I have experienced being recognised as Mayuyu while walking in Akihabara and in my neighbourhood. Japanese passer-bys would point at me and shout “It’s Mayuyu!”. It is a very interesting experience to me. Actually, I don’t think I look like her, a lot of people said that I look more like a mixture of many AKB48 members… – Natumi”
We stumbled upon this cosplayer on facebook a few months ago and actually thought that she was Mayu Watanabe from AKB48 Team A. Her expressions and detailed cosplay costumes attracted us to find out more about her. She is a cosplayer from Taiwan and her cosplay name is Natumi, her chinese screen name is 黃唯唯 (Huang Wei Wei). We are honoured to have an email interview with her and also, the chance to invite her to the upcoming event in Singapore, FUNAN ANIME MATSURI, happening from 27 May – 2 June 2013, 11AM-8PM at FUNAN DigitaLife Mall, Main Atrium, Level 1.
Natumi also did a special photoshoot, exclusively for AFA CHANNEL readers! Check out the photo list after the interview!
How did you start cosplaying?
[Since young, I liked watching anime and reading manga, I started to develop a form of admiration and like for the characters and thought, it would be great if I could be like them. I had an opportunity to find out what is “COSPLAY” and many cosplay related activities and since then, I started to work hard to transform myself to be the character(s) I envisioned and like.]
What is a crucial criteria for you to choose a cosplay character?
[Characteristic of the anime character plays a big part! Sometimes I will choose the cosplay character base on my favorite seiyuu]
How do you know AKB48?
[ The first encounter with AKB48 is through the song, “HEAVY ROATATION”, I can basically hear this song everywhere in Taiwan and then I realised they are the legendary AKB48.]
How many cosplays/AKB48 cosplays have you done so far?
[ From the anime side, there are too many! I will need some time to remember all of them! As for AKB48, so far only one of them. ( which is mayuyu obviously – Sir )
Everyone knows that you are Mayu Watanabe lookalike. Can you tell us more about your daily life, for example, will you often be mistaken as Mayuyu?
[I have experienced being recognised as Mayuyu while walking in Akihabara and in my neighbourhood. Japanese passer-bys would point at me and shout “It’s Mayuyu!”. It is a very interesting experience to me. Actually, I don’t think I look like her, a lot of people said that I look more like a mixture of many AKB48 members…]
6. 你有自己制作服飾吗？ 到目前为止，哪个动漫／AKB服飾是你用最少时间制作的？
Did you made your own costumes? Which is the most difficult anime/AKB48 costume you had to make and how long did you take?
[I have no experience in creating costumes except kimonos. Well, I have made one before actually, is from the anime “Basilisk“. From planning to creating, it took me about 3 hours.. but it is quite messy from inside the costume. Hehe.]
Tell us more about your favorite anime and AKB48 costume.
[Recently, I like PSYCHO-PASS. I like the story build-up and it is very interesting. When humans rely too much on technology, will the value and thinking of human beings be affected? There are a lot of hidden meanings in the anime itself and it is mind boggling.
My favorite AKB48 costume is from Mayu Watanabe’s Single “ヒカルものたち” image. Full of 2D styles and it breaks the previous sweet image of Mayuyu’s. After cosplaying that image, I had even more respect for Mayuyu, because it is very hard to move around in that costume. (Laugh)”]
What is something you have learnt from cosplay?
[Patience and observation! Besides studying the physical appearance, I also will observe the person’s character, I hope to use the shortest time to get into the character. This is the fun part of it for me. Haha. Next will be building personal relationships, I guess. As I have many opportunities to meet new friends through cosplay, it allows me learn how to interact with different friends of different personalities.]
Do you have any tips you can share to new cosplayers?
[Search for more images and videos to study the character that you want to cosplay. Also, I would recommend new cosplayers to learn from the other cosplayer that they like, such as how they portrait the characters they are cosplaying. Additionally, make-up is essential. Although I am not really expert in this process, but I will study from blogs and magazines to learn some tips and tricks on make-up. The right make-up will definitely help in the portrayal of the character!]
Which AKB48 member would you like to meet most? And why?
絕對是渡邊麻友! 神推來台灣時還沒開始喜歡AKB，錯過那次真的好懊惱! 希望可以親自見到她嬌小的模樣跟精緻可愛的五官。然後我要跟她說我愛她(笑)
[Absolutely Mayu Watanabe! I missed the chance to meet her last time when she visited Taiwan, I was very disappointed. I wish I can see her in real life, her petite body and her pretty face! And then, I want to tell her I love her (laughs).
We hope you enjoyed this exclusive interview with Natumi with AFA CHANNEL! You can also meet her in person at the FUNAN ANIME MATSURI on the 1st and 2nd June at the FUNAN DigitaLife Mall, Main Atrium, Level 1. Find Natumi on her facebook or interact with her on her World Cosplay account. Leave us your comments at the comment box below!