Too old for cosplay?

@Otanetix (509)
United States
December 16, 2012 2:27am CST
With so many different anime titles for various age groups available, there are a lot of anime fans who express themselves through cosplay. I have enjoyed anime since I was a kid and I have noticed a lot of people who still enjoy anime who are much older than me. In more recent years, I have been to a few anime conventions where I have witnessed many people who express their interest in anime with cosplay. I think the oldest cosplayers I have seen were in their 50s. Do you think that age group is too old to cosplay? If so, do you think people should stop even earlier like in their 40s? or 30s? In some cases, I have seen all members within a family cosplaying. I think it's great there are people still at that age still showing their admiration for anime with cosplay. Please share your thoughts.
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15 responses
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
There's nothing wrong in expressing your love for something or for anime, although people should learn how to tone it down. I agree with the other mylotter, it would really kinda look weird if someone in their 40s and above should cosplay, however I still think that they could still cosplay other anime character that will fit their current age. I've known a college professor who's into anime as well, he's an adviser of an anime-oriented club in the campus and he cosplayed the Van Hohenheim of Full Metal Alchemist, and I didn't think it looked weird at all, it's because he knows who to portray. People in those age will still look COOL and AWESOME as long as they choose the right anime character to cosplay. :D
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
Well, I can understand your concerns of people dressing up as a characters, which fit their general age group. But there's a lot of weird cosplay outfits that are very different from the norm, which sometimes makes them more interesting. For example, there's even some people dressing up as characters opposite of their gender. However, I am referring to cross-dressing not just from older otakus but also from young ones too. Actually, for me, a person's cosplay outfit is more memorable when it is stranger than the norm. But I still also appreciate people who do show up at conventions as a character within their age group. Thanks for your comment, jhustinian.
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
I guess that's one of the perks of cosplaying. I too, understand that it's quite fun and admirable of people to cosplay characters that are opposite of their genders, especially when they're straight but doesn't mind switching to the opposite gender when dressing up as their favorite characters. I've never been to any conventions, but I've been meaning to attend one for a long time now, especially since my online friends keeps on encouraging me to attend a convention with them, so we could finally meet in person as well. No problem, this post is interesting anyway.
• China
17 Dec 12
It is never too old to cosplay,so you no need to worry about this and just need to join the convention and have fun. Besides,there are many role in a anime,right?As we all know there are young guys and old guys in a anime so if you really worry about the age you can cosplay the old role.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
Yes, going to the convention and having fun should be the highest priority. If older anime fanatics choose to dress up, they should not worry about how others react to their cosplay outfits. Thanks for your comment, skyandgrassplot.
@jazzsue58 (2672)
17 Dec 12
I'm not into it, but my 24-year old daughter is, and she sees everyone from pensioners to tiny tots joining in. I think it's a very healthy way to keep the mind and body active, release stress etc, and thank god it's the one place where no-one minds if you look or dress a bit funny. Ye gods, anyone who gets worked up over a 50-year old in a leather mini skirt has got some serious life issues IMHO. Er, no that came out wrong. I meant anyone who gets EMBARRASSED over a 50-year old in a leather mini skirt ...
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
I am glad to hear your positive outlook on cosplaying. Yes, I like going to anime conventions because I feel very comfortable being around people who also enjoy anime. For other people, I think conventions are places where people can unwind and act more like themselves without feeling embarrassed. Unfortunately, we live in a world where other people judge you when you engage in some activity different from the social norm. So a person who cosplays in a convention might not cosplay in public as a daily routine. When it's the day of an anime convention, I enjoy seeing people around me walking towards the convention already wearing their cosplay outfits. Just for a few days within the year, it's a great feeling to see them walking with their heads held high without feeling embarrassed. Thanks for your comment, jazzsue58.
@gloryacam (5546)
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
What do they say? Age is just a number. Sure sometimes it would look a bit awkward, but, if they enjoy cosplaying at that age, why not? In fact, the older people could actually afford the more expensive and elaborate costumes, yah? I love anime and while I don't think I would ever venture doing cosplay, I have no qualms about people in my age bracket doing so (in my 30's by the way).
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
Yes, that is definitely true. Older people usually have a higher disposable income than the younger ones. It's good to hear that kind of thinking. Age is truly just a number. I also believe people should not limit themselves from participating in activities because of their age. Thanks for your comment, gloryacam.
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
Well people on their 30's would somehow look weird wearing anime costumes but I don't think there's anything wrong with it either. I am an anime fanatic but I don't do cosplay because it's so time and money consuming atleast here in our country. It's enough that I watch and breathe anime and mangas.. LOL
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
Yeah, making your own cosplay outfit does take a lot of time and money. And it does not mean someone is less of an otaku because they don't cosplay. For me, I don't really cosplay either, but I still enjoy seeing others who still cosplay. And yes, there are times when the older crowd of otakus do have weird cosplay outfits. However, I think seeing weird cosplay outfits is part of the fun in conventions. Thanks for your comment, miyazaki12.
@Shavkat (63439)
• Philippines
16 Dec 12
Personally speaking, I am not fun about cosplay. I am more on being nerdy type person, though I can cope up with the trend.
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
Ok, I can understand that cosplaying is not for every otaku. But I appreciate your support for the trend of older people cosplaying. Thanks for your comment, Shavkat.
@jenjen28 (10)
16 Dec 12
For me, there is no age for being an anime or cosplay fan. Those people just want to express their admiration on anime even with an old age. It is just their way to say to the world that they are pure Otakus and there are no age to ba a fan of cosplays and anime...
@Otanetix (509)
• United States
17 Dec 12
That is a good answer. There should not be an age limit for people who want to cosplay. Yay for pure Otakus!! Thanks for your comment, jenjen28.
• Riverside, California
2 Aug 14
You are NEVER too old to cosplay. It's an enjoyable hobby for all ages. The number one rule of cosplay is to always have fun.
• Portland, Oregon
2 Aug 13
I think that as long as they enjoy it, there's nothing wrong with it. I myself cosplay and I cannot wait until I become old and can dress as the old women characters!
@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
10 Jan 13
although I have nothing against cosplay at any age, but personally I would feel weird walking around in a costume at my age. hehehe
@ARIES1973 (9541)
• Legaspi, Philippines
5 Jan 13
Personally, I also like to watch anime shows on TV and my daughter is joining some cosplay events in our area. She would encourage me to join also but I told her I am too old for that, he he. But of course it still up to the person if he/she wants to engage in that particular activity or not. We should do what makes us happy. Have a nice day!
• Philippines
22 Dec 12
i don't think cosplay has a limit. it is an art after all. i have never cosplayed before but i want to do so in the future. it requires skill and passion which i do not have yet. :D
@verabear (797)
• Philippines
17 Dec 12
This year our company christmas party had a cosplay theme. Perhaps the oldest in costume was only in his/her 30s. But there's really no age limit to it, as long as the person is willing to put on costumes of their favorite characters, and have a positive outlook.
@deiusz (194)
• Indonesia
17 Dec 12
i think anime is for everyone but we have to spare our time because we have other busy time in our life, like our job, have family. used it wise your time carefully, not just read/watched the anime only. there's no limited for fans of anime, everybody has their own fans just need spare more time than we were child.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
17 Dec 12
ya the age is beyond limit and always beyond one would expect for cosplay,so i think the age is surpassed