Cosplayer Interviews–Imari Yumiki

We’ve been doing interviews with fancy cosplayers all over the world recently. And today we have Imari Yumiki, a passionate girl ( i thought she was a boy….OMG)  from United States. I don’t know her, haven’t met her, but I can feel her enthusiasm for cosplay, and even for life through her words. Imari Yumiki, glad to have you here! 🙂

1. Please Introduce yourself first?

I am Imari Yumiki, a everyday normal person who loves cosplay, anime, videogames, figure collecting, conventions, and has a never ending love for animals.

I am also a dedicated user of ACParadise.com which is a great cosplay website for fans all alike. I highly suggest it if you don’t have an account to get one! They cover all sorts of conventions and masquerades all over the USA, they also do cosplay events with industries at conventions where you can have fun promoting your favorite series! It’s open to all internationals and local USA to join to share their cosplay works.

ACP is my main cosplay page where everything is updated first when I get my photos from conventions. It also has my upcoming cons/plans. I do have other social networks and other websites I update but this is always my number 1 main.

2.What does cosplay mean to you?

Cosplay is one of the biggest hobby in my life, I have done it for many years now and I am never tired of it. It’s something where I can dress up and portray a character for a day. All the work I put into cosplay just to portray the character as best as I can with wig, costume, make up, and learning how to be in character is just a lot of fun. It touches my creative side in every way possible and I am happy to have this as one of my main hobbies. I do not see Cosplay as a serious business thing at all, it’s suppose to be having fun and doing what you love that counts the most. I don’t feel people should try to see this as a competitive hobby because cosplay is all about the creativity play all together.

3.What was your first cosplay?

Haha, it was such a long time ago, my first cosplays would be from Yu Yu Hakusho. Even though I only started to going to convention events in 2005 for the USA. I’ve been cosplaying longer than that, mostly at international events in the past.

4. Does your family support your cosplay?

Yes they do. My sister, Eve aka. Everon, takes majority of my photos for my cosplay. It’s nice to have someone who loves taking photos that is so accessible. :3 As for my parents, they believe that the creativity I get from all the cosplay making + wig/make up is a very good healthy hobby. They support my doings and do not believe it’s a waste of time. So they are perfectly fine with me doing what I love because they know I am clear minded and just having pure fun.

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

Being able to meet all the wonderful people through cosplay events and conventions. It’s always something I am grateful for. All the experiences I have had through cosplay has build what I am today, it is a part of me that will always mold me into a person with different experiences through my life.

6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?

If you follow my ACParadise.com page you can see all the new costumes I have been doing for 2011 so far. There are many more coming this year that is just too much to list, if you are interested I usually post sneak peak on all my social network pages. However the ratio seems to be tilting back where I am doing a lot of female characters this time around vs. the big ratio of male characters hee hee. I will keep my balance though, it’s so fun to cosplay things I really want to do this year though!

7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?

I really want to do something that is full body and mask covered, like Beelzemon from Digimon and Vampirdzhija Vjedogonia from Nitro+. (Yay Nitro+! It’s my passion to cosplay from my favorite artists/company works! I admit I am a big Nitro fan just like I am Harvest Moon fan haha. I’m such a nerdy gamer.) Cosplaying full demon/devil like character is something I really want to try!

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?

I make all of my cosplays, all the way from simple to complex, patterning/sewing/crafting/etc. Usually I will state which pieces I don’t make myself if there is any. I also style wigs and make props, the reason I love cosplay so much is because I can be so artsy and crafty. Constructing your own costumes and being able to wear them afterwards is a big happiness of mines.

9. Any other cosplayers you like?

All of my friends are very inspirational to me and people who have a strong passion for cosplay. I respect everyone who puts their very best and just having fun with cosplay.

10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?

I’ve learned to be more outgoing a bit and not clam up. Although I am still shy and sometimes run out of things to say, I try my best in talking to others and keeping up a conversation. But if anyone who has talked to me felt I just stopped talking, I apologize because most likely it’s just me shying and clamming up after I have lost a train of thought. (^^0

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

Cosplay Idea – In choosing what cosplays to do, I suggest choosing things you love, either series or character. The emphasis on the portrayal of character is much better when you love the character your doing. Sometimes if your interested in the costume due to artwork that’s ok too, just look into it to get more of the feel for the character.

Cosplay Choices – If you sew or learn to sew to make costumes. Never worry about trial and error, it happens to everyone. If there is never mistakes, you will never learn through the process. Don’t ever feel you have failed if you just make a mistake, it’s always ok to improve in the future. If you are buying your costumes just remember, your doing what you want to. It is ok for people to buy costumes and wear them in public as long as you are having fun doing what you want. Just as long as you never lie you made your costume, there is nothing wrong with buying outfits to wear. Credit properly to the ones who should be credited.

Tips – Whether your a competitive type masquerade or just cosplaying for fun. Always remember to respect others because not everyone is the same as you. Some people may put up a different view on cosplay and why they do it just let them be. If you do it for fun then never let anyone change that. There is nothing worse then letting yourself fall into someone’s way of thinking. Just like life, cosplay community is still a social community. Not everyone will get along but you will also meet many wonderful people who do, just have fun with it.

12. When will you stop cosplay ?

It really depends on how life changes, anything can happen in life but I like looking toward the positive of everything. Everything and anything is possible in life but no matter what I want to try my best looking at it positively. As long as I have time, I will always continue cosplaying and taking photos.

Cosplayer Interviews – Akane Yueyuki

I initially found Akane Yueyuki by her music, According to profile on Blogger, Akane feels interested about really LOTS of movies, music and books. In her word, she aims to show her artwork to the world. Joining in cosplay in October, 2010, she was ever the only one cosplaying as Maka at Animangaki. Here, Akane Yueyuki joins in our cosplay interviews to share her cosplay experience and tips. Thanks, Akane Yueyuki, XD.

1. Please Introduce yourself first?

Umm….ok….I’m really bad at this but here goes! I’m Akane Yueyuki, currently 18 going on 19 years old. Just started cosplaying in October last year and loving it! XD

2. What does cosplay mean to you?

It’s a way for me to express myself freely with friends…and just to enjoy life! ^^

3. What was your first cosplay?

My 1st cosplay was Maka Albarn from Soul Eater. She inspired me too much that I feel I MUST start cosplaying!

4. Does your family support your cosplay?

Yes, more or less….surprisingly….I thought they gonna kill me when they found out…but until now, they are still quite supportive.

5. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?

My 1st photoshoot! I never knew doing silly poses with others can be so much fun! Haha~

6. What are your 2011 cosplay plans?

Soul Evans from Soul Eater, Panty from PSG, Syaoran frm TRC and Maka Spartoi Version…all confirmed! Hehe ^^b

7. If possible, which anime/manga/game do you want to cosplay most?

I love anime the most…but for now, nothing strikes my interest…I’m still waiting for another anime that can make me overcome my love for Soul Eater…XD

8. Do you make costumes yourself or buy them?

For now, most of my costumes are bought (I don’t have a sewing machine T~T). But I do make my own props and parts of my costume, like my Maka boots…I love them so much…hehe…

9. Any other cosplayers you like?

Oh…there are so many epic cosplayers everywhere….but I have no particular interest on anyone for now…^^

10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?

Plenty…I learnt how to make up, make props, pose for photos, and much more. Now I have MUCH more knowledge on a lot of things compare to before!

11. Any advices you wanna share with cosplay newbies?

LOL! I’m still a newbie myself. XD But for all cosplayers just starting out, just have fun, mingle with everyone, ask A LOT…you’ll be surprised how nice and amazing cosplayers are! ^^

12. When will you stop cosplay ?

Dunno…I guess maybe when I have no more time for it…I hope not though…XD

Top 10 Cool Anime Boys in Naruto

After discouss ninja weapons and tools in Naruto, let’s unveil the coolest anime boys in naruto. Among characters in Naruto that leave deep impressions for lots of people, these handsome boys can’t be neglected actually.

Top 1: Minato Namikaze

Ever called as Konoha’s Yellow Flash and being able to turn around the war situation, Minato Namikaze has instinctive charisma. Flying thunder god technique, which is as brilliant as meteor, makes him be worthy of the Fourth Hokage.

Top 2: Uchiha Itachi

This is a kind-hearted man, who conceals endless sadness under the pitiless expression in his eyes. Indescribable ninjutsu feels like his meaningful words: the reality is just an illusion.

Top 3: Uchiha Sasuke

For sure, Uchiha Sasuke is cool, who charms so many girls. He is a man who buries love and hate in his deep heart. His Sharingan – Mangekyō Sharingan is also so cool.

Top 4: Sasori

Fiery-red hair looks like barbed rose. A sad childhood makes him step on a road without return and enjoy the excitement of fight. He considers eternity as a kind of art. Yes, this is Sasori – the first person in Akatsuki who died in battle.

Top 5: Sai

As a boy with lowly emotional quotient, Sai was influenced by Uzumaki Naruto. It’s believed his smile will seem as real and natural as his paintings one day.

Top 6: Gaara

Having never been closefisted in attacking, Gaara always shows us grandiose fight scenes. After becoming KazeKage, he found clinging belief. Plus the sober voice, he really becomes mature.


Top 7: Kakashi

The name of Copy Ninja gains much respect in the ninja world. Kakashi is a man with a story, who has cool posture of Hand Seals, calm thought and mysterious mask.


Top 8: Utakata

Appearing in the anime like a flash in the pan, Utakata is one of those tragic characters. Once laying down the burden in the heart and meeting a new life, he was killed by Pain. How miserable he isL!

Top 9: Hyuga Neji

Because of the flowing hair and graceful movements, he must do well in shooting an advertisement about shampoo ^_^! After breaking away from the puzzle of fatalism, he made a clear judgment on his life path.

Top 10: Uzumaki Naruto

Wind style chakra symbolizes Uzumaki Naruto’s personality: braveness and frankness. To realize the dream, he confirmedly embraces his Shinobido. Intense personality charm makes him fully deserve the honor of “cool boy”.

Bleach Gotei 13 Profile (Part II) – Insignias and Flowers

We have talked about profiles of captains & lieutenants in Gotei 13 last time. Here, profiles on insignias in the Gotei 13 are discussed.

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Bleach Gotei 13 Profile (Part I) – Captains & Lieutenants


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As the primary military branch of Soul Society and the main military organization most Shinigami join after graduating from the academy, Gotei 13 in Bleach leaves a deep impression for lots of people. Below are detailed introductions on captains & lieutenants in Gotei 13. Now, let’s take a look.

1st Division

Captain: Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto

Birthday: January 21

Height: 168 cm (5’6″)

Weight: 52 kg (115 lbs)

As the founder of the Bleach Educational Institution – Shinigami Academy, he is also the captain of the 1st Division and the captain-commander of the whole Gotei 13. He embraces sheer constancy and justice. In spite of the old age, his Shunpo and Zanpakutou still often make people tremble with fear by incomparable awfulness.

Lieutenant: Chōjirō Sasakibe

Birthday: November 4

Height: 179 cm (5’10½”)

Weight: 66 kg (146 lbs)

Being a little introverted, he always stands beside captain-commander Yamamoto.

2nd Division

Captain: Suì-Fēng

Birthday: February 11

Height: 150 cm (4’11”)

Weight: 38 kg (83 lbs)

She is the captain of the 2nd Division, the commander-in-chief of the Onmitsukidō and the corp commander of the Executive Militia. Born in lower noble houses – Fon house, where people make a living by penalization and assassination for generations, her primitive name is Shaolin Fon. After joining in Executive Militia, she inherited his grandmother’s name of Suì-Fēng. Having even been a subordinate for Yoruichi, she rather worshiped Yoruichi and felt very unforgiving about Yoruichi’s leaving without telling her. Suì-Fēng takes her mission strictly and does not forgive any enemy.

Lieutenant: Marechiyo Ōmaeda

Birthday: May 5

Height: 210 cm (6’10½”)

Weight: 151 kg (332 lbs.)

As several short scenes imply, he is rather fond of eating snacks and picking his nose.

3rd Division

Captain: Gin Ichimaru


Birthday: September 10

Height: 185 cm (6’1″)

Weight: 69 kg (152 lbs)

Gin Ichimaru was the captain of the 3rd Division at the start of the series. After betraying Soul Society, his lieutenant Izuru Kira took charge of 3rd Division. He was ever a subordinate of Aizen and an old friend for Rangiku. Always squinting and smiling, it’s hard to understand his thought. The past of this mysterious role was also a secret. Well treating Rangiku, he should think highly of Rangiku.

Lieutenant: Izuru Kira

Birthday: March 27

Height: 173 cm (5’8″)

Weight: 56 kg (123 lbs.)

While studying at Shinigami Academy, he met Renji, Hinamori and seemed like develop an unrequited love for Hinamori. He is gentle and cautious. But while staying with Gin, he is often different and feels a little nervous.

4th Division

Captain: Retsu Unohana

Birthday: April 21

Height: 159 cm (5’2½”)

Weight: 45 kg (99 lbs)

Having especially long braid, she is tender and merciful, being good at medical cure.

Lieutenant: Isane Kotetsu


Birthday: August 2

Height: 187 cm (6’1½”)

Weight: 70 kg (154 lbs)

In spite of seeming like a boy, we can discover she is a gilr by the chignon on her head and her sound.

5th Division

Captain: Sōsuke Aizen

Birthday: May 29

Height: 186 cm (6’1″)

Weight: 74 kg (163 lbs)

Seeming gentle, prudent and cordial, his being assassination is filled with mystery. Actually, it’s planned and acted by himself. All he did just aimed to capture the Hougyoku in Rukia’s body. It seems like he is afraid of nothing and feels confident with anything. The sense of a devil makes people tremble with fear.

Lieutenant: Momo Hinamori


Birthday: June 3

Height: 151 cm (4’11½”)

Weight: 39 kg (86 lbs)

Being sweetheart with Tōshirō since childhood, she met Renji and Izuru while studying at Shinigami Academy. Rather respecting captain of Aizen, she spared no efforts to help Aizen. Innocent, kind-hearted, yet a little dull, she was nearly killed by Aizen. Momo Hinamori is good at Kidou.

6th Division

Captain: Byakuya Kuchiki

Birthday: January 31

Height: 180 cm (5’11”)

Weight: 64 kg (141.1 lbs)

Being Rukia’s brother, Byakuya Kuchiki is the 28th inheritor of blue-blooded Kuchiki family. Kenseikan on his head is a hair accessory that can be worn only by aristocrats. His scarf ginpaku kazahana no uzuginu is only worn by inheritors in the Kuchiki family. He loves platycodon grandiflorum, strolling on the night and peppery items. Strictly abiding by etiquettes and creeds, he seems rather cool but shows hard-won gentleness while seeing the mysterious girl Hisana’s photo.

Lieutenant: Renji Abarai

Birthday: August 31

Height: 188 cm (6’2″)

Weight: 78 kg (172 lbs.)

Born in the 78th district of South Rukongai street, he is Rukia’s childhood friend. Graduating from Shinigami Academy in 2066, he is also a classmate for Hinamori and Izuru. Being assigned to the 5th Division while graduating and distributed to the 11th Division because of a strong fighting capability, he was promoted to be vice-captain of the 6th Division. He likes Takoyaki yet dislikes peppery items. Red hair and eyebrow tattooing make him seem rather fashionable. Also, his personality is rather passionate. In spite of being not frank enough while facing Rukia, he still spared no efforts to fight for her.

7th Division

Captain: Sajin Komamura

Birthday: August 23

Height: 288 cm (9’5″)

Weight: 301 kg (662 lbs.)

With a tall figure, he always wears a helm (or it may be a mask). But actually, he looks like a wolf. Being rather prudent, he is loyal to his benefactor – captain-commander Yamamoto.

Lieutenant: Tetsuzaemon Iba

Birthday: July 18

Height: 182 cm (6’0″)

Weight: 68 kg (150 lbs)

The robust figure and sunglasses make him seem rather cool. Having ever stayed in 11th Division, he is absolutely rather warm-blooded.

8th Division

Captain: Shunsui Kyōraku

Birthday: July 11

Height: 192 cm (6’3½”)

Weight: 87 kg (191 lbs.)

As the first captain since Shinigami Academy was founded, Shunsui Kyōraku is a schoolmate and also friend for Ukitake. Both of them are apprentices for captain-commander Yamamoto. According to description from Yamamoto, Shunsui Kyōraku can not withstand females and always acts flightily. But he is also meticulous and more sophisticated than anybody. Once fighting, he will show incomparable power. Relaxed, easy-going and fond of wine-tasting, he has unique life style. Besides, he is rather thoughtful for Nanao.

Lieutenant: Nanao Ise

Birthday: July 7

Height: 164 cm (5’4½”)

Weight: 48 kg (106 lbs)

Rather serious-minded and decent, she looks like a strict secretary. But also, she looks funny sometimes. Nanao always follows Kyōraku and takes good care of Kyōraku.

9th Division

Captain: Kaname Tōsen

Birthday: November 13

Height: 176 cm (5’9″)

Weight: 61 kg (134 lbs)

Kaname Tōsen has swarthy complexion and is totally blind. Falling in love with a girl who was killed by her husband, he decided to acquire power of justice and peace then. Following Aizen, he is rather insistent and unswerving.

Lieutenant: Shūhei Hisagi

Birthday: August 14

Height: 181 cm (5’11”)

Weight: 67 kg (148 lbs)

Shūhei Hisagi is the first student who was assigned to the Gotei 13 before graduation in recent years. He has a signet of 69 (or a tattoo) on the face. And bruises on the right cheek should be scratched by Hollow.

10th Division

Captain: Tōshirō Hitsugaya

Birthday: December 20

Height: 133 cm (4’4″)

Weight: 28 kg (62 lbs)

He is a gifted child and sweetheart with Hinamori since childhood. Tōshirō Hitsugaya is the youngest one among those 13 captains. Probably, he also has the poorest qualification. In spite of seeming childish and always frowning, he well treats Rangiku and Hinamori. He is wholehearted in protecting Hinamori.

Lieutenant: Rangiku Matsumoto

Birthday: September 29

Height: 172 cm (5’8″)

Weight: 57 kg (126 lbs)

Canty and generous, Rangiku Matsumoto is a pretty girl with brown hair. Besides hot figure, she is conscientious and prudent. Seeming cute as a little girl occasionally, she is reliable actually and rather powerful while meeting enemies. Her past is a riddle. But she is an old friend of Gin.

11th Division

Captain: Kenpachi Zaraki

Birthday: November 19

Height: 202 cm (6’7½”)

Weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)

Kenpachi Zaraki has a tall figure, weird hairstyle, under-eye bags reaching to the neck and a rather august face. Born in the 80th district of the North Rukongai, he is the only person who joined in the Gotei Juusantai without entry test and became the captain instantly. He deals with his hairstyle personally every morning. As Kenpachi Zaraki feels nauseated, he has never allowed Yumichika to touch his hair even though Yumichika wants to do this sometimes. Bell has been braided into the hair. Thus, it can not be taken down. There isn’t any food Kenpachi Zaraki specially loves. But he most dislikes eating nattō, which is extremely ropy and difficult to be swallowed. Kenpachi Zaraki is innocent, warm-hearted and bellicose.

Lieutenant: Yachiru Kusajishi

Birthday: February 12

Height: 109 cm (3’7″)

Weight: 15.5 kg (34 lbs.)

As lieutenant of the 11th Division, Yachiru Kusajishi owns the smallest and lightest figure. Born in the 79th district of north Rukongai street and like Kenpachi, she entered the 11th Division without any test and became the lieutenant instantly. Even though her sword is not rather long, she does not tie it on her waist but carries it by a string. Thus, she installs auxiliary wheels in the front of the scabbard, which is persuaded by ingenious Ikkaku. Yachiru rather loves eating sweets. She will eat up however many she gets.

12th Division

Captain: Mayuri Kurotsuchi

Birthday: March 30

Height: 174 cm (5’8½”)

Weight: 54 kg (119 lbs.)

Mayuri Kurotsuchi is the captain of the 12th Division and also the president of the Shinigami Research Institute. He has a crazily enthusiastic yet merciless hobby for research. Killing Uryū’s grandfather and relentlessly attacking Nemu for fighting, he exactly changes a lot after the mask was taken off.

Lieutenant: Nemu Kurotsuchi

Birthday: March 30

Height: 167 cm (5’6″)

Weight: 52 kg (114 lbs)

Nemu Kurotsuchi is the daughter of Mayuri, who created her by combining essences on Gigai technology and gikon technology. She could only maintain her body functions by drugs. Calm, dolce yet helpless, she obeyed orders from Mayuri anytime and had never hated him in spite of being attacked by Mayuri.

13th Division

Captain: Jūshirō Ukitake

Birthday: December 21

Height: 187 cm (6’1½”)

Weight: 72 kg (158 lbs.)

As the schoolmate and friend for Shunsui, both of them are Yamamoto’s apprentices. Jūshirō Ukitake is also the first captain of Shinigami Academy. Yamamoto said like this: Jūshirō Ukitake has an infirm body. But he is honest, gaining respect from the multitude and often becoming the center in the crowd. Incomparable power is shown once fighting. Ukitake is the commanding officer for Rukia. Fair-minded and cordial, he is esteemed by his subordinates.

Lieutenant: Kaien Shiba

Birthday: October 27

Height: 183 cm (6’0″)

Weight: 68 kg (150 lbs)

Kaien Shiba is admired by all people in the Gotei 13 by a modest personality.

Later, there will be Part II(about Gotei 13 insignias and flowers) to come.