We sat down with Yosuke Sora, one of our guest cosplayers at Akiba Town 2017, to find out more about their cosplay roots and what makes them tick. A Singaporean cosplayer with a love for Free! (especially Rin Matsuoka), Gintama and Ensemble Stars, they started cosplay back in 2011 and found an interest in it ever since.
How did u come up with your cosplay name?
Nothing special to be honest, it just came to mind (laughs).
When/how did u start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying in 2011, it all begun when my friends introduced me to anime and we attended a convention together! After that, I found cosplay interesting and wanted to try it out myself.
Is cosplay something you can see yourself doing in 10 years?
Things are unpredictable, but I hope I will still have the interest to do so in 10 years time. Cosplaying is a lovely hobby and you can really learn lots from it!
Who has been the most fun to cosplay so far?
Rin Matsuoka (from Free!) of course!
If you had to, what cosplay do you not mind wearing everyday for the rest of your life?
Rin Matsuoka. I love Rin Matsuoka (laughs).
If time and money were not an issue, what would be your dream cosplay?
Right at this moment it would be 一叶之秋 from 全职高手 (The King’s Avatar) or Rin Matsuoka in Sydney, Australia!
Who’s your favourite cosplayer?
Kuryu from Japan is definitely my favourite cosplayer. She has always been an inspiration for me, and she is also partly the reason why I want to continue cosplaying and improving my cosplays. Not only do I love her portrayal of my favourite characters, I really respect how she stays humble and continues to do what she loves.
Oh boy, this is a tough question isn’t it? Firstly, most of the anime I watch are generally targeted at female target audiences (e.g. “sports anime” etc.) Hence, most of my favourite characters are of the opposite gender. Secondly, I also feel that my build and facial features are more suitable for male characters, and I wouldn’t be able to portray female characters that well. Lastly, cosplaying male characters is what I feel most comfortable doing. Whenever I cosplay female characters, I get rude comments from the public that leave me uncomfortable. Since cosplaying (to me) is about portraying my favourite characters and bringing them to life, I’d rather stay in my comfort zone and continue doing what I like to do and enjoying it.
Describe your favourite anime series in one sentence
Angsty swimming anime boys.
Are you a cat or a dog person?
Strangest thing you’ve eaten?
I can’t remember.
If you could be any fictional character who would it be? Why?
This is a difficult question, I love so many characters!
If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
It’d be good to be able to fly! (laughs) But hey, I wouldn’t mind being like Todoroki (from Boku no Hero Academia); half hot, half cold!
Hit me with your best pick up line
I feel like Kaoru Hakaze from Ensemble Stars when people ask for a pick up line. I shall share some horrible ones I’ve came up with in order to caption my Kaoru Hakaze photos:
- Do you feel dead? Cuz I will make you…undead ~ ♫ (Undead is the name of the idol group he belongs to)
- Theres something in your eye! I guess its me ~
- Hey, have an apple, because you’re the apple of my eye ~ ♫
Lets end this here, I am cringing!
We would like to thank Yosuke Sora for taking the time to answer our questions. Do catch them at Akiba Town 2017 from 4 – 6 August at Marina Bay Sands Expo Hall, Level 1.