I know the face of the cosplay community has been changing. People are going for skimpier and skin-faring looks while detail oriented costumes are not receiving the same attention online. And while we may not get as many pictures unless we're in bikinis and ogling our wears, at the core of the circle, at contests, and in the purity that is costume play, the craft still matters.Otaku House
has given me hope that we still care about the craft and not about boobs. and up-the-butt mini skirts.
Which is crazy considering how much OH is a popularity contest. It doesn't take into account if you made a costume or how much, or little you wear. If you have enough friends online, you can win.
I've attempted this route twice, both times reluctantly and both times I did not get very far. Well okay the first time I was the top vote for Star Wars costumes, but it wasn't enough to beat out bikinis.
Yet for the past three years the finalist choices have all been costumes that define the meaning of cosplay. Sure there are some sexy poses, midriffs, and short skirts, but nothing as extreme as the photos we see here on DA every day. These are all quality costumes that people created to express their love for a character. In fact, this year's list for North America is really tame by comparison to the "sexy cosplay" I'm so use to seeing! And the age range is astounding. Who says you can't cosplay post 30?
I know there is pressure on cosplayers to show more and put yourself out there. But even popularity contests like OH give me some peace knowing that craft can win over skin.