I appeared as My Little Pony's Fluttershy on Sunday of NYCC. When being told, several of my industry friends thought I was going a little batty. Granted I am a long time fan of the brand but the cosplay had more to do with having fun and being kid friendly then my personal fandom.
|NO WAY... No.|
It's like a dinosaur stuffed
in a mascot outfit.
I had some anxiety about the cosplay as it was supposed to be a group cosplay, but I wound up being a solo pony. It's always a little easier to do something out of the comfort zone with other people, but many times I wind up being the lone brave person. Oh well, it was worth the risk. Plus I met two pony's at the show!
The cosplay was very well received. Better then I expected. People love My Little Pony. People of all ages. I was mostly approached by excited children and teenagers. One kid kept coming back and hugging me, over and over again. I am pretty sure that is how I wound up sick but it was worth it. I had a little girl tell me that Fluttershy is her favorite and she collects everything Fluttershy. I made sure to tell her she could have a picture but she couldn't take me home.
I am very happy I went on a limb and chose to do this cosplay for Kids Day. Last year I had planned on cosplaying Supergirl on Kids Day, but I wound up not cosplaying like so many of us do because I was tired. This year I had the opposite experience. I have said many times that what hooked me on cosplay was the reaction of children and Sunday was exactly what I was looking for in regards to children. The only interaction with children I had the previous days was when I was dressed as Elektra and I told a little girl (after her parents took photos) that I liked her skirt and she hid from me. I can't blame her. I would do the same if I were her. I was terrible on Halloween as a child. A young boy dressed as Freddie Krueger approached me and I jumped into a bush. True story.
Fluttershy was a welcome change from the superhero genre. I got to cosplay and be girly for a day. If you take a peak at my cosplays this is the only ladylike one of the group. Even Calie is a rough girl.
I do want to take a minute to say that looking through post convention photos on various sites I am a bit appalled by some of the risque MLP cosplays that were present. I do get that whole "lets make some random character extra sexy" (also not my thing), but I think it's inappropriate for MLP. It might be okay for that Halloween party you're getting ready for though.
I am not sure if or when I will wear the costume again. I don't plan on attending any anime conventions anytime soon. I do need to get a new corset as the one I was wearing is much too small for me. Who knows maybe next year I will wind up going to BronyCon after all. In fact, I think that might be a biannual convention.