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Cosplay (Beginner – A2)

Cosplay – Transcript

Cosplay is an activity in which people wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. These characters usually come from anime, cartoons, comic books, manga, television series, or video games.The term “cosplay” comes from the words “costume” and “play.” People who enjoy cosplay often gather at special events. Posing for pictures with other cosplayers and ordinary people is common at these events. Cosplay began in the 1980s as a hobby among young people in Japan. Since then, it has spread to many countries around the world. Some of the biggest cosplay events are Comic-con, which is held each year in San Diego, California, and Comiket, a comic market in Tokyo.

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Cosplay: Dressing Up for Fun

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Cosplay is a fun and creative activity where people dress up as characters from their favorite movies, comics, or video games. The word “cosplay” comes from combining “costume” and “play.” The origins of cosplay can be traced back to Japan in the 1970s. Back then, fans started dressing up as characters from anime and manga during events and festivals. It was a way for fans to express their love for their favorite characters and connect with others who shared similar interests.

How Cosplay Spread Around the World

From its beginnings in Japan, cosplay quickly gained popularity and spread to different parts of the world. The internet played a big role in connecting cosplayers from various countries, allowing them to share their costumes and ideas. Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook became spaces for cosplayers to showcase their creative outfits and connect with a global community.

Cosplay Events and Conventions

Cosplay is not just about dressing up; it’s also about coming together with fellow fans. Cosplay events and conventions have become common. These events provide spaces for enthusiasts to showcase their costumes, participate in contests, and meet others who share their passion. Popular events like Comic-Con and Anime Expo in the United States attract thousands of cosplayers every year.

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Expressing Creativity and Building Communities

Cosplay is not limited to specific cultures or age groups. All types of people, young and old, participate in this hobby. It’s a way for individuals to show their creativity, as many cosplayers spend a lot of time making their costumes by hand. Additionally, cosplay helps build communities where fans can bond over their shared love for characters and stories.


Cosplay started in Japan as a way for fans to express their love for anime and manga characters. Thanks to the internet and social media, it has become a global phenomenon. These days people from around the world join in the fun. Cosplay events and conventions provide opportunities for fans to show their creativity, connect with others, and celebrate the fantastic worlds they love.



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