Cardia from Code Realize // Cosplayer : YamiSorceress
I have been a fan of the Code Realize otome game since it first came to North America. I was happy that the protagonist had a strong personality and wasn’t portrayed as a frail girl. Her character development was stunning and once the second game was announced, along with an anime adaption, I knew I had to bring this character to life.
The outfit is 100% made from scratch; everything from the gloves to the head piece, to the undergarments. Most of the pieces were free-styled along with a few patterns referenced, especially for the corset. The green lining for the skirt was dyed an ombré green using Rit Dye. The design on the bottom utilized a table doily to create that lace look. Over 7000 crystals cover this cosplay, each placed one at a time. Even my little dog “Sisi” was crocheted by hand using my own pattern.
I was honestly afraid many people would not know where my character was from. Surprisingly I got a few people run from across the convention hall screaming “Cardia! I love Code Realize!” It made me so happy to have those few fans cheer me on and compliment the outfit; I really felt that I did the character justice with everyone that came up to ask for a photo. I even had a few people add the game to their Amazon shopping list because they were so into the cosplay!
Anime Festival Orlando (#AFO) was my first Florida con and I have tried to attend every year. It’s the perfect size for anyone wanting to try an anime convention for the first time; not too small but not too big. The panels are great, the fans are delightful, and being in the heart of Orlando you are only a short drive away from the theme parks. Plus it’s my favorite venue for photos!
I started cosplaying in 2007 and wanted to find people who shared my same love for anime and manga. I never would have guessed that I would become so addicted to making cosplays and trying new techniques. I was so hard on myself in the beginning and comparing my terrible looking cosplays to others around me. There were times I wanted to hide in a corner and never be seen. However, the cosplay community is so supportive and kind no matter what skill level you are. I have learned to embrace who I am as a cosplayer and the styles I choose. Cosplaying is that time for me to de-stress from everyday life and let my imagination soar. Cosplaying is for everyone and I support everyone in this community. If I can make one person smile while in cosplay that is the greatest feeling in the world.