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Definition: Dressing up in costumes. Often characters from anime or video games.

A portmanteau of "costume" and "play".

It has become a common sight at fan conventions.

Related terms

A cosplayer (コスプレイヤー) is someone who performs the act of cosplaying. This term can be shortened to Rayer/Layer, which Nobuo from AkibaRanger often does.


Almost all the characters in Hikounin Sentai AkibaRanger do cosplay as some point during the show.

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Page of Japanese terms that appear in the shows