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Injury as the growing trend in Japanese cosplay

by Darkanger
Aug 24, 2007 4:41 PM | 7 Comments
An article in the Mainichi News described a growing trend in Akihabara (the otaku hangout of Tokyo) of dressing kegadoru-literally meaning 'injured idols'. Instead of maids and eyeglasses, cosplayers dress themselves as if they have an injury, including eye patches and bandages. For years the trend in favour of otakus' was moe or lolita, cute and passive.
Psychologists theorize that this is another version of dress in which the males see a weak figure and want to protect them. This is probably in response to a society of more and more strong women and mens need to look after and care for someone not being needed.

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No, yukarin looks cool.

Aug 29, 2007 9:28 AM by zq

Man, Mainichi news just keeps getting slower and slower


Aug 24, 2007 5:08 PM by accela

So so true.

Aug 24, 2007 5:06 PM by Darkanger

They're just getting ready for the Evangelion movie. Blame Rei.

This was visible about 8 or 9 years ago too.

Aug 24, 2007 4:59 PM by Iri

How bizarre. I'd rather the maid fantasy than some injured person.

Well this pic is half on topic.

Aug 24, 2007 4:58 PM by OriginalName

the chick with an eyepatch in Baccano! does not look weak at all =P

But that's a bit different.. heh

Aug 24, 2007 4:57 PM by selective_yellow

I also like eye patches and bandages to be honest. They look so cool *.*

Aug 24, 2007 4:49 PM by zq