A.K. Wirru

Hello everyone! Clara here, interviewing some people that like to do dress up of famous people like myself. These people actually go so far as to wear and make clothes to look like famous others.
Luckily enough, I am of course not like that (because nobody is as famous as I am) Don’t you think it’s silly to wear clothes, especially in summer times?
They get itchy and scratchy and how can you properly ruminate like that? Oh well, humans…

This time I am talking to Australian Super Craft Foamer A.K.Wirru


Hello clothes wearing human, can you tell us something about yourself, why you dress up like other people or animals and also, why do you wear clothes?

Hello Clara the naked cow.
I am AmenoKitarou (A.K. Wirru) – that first bit is silent by the way. So you can call me Wirru. But to be honest you can call me whatever you like.
I am an Australian cosplayer who started cosplaying in 2006. I made my first costume in 2008.
I really like dressing up like other people/animals because I’m a pretty unattractive individual and cosplay gives me a bit of confidence.
I also like wearing clothes for the health and safety of the eyes of people around me.

What is the image of The Netherlands in your country? Our image of your country is that you all walk around with hats with corks on them, drinking XXXX and eating suspicious meat pie and pea soup floats while riding Kangaroos. I love the Kangaroo bit, because in my country, they all drive in smelly boxes on four wheels.

I have never been to Netherlands or seen much of it except of my yearly visits to Japan for WCS... so my impression of Netherlands, based on my past experiences with Team Netherlands, is that you are all big angry men and women with sass so sharp that it could cut someone’s face. 
Oh and legal pot.  Please educate me while I’m there... Even I am embarrassed at my answer here.

We heard you were a famous human in your habitat. What have you achieved in your clothes wearing profession? I myself was chosen Cow of the Year, due to my immaculate spot pattern on my body for four years in a row.

I wouldn’t really say I’m famous. I have just been very lucky to meet many people from around the world, and fortunately for me they tolerate me.
I made my first costume for competition in 2008. I have since been Madman National Cosplay Champion 2010, WCS Team Australia 2012, and have around 60 awards from various Australian competitions.
I am pretty useless nowadays though. I prefer being horizontal and ruminating.

Think big grassy meadow with nice and crisp leaves and of course, no other human smelly things in the area. What would you bring to ruminate for a weekend? You may choose 4 items.

Clara the Cow – I get lonely easily and you sound like someone who will be fun to ruminate with.
Wood – for fire. I have a soft spot for camp fires under the stars.
Picnic basket of food – I’m going to count that as one item. I can make picnic food for you, you divine bovine.
A knife – in case I run out of food and I want to eat beef.

What are your favourite 5 things about Japan?

Vending machines!
MacDonald’s Ebi Burger (Prawn burger)
The variety of drinks you can get at fast food restaurants
Convenient store packaged meals
Plane ticket home (I get homesick quickly)

When I go to Japan people often assume I am from Kobe because of the way I look. Do people ever make mistaken assumptions about you because of the way you look and what can you do about it.

Oh I know your feels sister. I get the “If you’re Australian, why are you Asian?” thing a lot. Oh my god you can’t just ask someone why they’re Asian.
I tell them the truth and they can choose to believe it or not.

When I went on stage for the first time I was really nervous. Then someone gave me some milk and that helped to calm me down. It wrecked havoc with my digestion afterwards as I am lactose intolerant, but since then I learned that some freshly squeezed afalfa juice with straw will do the trick whenever I am nervous. Do you have similar tricks for when you and/or your co-actors are nervous?

I am absolutely terrible before I go on stage. I am usually fine when I get on stage, and when it is an hour before stage time. But once it is 10 minutes before stage I freak out.
My best friend and WCS partner is usually there to keep me sane during those 10 minutes and we have a ritual where we shout “OSSSSUUU” as loud as we can to get rid of our nerves. We do this when the crowd is also applauding so we don’t end up interrupting anyone’s act!

When I just started out cosplaying sometimes cows in my herd looked down on me and my passion. This really hurt me at the time. Did you have any similar experiences when you started? What did you say to them? Do you think cosplay is becoming more accepted both as a hobby and as a profession?

Oh screw the herd. If they don’t accept you they are probably not worth your time.
Luckily for me, when I started, all my friends thought it was a cool hobby.
It is a great creative outlet and it should be done because you enjoy it!
I think cosplay is becoming more accepted as a hobby and it is much more widely known now than, say, 5 years ago.

In my third year as a cosplayer I built a mecha using duct tape and recycled firelighters. Of course the whole thing looked pretty ridiculous and I wouldn't want to wear it now, but I do have really fun memories of it. Do you have some similar cosplay from way back when?

World Cosplay Summit 2012 – Nagoya.
I cosplayed the Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann mecha as a part of a quick change on stage.
I was really proud of that costume... before it was destroyed by the heat of the Japanese summer.
So it looked ridiculous on stage, but I did enjoy making the thing...
I threw it out as soon as I came home...

Have you ever done a horned cosplay? If so don't you agree a horned live is better? (If not how do you clean your hooves without horns?)

I don’t think I’ve ever been horny like you, Clara.
I don’t clean my hooves because I’m a dirty dirty boy. ;)

My partner Marieke sometimes acts as if she is the only AnimeCon mascot. I hate it when she does that. How do you handle partners hogging all the attention?

Wow that would really suck. I’m sorry.
You should talk to my friend! She goes through the exact same feels as you right now. Her name is Tsubaki. She’s my partner. I hog all her spotlight.

When doing bipadel cosplays you have to stand on your hind legs the whole day. This can get pretty tiresome. Do you have any tips on how to prepare for cosplays when you have to use your body in unnatural ways?

Take long deep breaths regularly through the day.
Regularly reset posture: lift the chest, suck the tummy in, brace the core, and roll the shoulders up, back, and down.
Drinks lots of water.
But recently to counter this, I cosplayed a horse. That way I was able to spend the day on four legs!

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