Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Totality in Cosplaying
Riska Tahir

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 523
Date: 2019-07-25 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-21


Cosplay is a type of Japan's soft power that is used to spread their popular culture around the world. This unique popular culture has become one of the most popular youth cultures in Makassar. In general, cosplay is an activity of wearing costumes resembling fictional characters, by imitating all aspects of the character being cosplayed, including the appearance and behavior of the cosplayed characters. This article deal with the totality in cosplaying.

This research was conducted in Makassar between February and October 2017. The study involved ten cosplayers, consisting of five female and male respectively. They aged between 20 and 25 years, and from  various relevant organization. In-depth interviewis combined with observation as my data collection techniques.

The desire to have fun, to express themselves and to add more friends have become the main reasons why youth do cosplaying. Totality is an important point for cosplayers. In order to be totally in cosplayed, three aspects have to be taken into account:costumes, wigs, and make up. For costumes, cosplayers display their totality in choosing handmade and elaborate costumes, and make it as detail possible as the look of the original character. For wigs, cosplayers spend a lot of time in the process of styling (forming) in order to be as closely as possible with the hair of the cosplayed character. For the make-up, cosplayers use various types of cosmetics and non-cosmetics to get a look that resembles a cosplayed character. It is argued that totality does not only combine the three main aspects in presenting themselves as cosplayers, but totality is also associates with sincerity, dedication, and self-enlightenment, as well as the complexity, the method, authenticity, details and the process in integrating all three aspects of totality.