Welcome to the almost post-pandemic life where our lives took a bit of an upside down. After nearly 2 years, Nagaland Anime Junkies (NAJ) is back with the much anticipated Cosfest 2022. This year’s NAJ Cosfest 2022 was nothing short of a magical celebration that had us delve into a world of fantasy. It’s only fair to say that we were eager for a Cosfest.
NAJ founder Biebe and the team have yet again outdone themselves. Everything was a vibe- the food, the weather, the stalls, and the awe-striking cosplayers. It was a sight to behold and maybe just for once, it made us forget our mundane lives.
With the theme – ‘LIFE 2.0’, the 8th Annual NAJ Cosfest event was held in Kohima on the 9th and 10th of July. We witnessed an array of participants from across the state that competed in the grand show of cosplay craftsmanship and performance.
“We want to celebrate life, as we all move forward and rebuild our lives in the post-pandemic world.”- NAJ founders
We spoke to some of the cosplayers from the event to talk about their cosplay characters and their costumes. Read on for more. Cosplay photo credits- OvernightEntertainment/ONE
Cosplayer: Aien Chu, 20; Cosplay character: MaidXGoth fusion OC
“I chose this character because I really like the aesthetic of the whole look. It’s something very new to me and I wanted to try it out! The base costume was stitched by a tailor andthe rest of the details and the props were done by myself!”- Aien Chu, cosplaying as MaidXGoth fusion OC.
Cosplayer: Sumit Tamang, 28; Cosplay character:Moonknight
“The costume is probably one of the coolest things i have seen in recent times, so I just wanted try it and give it a shot. Also a big fan of the series and the character. I made it myself.” – Sumit Tamang cosplaying as Moonknight
Cosplayer: Alemsunep, 20, Architecture student; Cosplay character: Tiny Tina from Borderlands
“I chose to cosplay Tiny Tina because the character is really fun and energetic. I really like the Cel Shaded art style of the characters, which was also one of the main reasons why I chose it. I sacrificed my summer vacation to make the costume myself! Totally worth it.” – Alemsunep cosplaying as Tiny Tina, Borderlands
Garvee Taba, 21, student, cosplaying as Mad hatter
“I Fell in love with this character the first time I saw it. I just love characters that give out a dark, yet cheerful and cutesy vibes I made the costume myself.” – Garvee Taba cosplaying as Mad hatter
Angchi, 25, Cosplaying as Nobushi
“I chose this costume because I love Ninjas and Samurai and also because I don’t like to put on makeup so it’s betterwith those masks and yeah the game .The costume is all self-made.” – Angchi Cosplaying as Nobushi
Libin LaGaa, 21, Makeup Artist, Cosplaying as Medusa
“I was inspired by Medusa’s unique ability to turn anyone to stone – and the fact that she was a beautiful lady with a full head of hair consisting of snakes made it even more interesting.” – Libin LaGaa, 21, Makeup Artist,Cosplaying as Medusa
Anya Forger from Spy X Family | NAJ Cosfest 2022, Kohima
Big cheers to NAJ founder Biebe Natso and her team for bringing back this much-awaited cosplay affair to the youths of Nagaland, and for inspiring cosplay fans across the country. Check out R&L’s NAJ Cosfest coverage over the years.
- The Return of the Cosplayers from Nagaland | NAJ Cosfest 2022 - July 24, 2022
- She Paints, She Crafts, and She Makes Funny Comics. Meet Jung Jathy from Nagaland - October 23, 2021
- She Turns Everyday Products Into Gorgeous Pieces of Art – Chat with Resin Artist Achila from Nagaland - September 16, 2021