Costume play, more commonly known as ‘cosplay’, is a form of visual art which involves wearing costumes and accessories to resemble an animation character. Some of the most common works include Batman, Spiderman, Kamen Rider Zangetsu and Naruto, among many more.
Managing director of Kellie’s Castle, Zamari Muhyi has once again put forth the talents of Perakean youths in creating cosplay characters in conjunction with the 63rd National Day celebration.
“The 2020 Merdeka Cosplay @ Malaysian Prihatin programme aims to highlight Perakean youth’s potential in the creation of cosplay characters,” he told reporters at the programme ceremony in Kellie’s Castle recently.
“The Perak Cosplay Community @ Cosplay Perak Bangkit is an initiative which is able to generate income and has the potential to become another tourism attraction in Perak,” Zamari added.
Eight participants presented their creations.
24-year-old Syed Zulhilmi Syed Sharuddin from Tronoh, Perak, stated that cosplaying relives his childhood memories.
“I’ve been adoring the animation storyline of Kamen Rider since I was little,” he expressed. “I wish to share my happiness and the satisfaction of looking at children taking photos of my cosplay character.
“I highlighted the Batman character today,” Syed Zulhilmi added. “It received a warm welcome from all walks of life. This programme is a huge appreciation from us and indirectly contributes to promotional activities at Kellie’s Castle.
“Hopefully, the Shichibukai Team of Perak Cosplay is able to represent Malaysia at a further level in the future,” he expressed. “We welcome any parties who would like to highlight this field and we’re ready to give our best efforts.”
Also present was the Batu Gajah District Councillor, Razif Ramli and his family who provided moral support to the participants.