Chapter 16: K

I’d like to talk a little about my good friend K, who I’ve talked about in previous posts as we are currently podcasting together.

I remember meeting K back in 2008 at his birthday party at Hyde Park in London. I’d been invited by a friend to attend and figured it would be fun to meet more cosplay people. It’s weird to think back on it now but that was the same day I met my wife. Anyway, K often reminds me that I gave him £10 in his card and he figured I must be okay.

Skip forward a few months and I find myself spending the night in the same room as K. We don’t really remember what we talked about but we kept talking until about 6 am when we finally decided to sleep and I knew I’d found myself an amazing friend. The more we hung out together the more grateful I was to be around someone that made me feel comfortable.

He was the reason I cosplayed from Ouran High School Host Club. I wanted to spread my wings and try something new. And there K was, smiling at me and telling me to go for it.

Hell, even today he’s one of the only few people that I actively want to spend time with and don’t piss me off after 10 minutes. It’s good to have that friend in your life that you know well always bring a smile to your face and will pick you up, not just to be a good friend, but because of the respect and love you.

I love you K!

Until next time!

Chapter 4: Cosplay

It’s 02:44 AM Sunday morning (23/09/2018). Today I had the pleasure of being shouted at to get up, thankfully not because of nightmares from my daughter, but because I’m picking some friends up from the airport. Not that that really matters but I like keeping dates and times of what I was up to when I wrote these, mostly for myself when I go back and read them and criticise my own writing.

So… Today, let us talk about, drum roll, … Cosplay! I hope the title didn’t give it away.

My first introduction to Cosplay was 25/05/2008, when an old friend of mine invited me to my first Comic-Con, MCM London Expo. 6 months later at the next convention (25/10/2008), I would be cosplaying as L from Death Note. Not a hard cosplay to do, but I was new to the scene and was testing the waters.

L cosplay

Another time jump of about 4 months and I was travelling up to London every weekend to cosplay with a new group of friends I met online. Those were some great days and incredibly fun. That’s where I met my wife and probably the man (let’s call him K for now) I’d potentially leave her for (that will make them both laugh if they ever read this). We actually all met at K’s birthday party and many cosplay adventures later I had bought my first real cosplay, Kaien from Bleach.

Kaien Cosplay 1

Most of these cosplays were pretty simple but it was fun to be part of the cosplay community. So, about a year after K’s birthday (2010), we found ourselves preparing for the first cosplay that I put a lot of thought and effort into. K and I would cosplay from a well-known anime at the time called Ouran High School Host Club. We would be the Hitachiin Twins.

Twins cosplay 1

Needless to say, we were pretty popular, to the point where people would scream at us from excitement haha. Those were some awesome days and I felt pretty awesome. This was my first cosplay where people actually wanted photos of my consistently, we would walk about 15 feet and get asked for a photo. My ego at the time was soaring pretty high. This is all where K cemented himself in my life, well it was more of me handcuffing him and swallowing the key. After doing multiple versions of the twins over the course of about 3 years, we started just doing our own cosplays (much to my chagrin as I loved the attention).

My wife and I did multiple couples cosplays, Amu Hinamori and Ikuto Tsukiyomi from Shugo Chara! (24/10/2010), Maka and Soul from Soul Eater (23/10/20),  InuYasha and Kagome from InuYasha (annoyingly can’t find a date or a photo for). All of which was a lot of fun and widening my interests in anime and cosplay.

Maka and Soul 1

It’s been about 4 years since I last cosplayed. I’ll talk about the others that I did, probably even write a post about the My Little Pony Cosplay. I do miss cosplaying and I’m hoping to cosplay again in May, so we shall see.

See you next time!