As promised, we invite YurikoTiger to our cosplay interview, helping you better know her. One week ago, we found her Code Geass Kallen Stadtfeld cosplay, which seems rather appealing & gorgeous. This is an Italian girl who shows us many stunning photos in her gallery (you must be interested in taking a look too). Taiga Aisaka is her favorite cartoon character. But I most like her Sheryl Nome cosplay. Now, focus on what she says below.
1. Please introduce yourself first.
My real name is Eleonora, but everyone calls me with my nickname, Yuriko Tiger. I’ve born in the ’93, I’m Italian and I live in Imperia. Since I was a little girl I’ve loved the oriental world and it’s lifestyle, music, cooking and most of all anime and manga. I’m into cosplay since 2008, but all my “good” costumes have been made on this last year of activity. Besides from cosplay, I also have other hobbies, like singing, dancing and drawing. My dream is to become famous, in Japan if possible… I hope I can do it someway!
2. What does cosplay mean to you?
On my first experiences as a cosplayer, cosplay for me was only a fun game, but nowadays it became more than a simple hobby or a way to have fun. I have thousand of cosplay projects at the moment, and every new convention that appears I want to partecipate and have fun with my costumes! Maybe for someone that will sound really stupid, but cosplay is, at the current moment, the thing that I love or admire.
3. What and when was your first cosplay?
Haruhi Suzumiya, back in 2008 @ Fumettopoli (a convention in Milan). I’ve received that cosplay for my birthday that year and I’ve convinced myself to take it to a convention… I loved Haruhi, it was great on stage!
4. What is your most memorable cosplay experience?
My most memorable cosplay experience? I think that my first cosplay suits this well. It was kinda horrible, I was really young, afraid and goofy. But it was my first time on a convention and I had so much fun with my friends that I can’t forget it. Besides that, recently I’ve cosplayed as Mephisto Pheles from the anime Ao no Exorcist: my first crossplay! And it was a huge success amongst the girls. I’m really happy about that, I’m really satisfied, more that winning a contest. ^ ^
5. What’s your favorite photo shoot?
I love to take photo shooting sessions, and I’m lucky enough to know many photographers who I can meet during conventions, but as from today my favorite one is the Kaku Bunwa one, taken by Cosmoplay photographers. Also, I love the Anna (from He is My Master) taken by a friend, Fabio Viziano!
6. What’s your favorite anime/manga/game character to cosplay as?
Aisaka Taiga from the anime Toradora. Part of my nickname, as you can surely figure out by yourself ;3, is taken from her. We’re almost the same as behaviour ^//^ .. I really want to cosplay as her, but physically we’re not really look-a-like.
7. Any cosplay plan in future?
Soon I’ll cosplay as Elsea from the anime Kami nomi zo shiru Sekai; Blue Rose from the anime Tiger & Bunny; and (I hope, at least) Sonic, from the worldwide famous Sega games. Sonic is my first childhood hero, so it’s an important project for me. Also, it will be my first Fursuit cosplay… let’s hope for the best!
8. Do you make your costumes yourself or buy them?
Both. But I’m not really good at sewing ç_ç so almost all of my costumes are commissioned or bought on the web. But I love to think about the exhibitions, fitting into the character role and painting weapons and fabric.
9. Any other cosplayers you like?
I don’t have a favorite one. I really love many cosplayers that I found really inspiring, like Nadiask, Neneko, Shoko, Kaname and many others!
10. Do some changes happen to you after cosplay?
11. Any advice you wanna share with cosplay newbies?
The biggest lesson I’ve discovered so far is this one: a good make up really makes the difference between a poor or mediocre cosplay and a really good one. Also, wig’s choice is really important, so don’t underestimate that! Also, if anyone want to know, I only use lenses bought from Pinky Paradise. I love them. Good range of color, good price, maximum comfort. Lastly but not last, enjoy what you do. Really. Don’t listen to anyone who talk at your shoulders or mocks you. Cosplay is fun first of all, not a job or something to be ashamed of!