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It is time for me to talk about a few things I keep being asked frequently and to clear a few things up that many seem to wonder about.

First a few landmarks:

My name: NanjoKoji
What I am: Cosplayer and leader of Europe's premier anime/manga/videogame musical and show formation TnS - Tsuki no Senshi. For information, you can look us up here: tsukinosenshi.net/ (official homepage), www.facebook.com/tsukinosenshi (Facebook page), twitter.com/#!/tsuki_no_senshi (Twitter page), tsukinosenshi.tumblr.com/ (Tumblr page)
I'm wearing and making costumes for the musicals I act in since 1998, I cosplay independently since 2004
I'm currently 28 years old, working on my PhD (doctorate), living in Germany, where I was born.
I love to travel the world, visit conventions, work on stage, express myself in the way I live and enjoy life.
My enchanting girlfriend is Ravenic, with whom I also cosplay often. My great friend with whom I work together the most in recent times are MissMindCrush, kurui-chan, HarrySirius, CanisMaior and more, they're all also part of my troupe.

I love your cosplay of character xy, where can I get it?
You can't. All my cosplays are selfmade - some of them by or with the help of dear friends, the clear majority made by myself. They're all unique and I don't do commissions. Sometimes I sell cosplays that I won't wear anymore; in this case I'm announcing it here in my journal.
A good hint for those of you who want to cosplay but didn't do it before: Don't buy cosplays, make them yourself. It's easier than it looks and the result will always look better and be more affordable than the overpriced and often badly sewn ones you can buy at various stores. Get an experienced friend for help and you'll discover how much fun making your own cosplay can be!

I don't know how to sew/style/do xy, can you help me?
Feel free to drop me a note and I'll see what I can do for you. Please make your question as precise as possible - things like 'how did you make this cosplay?' will not help. And please be patient - I'm getting MANY notes each day and it's often not easy to catch up with everything in time. But I'm always doing my best not do disappoint anyone and I'll answer everything as fast as possible!

Can I meet you at a convention?
Yes, you can! To perform there, I'm attending ~6 conventions per year in Germany. That's in Europe. I haven't been to american conventions yet - but let's see what the future brings!

I want to see your stage shows! Where can I watch them?
I'd love to welcome you in the audience at one of our performances! Each year, we're presenting two brand-new musicals of famous anime, manga and videogames at Germany's biggest conventions. If you're living too far away, you can always watch videos of our performances. There are many audience recordings and also a few official ones online at Youtube - just search for Tsuki no Senshi and the musical you want to watch. You can find recordings of Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories, Ludwig II., Eternal Sonata, Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core and Kuroshitsuji - Black Butler. The upcoming shows for this year will be The Last Unicorn, premiered in 3 weeks, and Trinity Blood, to be premiered in summer 2012.
Language spoken is german, but don't worry, we're following the original storylines and it should be easy to understand. Some videos also have subtitles available (be sure to turn them on in the lower right corner of the video box).

Where can I find you on the internet? Do you have different accounts, too?
You can finde me here:

Most active pages:
Tumblr (my blog, I'm most active there. Language: english) -> nanjokoji.tumblr.com/
Twitter (languages: german and english) -> twitter.com/#!/NanjoKoji
Animexx (I'm most active there, this is also where my full cosplay shootings are being posted. On DeviantArt, I'm always only showing a selected number. Language: mostly german. I'm linking you the english version though. For security reasons, you have to register to see everything.) -> animexx-en.onlinewelten.com/mi…
Facebook (Language: english) -> www.facebook.com/NanjoKoji
Formspring (registered users only. Language: english) -> www.formspring.me/NanjoKoji

Fan Clubs:
NanjoKoji fan page on Facebook -> www.facebook.com/NanjoKojiFC
NanjoKojians on DeviantArt -> nanjokojians.deviantart.com/
NanjoKojians on CureCosplay -> en.curecos.com/picture/?member…

Cosplay pages:
WorldCosplay -> worldcosplay.net/member/2597/
Cosbase -> www.cosbase.de/index.php?r=use…
CureCosplay -> en.curecos.com/profile/?ch=286…
My cosplay.com account is inactive for years
If you come across other accounts of NanjoKoji featuring my pictures, you can be sure that it's a fake account. There are many out there and not all are being reported in time.

How do you get your photos onto the Frontpage so often? I want mine to be there, too!
Frankly, I have no idea how it happened. One day, one of my cosplay photos hit the front page, no idea why. And since then my watcher community is growing steadily, reaching 20.000 this month. My photos get a lot of favs and so they're regularly on the Frontpage. I didn't do anything to bring them there, I'm just very happy about my luck and the many wonderful people out there who like what I do. Thank you for the long-time support, my dears! Thanks to each and everyone of you! I'm so lucky to present my little works to you, I cannot begin to express my gratefulness for all these years together with you ♥




To a few things concerning special shootings and photos in recent times:

Why don't you put the magazines to the weapons you used for Sucker Punch and Hetalia?
In most countries, it is illegal to walk the streets armed. Even in the States, the police would be upon you in an instant. We're doing our shootings mostly in public places and therefore looking armed would be absolutely indecent. The weapons are paintball guns, therefore they're legal, but they look very real. So the least we could do is to leave the magazines at home. And I don't think it takes away much from the photos.

Why don't I see nipples on you when you cosplay male characters topless?
I'm a woman, so I'm binding to cosplay men. So I have to edit the binding out if I want it to look good. That means that my nipples won't be in the picture if I don't want to cosplay topless, which would be pretty indecent in public places and I wouldn't feel with it as well. So if there should be nipples in the photo, they cannot be mine. And I don't want to edit someone else's nipples onto my photo. I don't want anyone's chest on mine. I could as well copy a good-looking face on my body, or a good-looking body as well, and there wouldn't be much left of what I contributed to the result. I'm working on my body to look good, no matter if cosplaying or not, and I could spare that if I wouldn't want to look good with what I am. And also in cosplay, I want it to be me, not what I stole somewhere. So I think, this is a decent solution. Also regarding the fact that in most manga/anime, the nipples aren't even drawn when the guys are running around topless. It that ok with you? At least it's ok with me^_-

Why are you cosplaying so much yaoi/characters that aren't from yaoi series in yaoi situations?
Because I like these pairings! Simple enough :D

Why did you do xy this way? I myself can't find this in the series, therefore it is wrong and I don't like it!
I respect your opinion. But cosplay is still a form of art, it's creative work and everyone interprets the things he likes in different ways. Some of my photos are allegories to the characters portrayed, some are situations or images I came up with because I like them. Keep your mind open - fine if you like it, fine if you don't. But I can't find any 'wrong' in matters of art.

*insert major trolling here*
Trolling is a problem of the internet, not just of the cosplay scene and not just of me. It happens often (although things got better in the recent year, maybe the cosplay world is getting used to my presence after so many years). But it is still not ok. Trolling gets reported immediately and I don't see a reason to answer to it. To point something out: I'm from Germany and in Germany, harrassing someone online, bullying and badmouthing someone is illegal. I know about the free speech concept in the USA and that many use it to excuse inacceptable behaviour. But I'm german and I see things the way of my country's legislation. It is not ok to insult someone, no matter who it is. I treat people politely and I expect to be treated politely in return. Constructive criticism and a different opinion is always welcome. But I do not tolerate trolling.


To be continued if something else comes on my mind.
Maybe you've got a question you'd like to have answered? Feel free to ask!
Hope it helps!

Have a good day, everyone, and thank you for the support!

Yours,
NanjoKoji
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D

You have a great outlook on life! It is refreshing to see such liveliness and joy <3

May life keep blessing you with happiness :D
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m-ichiko Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I feel really stupid asking this, but did you choose the name "Nanjo Koji" after the seme in Zetsuai 1989?
I was just watching it the name had been bugging me and then I remembered you....
Sorry, dumb question....
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
Yes, that was my original inspiration:)
Btw, you've got a really lovely icon photo!
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m-ichiko Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, just wondering.
And thank you very much.
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Amatao Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so awesome and amazing. I'm lucky I found a Picture of you Cosplay in the past and started watching you everywhere I could find you ^^
My greatest X-mas-Card was yours, I was very very happy about it ^^
I love how you do what you do. Especially the Yaoi ones because I mostly love this Pairings too and see it to less cosplayed.
It also seems we have sometimes a similliar type of things/chracter/series we like. So I hope I can see the TnS Performances of the Lats Unicorn and Trinity Blood (I really love both series) and I don't wanna miss to see your Yami no Matsuei Cosplay <3

You're also an inspiration for me. I never thought I would start cosplaying but since beginning on this Year I do and I love it ♥
I hope I will become better in Future but for now I'm just happy with the things I do and I think seeing your Cosplays was a decisive point.
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
I really don't know what to say, that's so nice of you and I feel very honoured! And it's great that you enjoy cosplay and I'm very happy that I could help you along the way! :D
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Amatao Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That are all true words from the bottom of my Heart ♥
I'm always happy to see a Picture of you or Ravenic because you're both very amazing Cosplayer ^^
(And I make jumps because of happyness when I get a replay form you ^w^)
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
<3
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Amatao Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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InoShika Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are such an awesome person. I spend so little time on dA these days because of the stupid trolling, but every time I'm on and I see one of your photos or journals, they make me smile. ^^
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Awesome, I liked learning about you, you're so cool and especially working on your PhD, congrats! What are you working towards in your Doctorate?
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RetakeThisWorld Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're such an inspiration!
I know I'll never be able to cosplay as well as you, (not enough time and energy, haha,) but you're an inspiration to cosplayers everywhere. Keep doing what you're doing!
Your accuracy and quality is amazing. :)
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thank you, that makes me glad!
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HikariHellion Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice one on the FAQ ^^

This has given me a few pointers on cosplaying as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to start doing cosplay photoshoots this summer (since I can't afford to go to cons), so don't be surprised if I end up dropping you a few notes myself...about all I've done for cosplay is a lame, throw-together Integra Hellsing outfit a couple Halloweens ago XD
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
No prob, I'll help where I can :)
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HikariHellion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Danke danke! *hugs*
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Imperilga Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice FAQ :aww:
I love your cosplays, so this is very insightful~
I hope to see one of your musical performances one day :D

Also, if you don't mind me asking, what are you getting your PhD in? (Good luck with achieving your goal!)
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thank you, I'd be glad to welcome you in the audience!

I answered this a few postings below, just scroll down a tiny bit :) Hope you don't mind!
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Imperilga Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mind~ :aww:

Keep up the good work, you're awesome :XD:
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks!
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Medowsweet Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Very nice FAQ :D You sure do get some of those questions a lot I saw. xD Just keep on being awesome. ;) :love:
And a Trinity Blood musical this summer?! That's awesome!! :D So I assume it will be performed at Animagic? I really hope so.. since Animagic will be the first German convention I'll be attending, and it would really be awesome to see one of your musicals live! :heart:
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks:)
We'll be performing The Last Unicorn at Animagic, Trinity Blood won't be finished until late summer, but I hope you'll join the audience anyway!
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Medowsweet Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
of course I will be there to watch! :D The Last Unicorn also sounds like it will be a good musical. :heart: I should totally rewatch that movie though, I'm Dutch so I can understand German pretty well, but just to be sure I'll follow the whole story I need to see the movie again first, haha. ^^ Good luck with preparing for all those new musicals! :D
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thanks, I'm looking forward to it!
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aluxcia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
wow you also awesome and gorgeous as a person ^^ I can see you have a beautiful personality after i read that =D
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thank you, that's nice of you!
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aluxcia Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I'm just stating the truth =D
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Raysfirebird17 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love seeing these kind of journals, It realy gives me an amiture cos-player hope
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Makes me glad :)
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foofoo12345 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you get the time to answer these, I have a few random ones that I'd like to ask ^^ :
Where'd the name NanjoKoji come from? (I ask because I had a long discussion about Digimon with my friends and was wondering if it had anything to do with that XD)
What places do you usually do your photoshoots at?
If it's not too creepy or too personal, whats your PhD for? :D
I love your cosplays, your photos are AMAZING, and I hope to see more in the future! :D Especially of Riku (HUGE Riku fan XD)
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Sure!
- Nanjo Koji is one of the two main characters of Minami Ozaki's classic boys love series Zetsuai and the sequel BRONZE. I cosplayed him, you may have seen it in my gallery. It has nothing to do with Digimon.
- Any inspiring place I can find! Sometimes I choose them in my city, somethimes I travel to have a shooting at a special place. I prefer very werecked places or very futuristic ones, clear shapes and lots of light, but sometimes there is just something distinctive that's being needed and I search for it until a fitting one comes to my eyes. I prefer outside locations over studios, but I do both.
- Philosophy, modern ethic theory in matters of responsibility in a global relation
- Thank you very much!! There'll be more of Riku, promise!
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Roanam Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I have to say my favorite part of this is what you said about trolling. I'm from the U.S. so I'm used to people being rude and abusing their right to the freedom of speech, so I really like that you mentioned that. I also didn't know that in Germany it is illegal to bully or badmouth someone. I admit I don't really know much about other countries other than America, so I thought that was really neat. What other laws like that are in Germany?
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
You have to understand one thing: the US have never withnessed a war in their own country. Germany was totally destroyed in WWII, occupied and divided, millions killed, dispersed, dying of starvation, cold and terrible conditions. Europe still knows the post-war feeling of 'we don't want a war in the world, ever ever again'. There is also a strong feeling of deep remorse. Germany is a very open country today with a very social legislation. We have health insurance and financial support for everyone in need, no matter if he comes from a different country, is ill, can't work (or simply doesn't want to). No one has to be homeless in Germany. Schools are free and among the best (and hardest) in the world. But on the other hand we have among the highest taxes in the world and living here is very expensive (living, groceries, gas, high taxes on everything). We have no death penalty and national pride is very low due to the nazism past. Problems are that our system is easily to be exploited. But it is a deliberately set up system that offers much more security to the single person than the american one.
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Kalidra Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Just wanted to say some things:

America has had a war on its own soil, although it's been over a hundred years, but the effects of it still resonate in society today-the Civil War. There are still people who feel guilty about repressing the African American population not only before but after the Civil War when the division between whites and blacks were made. So some of the people who are in legislation and feel guilty are passing equal opportunity laws (which I have no problem with-humans should be given opportunities despite any label of race, sex, or age) and handing more welfare to the African American population, which demographically tend to be in worse financial condition than other groups of people here, and many of those who feel guilty think that it's because they weren't given a fair start all those years ago, although I personally believe that this can be a factor but not the main factor.

In a way, this situation can be related to how Europeans are more careful about what they say and how they treat each other. I'm not comparing the scales in any way-war is always devastating and destructive.
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
thanks for this :)
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Kalidra Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Anytime Koji :)
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NonConformistFlmingo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that you took the time to answer all of these questions (some of which I recall you having answered before) is awesome of you, and shows that you are a very caring person for the people who follow your art. ^_^
A lot of people I know would have just ignored them or snapped and told people to stop asking the same thing over and over, but you didn't and that is awesome of you! Keep up the amazing and beautiful work! ^_^
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks, that's kind!^^ Of course this is also to make my life easier. Maybe I won't have to answer them all that often anymore^_-
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NonConformistFlmingo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, and yes, here's hoping you won't have to answer them so much. ^_^
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Funny how nobody in the US knows a lick of constitutional rights, therefore not understanding that 'defamation' isn't protected by the amendment of free speech.
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
seems so :/
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Is some form of learning 'business law' mandatory or encouraged in your country? Just curious.
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
it's a mandatory subject at school
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LucidOrdinance Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
lucky bastards. :V Maybe one day my country will have some sense beat into them too.
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Sutefu-Kasaichi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:glomp:
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
:D
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RubyRiddleDesign Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This journal just affirms that you are one amazing and bad-ass person. I really love and envy your cosplay and craftsmanship. :heart: You and Ravenic are incredibly beautiful and talented.

I'm a bit of a late bloomer to cosplay, still working on getting a closet organized for it, but you two are definately a huge inspiration to me and my creative juices. :3
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
That's very sweet of you, thank you so much!
I bet you'll do wonderful and I wish you lots of fun with your cosplay start!:)
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RubyRiddleDesign Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! :heart: And thank you! The hardest part of getting started is deciding what to do first ^^;
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NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Oh, I always have so many characters I want to do, I don't have that problem XD
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