Ahh cosplay Sunday is back again! And this time I’ve had the chance to work with a good friend of mine; Citlalin Munoz!
I met Citlalin last year (2014) through the IT program that I’m currently going through. When I first saw her I thought to myself: “she seems like the serious type and she’ll probably give you the Medusa stone stare if you look at her the wrong way” (Sorry Citi) but as the saying goes, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. She’s one of the coolest people to be around and it’s always been nothing but good vibes whenever we hang out. She is no doubt the most humble person I know out of all of my friends. She’s hilarious as hell, and she’s always there for you if you need and ear to listen. I was actually kind of surprised that I found out she was into anime, I was REALLY surprised when I found out how DEEP into anime she was.
Her very first anime convention was Sakura Con 2013 and she attended everyone one after that. Looking at the lists of what conventions she attended you could say that 2013 was her breakthrough year. In 2013 she had taken day trips to out of state conventions such as Anime Expo, and Aki Con. But don’t think she stopped there because she also did the same in the following year, 2014. For 2015, she has already attended Sakura Con and is planning to go to Anime Expo again along with attending Fanime. This woman keeps a busy schedule around the clock.
The Anime that started it for Citlalin was Digimon Frontier. She loved it because she liked the concept of humans becoming Digimon themselves. She said she loved the plot, the animation, and especially the transformation scenes. This the the anime that threw her into the otaku lifestyle.
When I asked Citlalin about why she got into cosplaying she broke it down for me. She always had an interest in it and she kind of just eased into it. She worked over at a shop in Pike Place Market as a seamstress for a woman and realized how much she enjoyed sewing. One day; when she was thinking about it, she realized that she could actually make her own costumes so that’s when she decided that she would take up cosplaying and made her debut at Sakura Con 2015 as Ginko Yurishiro.
Her very first cosplay which was also made from scratch is from an anime called “YuriKuma Arashi”. I have no idea what this anime is so here’s a summary from the wiki page.
Long ago, a far off planet known as Kumaria exploded, turning into a meteor shower that fell upon earth. This lead to bears becoming violent and attacking humans, who created the Wall of Severance to separate humans and bears. Several years later, two bears named Ginko Yurishiro and Lulu Yurigasaki disguise themselves as humans and enroll in Arashigaoka Academy, where Ginko takes interest in a human girl named Kureha Tsubaki.
She has chosen to cosplay as the main character from it whose name is “Ginko Yurishiro”. Citlalin bought the blazer and the skirt, however she made alterations to both of them. Everything else on the cosplay displayed such as the hat, necklace, and other tidbits on the cosplay are all hand made by her. Very impressive, to me at least. Because if I tried making a hat … ahh never mind, I’ll just stick to buying hats.
When I asked about why she decided on this particular character she said that she liked the whole 1960’s look to it. She also went into detail of what kind of connection she had with the character. She felt a connection with the character because of how the characters personality was. Growing up Citlalin kind of felt like an outcast, same as Ginko given that she is actually a bear. Citlalin coming from a hispanic background she has also felt like she had been discriminated growing up here in the United States, as Ginko felt in the anime because she wasn’t a pure bred human. But you guys see the connection that I’m making here right? Sometimes we make bonds with characters because of the similarities that we have between how both human and anime character had grown up.
Her influences in the cosplay world that she had mentioned were the beautiful and wonderful Jessica Nigri and Yaya Han. She also mentioned a show called “Hero Cosplay” that she tried to convince me to watch all afternoon during the photoshoot haha. But she said the whole cast from “Hero Cosplay” was another influence for her.
When we finally did end the day I asked her what she loves most about the community of anime/cosplay and she told me that she just loved not feeling like an outcast whenever she’s at conventions. She loves the support that people have for one another although they can be complete strangers they can pose off as if they were best friends.
And this concludes this weeks feature of Cosplay Sunday! If you’re in the Seattle area and would like to be featured on my blog feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! Any feedback to build these kinds of features are appreciated. What would you like to know more of in future interviews? Thanks for reading everyone!