Sydney-based cosplayer on cosplay inspirations, crossplay and designing.
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22 Mar 2017 - 11:39 AM  UPDATED 23 Mar 2017 - 4:12 PM

AmenoKitarou (A.K. Wirru) is a Sydney-based cosplayer who’s travelled across the world as a cosplay judge and guest, recently attending Alcon Tasmania and Katsucon in the United States. We spoke with him about his cosplay inspirations, crossplay and designing.

Wirru was first introduced to cosplay in 2005 at a convention, and sees it as an extension of his love for pop culture and anime.

“I’ve always been attracted to pop culture and anime one way or another,” he tells SBS PopAsia. “I used to draw fanart. When I got bored of that, I started discovering cosplay.”

“I honestly don’t know [what the turning point was when I realised I could make a career out of it],” he says. “I just kept going.”

Photo credit: Byte Size Photography.

His designs vary from Genji, the cybernetic ninja from Blizzard’s Overwatch, to Yuri on Ice’s Russian ice-skater, Viktor. Since his outfits vary in scale and tone, he approaches each project differently.

“I gather as many reference pictures as I can,” he says. “I go through a process thinking about the logistics of the costume, how the design is composed together, and how it can be physically possible. The planning stage is probably the most fun out of everything [laughs].”

“[When choosing a character to cosplay], it’s a mixture of aesthetics, character and creative challenge,” he continues. “I like a costume to look good, to have some trouble making it, and to embody a lovable character.”

One of Wirru’s more obscure cosplays; his crossplay of Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus, came to him while watching the third season of Sailor Moon Crystal.

Photo credit: Byte Size Photography.

“I was deep in that rabbit hole,” he says. “Portraying a female character as a guy is an artistic challenge in cosplay because it’s all about transforming.”

As a costume artist, he has a lot of pride in creating his own outfits; and there’s never been a project he’s had to turn down.

“I love the pride that comes with being [able] to say that I 100 per cent made everything,” he says. “As a costume artist, my work is so much more than the picture of my cosplays. It’s all the Work-In-Progress photos, the crafting logs and tutorials that I make along the way. It’s the entire journey to the end product that makes it fun for me.”

You can follow his work and tutorials on cosplay here.
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