Aimee: Ice Sniper

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Aimee is a familiar face at cosplay conventions and events, and her enthusiasm for her hobby is as evident from the amazing number of costumes she has made herself to the eagerness she shows when she mixes it up and have fun taking pictures with the crowd.  We are then ecstatic to have her as our newest Cosplay Model on this special edition of arkadymac.com.  Photos by Xtian Mack, post processing by our guest editor Ecko.

 

“Ever since I’ve read the Sword Art Online light novels, I’ve come to like Shino Asada’s character, Sinon, because of her calm and cool personality when she plays Gun Gale Online,” Aimee tells us will glee, her eyes gleaming with admiration.  “She had been my dream cosplay for the longest time, which was why I was so happy when I got all of it together.”  She tells us it was never easy, but she managed to pull it off just in time for her cosplay anniversary last year.

 

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“It was challenging at first to cosplay her since I’m not used to wearing the sexy clothes she wears,”  she confesses.  “But as time goes by I slowly become confident to wear them.  I guess it’s just an act of getting used to, and now I love to cosplay her so much.”

 

“I’d like to think Sinon and I have something in common,” Aimee  shares with us.  “She has a different personality whenever she plays Gun Gale Online. She has intense fear of guns that’s why she plays Gun Gale Online in order for her to try and overcome her fear. In that respect, I’m a different person whenever I cosplay and internalize the personality of the character that I’m portraying. Sinon is also independent and that’s why I somehow relate to her when it comes to dealing with problems by yourself.”

 

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“Oh, and I just really, truly admire female characters who are into sniper rifles, just like Sinon and her PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate II,” she admits with a laugh.  “I think they’re so cool.”

 

With the many cosplays we have seen her in, it is surprising to know she started only two years ago.  “My first cosplay was Kafuka from the anime series Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei,” she recalls.  She said her friend in college insisted her to try it.  She never imagined how big an impact it would make to her.  “Now I continue to cosplay because it gives me that sense of fulfillment whenever I portray my favorite characters, especially when they acknowledge me as that character.”

 

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The most often-asked question she gets from people about her cosplaying is what does she get from it. “I’ve experienced so many good things when I started cosplaying: making new friends, learning different skills in make-up, props making, and being resourceful.  It also gave me self confidence, which I think is very important to me.”

When not cosplaying, Aimee tells us she indulges her artistic and creative side.  “I do photography.  I also like to do draw anime characters.  I do graphic designing using PS tools.”  She tell us that she is a happy-go-lucky person who loves to make lots of friends.

 

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Aimee tell us she is most excited when she gets to see her cosplay idols, like Kaname and Reika. “I ‘m also happy whenever I see my favorite cosplayers during events; they inspire me to do my best to achieve that epic cosplay.”

 

For those who have been a part of Aimee’s journey into cosplay, she has this to say:  “I would like to thank all of my friends who have supported me all throughout my journey as a cosplayer, also to all the photographers  I have met during shoots or events who help me achieve awesome poses.   And to all my friends out there who have the same passion as me in cosplaying, all I can say is never give up on the passion that gives you that ultimate happiness.  Don’t let negative criticism get to you. Enjoy what you love and you’ll always get full support from your beloved friends. Cosplay unites us all. God bless, everyone. Arigato gozaru, minna-san! Aishiteru ne.”

 

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We certainly hope you will always support Aimee in her endeavors as we promise you’ll get to see more of her soon here on our website.

 

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Author

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack

Xtian Mack took up AB English Studies, Major in Creative Writing at UP Diliman. Currently works for a medical transcription company. He is the Creative Director of The Cosplay Cafe: arkadymac.com, doing photography, writing, and reporting for the website. His line of photography specializes in cosplay event coverage, having covered 300 events in a span of 3 years. Loves cute and furry things.