Where on earth did cos-play come from?
I am slightly familiar with Cos-play, I mean I know its roleplaying, but is that the extent of it, and where did it come from?
It's hard to believe, with all the Japanese character costumes seen everywhere these days, that cosplay started out in America. The term "Cos-play" was coined by a Japanese reporter from two words "costume" and "play".
My guess would be it came from games like Dungeons and Dragons or really popular sci-fi and fantasy like Star Trek, etc. I could be wrong... but that'd be where I'd start looking.
Of course if I wanted to be funny about it I'd say it all started with a wad of duct tape, some cloth, and an idea but hey, you get the point.
It probably has roots much further back than television and table top gaming. If anything, I would attribute Halloween as one of the primary sources since it encourages people to dress up as different characters. I don't know when Halloween started incorporating non-spooky costumes, but I definitely think it was one of the primary influences for modern cos-play.
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