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 or Dolphin Factory.
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。