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The Real Face of Cosplayers vol. 3: LOPE―Being the Character from Every Angle

コスプレイヤーの素顔 vol.3 LOPEさん 〜360度どこから見てもそのキャラクターになりきりたい〜
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The Real Face of Cosplayers vol. 3: LOPE―Being the Character from Every Angle

Bursting into fame in 2016, LOPE is one of the hottest cosplayers who became a topic in cosplay world in 2017.
She is famous for a very realistic cosplay using the most of her height of 175 cm and appearance which reminds me of a male role in Takarazuka. So who is LOPE? This time, we’re going to reveal her real face.


Looking at cosplayers through private accoun.
鍵アカウントでコスプレイヤーさんを眺めていた

— What triggered you to start cosplaying?

LOPE:My cosplay debut is on March 2016.
It wasn’t like I’ve always loved anime or games, but I’ve been looking at cosplayers through my private Twitter account. It was fun just looking at them as they were pretty and beautiful.

Once I had a chance to cosplay for a job. Then, I became into it. On my birthday (March 21st), I decided that I would do it for fun as well. On a “Nippombashi Street Festa” held around my birthday, I cosplayed as Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa. It was my first time attending an event, so I was worried sick, but I went on an expedition to Osaka. (laugh) It was so much fun like a festival.

What I usually do is that I find characters with looks that I like. Then I start reading the original story. After that, if I feel like I suit the character, I decide to cosplay that character. I like Junko Enoshima, so I started watching Danganronpa.


Become a member of Visual kei band and then a model.
ヴィジュアル系のバンドで活動、そしてモデルに

– Originally, you weren’t an Otaku. Then what were you doing before starting to cosplay?

I went to an all-girls junior high and high school, and I was in a band. It was a visual kei, and I was playing the drum, disguising myself as a man. That time, I liked artists such as Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. I used to go to “LOUD PARK”. (laugh)

While I was studying, many recommended me to take the entrance examination for Takarazuka, but I was serious about playing in the band.

However, after a year from graduation, the band broke up, and I didn’t know what to do. Then I was recruited by a model agency, so I started working as a model.

There were a lot of car-related jobs, so I was initially aiming to become a race queen, but I get carsick easily, and I couldn’t go to far places, so I gave up. (laugh) From there, my goal was to become a stage model. As I continued working, I started being invited to big events.

I challenged modeling for advertisement photos, but it was very competitive, and I almost lost myself as that kind of modeling sometimes didn’t even show my face or name.
I participated in Miss Universe Japan, but I ended up at a second place in the local contest, so I gave up on my goal to become a model.


Made first friend after becoming a cosplayer.
コスプレイヤーになって初めて友達ができた

That’s when I met “cosplaying”.
I think those who are pursuing what they like are shinning. That shine spreads to others. Cosplayers were all shinning. Because I had nothing to aim as a model, I thought maybe I should start cosplaying as it is something that I really like and can enjoy from deep inside my heart.

Now, I enjoy cosplaying very much. After starting to cosplay, I made first friend even though I’ve been a lone wolf for the whole time. (laugh) I realized that if we have something that we like in common, we can become friends.

At junior high and high school, there was my fan club. Because of that, whoever talked to me or interacted with me were bullied, nobody rode the elevator with me, and I received a lot of chocolates from people that I couldn’t tell who gave them on Valentine’s day. I really didn’t have a friend or more like I had no one I could talk to. (laugh) That’s why I dedicated myself to the band activity. I once tweeted about my dark past and it buzzed. (laugh)

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Awakening as a cosplayer in Russia!?
ロシアでコスプレイヤーとして覚醒!?

— What is one thing that you remember the most of all after starting to cosplay?

After cosplaying for the first time at the “Nippombashi Street Festa”, I was chosen for one of the cosplayers who will visit Russia as a part of Japan-Russia cosplaying interchange. Other 7 cosplayers were so great. They taught me about cosplaying as I was a beginner. After meeting them, I really thought that I want to take cosplaying seriously.

After that, I participated in every big event such as Comic Market, TOKYO GAME SHOW, and Wonder Festival. I studied by looking at other cosplayers.

I attended Comic Con, and at that time the movie “Resident Evil” was about to be on theaters, so I applied for the stage. After attending Comic Con, I was impressed by the cultures of American comics. I started watching Marvel series and studied them. I thought I would want to start cosplaying characters acted by real live people. That year, I did Joker, and the next year, I did Wonder Woman.


TOP 3 Cosplays by LOPE
LOPEさんのコスプレベスト3

Ann Takamaki (Persona 5)

The first game I was into was Persona 5. Ann-chan was so pretty! Because I like her, I waited until I was satisfied with the way I cosplayed her. I bleached my hair to blonde, and when I put on a wig, I tried to hide the hairline with my own hair so that it looked natural. I looked into small details to make it perfect.


Wonder Woman

I was planning to disguise as her for Halloween, but to make it to my satisfaction, I waited until Comic Con. I studied the facial expression, the way she stares at others, and her gestures. For a week, I did a training to become exactly like her. Talking about American comic, Joker is also my favorite. I like cosplaying characters that are unexpected as well.


Sailor Uranus(Sailor Moon)

Many people had been insisting me to cosplay her, so I was a bit scared, but when I did, I had a lot of responses from them. I thought opinions from the third perspectives are important. I learned that what I think is good is not necessary the same for others.


I want to be said “It’s like you came out of the 2-d”.
2次元のキャラが3次元に出てきちゃったみたいって言われたい

— What’s something that you are particular about in cosplaying?

First of all, I should enjoy cosplaying myself. Adding to that, I do a deep research about the original story, the character, and cosplayers of that character. Then I think of what people want from me and what I can do. I think my height and facial features allow me to disguise as a man easily, and that would be an advantage I have, but the best strength may be the way I can look at myself objectively.

The fun part about cosplaying is that I can be someone different from myself. I want people see me directly not through photo books, so I want to be that character from every angle. In Japan, the quality of cosplay through photos tends to be more important, but in other countries, it’s more of the stage performance. It’s exactly like 2-d characters became real live people, and it’s amazing! That’s why I want to be a cosplayer who looks like she just came out of the anime or game. I want to be said that “The real character is here!”. That may be my desire for recognition.

So when I cosplay, I’m very serious. I want to be that character perfectly and show my love for him/her. I don’t make the costumes by myself. There are ins and outs for this, but I know that those professional costume makers can make much better costumes than I do. I don’t think it’s a shame to ask for somebody’s help because it’s better if the overall performance was better. Instead, I take a lot of time to fit into the character. I learn the way the characters make facial expressions, use gestures, stand up and walk, and I keep it in my mind during daily life. When I disguise as male characters too much I become very manly. (laugh)

For social game “COMbat Providence AnalysiS System”, I did my first official cosplayer. When I performed for the first time, everyone complimented me, and I was touched. It was worth completely copying the moves of the character and training my body to fit in the exact shape of the character.


Cosplaying is the center of life!?
普段の生活もコスプレ中心!?

— What do you usually do?

Besides doing work, I just sleep. (laugh)

Or mentally train myself to become the character I am planning to cosplay because both my job and hobby are cosplaying.

Also, I always do a lot of research about cosmetics. I don’t do sports, but I keep my body in a good shape for cosplaying.

I play many games, too. Now, I’m doing “COMbat Providence AnalysiS System” “THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage” “Uta no Prince-sama” and “Animal Crossing Pocket Camp”. I often pay for the items. (laugh)

By the way, I’ve been using the name “LOPE” ever since I was in the band. It comes from when a Spanish guy hit on me and called me “LOPE”. (laugh)

— What’s your plan for the future activities?

I want to challenge cosplaying real live characters such as those from American comics. There are not so many cosplaying American comic characters in Japan, and it’s easier for me to cosplay foreign characters!


Related Links

LOPE Official Twitter:https://twitter.com/lopechante
LOPE Official Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/lopechante/
LOPE Official Blog:https://ameblo.jp/lopechante/entry-12313077036.html

Translated by Kayo

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Nessie
Nessie

A web producer who passionately loves Sake, Cosplay, and Idols.

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