Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Some take offence as cosplayers bare more

My Paper, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Page A4, News, Legal Remedy
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By Jalelah Abu Baker, jalmsab@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Nov 19, 2013



TOO MUCH FLESH? A cosplayer dressed as Ryuko Matoi of Kill la Kill sparked a dispute over the exposure of her breasts at an anime fest.
PHOTO: TOO MUCH FLESH? A cosplayer dressed as Ryuko Matoi of Kill la Kill sparked a dispute over the exposure of her breasts at an anime fest.
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My Paper, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Page A4, News, Legal Remedy



PURPLE wig, check. Fierce red contact lens, check. Clingy torso-baring red costume? Why not?

Cosplayers have become more gutsy in imitating fictional characters to a tee with their costumes and accessories, enthusiasts told MyPaper. But the outfits have ruffled some feathers.

On Nov 9, the second day of the three-day Anime Festival Asia (AFA), police were called in when there was a dispute between a middle-aged woman and a cosplayer.

The cosplayer was dressed as Ryuko Matoi from the anime Kill la Kill. Her get-up mirrored the character's, right down to the now-thorny issue of the exposed bottom of her breasts.



Another Cosplay Ryuko Matoi from 'kill la kill'
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The police said the women acknowledged the police's advice to settle the matter amicably, and that no further police assistance was required.

MyPaper understands that general guidelines for such events include not showing nipples for women, nor private parts.

Online debate has been rife, with many people saying cosplayers should be allowed to dress like the characters they play.



Ryuuko Matoi from 'Kill La Kill', Through the Flames
PHOTO: Ryuuko Matoi from "Kill La Kill", Through the Flames
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Mr Clive Lee, 34, who has been active in the arena for 12 years, said: "In the past, people would try to reveal as little as possible. Now, they are more willing and daring to stick as closely as possible to the character."

A polytechnic lecturer and a judge at this year's AFA costume competition, he said Singapore is getting more open-minded to cosplayers in more revealing outfits.

Mr Joseph Lim, who has organised cosplay events, said that as the cosplayer population here grows, participants are becoming more confident. When they are at events with people who share a common interest, they dress up to express themselves, he said.



KILL la KILL (キルラキル) ~ Ryuuko Matoi (纏 流子)
PHOTO: KILL la KILL (キルラキル) ~ Ryuuko Matoi (纏 流子)
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However, according to the law, a person who is "clad in such a manner as to offend against public decency or order" may be guilty of an offence.

Mr Shawn Chin, AFA's executive festival director, said: "If any cosplayer is seen to break the law, the organisers may ask the cosplayer to leave the festival."

"Ryuko" left in tears, though it's not clear if she was asked to.
By Jalelah Abu Baker, jalmsab@sph.com.sg, mypaper, Published on Nov 19, 2013



Ryuko Matoi - Kill la Kill
PHOTO:  Ryuko Matoi - Kill la Kill
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Ryuuko Matoi from 'Kill La Kill' in her Senketsu outfit.
PHOTO: Ryuko Matoi - Kill la Kill
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