You’ve seen their images from Comic-Con and Anime Expo. You’ve seen footage from conference goers enjoying their moment of life. Yes, cosplayers are a distinct and fascinating kind, and not only because they dress up as superheroes.
Cosplay is a mash-up (aka frankenword) of the words “costume” and “play.” While the name suggests otherwise, there’s a lot far more to just Cosplay-ing.
Cosplay, in its most basic form, refers to an individual or team who likes dressing up, putting together intricate clothes, and acting out. Cosplayers or “role-players” may frequently dress up as a favourite character or style from anime, comic books, graphic novels, video games, television shows, movies, and other creative sources.
Tier One Entertainment
In Asia, there’s a company dedicated to honouring and upskilling Cosplayers across the South East Asian region, called Tier One Entertainment. They are the undisputed gaming and esports entertainment leader in South East Asia which is embedded in the content distribution and gaming world. They’ve built their success by developing a robust business model and making themselves the top tier destination for new and established gaming talents.
As for their Cosplayer talents, three recent figures specifically caught our eyes. Talents that go by the names Hakken, Knite and Shunsuke—we believe the names are no stranger to the cosplay and entertainment industry. With an impressive amount of followers across social media and an immense number of fans, it’s no wonder that Tier One Entertainment is eager to open their doors to these young talents.
Below, Glitz proudly shares their profiles.
Hakken is a six-letter term that means “royalty in cosplay.” Hakken is a moniker that reverberates across the cosplay industry, spreading terrors across social media with far-reaching consequences. Millions of people have screamed in admiration for Hakken, who is well-known for his cosplay in Malaysia. The incredibly popular cosplayer has gone a long way. The 24-year-old from Sarawak originally delved into the world of cosplay as young as 12-year-old in 2010.
Some of their most famous cosplays include Persona 5’s Joker, Granblue Fantasy’s Sandalphon, Detective Conan’s Kaito Kid, and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Kishibe Rohan. With their photorealist makeup approach, this skilled 24-year-old cosplayer has grabbed the hearts of several fandoms.
However, behind all those incredible images is an even more incredible individual motivated by the desire to portray their favourite characters alive. When it comes to cosplaying, they live by their fundamental ideals and beliefs, which has enabled them effectively expand their brand to become the cosplay star we today know and adore.
Shunsuke is well-known for his stunning cosplays of characters including Howl Pendragon from Howl’s Moving Castle, Giorno Giovanna from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Kakashi from Naruto. The 24-year-old stunner has been cosplaying for almost a decade and has travelled the world as a popular convention guest. In a recent interview, he discussed some of the hurdles he’s faced in his professional career; including self-expression as an artist, building his social media as a company, and continually striving to improve himself.