ONEPIECE COSPLAY KING GRANDPRIX finalist interview vol.2

The finalists of ONE PIECE Cosplay King Grand Prix, that will be held on August 3, have been decided in July!
Please have a look at the interviews of the 20 people who were chosen from all over the world.
Let’s enjoy the event to the most and learn more about the finalists!

SANJI / Eiki

▼ Please tell us which is the point you care the most in the making of the costume or the posing of the ONE PIECE character with which you are taking part this time.
It took me a long time make Sanji’s post-timeskip costume. The first few times I cosplayed him I used
normal suits and dress shirts I stole from my dad. Only a couple years ago, I started to gather the
materials to make his official outfit properly. I looked for a double breasted blazer and changed the
buttons for gold ones with a marine motif. I also made sure to find a specific pair of trouser that are
very stretchy and match the blazer because normal suit trousers don’t allow me to kick.
I had about five wigs for Sanji before the one I have now. I love the colour and the way I styled it has
improved. It is just hard when I have to change the wig for a pre-time skip version of him because the
fringe needs to be flipped to the opposite side.
Sanji’s eyes are a bit tricky, because they don’t really have a colour to reference. At first I used blue
lenses all the time but now I don’t use them for photoshoots. I usually use contacts for conventions,
because you can’t really edit your eyes and they look nicer with makeup.
With Sanji’s makeup I tried several variations of how to do the beard. I decided to make it more anime
style than natural because I think it characterizes him more. The eyebrow is one of my biggest
challenges, it changes every time I draw it. I’m getting better at it but it’s always a hit or miss and
sometimes I have to redo it a few times.

▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
My favorite character in One Piece is Zoro and if he hadn’t appeared at the end of the 1 st episode, I
probably wouldn’t have continued watching it. In fact, he is my favorite anime character of all time. I
love Zoro’s interaction with Sanji as well, their rivalry is funny to watch. I used to cosplay Zoro a lot
before, but recently I started to cosplay as Sanji more, as I feel more comfortable cosplaying him. Law
is also one of my favorite characters; he is always fed up with Luffy and his crew, it’s amazing how he
still puts up with them. Luffy was my first cosplay so he has a sweet spot in my heart, but I rarely
cosplay him now and I feel bad for it. Luffy is my most enjoyable cosplay to do at conventions,
because it is so fun to act like him and be able to joke around with people.


TONYTONY CHOPPER / KYOO

▼ Please tell us which is the point you care the most in the making of the costume or the posing of the ONE PIECE character with which you are taking part this time.
Keeping in mind the fact that Chopper is not human, I have manufactured each part so I
could keep the balance between them.
In addition, I was careful about all the different textures, like the smooth curves of the
horns, the short fur covering the skin or the fluffy parts of the hat.
By the way, it may not be possible to show it properly on the day of the event because of
the extreme heat, but I have used a special makeup using an appliance made from a face
pattern.
I am also conscious about the posing, from showing the right point and angle of the horns
to expressing boyishness.
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
When Chopper, who used to be called a monster and oppressed, went through a lot of
encounters and finally showed us an imposing figure while claiming “I am a brash…
monster!”, it made my eyes wet. Also, as I don’t have siblings, I am always impressed by
the relationship of Sabo, Ace and Luffy.
I just want to see with my own eyes what awaits at the end of their route, if it will be
illuminated by lots of bright lights.
I may end up writing a whole essay if I start to write down my passion, so I will stop here!


NICO ROBIN / Ary Vilchis

▼ Please tell us which is the point you care the most in the making of the costume or the posing of the ONE PIECE character with which you are taking part this time.
My goal is to let people know that I really love the character of Nico Robin because I have too many costumes from her, and I would also like to get to know myself internationally in the middle of cosplay.
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
my favorite character is robin because I love that she is really smart, strong, independent and her way of being is perfect, then it’s luffy because it makes me laugh, like sanji, but I think my favorite male character is Ace because it’s just perfect I would not know how to describe what your character makes me look like, but when he died in one piece he really cried.


FRANKY / EL SUPERNOVA

▼ Please tell us which is the point you care the most in the making of the costume or the posing of the ONE PIECE character with which you are taking part this time.
I choose the character because of the exaggerated proportions in his body, or it is uncommon to see someone interpreting it
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
The manifestation of painful feelings and experiences is very well achieved and attached to reality, and makes you feel empathy. Although it is a fictional story, many of the facts are lived in reality.

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