15 March 2010

Frequently Asked Questions

I've been recieving a lot of emails lately, and it's about time I address some of the questions you've all been asking me. So here goes...

Who are you?
My real name is Columbia Kho, and my Chinese name is 許 美美. I started writing about cosplayers in a Sanriotown Blog as a hobby back in June 2007 and got addicted to searching for cosplayers and writing up about their anime counterparts ever since.

Have you ever cosplayed yourself?
No, though I've worn my fair share of Japanese school girl uniforms and french maid outfits. I've never seriously cosplayed as of yet. The cosplayers I feature are far too intimidating..!

You can read Chinese and Japanese?!
...a little. 因為我母親是中國人啦~! Japanese, I'm trying to learn by myself. I think I should take classes for both languages soon!

Isn't the Japanese name of Cosplay "コズプレ" (kosupure) without the イ (kosupurei)?
That's correct! However, when I created Cosplay Holic, "kosupure" was already taken, which is why I decided to use kosupurei instead.

Where do you get your cosplay photos?
I started out with some of the pictures I had collected from the internet and took some of my own in anime conventions. Soon afterwards, my readers started sending in their own photos / pictures they saw on the internet and asked me to feature those, too.

Could you feature this cosplay or cosplayer that I have/know?
Yes, you can contribute as many photos as you'd like! Send them to kurohiko@gmail.com!

Can I request a cosplay of _____ from the series _____?
Yes, you may! Just send in your requests to kurohiko@gmail.com.

If I send in my photo, does that mean I'll be automatically featured?
That really depends. I post cosplay pictures of people I like, but I'm quite easy to please.

Can you help me decide who to cosplay as? Or maybe give your opinion about my cosplay?
I'm not a cosplay expert, but I will definitely do my best! Just send your photos to kurohiko@gmail.com, but remember to indicate whether or not I can feature you on the site!

Why do you post only low resolution images even though I gave you a high resolution one?
That's because Cosplay Holic was created as a reference site only, and the photos are mostly not mine. I prefer to link the photos back to the cosplayer's or the photographer's site. If that's not available, then I link it to the contributor's image host.

Why did you delete my comment(s)?!
I deleted them because they contained one of the following:
  1. Foul language, spam, flames, critiques, and other negative comments.
  2. Links to other sites. However, this rule is forfeited when the links are posted for references to cosplays in the Unknown Section, and on cosplay features that need corrections.
Can we exchange links?
For now, link exchanges are open! Link Cosplay Holic to your blog or website then send your link exchange request at kurohiko@gmail.com!

Why are you adding Cosplay Holic links to photos that aren't even yours?

Well, that's actually still up for debate. The reason why I started adding links was because there are several blogs copy-pasting my articles, including the photos, while removing the links whether it's to the cosplayers' websites, or the photographers', or the source from where I got the photo. Adding links was one of the ways in which I can get these plagiarists to stop or at least think twice about what they're doing (some are still copy-pasting my stuff on their sites, but they're now using the original photos).

Cosplay Holic is supposed to be a reference site so that fans can see more of their favorite cosplayers from their own websites... this is not the place to steal content from just because you want more money from your ads.

I still think you're stealing my photo anyway, and I don't want to be linked to you!
That's ok! You can comment on the article or send me an email to file your request. I can change the image so that there's no link, or I can take down the article completely. You just need to say so.

Why aren't you updating Nanao's Cosplay Research anymore?
Sanriotown bought the blog and all of its previous contents from the blog's beginnings until February 25, 2010 from me, as they wanted to try and update it themselves. We came to an agreement, and now that blog is being taken cared of by someone else.

And there we have it, folks! If you have any more questions you'd like to add to the F.A.Q. section, feel free to leave a comment or email me at kurohiko@gmail.com!


  1. Yaaay my questions are answered! I'd just like to thank you for this blog. I'm a relativly new cosplayer from ireland and finding information on cosplays and also cosplay photos to inspire me is quiet diffiult. Luckily there is a huge Irish cosplaying community for such a small country and a good few conventions. I hope to get better some day and maybe send in a few of my pics to you! I also have a number of my friends amazing cosplays that I hope to send in the near future.

    Thanks again!

  2. Thanks a lot too, Lydia. I'm glad you enjoy this blog, and I hope I'll get to see your cosplays soon!

  3. dropping by to say that i truly enjoy this blog of yours, +it is kinda nice to get to know another [ english-speaking ] cosplay blogger out there :3

  4. Oh hey~ You're a cosplay blogger too? Definitely dropping by your blog one of these days then. *o* And I will link you back to any pics I post, of course!

  5. 嗨! you have mentioned that you are a chinese and i think you know how to read chinese character too ,i am not an addicted to anime nor interested with those anime comics, but after i saw your site , i think i will love it. i like your drawings / sketch and also 我很羡慕你, 你太有才華了,after reading your blogs i feel that you are very energetic too.you let me feel that life is colorful . 哦 , 你也會日文吧? 你怎麼學的?

  6. Oh hello! My Chinese is not very good, but let me try this...

    是的,我看得懂中文,因為我是中國人. 我不懂日文非常好, 但我可以理解一點點.


    In English: Yes, I can read Chinese, because I'm Chinese. I can't understand Japanese very well, but I know a little bit.

    And thank you very much! I'm happy you like my manga and drawings!

    Well, my feeble attempt to speak in Chinese anyway! I hope I wrote that correctly!

  7. 我想你的中文蠻好的, 因為你會用“理解”跟”繪圖”的字眼。你是在太amazing了!那你家裡人也應該都很會中文吧, 看了你一篇“taiwan" is your sister live in taiwan ? 哪裡好玩嗎?很高興能認識你。我會常來看你的comics的。

  8. 對了, 我很想知道什麽事cosplay? 你可以explain給我嗎?我也想參加你們。 謝謝

  9. 謝謝你! 但是我看得懂中文, 我不是很好的說漢語. ^^; 是的,我母親是中國人. 五年前, 我三姐在台北學習中文. 我們去台北度假! 台北非常好玩的! 我好想台灣...




    Thank you! But I can only read Chinese, I'm not very good in speaking it. ^^; Yes, my mother is Chinese. My sister went to Taipei about 5 years ago to study Chinese. We went back recently for our vacation! Taipei is so much fun! I miss Taiwan so much...

    *Insert link to Chinese Wiki about cosplay*

  10. hi, i enjoy dropping by to your blog everyday to see if you have new updates. I realized that in most of the pic of the cosplayers you have, at the bottom part of each reviews, you state your thoughts or opinions regarding the cosplayers. May I seek your opinion regarding on my cosplay?if it is fine with you I will send you my picture. I need an opinion of someone who has a wide experience regarding cosplay pics. I look forward to hearing from you.


  11. i see. 原来cosplay是那個意思啊. thank you very much.繼續加油哦!

  12. @JL: No problem! Send them to my email and I will do my best!

    @Lyn-Lyn: 謝謝~! 我希望你繼續閱讀 Cosplay Holic~!

  13. :D Questions answered lol~~
    Wow, I love your blog~~ Eeek, I'm addicted.. I used to be really obsessed with anime.. then it cooled down but now I think my addiction is back again~

    Hehehe, I'm Chinese too (or more specifically from Hong Kong~


  14. Hi Ramen! Glad you like Cosplay Holic! And I love Hong Kong! I love shopping there and I've always wanted to go to one of Hong Kong's Anime Conventions! Maybe you can send me some photos of Hong-Kong-ese cosplayers? ^_^

  15. Love your blog :)
    But do you normally don't respond to emails of photos? I've emailed you twice but you haven't replied so I don't know if you've received them ^^;

  16. Hi there! So sorry about that... I get a lot of emails that I can hardly keep up with the replies... and there's also the comments here too! So what I usually do is reply to the ones I've already featured...

    ...I suddenly think I need an assistant or something. xDDD

  17. LOL haha, yeah that's quite a handful isn't it? O_O

    More power to your site, love the cosplayers you've featured so far :)

  18. Thank you, I appreciate that very much. :)

  19. I was browsing online and I found the site Cosplay-Addicted which looks EXACTLY like this site. Are the two sites run by the same people?

  20. That's definitely not run by me. ^^; I guess there are a lot of people who blog about cosplay now. :D

  21. I was just wondering because I really like your site and Cosplay Addicted has a lot of the same pictures as your site and is set up the same way as yours. Almost looks copied. :(

  22. I took a look and didn't see anything? You can email me the details if you'd like though!

  23. Nice blog you have here~ *w*
    If only I know how exchange links Orz