Cosplayer of the Week: Emi-Zone

Rarely do I get to interview a cosplayer as much as I admire and semi-worship like Emi-zone (not sorry). Her costumes are beautiful and precise and her photography is something I can only aspire to match. She is not only talented but she represented the United Kingdom in the World Cosplay Summit in 2014 with her partner Felixize (another cosplayer I semi-worship. Not sorry). Plus she is super nice! So everyone go like her page after you read this!

Age: As prone as I am to forget it – I’m 24 years old

Location: I’m from Manchester, though my accent is a mismatch of everything and everywhere I’ve been.

What is your favourite food?

I really, really like cake and strawberries and swordfish and cucumbers – but not all at the same time

Photo by Chi
Photo by Chi

Your costumes are beautiful, what usually attracts you to a character to want to cosplay them?

Thankyou very much!! There are two factors that draw me in usually – the costume design and the initial character. Occasionally I will watch a series with the intention to cosplay a character based on their outfit while other times I will watch a series and naturally develop a love of the character

You represented the UK in the World Cosplay Summit in 2014, can you tell us what it was like to be in Japan competing in this huge event? What was it like compared to competing in the UK?

I represented alongside my cos partner Felixize, it was an absolutely amazing experience and unlike anything I have ever participated in before! It was a very humbling experience, meeting so many talented individuals from around the world, performing on stage, eating, sleeping (and bathing haahha) It’s hard to put it to words. Since WCS is a televised event it’s incredibly organised and everything is taken into account, the stage is very impressive and the reception at both the finals and the parades is hard to comprehend – it’s a unique experience in it’s own right.

Emi-zone and Felixize performing at the World Cosplay Summit 2014, photo by AsiaPopCultureToday
Emi-zone and Felixize performing at the World Cosplay Summit 2014, photo by AsiaPopCultureToday

Would you do it again if you could?

I would absolutely take part again! It’s one the best things I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of and I would rush at another chance.

You also have a photography page, have you found that being a cosplayer helps when taking photos? If it does, how so?

I do! I think because I’ve been both behind and infront of the camera, I’m more aware of the difficulties and insecurities placed on either end. I know some cosplayers appreciate a bit of direction in their posing, seeing previews and having feedback. Likewise photographers are appreciative of some context for the character, knowing the limits of the costume posing wise etc. I’m able to step into my cosplayer state of mind while editing and sorting through the photos too which I think is super helpful when deciding which shots to use!

Yuka Cosplay and Ameno Kitarou as Aerith and Cloud, photo taken by Emi-zone
Yuka Cosplay and Ameno Kitarou as Aerith and Cloud, photo taken by Emi-zone

While cosplaying, competing and doing photography, what has been the hardest skill you’ve had to master? Why? (e.g wig styling, editing, performance related?)

I think editing is a ongoing battle in it’s own right, I’m still learning how to edit images and I think every batch allows me to improve further. The same with competing – I used to battle with stage fear but after WCS it sort of vanished since you’re literally thrown into 10 days worth of performing infront of large crowds and cameras – that’s not to say I don’t get a little tinge now and again but it’s no where near as bad as it used to be XD; I think the hardest skill for me to master was learning how to sew. Up to when I first started cosplaying I had no idea what I was doing, and I was pretty scared of sewing machines… I’m still learning as I go and I think my craftsmanship still has a loooong way to go but hey I’ve made some progress – even if it is being able to stitch in a straight line

You have also been cosplaying for some time, if you could go back to your newbie self and give yourself one piece of advice what would it be?

DON’T LEAVE PINS ON THE FLOOR FOR THE LOVE OF—- I think this is pretty self-explanatory but my big toe would thank my future self for it…

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?

I’m so conflicted. I’m gonna say steak and cake, technically it is two things but I can create a convincing argument to make it one if necessary…

Emi-zone’s cosplays

Photo by Charlie
Photo by Charlie
Photo by Ting Photo
Photo by Ting Photo
Photo by Chi Zhang
Photo by Chi Zhang

Emi-zone’s photography (Emzone Photography)

Photo of Isamiaella Cosplay, taken by Emzone
Photo of Isamiaella Cosplay, taken by Emzone
Photo taken by Emzone
Photo taken by Emzone
Yufuin Floral Village, Japan. Taken by Emzone
Yufuin Floral Village, Japan. Taken by Emzone

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About Anna

The resident comic nerd and mistress of Spandex (or so the others say). I have been cosplaying since 2010 while trying to squeeze in numerous adventures where I can. I have a published works such as a fantasy novel and a superhero comic.