Hi Shiru thank you for taking the time to answer our questions on SimplySxy. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
I’m a UK based cosplayer, I’ve been cosplaying since 2012 and the majority of the costumes are made by me! I’m also the owner/illustrator/seamstress of Shirushiru shop where you can find handmade zip purses with my own illustrations inspired by my favourite anime/game.
What do you love most about cosplay?
I love the costume making part the most. From drafting the patterns to sewing the toiles, finalizing it in fabric and also adding handsewn details. It can be labour intensive and time consuming at times, but it’s the joy of being able to make a costume that is tailor fitted to me, with the right silhouette, and the right details that makes it worthwhile. (And also makes me forget about the amount of times I’ve unpicked that same seam haha)
On top of that I do enjoy bringing my favourite character to life too! And being able to stay in character (or out!) in conventions. It’s also fun being able to meet other cosplayers who cosplays from the same series too!
Which characters have you enjoyed cosplaying most?
It has to be Ako from ‘Netoge No Yome wa Onnanoko Janai to Omotta?’ mainly because her dress was so much fun to make, it was the first time for me making a costume that was so pink and had lots of ruffle trimmings and bows and ribbons (I really had a blast choosing the fabrics for this costume). I cosplayed her for a small event in Indonesia and her outfit really makes me feel like a magical girl, especially with the staff that I get to carry around with me as well.
How much effort and time does it take for you to prepare for a character typically?
It depends on the costume,, and willpower haha. I made mine and my boyfriends’ costume for our Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors cosplay and both of those took weeks to prepare. It was mainly due to the amount of armour and embroidery in the costume. However costumes like the Umaru hoodie that I wore for my Himouto Umaru chan cosplay and the dress that I made to cosplay Rika from Mystic Messenger took a day to make.
If you could have a super power, what will you choose to have?
Probably the ability to go wherever you want whenever you want? Like having Doraemons’ doko demo door (Go Anywhere door). I really want to travel more and see the world, visit friends in different parts of the world. Would be great if it was free.
Do you have any other hobbies?
Apart from drawing and sewing, I like to read as well. I’m a big fan of Haruki Murakami and have read most of his books (I’ve got quite a collection and I’ve also met the author in person too eeeee >w<) . I also love reading works by Milan Kundera, Sylvia Plath, Jeffrey Eugenides, Kazuo Ishiguro. I’m also aiming to tackle Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace one day!
What do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
Kindness, Humility and Patience. Basically, the traits that my boyfriend posses ^^
Lamest pickup line or attempt a guy has tried on you before?
I wouldn’t even call this a pickup line or an attempt, I just don’t understand when people DM you with photos of their genitalia like I’m sorry, I don’t want to see that. Or people asking you to send nudes. No mate just no.
It’s a pleasure to feature you Shiru. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
“D’être bien dans sa peau” – Being well in one’s own skin or to feel good in one’s own skin. This is the phrase that I learned in my french class in high school, and I still remember until now because it taught me that if you’re comfortable with your own body, you will feel good and it makes you look good. I believe that is how I would define sexy.
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