Q: So how long have you been cosplaying?
AoiKatori: Since 2012 which is about a year! >u<
Q: Now I remember you mentioning to me that this was your first photoshoot. How did you enjoy it and what was your experience like?
AoiKatori: EEEkkkkkk I loved my first photoshoot I’ve always wanted one in the past but wasn’t sure who to find one! Well I was a noob cosplayer so I didn’t have contacts with photographers hehehe its amazing that people can just make friends with a photographer and get free photoshoots!! it was really great having my first photoshoot at a nice scenery that matches my character, the photoshoot included professional lighting and all those materials which was so awesome! *u* Also I had fun having friends around its always fun to have friends! I’m just so glad because it was part of my dream to be a cosplayer and to have photoshoots! So im thankful that Reno was my first photographer! He is so Filipino!!!! >u< so my experience during this photoshoot was crazy because it was an abandoned building filled with lots of dangerous things like broken glass on the floor and trash also it was really cold! But at that time I didn’t care about anything because I had SO much fun and super excited usually I get super hyper and happy when it comes to small things, I try to make the most out of a moment!
Q: For this shoot your were cosplaying a character named XNFE from the Black Rock Shooter series. Is there a reason why you decided to cosplay this character?
AoiKatori: OOHHH YES XNFE!!! *u* I love her soo much! Well I never played the game and I don’t really know much about her personality, at first when i saw the BRS game came out I was super excited because I heard there were new characters! and when I saw XNFE I was surprised that she was a bunny!!! (obsessed with bunnies) at first her costume didn’t catch my eye as much, but then I kinda started thinking about it and thought that, well, people haven’t really cosplayed as her yet! She is so bad ass cuz she is a bunny !!! ;u; my sister encouraged me to cosplay as her and she told me how much people would love it because she is from black rock shooter! I never came to think about it until she encouraged me most likely I cosplayed as her because she is a bunny, and she had super awesome props also that she was an evil character, it’s the total opposite of my personality so I think it would be interesting! *u*
Q: What do you enjoy most about cosplaying?
AoiKatori: Mmmmm what I love most about cosplaying?! I LOVE POSING!!! posing in cosplay is soo much fun because you get to express the character by doing awesome poses, it makes me feel like I’m in an anime! but also i just love making the costumes and showing it off in conventions! most of all its so fun to express yourself by being a character and having fun with friends!
Q: In your opinion what are the Pros and Cons about cosplaying?
AoiKatori: Ahhhh pros and cons!! (~*O*)~ there is alot of those when it comes to cosplaying! Well there is an opinion that has been going around my head for awhile since I first cosplayed. When I first cosplayed at 15 I wore a revealing outfit and i had a lot of people saying stuff about me I didn’t like, but I understand what they all mean. When it comes to something you wanna do there will always be someone that won’t agree with it, I don’t listen to the bad ones. anyone can choose what they want to do but they have to be careful for the consequences that could happen. I don’t think its okay to cosplay something revealing at a young age or that I’m influencing it. it was my own choice that i decided to do and was really careful about it. I knew that cosplaying XNFE could attract the wrong attention that’s why I had to think about it at first, I’m not trying to attracted bad attention but i wanted to cosplay something that I really liked and express it in a good way. Even so, I believe girls that wear revealing outfits can still attract those kind of attention, that’s why when wearing those kind of cosplay it comes with great responsibility and important that they have an escort to go with at all times.
Q: If skills, and money weren’t an issue what would be your dream character to cosplay as?
AoiKatori: AHHHHHHH my dream cosplay???!! *_* sometimes I would start on a cosplay and then abandon it because I change my mind and want to cosplay as something else hahaha oh silly me! >u< but I have been dreaming to cosplay as Astaroth from Shinrabansho! she’s a demon character *u*
Q: Do you have any tips for people who want to start cosplaying?
AoiKatori: BE CAREFUL OF CREEPERS!!!!! >O< that’s really important I’ve had bad experiences… aside from that BE YOU and express yourself by doing whatever you like when it comes to cosplaying not much other tips I could say! Cosplay should really be about having fun!
Q: Aside from cosplaying what other hobbies do you enjoy?
AoiKatori: OOOHHHH well I have a few hobbies!! I play two instruments, piano and flute! I also like to draw mostly anime and I also do martial arts! I do a martial art called Kali its a Filipino martial art and is related to Eskrima, Kali is the original. IF ANYTHING BAD HAPPENS TO ME I WILL WHOOP THEIR BUTT! (~^O^)~ I’m also an entertainer on youtube! I do
dance covers and do random shiz hehehe im really random too ;u; it’s been so long since I’ve had a youtube about 4 years now >u<
Q: What character(s) can we look forward to seeing you cosplay as in the future?
AoiKatori: I REALLY LIKE CHARACTERS WITH BIG PROPS!! *U* I’m mostly a prop maker hehehe and I like to construct things, sewing is a hassle for me wahh T^T I’m learning tho! I like to cosplay characters that show a little skin, I think those are pretty
Q: If any fans wanted to see your costumes what future conventions will fans be able to see you at?
AoiKatori: BLEEHHH oh my I love conventions and events it’s just money is sooo dumb EXPECT TO SEE ME AT FANIME!! hehehehe and also you can find me at NorCal gatherings
Thank you for being part of this interview, and are there any last words that you would like to say the to the readers?
AoiKatori: WEEEHEEEE LAST FEW WORDS!!! I want to inspire people from the things I do! I really love how I can change someone and inspire them to do something . Do what makes you feel happy and dont listen to those who dont agree with you. I never thought I was able to accomplish my goals and dreams cause at first I thougth it would be too difficult… BUT I DID IT! since I’m religious I followed that being negative wont get you anywhere always being positive can get you to where your dreams are I asked god to take me there! Not only that, but me, myself worked hard to accomplish that dream but there is still more to go. I believe that I havent accomplished that goal yet I still have to keep dreaming!!! People are so negative about themselves these days and it takes them so long for them to realize, I want everyone to do what makes them happy ^O^ outside of cosplay each day I want to try and make someones day by making them happy.
Nicely said AoiKatori. It was a pleasure working with you, and may we work with each other again in the future. If you’d like to see more of AoiKatori’s work please check out her sites:
AoiKatori: ALSO if you want to see the footage of my XNFE photoshoots watch these videos!!