ONEPIECE COSPLAY KING GRANDPRIX finalist interview vol.3

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!

BROOK / Kris Kuz

▼ 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.
The head. I hate it. I love it. It was a special point to make a “talking” head with a moving
jaw.
Attention, a joke: I wanted to make Brook a little bit more… alive!
Plus, I added a little more emotions to his skull face, it took extra time and pain of mine.
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
Some points that makes Brook awesome:
– his manners
– his voice
– his height (I’m a shorty and I think tall people are wonderful)
– his story
– his everything.
He asked Big Mom to show her panties, what can be cooler?


SABO /Yuegene Fay

▼ 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 love to realise the character in the real-life version by imagining what this character would be like if he lives in the real world. When I decided to cosplay Sabo, I research every details of the character from every period in the story in order to choose the best materials for the costume. I also has to research the clothing pattern of the period that would fir with the style that I chose. Sabo has a background from a higher-class, hence I chose the fabric that is weighted and reflective yet it is not felt since it has to be light-weighted for the combat pose. I intentionally added some pattern details to give it the ‘high-class’ feeling that fit the character. I chose the blonde wig that has not only two, but three blonde color blended together to give it the dimensions the character deserves. The make-up was all changed to fit the character as well. The other most important thing is the posing and the expression of the character during the cosplaying, I would imagine how Sabo would think, talk, walk, etc., in order to give the fullest weight to the character.
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
Donquixote Rosinante/Corazon! I really love this character even though he only appear in the series for a brief period. I tried to think of the reason why this character popped up in my head as soon as I read the question but I cannot explain it. He was not a perfect guy, but not someone that would blow up the hospital either. He was not completely honest and also not very self-sacrifice. Maybe those are the reasons. Maybe I find him a multi-layered character that comprised of good and bad characteristics and hence a perfect character. His arc in the story is one of the arcs that really stuck with me. He also protected Law even until his last moment. He even died smiling because he wanted Law to remember his smiling face.


 AKAINU [Sakazuki] /Drefan

▼ 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 is very difficult to find the perfect fitting for a 120kg+ bodybuilder. With so many layers of clothing, it took me 7 or 8 attempts and a lot of money for materials.
You also have to make sure you look intimidating as Sakazuki, so posture, a strong physique, facial expression, camera angles, and lighting are extra important.

▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
The background story of almost every character is very touching. Either it warms the heart, inspires you to achieve greater things in life, or helps you get through difficult times.


DRACULE MIHAWK /Shema TWIIN Cosplay

▼ 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 truly love cosplay it is sincerely the greatest passion of my life and it’s a passion that is based on the challenge to bring into reality a little bit of those stories and characters that have move me in so many ways! But even more that have inspired me. And truly, I can say for certain, that there has been not a single one that inspired me as much as ONE PIECE characters and story! That’s why I would never stop by any challenge for just be able to bring to life this characters I love so much an as true worthy to what they mean to me and who they are, just cause I sincerely love their essence and story.
▼ Please tell us your feelings about the ONE PIECE characters you like so much
All One piece Caharacters have in their story infinite moments and feelings we can realte to, this makes them feel alive and let us live trough them, I think the thing I like the most of all ONE PIECE characters is that there is no other anime that lets you live trough their characters and grow with them as the anime advance and wanting for more every single episode.

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