A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Creativity, competition, and business acumen are highlighted here.
Positive Role Models
Successful cosplayers must be creative, artistic, and good performers. Many of them are perfectionists thanks to the demand for accurate details.
Violence & Scariness
Characters often carry weapons from primitive swords and bows and arrows to laser guns and more advanced weaponry, most of which are fake. On rare occasions catty arguments break out between competitive contestants and stressed teammates.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many costumes are revealing; there's lots of cleavage and partial buttocks visible.
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Not much iffy language, but a few bleeped curses ("f--k").
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Products & Purchases
Popular cosplayer-inspired brands like Yaya Han and businesses like Crabcat Industries are featured. Various costume shops throughout the country are shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, shots, cocktails) at bars and other social venues.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Heroes of Cosplay is an inside look at a subculture where (mostly) adult fans design and wear elaborate costumes inspired by pop culture characters. Aside from the consumerism inherent in the comic, movie, and TV characters these folks are playing off, parents might take issue with the sometimes skimpy costumes as well as some of the violent imagery associated with some costumes. Adults are depicted competing for awards related to their costumes and sometimes blowing off steam with alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
Heroes of Cosplay underscores how cosplaying, which has evolved from a subculture into a part of popular culture over the past 30 years, requires participants to be artists, engineers, and actors, as they create elaborate costumes and convincingly personify the characters they are recreating. It also underscores how, thanks to this evolution, cosplaying has become less about the body of work they create, but the potential money that can be earned as a result of gaining recognition among cosplay fans and entertainment and gaming industry professionals.
Watching how cosplayers go about designing and constructing costumes, whether it's coloring wigs with magic markers to perfectly match Princess Merida's hair or creating casts of their own heads in order to create the perfect Dungeon & Dragons' character, is interesting. But what also makes this series fun are the moments during competitions when their masterpieces are revealed, and the various details that judges look at when determining the winners. Folks familiar with the cosplay culture will appreciate what is being shown here, and there's no doubt that folks unfamiliar with cosplaying will learn a lot about it here.
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