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By : 英语点津|Updated: 2011-10-21



Cosplay (costume play) is a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga (comics), anime, and video games, and, less commonly, Japanese live action television shows, Japanese movies, or Japanese pop music bands. However, in some circles, "cosplay" has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume.

Cosplay(costume play,“角色扮演”一词的英文缩写形式)是日本的一种亚文化现象,主要的形式是参与者将自己打扮成漫画、动画或者视频游戏中的角色;有些不太常见的cosplay中人们也会将自己装扮成日本电视剧、电影或者流行乐队中的角色。不过,在某些领域,cosplay的概念已经被扩大,任何穿着剧服的行为都可以被称为是cosplay。

While having thrived in Japan for more than 20 years, the cosplay culture has just recently become popular in China, and the craze for cosplay is the latest trend hitting Hong Kong's teenagers, who are already immersed in a pervasive culture of Japanese anime and gaming.