After Hours

Costume contestants from Anime Central strut their stuff

This is Jill Valentine - but who are the rest?

One of the main reasons people attend anime conventions is for the opportunity to dress like their favorite characters. This gallery shows just a few of the costumed attendees at the recent Anime Central convention in Rosemont, Illinois. Kudos go to the FansView Web site for providing the photos.

Now, I am not an Anime aficionado by any stretch, so I don't recognize but a few of these costumes. But I know some of you are well-versed in all things Anime. As you flip through the images, help us identify the characters. Drop a note in the discussion thread to the gallery and tell us who is being represented in the photos and perhaps critique the quality of the costumes.

I am no expert, but it appears to me that some attendees did not put much effort into their costumes at all, while some must have spent weeks perfecting their costumes. What do you think?

Photo courtesy of Kevin Lillard at A Fan's View of Anime Conventions

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37 comments
seanferd
seanferd

Anybody in the peanut gallery feel a little insecure? A little threatened? Any of you card-carrying men? No? But really, what is up with that one guy? Professional animé convention model or something?

jfuller05
jfuller05

The first picture (Jill Valentine) is the only good representation of the character. The rest of the pictures are just embarrassing.

reelskills
reelskills

Can anyone say Arrested Development?

yongtw123
yongtw123

Some of them almost make me puke...

2WiReD
2WiReD

Army trainings the only thing thats going to save these guys from doom once they move out of their moms basements

GSG
GSG moderator

If that's what watching Anime does for you, I'm glad I'm not a fan. This seemed more like an excuse for some guys to dress up in drag, and for others to demonstrate to the world at large what having no life will do for you.

ginoclementi
ginoclementi

I see Samas Aran, one of the DOA girls and Sailor Moon

Doc.Farmer
Doc.Farmer

Uh, you folks *DO* realise that many of these photos are guys in drag, right?

WoW > Work
WoW > Work

01 Jill Valentine 02 Random Pokemon catcher 03 Millenia (Grandia II) 04 Can't remember (Anime, I do know that) 05 Probably a Sailor Something 06 Again, probably a Sailor Whatever (men need to stop cosplaying as girls) 07 No clue 08 Probably a random ninja 09 A Pikman (Gamecube game) 10 Princess Zelda 11 Rosalina from Mario Galaxy 12 Probably Hogwarts kids (and very Emo, I might add) 13 Luigi and Mario (Maria?) 14 No idea 15 Random maid? 16 Random samauris with random greaser 17 Chobit (seriously, men...stop.) 18 No idea 19 Nepolian with random people? (looks familiar) 20 Dunno the name, but could be called "Jailbait" 21 No clue 22 Queen from Katamari Damacy 23 I assume the Invisible Man 24 Some anime characters...look familiar 25 Mario, Peach and Luigi 26 Looks like random fairies and witches 27 Looks familiar, can't remember 28 Again, looks familiar, can't remember the name 29 Dunno, but looks like maybe from Phantasy Star 30 Whoever it is, barely SFW 31 Silent Bob 32 My guess: 300? 33 Dunno 34 I dunno 35 Dunno again 36 Ryu and Ken (Street Fighter) 37 Spawn 38 Naruto? 39 Possibly Heartless from Kingdom Hearts? 40 Characters from (I believe) Shadows of the Colossus 41 Looks random 42 Ah My Goddess (I think) 43 Just looks random 44 Dunno 45 Dunno 46 Looks like Castlevania 47 Possibly Rosa from Final Fantasy 4 48 Dunno 49 Terra from Final Fantasy 6 50 Prince from Katamary Damacy 51 Dunno, dunno, dunno 52 Hellsing (Anime) 53 Sailor Whatever 54 No clue 55 Dunno 56 Pikachu and dunno 57 That patiotic bird from Sesame Street! Sweeeet! 58 I dunno 59 Dante from Devil May Cry 60 Dunno (funny sign) 61 I dunno 62 Kairi from Kingdom Hearts (I think?) 63 Samus Aran (Metroid, outside the metal suit) 64 Dunno (looks familiar) 65 Dunno 66 I think it's Jon Talbain from Dark Stalkers 67 Kasumi from Dead Or Alive 68 Another Jill Valentine 69 I dunno 70 I dunno 71 I dunno 72 I dunno 73 Looks familiar, but can't remember where 74 No clue 75 No idea 76 Another Naruto? 77 I dunno 78 I dunno 79 I dunno 80 I dunno 81 I dunno

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Okay, I can recognize Silent Bob, Jill Valentine, Alice, Mario, and a few others. And I am sure that there are Final Fantasy references, but I am at a loss to indentify most of the characters depicted by the costumed attendees of the Anime Central convention. This is where you can help -- who are these folks supposed to be? Pick an image and share your knowledge.

malmu2000
malmu2000

As a Bleach fan, I would say that image 45 (Shunsui and Nanao) and image 16 (especially Tousen, on far right) are excellent representations of their characters. Shin-chan (image 60) is also a correct representation.

eM DuBYaH
eM DuBYaH

I love the comments! HILARIOUS!! Guess what to the folks yelling bigot out there? It's ok to love a lilly livered skirt sporting tranny, but guess what?!? There's those of us that do not dig on that, don't condone it, AND it makes the manly men wanna' puke. Get over it, that's life and that's the way it is. A guy can wear a dress, that's his right to do so if he wants, but he's a complete idiot if he thinks nobody is going to laugh!

DragonSama
DragonSama

I?ve been a huge anime fan for years. Heck I watched anime since I was a kid. I remember sitting in front of the TV after school watching Robotech, Voltron, Transformers, and Tranzor Z and loving every second of it. It wasn?t until I was 19 that I learned that these shows were from Japan and I started watching a lot of different anime. I started with Project A-ko, Bubblegum Crisis, Tank Police and Ranma and just keep branching out from there. For those who say these guy will never have I life I can tell you that this is just not the case. I am an IT manager for an architect firm, I am married to a wonderful woman, I have my own house, and I live 1500 miles away from any of my relatives. All of the friends I have still watch anime and have gone on to have very sucessful careers of their own as well. One is a doctor, oneis an english professer, and some of the others are in IT as well. I have gone to conventions as a Fan, a cosplayer, staff, a guest, and as a dealer. I can tell you that everyone there is just there to have fun and a good time. Almost everyone is friendly and you can easily talk to just about anyone and get along. Most of the guys who are crossplaying know they look ridiculous. They are just doing it for a laugh and to have fun. Which is the whole point of the convention. And no I have never crossplayed but I don?t begrudge anyone who does. So really can we stop the pointless bashing? It just makes you sound small and bigoted when you do.

jruby
jruby

There's a bunch of guys in these pictures who need to turn in their man-cards. And a bunch of women in these pictures who look qualified to be issued one....

coolmando
coolmando

Wow... what is this doing here on TR? Though I'm not a big fan of Anime, I didn't realize cross dressing or guys in drag was such a big part of it.

jpmorgan
jpmorgan

one of them should have ironed that backdrop before the shoot.

Ground Controll
Ground Controll

I'm trying to figure out why Tech Republic is reporting on a Transvestite convention... and what this has to do with anything technical? Seems to be scraping the bottom of the barrel!

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

But I was trying real hard not to think about it.

lin2k4
lin2k4

38 has a semi-Naruto headband and kunai along with a Vash the Stampede jacket. An interesting character...

feklar42
feklar42

7 is Tokyo Babylon 27, 55 is possibly a tenchi muyo series? 75 is Bubblegum Crisis 80, Ikkitousen? Not sure if 18 is one of these also

coderancher
coderancher

5, 24 are Haruhi Suzumiya from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. 15 looks like Emma from Victorian Romance Emma. 21 is Suiginto from Rozen Maiden. 34 is Merle from Escaflowne. 53 is Super Sailor Moon. 73 is Mikuru Asahina from the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya doing the "eyebeam" pose and wearing one of the many costumes the main character forces her to wear.

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4. Misa from Death Note 8. Pink Power Ranger Kimberly from Power Rangers the Movie 16. Captins Soi Fon, Tousin, and Aizen from Bleach 19. Risa Hawkeye, Roy Mustang, and Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist 26. The one in black is Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service, the one in blue I think is Alice from Alice in Wonderland 30. That's another Misa from Death Note 39. Shadow Heartless from Kingdom Hearts 42. Belldandy from Ah/Oh My Goddess 43. General Tao from Dragonball 45. Captin Shunsui and Lt. Nanao 50. I think it's one of his cousins 51. Characters from Yugioh GX 58. Susuke Uchiha from Naruto Shippuden 60. Shin from Shin Chan 62. Kingdom Hearts 2 to be precise 64. From left to right Xaldin, Demyx, Xemnas, Axel, and center Saix from Kingdom Hearts 2 69. Eureka from Eureka 7 72. Saya from Blood+ 74. All of them are Saya from Blood+ 81. Captin Hitsugaya from Bleach

Joebleed
Joebleed

#19 is from Full Metal Alchemest. Dude in read is Edwared Elric the two in blue, i can't remember their names. I think the guy on the right is the flame alchemest (Roy Mustang) and the girl in blue, his partner/assistent. can't remember her name. #36 looks like the kenu and ryu (or something like that from street fighter. #45 looks like it is Bleach. the guy in the hat is a squad Captian and the woman is the squad's vice captian. Can't remember their names off hand or squad number. #69 is Eureka from Eureka Seven #81 is also Bleach. another squad captin. the short one. Can't remember his name either.

Tenagra71
Tenagra71

The slightly above average looking chick about 6 or 7 pictures from the end had THEE hottest and coolesst costume. The one with all teh blue, the super high heel look and the molded plastics. Way cool. And was that a catsuit underneath? BAM!

JPru22
JPru22

I am more interested in reading about who people think the characters are supposed to be (the entire point of this thread). Loved the Katamari Damacy costumes. I am not huge into anime so I could not guess most of them. Silent Bob ROCKS!!

PonderousMan
PonderousMan

Well, that's just a wonderful way to show your appreciation for people who put hours of time into putting together costumes by slamming what you think their sexuality is. I suppose you don't do anything that others frown on? No wonder they say Texas is full of bigots...

JamesRL
JamesRL

A multi type of fan convention with anime/horror/comics/gaming/sci-fi etc. I didn't see any cross dressing going on, unless one of those darth vaders was female. One of the coolest bits of cross over was when an anime dresser came to join the Guitar Hero contest. James

Dr. Tarr
Dr. Tarr

... but it appears that the same guy is in several of the photos - all as different women.

malmu2000
malmu2000

The guy in the middle looks more like Byakuya Kuchiki, 6th division captain. The hair has streaks like Byakuya's. Aizen had a much different hairstyle when he was a shinigami and usually wore glasses when wearing his black kimono.

jruby
jruby

And, no, he was not from Texas (nor am I originally, I just work here): He who first resorts to name calling has lost the argument. Guess that puts me a step ahead.

Dark_syde_admin
Dark_syde_admin

Ok, maybe I don't get the whole anime thing. I will admit I am NOT a big anime fan, but this has got to be one of the most disturbing galleries on TR. And since when were the Muppets anime?!? (Sam the Eagle).