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07 September 2003 @ 04:39 am
Minor rant  
Cosplaylab.com is doing a Chii look alike contest. It's kind of cute...
in any case.. each entry opens in a new window so you can compare them. The idea is to choose the one that you think most looks like Chii. While I don't really cosplay for the same reasons..... (ie- to look exactly like the character. I like my costume to be as accurate as possible. But, if I did every costume to look EXACTLY LIKE THE CHARACTER, I wouldn't cosplay. There are very few cosplayers I know who are pretty enough to pull that sort of thing off) I figured it wouldnt' hurt to check out the entries and maybe vote on them.

Now.. having read every volume of the manga (except for the last one)
And having seen the first few volumes of the anime...

My MAIN impression of Chii is that she is CUTE.
She's supposed to be CUTE. If she is seen as sexy it is because she is innocent and CUTE.
People who want to look sultry and slutty usually cosplay as Freya, which is fine, I guess.. but Chi is supposed to be CUTE :(
I am so sad.. because a lot of these Chii entries are cosplayers with pretty nice costumes, looking very not cute :( It's like... Lime vs. Bloodberry, you know?

Edit: I have finished looking at all the entries. I don't think I am going to vote :( The ones with stellar costumes didn't pull off the cute look well, and the ones that had the really cute look didn't have the stellar costumes. The freyas all looked adquately slutty and evil, though XP Kind of, but not quite the same as Chii. There was one that came really close.. I would have been very very very impressed, however, if she'd managed to find a cream colored satin with a rose tint to it :( I am getting old and crochety. That is for certain.
 
 
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Nerdy Temptressbevo on September 7th, 2003 08:45 pm (UTC)
You are so cute when you are looking at costumes!!!! :)
The Ten Thousand Things: Ashurakhet_tcheba on September 8th, 2003 02:32 pm (UTC)
This sounds like the problem that comes up during the Dawn look-alike contest at D*C every year. If you tell me it's a costume contest, I'm going to look at the costume itself. If it's supposed to be a lookalike contest, I take that to mean carriage and personality as much as clothing.

A real problem with online contests is that people without access to good digicams or photographer friends have a distinct disadvantage. You can have a great costume and embody the character perfectly, but if you're working from a crappy webcam, you have little chance against someone with a $400 camera and a large garden in their backyard. Then again, that's why contests via popular vote suck. XP

Also, I wonder how they managed to narrow the two billion Chii cosplayers down to the two dozen or so listed...?
HIDE your facekyonomiko on September 8th, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
I think they just let people enter& nominate themselves... I mean, there are tons on cosplaylab.com, but since the community is not as large as cosplay.com, it shouldn't have been too hard? I don't know.

In either case... I know all about the Dawn lookalike contest from cosplayers on the cosplay livejournal and Alissa-chan.
In a way, I do like the lookalike contests and think there is a place for them.. especially for the elitists that place so much emphasis on physical features and not costume construction. I do think that both together are important for a good costume, but When I look at a costume contest, and you're right.. I'd look most closely at the costume. There were tons of people up there that had great costumes.. but they didn't have the whole package, which is what the contest was judging. I've heard that the results of the Dragon con Dawn contest can make the participants get REALLY ugly really fast, though, since it's an underwear beauty paegent with strategically placed eyeliner.