Cosplay: Yeah, That’s a Real Thing

Staff Writer: Ashlyn Richardson

As the fall season approaches, the hearts of white girls out there are warmed at the thought of Ugg boots, flannels, and of course, the pumpkin spice latte. One of the most exciting things about fall is certainly Halloween, as everyone gets to dress up as their beloved action film heroes or their favorite animal and fiend for diabetes-inducing sweets. Oddly enough though, some individuals have taken it as their duty to spread Halloween cheer year-round, even at school, dressing up under the guise of the term “cosplay.” Cosplay is essentially the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, usually one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.


Group of cosplayers



Typical cosplay costume


Cosplayers seem to lack any sort of human shame or idea of appropriate clothing as they arrive to school looking like the real-life embodiment of my personal idea of hell. But oddly enough, this type of dress does not seem to be an issue to the administration of Woodstock High School because it is simply, “self-expression.”  While a shoulder or a knee causes absolute outrage, a girl can come to school in a brightly colored wig accompanied by a cape and fluorescent tights and a boy can fully suit up as Naruto without the bat of an eyelash. Some students, such as Matt Mattson, a senior at Woodstock, are not bothered because it doesn’t affect him much and he says, “If they want to dress up, why not? I’ll never do it, but it doesn’t matter to me if they do,”  while other students such as Kobe Overton, also a senior see it as “borderline inappropriate.” Personally, I find it completely inappropriate. Students are more distracted by a fully animated anime character roaming the halls of Woodstock than I do when I see someone’s kneecap. While I respect the boldness of this choice to dress knowing the majority of humanity now questions the stability of the cosplayer’s mental health, I cannot see how it is deemed appropriate for year-round attire while others are penalized for trying to avoid heatstroke.


  1. Doris McBride says:

    You see, the strict dress code is a terrible terrible thing, but so would banning dressing up as well. Both should be allowed.

    While I respect your opinion, but I cannot see how it deemed appropriate for you to bash people for trying to have a little fun and excitement in school’s stressful environment.

    Even if it may look strange to you (sometimes even for me) is it that big of a deal? Let people wear what they please

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