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Kigurumi, formally animegao kigurumi and occasionally known as a doller, is a type of cosplay using a masked character costume to portray anime or cartoon characters in the real world. The face of the performer is fully covered with a stylized mask, and the costume of the character is worn. Used in stage shows, the concept of animegao kigurumi was then adopted by cosplayers, who made custom masks of various characters. In Japan, most cosplayers refer to this style as (アニメ顔 – animegao, or “anime face”), while performers are sometimes called “dollers”. It is still a very minor part of the cosplay scene in Japan, though around 2005, it began attracting attention in other countries, including the United States, Canada, and European countries.




By wearing a body suit and mask, kigurumi cosplayers are able to get closer to the appearance of the original character, especially in the case of animal characters or highly stylised characters. Nonprofessional animal kigurumi cosplayers (also known as fursuiters mostly by furries), painstakingly make detailed heads and bodies from foam, plastic, wire, artificial fur, and other materials. In animegao kigurumi, the performer playing a humanoid anime character wears a flesh-coloured body suit (known as a zentai) and matching mask usually moulded from clay or fiberglass composites. The body suit allows them less-detailed skin features, on the level of animated characters, and the mask allows a similar level of facial features. Some hobbyists obtain masks from established hobbyist mask studios such as Build Up Studio SIGMA[1] or Dolphin Factory.[2]

Kigurumi一詞來自日語“著ぐるみ”的羅馬音,意為“把娃娃穿起來”,從廣義上來說,此種扮演形式的起源最早應該出現在迪斯尼樂園一類的公園裡,公園里米老鼠, 唐老鴨等角色就屬於最原始的Kigurumi,但在當時的20世紀六七十年代,連更是人們所熟知的cosplay都尚未形成系統,所以這種娃娃只演屬於一種表演形式,沒有定名 中。

說到日本二十一世紀初的Kigurumi活動,就不得不提到SKA這個名字,這位有愛的kiger(通常來說,與Cosplayer一樣,扮演Kigurumi的人被稱為kiger)幾乎是以一己之力,將整個Kigurumi界的綜合質量提升到了一個相當高的水平,他的安藤麻幌(出自《魔力女管家》)頭殼具有劃時代的意義,十多年過去了,SKA仍然活動在Kigurumi業界的第一線,不得不讓人敬佩。

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Kigurumi扮演者在展會中是以cosplayer的身份參加的。但是Kigurumi與Cosplay又有著很大的不同。第一點就是Kigurumi需要戴面具。這樣只要身材夠好、動作傳神,就可以完全無視扮演者的相貌、甚至性別來進行。原則上,為了充分還原角色,kiger是不會把身體的任何部分暴露出來的,扮演者通常會貼身穿上一件連體的肉色緊身衣,用以覆蓋住身體充當皮膚。加上偶頭面具來進行角色上的扮演,加上一些小頭飾,更為其極可愛.

你是不是又對kigurumi更多加了解了呢?




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