BArragan, Giselle, Kai’Sa, Xie Lian and D.Va. These are all characters from Japanese and Chinese video games and series. At the Main Matsuri Festival in Sachsenhausen last weekend, however, they could all be experienced in analogue form, performed by so-called cosplayers. These are people who embody a protagonist as true to the original as possible – not only does the costume have to be right, but the charisma is also important. The costumes are elaborately made, but the attention to detail is worth it, because the recognition value is high; several times is “But you are . . .” to be heard on Walther-von-Cronberg-Platz.
Many visitors want to be photographed with Barragan, “King of Evil Souls” from the manga “Bleach”, because he looks so convincingly real. The cosplayer who embodies Barragan has been on the scene for a year. He made his costume himself. He formed the skull under which he hides his face from foam rubber and the modeling clay-like “Foamplay”, then he shaded the mask with paint. Is it hot under the mask and cape? “Yes, but we expect to sweat.” Barragan’s companions are disguised as Giselle and Kai’Sa. Giselle is from the same manga as Barragan, Kai’Sa is a character from the video game League of Legends. The two have been making cosplay for eight years, the community is well represented in the online world, and friendships have also been made through forums and social media. The cosplay community “exploded” due to Corona, they say. “Everyone was in isolation and needed a hobby.” “Giselle” actually works at Thalia and has also noticed in the work environment that animes are in increasing demand.