It’s a rail-ly great day for cosplay fans


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 09 Jul 2017

Marvel universe: Iron Man and Spider-Man taking the LRT during the Cosplay Commuter event.

PETALING JAYA: Commuters at the Kelana Jaya LRT line suddenly found themselves in the midst of superheroes and other cosplay characters.

Iron Man, Spider-Man and cosplay enthusiasts in school uniforms and other costumes raised eyebrows during the “Cosplay Com-muter” event organised by Magic Rain and supported by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd yesterday.

A commuter who wanted to be known as Dave said he was pleasantly surprised to see the group in the train.

“It is cool and I guess it’s not peak hour so it’s fine,” he said.

Another commuter, who gave her name as Mei, saw Spider-Man and Iron Man and thought it had something to do with the release of the new movie Spider-Man: Homecoming.

“I didn’t know it was part of this event. It is so interesting. I have even posted some pictures on Instagram,” she said.

Nine-year-old Seow Kar Men, who has her own cosplay page on Facebook, was among those who took part in the event.

Dressed as schoolgirl named Kurosawa Dia, a character from the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime, the timid girl was accompanied by her mother Cherrie Lim.

Lim said her youngest daughter had been fascinated with anime since she was five years old.

“Her older sister is also into cosplay, so Kar Men would watch and follow her sister to some events,” said the mother of three.

Lim added that she has sewn all the costumes for Kar Men as it was difficult to get them in her size.

Nursyamimi Minhalina and her group of friends were also part of the event but donned the headscarf (hijab) in a creative manner to suit their characters.

“I have been into cosplay since 2012, but only in the following year did I start wearing the hijab, after seeing a fellow cosplayer.

“It inspired me to do the same,” said the 20-year-old film student who dressed up as Fem!China, from the anime Hetalia.

Nursyamimi is also part of the Hijab Cosplay Gallery, a Facebook community which brings together fellow cosplayers from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia who don the hijab.

The participants of Cosplay Commuter gathered at Evolve Concept Mall and were guided by volunteers to the six designated LRT line stops.

Magic Rain founder CM Char said the event was to bring the cosplay community together, besides changing the public’s perception about them.

“We want to tell people that it is fun, wholesome and safe,” he said.

Prasarana spokesman Azhar Ghazali said the company was happy to be associated with the event, adding that it was in line with creating more enjoyable experiences for commuters.

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