Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation! Please don’t give me any attitude for what I am going to say since like many other critics and blog writers I am entitled to my opinion. Please respect what I have to say, I already had one person get on my case.
Hello and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know it’s been a while for a review and I am putting off the Panel Hosting Tips til next post and still waiting on the interview stuff for this blog. Anyways, so a week and a half ago the first season of Heroes of Cosplay ended and well, I like the show so far!
For those of you who don’t know about this show or was turned off by it, it basically looks into the competition side and construction of cosplay among certain cosplayers. I know most of us don’t compete all the time but a lot of people attend the costume contest to see what people have made and enter it to see about placing for first prize and other categories depending on the convention. I did like how some people had their imagination and able to show their stuff in competitions at Kansas City ComiCon, our turf MegaCon, and WizardWorld. Besides what I liked there was certain things I didn’t like about the show like some people and still will mention what I liked, so here are my thoughts!
Even though there were people out there that didn’t like the show, there was even a petition to change it or cancel it, but it did show a nice reality in cosplay competition. I know most cosplayerrs aren’t like that in the real world but there are those kind of people who act snobby like the Dr. Who group in the season finale in the Kansas City ComiCon skit contest (If you haven’t seen the episode, a person in the Dr. Who group yelled out something about people being out of towners when there are attendees that don’t live in Kansas City that go to it) and tend to be trolls. But what the concept gets me to watch is the different cosplays that get built and the people who build them some of these included the priestess versions of Miaka and Yui from Fushigi Yugi, Lydia from Beetlejuice the tv show, and even Merida from Brave during the first episode, which was also great.
What should the change be? The only thing the concept should change is add more guys to the show, why? Because guys also work hard on cosplay, whether it’s improve or not, guys have to build their costumes like girls and get in really good shape for some of these like the girls do. Not only that, they spend a lot of money to get the materials in order to get the parts needed, I know Jesse, the only guy they focused on for some episodes since he was new to the competition world, spent a lot on his Steam Punk Stormtrooper cosplay and possibly his Assasin’s Creed 4 cosplay to get it done when it came to materials. Heck, even Victoria’s (one of the girls) boyfriend even worked hard on helping her out in building some of the parts, such as getting the wiring together for her Tron outfit for Emerald City and the embroidery finished for Lulu, despite it not being complete in time for Wizard World’s competition, but still they should more of the guys doing the building and cosplaying along with girls. Yeah, we may have the goods but guys do work hard in cosplay too Scy Fy.
Conventions: This first season started well with the spring/winter season of conventions with Wizard World, Emerald City, Anime Matsuri (not to be confused with our Holiday Matsuri), MegaCon, and Kansas City ComiCon, which is not bad for the first season! It shows how the attendees and the competitors are able to travel long distances to get to conventions no matter where they are! Trust me, I was happy to go to Tampa finally for MetroCon this year and we traveld the miles and a lot of people do the same in other states, I even met a girl who came from Chicago to AFO for Quinton Flynn and Jeff Nimoy back in 2006 and my fiance’s friends from Miami do come up to Orlando time to time for MegaCon or other conventions. So, no matter the distance people will find a way of getting there!
What Conventions Should Be on Season 2? If there is one, since the petition maker probably sent it in, it would be interesting to put MetroCon for Season 2 if they decide to add the summer convention season since there are a lot of conventions go on during the summer such as Anime Boston, Anime Expo, and even San Diego ComiCon, and Otakon in Maryland of course! It would be nice to feature the seasons of conventions for other seasons if ScyFy want to keep going with this show since there are cons during fall and the end of the year in some states, but spring/winter does combine into one since January starts the year of conventions pretty much all over, still it would be nice to see about summer and fall conventions making it for the next season.
Changes? Besides adding a few season cons for season 2, I would have to say the only change here is showing a bit more of the convention instead of talking about it and showing the cosplayers trying to get their stuff together in the hotels. Why? Well it could give people an idea what kind of convention it is and how the setting is like and maybe would give them ideas of going in future years of the convention. Plus show people some of the guests that are there, for example, Jason David Frank was a judge during Wizard World, it would be cool if they shown one of his martial arts panels that he always host at AFO and other conventions, maybe that will get future martial artists pumped and to check out what moves he can teach at the convention.Another example, even though I didn’t get to see it much, but Victoria did go as Uhura from Star Trek to meet one of the guests at Kansas City, why not have one of the cosplayers meet someone at Mega and show that and so on? If I was on the show, I would want to be followed to interview a guest or shaking hands with them to show what guests get invited to these things, it would bring on new interests to attendees to these things. Wouldn’t the convention be happy to get new people? I know they would.
The Cosplayers: Besides the conventions and concept, there was a pretty good cast of people for this season. It brought on people who have been working on cosplay for years and newbies to the competition scene and gives them test out new costumes that people rarely seen at a competition or test their construction talent in bringing out the best in building, especially if it has a lot of parts.
Fave Cosplayers of the Cast: I would have to say Team L. A. which consists of Hollyher friend (don’t remember name) and Becky, especially towards the end because the team know how to work together and able to make cosplay more fun rather than just a competition itself since there are a lot of competitors out there that take the fun out of it or get too serious in the game. My fave cosplay they have done was the How to Train Your Dragon as the twins and Astrid. Ilove the movie and I loved how they decided to do that for Kansas City Comicon’s skit contest since we see a lot of cosplays that deal with Dr. Who, DBZ, and now Project Cross Zone is starting to rise, but we rarely see these cosplays come around especially when it is a fun movie with dragons. Also, they did have a dragon mascot with them, which makes it even more impressive, I would choose them for “Best Skit” and “Best Craftsmenship” for the dragon since we rarely see something like that, even though I did hear how there was an Ariel on the rock being pushed during JACON while I was working that year. Anyways, love this group!
Not So Faves: I know I loved the Team LA but there are two people I don’t like and I should mention the first…please don’t get mad since I did put in the disclaimer that this is based on opinion and observation, I personally didn’t like Victoria when it comes to her time management. Why? I understand a lot of people tend to work and have lives out of cosplay but time in construction for conventions take months to do depending on what you’re doing. For example, when I started working on my Lucy cosplay I started in January by collecting the parts, as in the keys, the wig, the belt, the boots, and even got the pouch before MythiCon, still got it done before MetroCon and was lucky to get the outfit the week before since my friend who made it was sick after Florida SuperCon and managed to get it to me on time. Still, Victoria’s timing is bad since according to one of the other cosplayers that she heard about it as well when they were doing Miaka and Yui from FY for Anime Matsuir that Victoria is known for getting her cosplays done at very last minute or not done at all. Good example was the very first episode when she was trying to finish up her Lulu cosplay from FFX and as a Final Fantasy fan, especially starting to play during the later era, the costume designs require a lot of belts and zippers and Lulu has a lot of them and has embroidery on top of it. It would’ve been better if she started during the holiday season in making this costume and try to finish it off, but she had to skip Wizard World’s competition due to her embroidery machine was broken and had it shipped over night and partied when it was supposed to be worked on. If she appears in the next season, crossing my fingers that she improves in time management because cosplay needs months in advance usually when it comes to construction.
Yaya Han was another person I didn’t like, I know most people here will probably bash on me for saying why but hear me out! Reasons why I don’t like her is that she is hypocritical and she did become a bit narsassistic towards the end of season one, plus she does bash on improvising and buying parts. I will start with the improve and part buying:
First is the improve and prop buying, which kind of ticked me off especially when Holly and her friend had to improvise the horns on their Dungeons and Dragons cosplay for one of their characters. As said above, cosplay is pretty much time consuming and there are times when time does crunch and fly away from you and improve normally has to be done in order to get it done. I would give the points to Holly and her friend for what they did to store-bought horns because it’s not easy working with sculpting clay in order to get it done on time. One perfect example is how my fiance improvised his entire Reiji cosplay from the Endless Frontier cast in Project Cross Zone which he borrowed my Fruits Basket uniform shirt and my Ginji Amano/Pokemon Ranger gloves to make the costume and made his gauntlets out of duct tape he picked up at a CVS and got a wig from the wig shop fromd own the street from our hotel and sprayed half of it black and that took hours to do! I even told that angry commentor on here that he could have improvised Freed from Fairy Tail with Good Wills and Salvation Armys in the Tampa Bay area if he asked the info desk at wherever he was staying and just spray his hair green or buy a wig at that same wig shop and would’ve spent around $40 together and would be a part of the cast. Still, Yaya needs to understand that not everyone can make everything within a short time span and improvisation needs to be done. And of course buying props and pieces is another thing that tends to tick me off. Yeah, it may not be a great idea but as said that not everyone can make everything and have to put commissions to people to help out in getting items done or go on Ebay in order to pick up what they need. For instance, I can’t sew and had to buy the Akatsuki cloak from a friend who had a spare and of course, my Lucy keys are very detailed that it’s impossible for me to make something so intricate and try to get them painted in time. Most of the time the parts that get bought tend to get painted and changed up a bit to make it like the item that’s in the picture of the character in the first place. On top of that, wigs aren’t easy to make either and buying them is also important for cosplay and knowing Yaya, I have a feeling she buys hers and that is next…
Her hypocriticism and narsasism kind of shown a side that a lot of people don’t tend to see in celebrities, especially in cosplay. When I saw some of these things while watching the show I was surprised of what went on and how she acted, especially in judging and towardspre-judging when she and her protiges were in the skit contest in the season finale. What I found interesting most of all is how she thought about sex appeal not being shown the most in cosplay towards one of her protiges in one of the peisodes when she went as Cyberpunk Poison Ivy from Batman. Head’s up, Poison Ivy, especially in the Arcum games, is sex appeal and I remembered how her original costume made her look back when I had my sight during the animated series years and there are so many girls still doing the costume, heck my fiance even looks at me for the Arcum Asylum version of her. Anyways, weird thing is that she went as C2 butterfly costume version and of course, in ep 1 she was one of the females from Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and that shown off a bit of sex appeal and yet she says cosplay is not all about sex appeal. It can be but the Japanese and American animators and video game creators tend to make their females sexy as possible. And with her narsasism towards the end, it was mostly how she acted about the pre-judging in thinking that they should take a closer look into the costumes, which she mentioned she would’ve done. My thought about that is that these judges have a lot of judging to do with so many people coming into the skit contest that they don’t have enough time to get that closer look at some conventions, they tend to get an hour or two to do pre-judging and they have to leave for the next event or panel to get there on time! If it’s a guest, they have to get signings, events, and panels they are doing. I understood that part since I had to interview Brittney Karbowski and Scott McNeill for 15 minutes in the green room since they had so many things to do the rest of the day and if they were judges at something like a skit contest, they can be only be there for an hour and have to leave right afterwards to get to their next thing. Even though the skit that she and her protiges done together was great but I still like Team L. A.’s the best and Yaya needs to chill out and change some of her ideas and not seem so hypocritical and disappointed when someone’s costume has a bought prop.
Well, that’s about itt! This post will be going hand-in-hand with a post I am doing for Lighthouse Central Florida since I write my own thing on there! Next time will be the Panel Hosting Tips! I will try to get it done before Holiday Matsuri announces their panelists! Cross your fingers for Blind EXP to be there! Til next time!