It happens. That moment when two people want to cosplay the same character in your group cosplay but you don’t have enough people to justify doubling up. About once every year I meet a cosplayer who actually loves the same ridiculous series I do and is happy to finally find someone else who’s willing to cosplay said ridiculous series with them, but we want to cosplay the same character. And it’s usually a little awkward, whether it’s because that cosplayer has a way different interpretation of that character than I do or because that makes it difficult to plan a group cosplay unless that character has a ‘twin’ who doesn’t actually look terribly much like him (I’m looking at you, Subaru and Kamui.) The ways I’ve dealt with this in the past were to pick an alternative character for the sake of smoothing out the group cosplay, or to just cosplay solo.
I was doing it wrong all these years. Turns out the best solution is to choose a character who is such a jerk that it becomes a cosplay bonding moment. (Yes, that’s a thing.)
Seriously, who else is going to not punch you in the kidneys when you need to practice being in character, and critique you for not being enough of an offense to human decency? Who else is going to thank you when you calmly inform them that the fabric they want to buy just doesn’t bring out their inner tool? Who else is going to pull you out of view when they spot the other half of the fandom’s most popular slash couple, knowing that you’ll do the same for them in a heartbeat? Only another Izaya Orihara cosplayer.
Short black wig: $30. Bribing your Shizuo-cosplaying friend not to get shippy with you for the photos: $200. Spending about half an hour rewinding five seconds of an episode just to see hilariously stupid face Izaya makes when he’s cornered? Priceless. Forget all of that group cosplay drama. That’s what cosplay’s really all about.