We had an anime convention last weekend, called Anime Festival Asia (AFA), the biggest and most popular of its kind in the Southeast Asia region. I did not attend, but read on Facebook that there was an ugly incident involving a cosplayer and an old lady. The old woman called the cops after seeing this cosplayer’s attire (taken from the Hardwarezone forums):
I have a friend, Mustapusta, who is currently doing his National Service in the local police force, and he had this to say:
Musta: If a person calls the police, for whatever reason, we have to go check it out. I do not see anything wrong in the picture. The police will normally let her go after taking down her particulars.
Me: So this is technically not violating the law?
Musta: No, you never show the important parts. It’s not against the law.
Me: Underboob does not count?
Musta: Does cleavage count? Why is the bottom part of the breast more valued than the top part? Does this mean that we, the police, have to arrest everyone at the swimming pool?
So there you have it. To set the record straight, the Ryuko cosplayer did not commit any crimes by slightly exposing herself. But to be frank, I would have preferred if she wore some nude padding instead of revealing real underboob. Or she could have just cosplayed Ryuko in her uniform attire, without the battle transformation.
This is just my own personal opinion though, and I won’t give her any demerit for her costume. These type of things take effort, time, and lots and lots of dedication. Also, everyone needs to watch Kill la Kill please. Strong contender for animation of the year, and this is coming from someone who hardly watches anime these days (because most of them are really, really bad).