The next couple or several post I make will probably relate to being a geek or a nerd that I am(can never really tell those words apart). Either way, when I was in high school, I used to watch and follow an Youtube channel called Fighting Dreamers Productions. Pretty much they would do cosplay scenes of characters from Naruto, Sailor Moon, Death Note, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Avatar the Last Airbender, and the list goes on.
They’re around my age; they range in ages from 24-32 even though they look young in their videos but that’s this generation. I mean I get told I look like 16-18 when I’m in my late twenties. They can’t really act but these videos were never meant to be taken serious; they’re just for fun and I used to watch a lot of them back in the day. They’re also based out of Vancouver, Canada.
Two cosplayers that I enjoyed the most were TwinFools and Nova. They were two females and a lesbian couple. Well once I entered college around 2008, I stopped watching them. So I decided to research what they were up to now and just like that video I posted above, they’re still cosplaying with over 180,000 subscribers on Youtube, and they’re still traveling all over the world to anime, comic, etc, conventions, taking pictures, doing videos, etc. Pretty much what they were doing in 2008, they’re still doing almost ten years later coming to a close in 2017. But one thing has changed…
Twinsfools, who now goes by Lucas(as in not cosplay name), is no longer a woman but a man. That’s right! Around 2010, he made an announcement via Youtube that he was going to transition. And this is the final result:
He and Nova are still together and not much has changed with their relationship, but also nothing has really changed with Twinfools either. If you look through his Youtube channel, there’s a video of him and Nova, and she was not surprised by his coming out. I think most women who are with masculine butch/stud like women, aren’t surprised if their partner begins to transition.
From looking at this video above, and just going through his Instagram and Tumblr, he isn’t as muscular as he was in this video. In his most recent videos and images, the muscle went away and it’s more fat with a little bit of muscle in regards to his upper body. And I noticed his voice isn’t as deep. He also keeps his body from what he posts in images, completely hairless; there’s only one image of him with a little hint of facial hair. He hasn’t confirmed this at least not to my knowledge, and it’s none of my business but more than likely, he’s lessen his T dosage. So although him and Nova are still a homosexual couple (because sex and gender are two different things), they sexually identify now as a straight couple as they should. I’m all for respecting people’s identities and pronouns; respect is respect regardless of agreements.
Cosplaying when not white! After seeing how my Youtubers aged on their Fighting Dreamers channel, I wanted to know how cosplayers of color got along. Because as we know most characters have white, European backgrounds, and it’s often difficult for people with dark skin to even really do a whole lot. And when they do, they often get backlash if they choose a character who isn’t of color. When I was watching the conventions on the Fighting Dreamers Youtube channel, I noticed most of the attendees were white and thought maybe this is why there isn’t a lot of color, beyond that of Asians at conventions.
I recently read a Kotaku article about the struggles many black(females) face when doing characters. Often times and sadly predictable, they’re hit with racism and insults to the point where it seems like a damned if you do and a damned if you don’t situation.
A pretty popular cosplayer who was first mentioned on MIC, made a video about the reactions she got when doing D.Va. It’s known that the world of Over Watch has a huge fan base and sadly, like with a lot of fan bases when things are shown that doesn’t reflect the popular opinion of the fan base, they attack. It also doesn’t help that the Over Watch universe doesn’t have any black female characters. And the creators don’t seem to be too fast to add any. Then there are people complaining that they shouldn’t add any because it’s “pandering” and “politically correct”. See, damned if you do; damned if you don’t.
When drag queen, Nina Bonina, placed up her Sailor Moon cosplay, it was quickly taken down for being “racist” on Instagram. He had colored his skin, and face with white make up to appear more like the character of Usagi aka Sailor Moon. This image was also uploaded during the time he made questionable remarks about Mexicans and the earth quack that took place, killing dozens. Either way, the reaction wasn’t postive.