Hi Onirika, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Please share with our readers a little about yourself and where you’re from?
Hi everyone! I’m Onirika, an Italian cosplayer, I am 25 years old and I was born in April and I’m 150cm tall (sob sob T.T) I am a cat lover and any object that is pink and cute. Yes, I’m a little princess (ihih) who lives in my fantasy world but in real life I’m a dressmaker, I started to sew when I was 14 years old and I studied for this. I start to cosplay since 2009 with Kairi from Kingdom Hearts 2, but I knew this world before, I have always been passionate about video games (in particular), anime and manga. The games that I prefer and where I get almost all costumes are from Final Fantasy sagas. I like all kinds of games but my favorites are RPG and fantasy. I’m curious about oriental culture and their music, they have a way of doing completely different from the Italians.
What do you enjoy most about cosplay?
What I like most of all surely is to be able to become a favorite character for one day. I generally choose characters that have traits of my personality or characters who are tied as a child (like Yuna from Final Fantasy). I already made 3 versions of this character, and I have 2 others at work. Making cosplays have helped me a lot for my self-esteem, have never been a very nice girl, do not wear makeup and I did not mind what I was wearing (although I did for fashion). Thanks to cosplay, I learned to wear makeup and take care of my appearance. I have worked for years, and now I am quite satisfied (certainly my classmates would not recognize me for what I’ve changed XD).
How long does it take you to create a costume from scratch?
Obviously it depends on the type of costume, once I made the pattern I always reuse that, and I modify it from time to time depending on the customs that I have to do. So generally if it is just tailoring, it takes me from 2 days until a maximum of 1/2 months (working on it every day) this is more or less the estimate of when I commissioned others. When it comes to my cosplays I always put a lot of time (a bit of boredom, lack of materials or time to devote to me). The situation is different when it comes to armor or armor pieces, because I have to wait for it to dry well, the paint and color.
Are there any characters which you will love to cosplay in the near future?
To my good fortune I’ve already done all the characters I love, and since I like it so much I always do more versions of the same character (as Yuna, Serah or Asuna).
Which fictional character do you wish was real?
Certainly these would be from the Final Fantasy universe and would not be just one but my first love was Tidus from Final Fantasy X so maybe I would choose him … even if … even Noctis is not bad! <3 I CAN NOT CHOOSE!
If you could have a superpower, what will it be?
This is easy, the power of the word, that everything I say comes true, like magic! So I could have mountains of cosplay, manga, figures already ready at once, and of course I could control people and their actions (I’m evil I know!! XD)
What item at home can you use as a weapon if there is a zombie apocalypse?
Oh God I do not think that I’d survive long in a zombie apocalypse (despite being an fan of zombie movies) but probably choose a firearm such as a pistol, small and handy, lethal.
Have you ever had a bad cosplay experience?
No thankfully, received only criticisms from those people who do not know this kind of environment, but do not bother me, I go to comic-con for fun and no one can ruin the day.
It is a pleasure to feature you, Onirika. One question before we end, how do you define “sexy”?
I think that everyone has his idea of being sexy, so I cannot say for sure, but what I like may not please others. Actually I do not know what to say, you’ve asked the wrong person, I’m an eternal loli XD
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