I would never be able to cosplay. First off, my body type doesn't really lend itself well to many of the anime characters out there. Second, I wouldn't even know how I would find the time to put together a costume like that. Third, I have nowhere near the skill and talent that it takes to put together a cosplay outfit. I believe cosplay truly is an art that gets an awful amount of ridicule, and it should be getting the opposite.
Putting together an anime costume is an art, without a doubt. The amount of man hours that goes into creating an anime costume is mind-boggling. Not only do you have to have all sorts of seamstress skills, you also need to have a very keen eye for detail. The people that cosplay make sure they have ever tiny aspect of their outfits right, otherwise they won't be taken seriously.
What do these uber-fans get for pouring so much time, money and work into their cosplay outfits? They get the adoration of few, and the mean comments of many. I've seen some absolutely terrible things said about cosplayers. How someone can put down a person for working hard and showing their passion is beyond me. Cosplayers may be few and far between, but their commitment to a project and dedication to all that work is worth praise.
What do you think about cosplay/ Are you a cosplayer as well? Have you ever considered trying out your own cosplay costume? If you have done cosplay in the past, please feel free to share your photos with us!