Cosplayer Interviews: Xaga Rae From The Philippines

1st Feb 2012 by

Xaga Rae donning the Acretia Power Core Set armor

Xaga Rae is one cosplayer in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines that has a burning passion for armored cosplay. Taking a few minutes off from his birthday party to answer quick questions, Xag lets his cheery personality loose.

Asgard: How did your interest in cosplay start?

Xaga: Well, it started because I was addicted to [online] games so I was inspired by the designs of ingame armors, especially Ragnarok.

 

A: What was your first armored cosplay and how long did it take for you to finish working on it?

X: My first armored cosplay was a Ranger Unit Accretia from RF Online. It wasn’t quite good at that time and it took me a week to make it.

 

A: Which anime, manga or cosplay event did you attend with that costume? Did you attract a lot of people with that costume?

X: Well, it was at Xavier University Festival Days a few years ago and yeah, it did because it was a first and very unusual costume with lights.

 

A: A costume with lights? How did you do it?

X: It’s not really total lights like what I made on my successing cosplays that really used technology. It was just a single light on my helmet as its eyes since I was cosplaying a mecha.

Xaga Rae as Arthas the Lich King from Warcraft

A: What materials do you usually use in making armors?

X: Rubber is the most essential part of cosplay armor and the add-on’s come after for the designs.

 

A: We all know that making cosplay armor is a tough job. Did you experience minor injuries while making your costumes?

X: That ALWAYS happens! Burnt fingers from strong adhesive, cuts on the skin, poked fingers from pins and all sorts of clumsiness.

 

A: Have you considered non-armored cosplay?

X: Yep, but rarely.

 

A: What characters? And why rarely?

X: Ragnarok Knight, Ragnarok Assassin, Ragnarok Assassin Cross, Kakashi from Naruto, Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Ragnarok Asura, Ragnarok Gunslinger, Ragnarok Rogue and some random OC’s. I rarely considered them because although the materials for the cloth for non-armored cosplay and armored cosplay are nearly the same in terms of price, it’s the armors that are more eye catching.

 

A: That’s true. How much do you spend on your costumes?

X: I can’t remember but I think it’s somewhere below Php15,000 (roughly $357.)

 

A: Is that the total amount for all your cosplay costumes or just one?

X: It’s just one.

 

A: How many armored characters have you cosplayed and which one is your favorite?

X: I think I have done 8 characters and my favorite is my second and biggest mecha. That was Melee Acretia, Power Core set from RF Online.

 

A: What character are you planning to cosplay in the future?

X: I still don’t know what to make first because there I have a quite a number of characters lined up that I want to cosplay.

 

A: And everything is still in armor?

X: Yes!

 

A: What advice can you give to novice cosplay armor makers?

X: First you got to have patience because armors aren’t made with just a snap of a finger. It also needs a scientific basis because you’ll be wearing it and not a mannequin.

 

Xaga Rae as Arthas the Lich King from Warcraft

A: Do you have a favorite mecha anime?

X: I don’t really watch anime which is why I don’t have a favorite title but I am very much in love with video games!

 

A: Ok, so scratch that. What’s your favorite video game?

X: Any game as long as there are mechas in it! First it was RF Online. And then followed by Ragnarok and Bounty Hounds.

 

A: Is there any game you can recommend?

X: Try the latest online games by Level Up! games and Bounty Hounds!


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