I’ve never cosplayed a character as hated as Nora. 

Our photos got around the internet and even on fanpages of Noragami  that I myself follow (well, since I AM a fan after all). So it couldn’t be helped that I read comments such as the ones I screencapped here, some even worst than “fuck off” but I did not bother digging it up anymore.

It bothered me at first because I felt like it was an attack on me. But a few hours after I saw those comments my brain came back and realized I’m too old to get affected by this crap, and it’s not me who is hated at the first place/

But still, what crude and uncultured people!

There is more to Hiiro/Nora than her clingy psycho ex-girlfriend facade. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have bothered cosplaying her. 

Nora did not have a lot of chance to show her back story in the anime series but the Nora from the manga is a complex character. She’s cute, silent, deliciously devious, loves Yato very much,  likes visually beautiful things but above all,  a powerful weapon in a body of a 12 year old girl. She may be something I aspire to be in real life, minus malicious intents and murder. 

Though I admire Nora’s work ethics, I’d never justify the innocent killings that Nora might or might not have been involved in, but I find her “I’ll get it done” attitude admirable and beautiful. 

We need people like that. Someone willing to do the dirty job. 

Writing this now makes me wonder that perhaps my morals is a bit on the gray side too

Over all, this cosplay taught me to look beyond what I see on the surface and to watch what I say in public space.

Pretty deep experience for a hobby most people see as a shallow thing. 

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From the series Noragami (Stray God)

Yato : Jin

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Nora: Alittledecadence

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Photography: Resh

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Photography/Assist: Kat Langomez

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Assist : Dom 

  • I’m pretty spontaneous and adventurous so when I was asked if I want to wear this costume made by one of the pioneers of Mecha cosplay in Japan (since 1996?!) my answer was : “Sure. But I have to change after because I already committed to my friends that I’ll cosplay with them that day.”

    Though it’s an honor getting to wear a masterpiece by the event’s guest I cannot replace time with my friends with just prestige. 

    The event organizers said “yeah if it’s not a hassle for you!” At that time I thought it wasn’t a hassle because I’m pretty sure I’ll pick up a few things just from this experience anyway. Goldy is a master crafter. Just by seeing AND wearing his work I am sure to learn a trick or two. 

    Changing from plugsuit to harnesses+shingeki uniform and blue hair and eyebrow to blonde hair and eyebrows in one day wasn’t a hassle. I thought it’s do-able anyway. Reality never really hit me till the day I was going to wear the costume itself. The excitement, nervousness, expectations exploded in one go. I wasn’t able to fit the costume a day before the event because of flight delays. I had to leave early the night we were supposed to do fitting (the night our guest arrives from Japan) because aside from my convention duties (I was judging some contest too), I need to fix stuff for my group cosplay members and  I had a seller’s booth as well. On top of everything I was so concerned about fitting the plugsuit because we girls know an ill-fitting plugsuit = camel toe.

    No one wants camel toe. And I had my period that time too, a really strong flow (TMI TADAAAAH! BRING IT ON UNIVERSE, I CAN TAKE MORE WTFKERIES. WAS THAT YOUR BEST?!?!?).

    I was so nervous the next day. 

    I always wanted to cosplay Rei Ayanami but I find making the plugsuit a very daunting task. So when the opportunity presented itself (presented by a master crafter no less) I didn’t let it pass. I’ll be an idiot to do so. 

    Ah, I’ve rambled on again. This was just supposed to be a short entry on how serious we seem on stage but really just act like dorks backstage :P It was a challenge keeping Rei’s emotionless face with these folks around. 

    Credits:

    First photo is a few seconds before Goldy-san and I appear on stage. (Photo by Yue-san)

    Second is a shot of us on stage. (Photo by Harabelle Malco, with some brightness editing by me)

    Third is us backstage. Friends know what your real cupsize is :P (Photo by Charmie? Chelli?) 

    Eva01 (test unit) and Rei Ayanami plugsuit made by Goldy Marg, professional Armor, costume and props maker, instructor, cosplayer and Cosplaymania 2013’s guest of honor (also super badass, funny guy).

    Wig borrowed and styled by Jin-sama. Part time Naruto, full time artiste. (with e) :))

    This happened at Cosplaymania 2013 :>/  I’ll write more about my Cosplaymania adventures soon.