Not much time to expand on this, but Saturday I went to an anime festival, Tokyo in Tulsa, as both chauffeur and chaperone to my daughter and some others.
Quite an experience. These kids (and a surprising number of adults, too) wear costumes of different characters from Japanese anime, from comics, video games, movies and just about anything else. These outfits are everything Halloween costumes should be but aren't anymore. Fun, for one thing. Yes, a lot of the young girls are dressing in a way too risque for their own good, but in general there is a lot more flesh exposed at your average picnic at the lake.
I do admire the creativity and ingenuity of a lot of the costumes, many of which are made by hand. Okay, some of them are kind of sad, and some of the participants need to, shall we say, re-think the whole concept. For instance, being a pudgy forty-something would serve to limit (in my mind) what sort of costume I might get away with. Try as I might, I don't see myself convincingly pulling off the role of a Jedi knight or Cosmic Warrior (or any other kind of warrior). Just give it some thought, is all I'm sayin'.
More on this fascinating event as time permits. I have to say, I found most of the kids polite and sweet, and very supportive and encouraging toward one another, even the scary looking ones.