How are you doing, fancy cosplayer?
This month we introduce you to the lovely Ari B-Rabbit, a great cosplayer from Barcelona.
We've been following her work for too long and even secretly admiring her until we decided it was finally the time to ask her to be our Cosplayer of the Month!
KWC: Introduce yourself. How old are you, where do you live, and what do you do?
AriB-Rabbit I'm Ari B-Rabbit, I'm a cosplayer from Barcelona (Spain) and I'm 19 years old. Right now I'm studying a course of custom-fitted dress and performance!
I love listening to J-Music, Ost's, Disney songs, etc. I also enjoy watching movies and analysing the dresses, the plots and everything else! And I also love to make cosplay tutorials, to take photos and to edit them with photoshop.
I began cosplaying on 2009! It makes me very happy to work in each costume and doing it the most similar and realistic possible, being able to dress up as my favourite characters and bring them to life.
KWC: Do you have any other hobbies besides cosplaying?
AriB-Rabbit Yes! I love making Fandubs, editing videos (and making them, of course), photography and dancing parapara or techpara.
KWC: What is your favourite game/manga/anime/comic/movie?
AriB-Rabbit I don't know which one to choose because all of them have marked me in a different way... but if I have to choose some, they would be:
Game: Kingdom Hearts (I/II and 358/2 days), TWEWY, Pokemon (a lot of them), Final Fantasy XII (Revenant Wings), Final Fantasy XIII,Alice Madness Returns ...
Manga: Full moon wo Sagashite,Kuroshitsuji and Pandora Hearts.
Anime: Chobits, Full Metal Alchemist,Sakura Card Captor,Katekyo Hitman Reborn,Durarara!..
Comic: I don't read comics right now... but I have some I'd like to read!
Movie: Nearly all Disney's movies! [Above all Tangled], the Treasure's Planet, Sherlock Holmes, The Fifth Element, Stardust, Moulin Rouge, Rise of Guardians, etc. I've got an enormous list! I'm a huge movie fan!
KWC: Which are your favourite characters?
AriB-Rabbit I have a special affection for Alice B-Rabbit, from Pandora Hearts, since we're similar in some aspects. But I also adore Sora and Xion from Kingdom Hearts, Tsuna from Katekyou Hitman Reborn, Oz from Pandora Hearts too, Rapunzel from Tangled and a lot more...
KWC: Do you have some favourite cosplayers or a role model?
AriB-Rabbit I love a lot of cosplayers from the entire world! Specially: Lupin (Line Maria Eriksen), Calssara, Usagi Tsukino, Ryoko Demon, Ryuu Seika, Elffi... And I'm sure I'm not mentioning some others I like a lot, but all of them inspire me a lot!
KWC: How did you get interested in cosplay?
AriB-Rabbit I have always been a fan of anime and manga, since I was a little kid. And with time I discovered more things I liked about the Japanese culture. At the beginning, when I first attended conventions, I saw a lot of people dressed as my favourite characters. And I had the fleeting idea that I could also do it, but it went away unnoticed. Until some years later, when I listened to Hatsune Miku's songs, it was then when I thought of making my first cosplay for real. Miku was a character I felt very identified to in that moment, but I didn't have any idea of how to sew, so I couldn't make that cosplay... I began with something a bit simpler, my Mokona cosplay! At that moment, I was watching Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle on television and I loved it! The more cosplays I made, the more meaning they became for me. I love to put myself in the character's place.
KWC: What does cosplay mean to you?
AriB-Rabbit For me, cosplay is a very funny and special hobby, the process and the result , since you can create the dress and, after that, play the character. It's like a dream! I love to characterize my favourite characters and, above all, being able to dress myself with something I've made up on my own. Sometimes cosplays give serious headaches because of different reasons, but it's always worth of it in the end!
KWC: When did you start cosplaying and what was your first cosplay?
AriB-Rabbit I began to cosplay in 2009 May (I'll soon reach my fourth year in the cosplay world, wow!) and my first cosplay was : Mokona Modoki, from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles// XXXHolic.
KWC: Do you make or buy your cosplays?
AriB-Rabbit At first I bought a pair of cosplays, since I didn't dare to make some things (I bought the cosplay of Yuuki Kiran from Vampire Knight and the gabardine of the Organization XIII from Kingdom Hearts), but I've made all the rest myself, some of them with help from my grandmother, since I didn't begin to sew with sewing machine until two years ago... But I love to make the patterns and sewing! Above all when you see that they taking their form!
KWC: Which cosplay was your favorite?
AriB-Rabbit Unfff... I don't know if I would be able to choose one. I love a lot of them: Chesire Neko from Pandora Hearts, because it was very difficult for me to make it; Ciel Phantomhive's one (strawberry version) from Kuroshitsuji and the cosplay of Serah Farron, from Final Fantasy XIII.
KWC: Least favorite cosplay? Why?
AriB-Rabbit Well ... one I couldn't even put on. Medea's, from Final Fantasy XII (Revenant Wings). It was a very difficult cosplay and I lacked experience. It had a lot of details and it was very difficult to put on: I spent 6 hours for wearing it and, however, there were a lot of things unfinished. I was so depressed that I didn't do it. It affected me a lot, that everything came out so wrong...
KWC: Do you prefer cosplay or crossplay? Why?
AriB-Rabbit The two of them, I don't mind the gender of the character but his/her personality, so I alternate them.
KWC: How do you choose a character to cosplay?
AriB-Rabbit Well, first, I think about the character and personality, then about the costume. Most characters I choose are tsunderes ,with willpower, with fighting spirit, brave, etc.
Although also sometimes, when I look at the costumes first, I immediately check if I like the character, then do the cosplay.
KWC: What is the hardest part when you are starting a new cosplay?
AriB-Rabbit First, find the fabrics! There are times when it takes me months to find the perfect fabric for a cosplay ... But I think the hardest thing for me is to adjust the patterns, because I'm not very accurate, just in case, because sometimes I'm wrong and I prefer to leave a little more, so I have to adjust it all to my body and it's to hard if you don't have a mannequin ...
KWC: Do you cosplay alone or with friends?
AriB-Rabbit Sometimes alone and sometimes with friends. Depends on the cosplay. Sometimes we coincide and we go together or we do it together.
KWC: On what occasions do you cosplay?
AriB-Rabbit When I go to conventions, meetups with friends or at photo shoots.
KWC: What do your family and friends think about cosplay? Do they like it?
AriB-Rabbit At first they thought it was strange, but when I was small, in carnival I had gone from Sailor Moon and Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne, so they supported me always and still support me now because they see that I like it and I'm very creative with it, so they like it!
KWC: What's your opinion on the cosplay community in your country?
AriB-Rabbit I think there are really amazing cosplayers who work very hard and they are very friendly. That's really nice, even though like around the world, I guess, there are always silliness problems, and that makes the world of cosplay rot a bit ...
KWC: What are your next cosplays?
AriB-Rabbit [Now I'm finishing the cosplays of Rapunzel (Artbook) and Finn the Human] So my next cosplays will be Syaoran Li from Cardcaptor Sakura (the second film), finish my Rapunzel cosplay of the film and then I'll do Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones, but I'm still not sure.
Cosplays so far:
Eheheh...! You are so lucky, I made a list!
-Mokona Modoki [White] From Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
-Meroko Yui [Manga Version] From Full Moon Wo Sagashite
- Cheshire Neko From Pandora Hearts
- Oz Bezarius [Child Version] From Pandora Hearts
- Ciel Phantomhive [Strawberry Version] From Kuroshitsuji
-Ciel Phantomhive [Volume VI] From Kuroshitsuji
-England [Independence War Version] From Axis Power Hetalia
-Sawada Tsunayoshi From Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
-Xion From Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
-Sonic The Hedgehog
-Sasha From Seikon No Qwaser
-Kanata Nanami [Summer Version] From Starry Sky
- Kida Masaomi [Last Episode Version] From Durarara!
-Oz Bezarius [Ceremony Version] From Pandora Hearts
- Sophia Herzen From Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
- Xion [Christmas Town Version] From Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
- Sora [School Version] From Kingdom Hearts II
- Kirenenko From Usavich -Sora From Kingdom Hearts II
-Alice B-Rabbit [ArtBook Version] From Pandora Hearts
-Utena From Revolutionary Girl Utena [Movie]
- Sora From Kingdom Hearts II [Halloween Town Version]
- Serah Farron From Final Fantasy XIII
- Rapunzel From Tangled [Artbook Version]
-Finn The Human From Adventure Time!
See you next month!