Heroes of Cosplay is back with their 7th episode, ‘Stan Lee’s Comikaze’. The episode aired on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. This time around though, there are some new faces. This episode focused on six of the cosplayers, including one of the new faces.
YaYa Han plays a small role in the episode. She basically serves to introduce one of the new faces, Indra a.k.a. Fantasy Ninja. I feel, Indra took Monika’s place, as she is another cosplayer that YaYa mentors. YaYa gives her a preview of the “Blue Room” where she makes and keeps some of her costumes. In the 14 years YaYa has been cosplaying she has made over 260 costumes.
YaYa did not participate in the Comikaze event, but instead participated in Arte de Cosplay in Argentina. It’s an event for photographers and cosplayers to meet and work with each other. For the event she cosplays Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier.
Indra’s She-Ra costume is great. She used Warbla for the armor pieces, but the best part in my opinion was the crystal. Indra used an LED light that changes color and covered that with crystals to make one large crystal. In the show, it almost seems like she figured out the electronics of the light and incorporating it into her costume herself and for the first time.
Jessica and Holly of Crabcat Industries invite Chloe to cosplay with them for Stan Lee’s Comikaze. Chloe agrees and also gets Holly and Jessica to step outside their comfort zones and join her and her friends in her ladies of the internet group. Basically, Chloe and her friends dress up as the Burlesque version of websites. Holly decides to dress as Deviant Arts, and Jessica does WebMd. Holly isn’t too sure about the Ladies of the Internet thing, but once in costume at Comikaze she seems to get in the groove and admits later that she had a lot of fun.
Jessica and Holly have also decided to set up and run a booth for Crabcat Industries. It’s unclear how the three – Holly, Jessica, and Chloe – managed to do their Ladies of the Internet costumes, run the Crabcat booth, and compete in the Cosplay competition but they did it. While exhaustion comes into play on a few nights while they were working on their costumes, you don’t see it on screen but I imagine caffeinated beverages played a key role in helping them get everything done.
The best costume of the three was Yveltal from Pokemon Y, worn by Holly. There were a lot of foam pieces that they pieced together to create the wings. Next best I would have to give to Chloe, who did a humanized version of Fennekin. Jessica wore the female Poke Trainer costume, which when looking at it, you would assume she just bought all the pieces instead of making it herself.
Jesse also competed in the event as MegaMan. He wanted to challenge himself so he used craft foam which he has never used before. The best part of the costume was his blaster cannon, which I’m a little unclear if he made it originally for another costume or actually found. When the judges asked about it he said it was a Bumble Bee Blaster Cannon that he repurposed. I do have to give Jesse kudos on last minute fixes to his costume. Some of the pieces did not arrive safely so after looking around at what stores had available, he was able to find some markers to use to weather the costume a bit in those areas.
None of the Heroes won, but I have to mostly agree with the judges decisions on who won a prize. Now our Heroes must ready themselves for the next Con. Best of luck to our Heroes of Cosplay.