh, dearest fanboys, fangirls and otaku from around the globe. Were it not for you, how would we be entertained?

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Post by Dayspring » Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:01 pm

Did... did that person just cosplay as the doujinshi version of Bardock's wife? :shock:

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Post by Duo » Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:19 pm

http://www.lovelycyborg.com/shrine/cosp ... assic1.jpg

An example of an impressive cosplayer, indeed. Thought I'd save people the trip to lovely Cyborg.

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Post by Bejiita » Sat Dec 03, 2005 7:43 pm

This one is actually funny.

It's Dende!

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Post by Dayspring » Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:40 pm

The Dende one is actually well done. Reminds me of a '60s Martian movie, though.
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Post by Miesteron » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:31 pm

Like JerseyMilk said, DragonBall is just one of those series that shouldn't be cosplayed.. with the exception of the more human-like characters (the Artificial Humans, for example). However, the greatest DBZ cosplay of all time is of no human, artificial or otherwise:

http://members15.tsukaeru.net/seraph/ginyu.jpg

Those guys win. :P

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Post by Leotaku » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:06 pm

Haha! Oh man, that Buu antenna :lol: ...

I have a some to share. Here's a dude on deviantART (who happens to be the pal I mentioned who hated Budokai Tenkaichi so much as to compare it to Sagas..) who does photomanips (sorry, haven't seen much cosplay).
http://yair23.deviantart.com/gallery/

And here's a Buu one on dA as well.
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/5067029/

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Post by Duo » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:13 pm

Miesteron wrote:Like JerseyMilk said, DragonBall is just one of those series that shouldn't be cosplayed.. with the exception of the more human-like characters (the Artificial Humans, for example). However, the greatest DBZ cosplay of all time is of no human, artificial or otherwise:

http://members15.tsukaeru.net/seraph/ginyu.jpg

Those guys win. :P
Now THAT pic is freakin' amazing. My favorite Cosplay pic ever (and I have seen a lot...sadly)

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Post by lost in thought » Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:38 pm

Here we go again...
  • Android 18 Image:
    - Like as has been said before, it doesn't get much better than that!

    The Dende Image:
    - Dear god... do people make it their perogative to go half-assed, and not try to blend their face-painting in with their appliances?! Fuck... that's not right.

    Vegeta hair photo-manip:
    - Sillyness, but the guy pulls off the look pretty well just being himself.

    Ginyu Tokusentai image:
    - I must say, it is the best Ginyu Tokusentai image I've ever seen, but Gurdo and Jheece seem to be lacking in a few departments.

    The self-manip DB Gallery:
    - This guy... uh, well he's not very good, and doesn't have the physique to pull off any of the characters he did, short of Buu, maybe.

    The Buu-guy:
    - Well, he certainly pulls it off in practice, but with the inconsistent make-up job, coupled with those rolls over his ears not colored fully he looses any cool points he could have potentially had. And the tape-prostate sticking out of his forehead doesn't help much either.
    The image as a whole is blah city...
And that's my feelings about that.

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Post by omae no kaasan » Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:46 pm

The Ginyu one is great and if my eyes don't deceive me, they're in some Asian country, which is probably why upon a glance it doesn't suck the soul from my body with a vengeance.

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Post by desirecampbell » Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:01 am

Jerseymilk wrote:I know the pic you're talking about because remember Sonic I posted it up on Randomness. XD
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v176/ ... /bad22.jpg
Holy crap - look at the penis on his head!

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Post by Super Sonic » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:01 am

At the first con I ever went too, I saw a few good Trunks's. And there was a good teen Gohan, who got mad at me for calling him Yamcha. (At the time, I had not seen that far into the series).

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Post by Jerseymilk » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:34 am

omae no kaasan wrote:The Ginyu one is great and if my eyes don't deceive me, they're in some Asian country, which is probably why upon a glance it doesn't suck the soul from my body with a vengeance.
I know people are going to see this as a prejudice comment, but I've found that Asian people tend to pull off cosplay better than others. A lot of times because they make a more accurate costume for one.
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