Cheap Cosplay Guy Creates More Low-Cost Costumes From Household Objects
Cosplay is expensive. Japanese manufacturers of cosplay costumes reported a profit of 35 billion yen in 2008, but evidently Anucha “Cha” Saengchart didn’t get the message when he started the “Lowcost Cosplay” Facebook page in 2013.
The term ‘cosplay,’ a Japanese portmanteau of the words ‘costume’ and ‘role-play,’ was first coined by Nobuyuki Takahashi during the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). But cosplay is not unique to Asia: it has been a hobby in the West since the science fiction character “Mr. Skygack, from Mars” was the subject of cosplay in 1908.
Saengchart, a 25 year-old caretaker for the elderly, got the idea for cosplay on-the-cheap when he saw different-colored towels at work. His first costuming attempt was of Piccolo from Dragon Ball; soon, Saengchart became famous for his hilarious, low-budget costumes.