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Parents' Guide to

Cosplay Melee

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Reality show scores by focusing on creativity, not conflict.

TV Syfy Reality TV 2017
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If you can't get enough of Face Off, this creative and playful series should be on your watchlist. Like Syfy's other hit character-creation show, Cosplay Melee is firmly focused on its artists and their fantastic creations. Most of the show's running time is eaten up by the costume-creation phase of the competition, with players explaining in fascinating detail how they turn dollar-store art supplies and accessories into incredibly realistic gear. However, unlike on Face Off, where the competitors are often professionals and the judges rather blunt in their criticisms, judges are gentle with competing hobbyists and their creations. "Woooooooow!" Brown frequently utters when seeing a character come to life onstage, assuring players "You did a great job, honey!"

Her fellow judges may point out when a creation is lacking, but they do it with inordinate kindness, pulling their punches, suggesting how something could be made better instead of pointing out all the imperfections. Watching may inspire viewers to make their own costumes -- and it certainly will increase their appreciation for the costumed characters in their favorite movies and shows as well as the people who made what they wear.

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