Otaku Links: cosplay critiques and Chrono Trigger


  • It’s ridiculous that in 2012, race in cosplay is still an issue. Here’s Chaka Cumberbatch’s story. I wonder if the racist fans digging in to Chaka’s cosplays realized she’s FUNimation’s brand manager. 
  • On a related note, I just discovered Not Bad Cosplay thanks to Steven Savage. Basically, an experienced cosplayer sifts through Tumblr’s “bad cosplay” tag to find a lot of great costumes that people derided because the cosplayer didn’t look conventional enough for them.
  • I just started watching Magic: The Newsening on a recommendation from a friend. I especially like the “Real World: Ravnica” segments. But don’t be fooled by the name; this is more of a comedy spoof than an informative show.
  • I love meta-fandom, and there was lots of it this week! First, people who are Hetalia fans and Homestuck fans called a truce, and immediately began personifying and shipping various fandoms together. Check it out using Tumblr’s “Fandomstuck” tag. Then, anime companies Crunchyroll, Viz Media, and Funimation began doing the same thing as a marketing stunt! The practice of turning non-human things like fandoms and companies into attractive human avatars sounds strange but is actually well documented—check out moe anthropomorphism on Wikipedia.

(Photo via Princess Mentality Cosplay.)

  • http://katclements.blogspot.com Kat Clements

    I really like Chaka Cumberbatch’s observation: “Characters in my range? Comic book heroines and anime characters are typically about 6 feet tall, have basketballs for boobs and probably weigh around 110 pounds. They’re not in anybody’s range.”

    It’s true that the stories contained in video games, books, and shows can be the most powerful and truthful expressions of life lessons. Kudos to Chrono Trigger.

    I love the wall-to-wall manga cases in “Otaku Spaces.” Sweet!

    Thanks for sharing these links!

    • Lauren

      Thanks for reading!