March 27, 2010

Cosplaying for the Dark Skinned

Alright I, RPGHero, am going to bring us back to wholesome and informative programming for those who peruse our blog.

Anybody who likes anime as much as we do have at least thought seriously about cosplaying as their favorite anime character. It's irresistable, the urge to look and feel like your favorite hero or villian. Some of the people reading this may have actually even been lucky to cosplay at a concert or convention proudly.

There are others of us of a darker skinned variety who yearn to cosplay like our lighter skinned otaku nakama. But the question is how? Can a dark skinned person pull off their favorite lighter skinned character? Do you think Soulja Boy could cosplay as Goku? The answer is not known.



I have seen dark skinned people try to cosplay as people like Rock Lee, Sasuke Uchiha, Zoro, etc. Have they FAILED or have they brought honor to the character? The answer is in 1) Their physique 2) Their attitude 3) Their judges. If all three work in their favor, maybe, just maybe people can be convinced that a black kid could be Luffy.

For those of us dark skinned otaku who don't have the guts to dress as any character they want, what is there to choose from?

Off the top of my head I could name some characters.

Aokiji from One Piece


Usopp from One Piece


Uub from DragonballZ


Ryu from Mobile Suit Gundam


Yoroichi from Bleach


and recently Sazh Katsroy from Final Fantasy XIII


There are a few more that I don't have the knowledge to name but they are scarce. The pickings are slim for us dark skinned people. But don't give up hope!

And remember being black is not a factor.. It's those three qualities I described before...

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