When you’re a cosplayer, you kind of get used to fans asking you to do some crazy things for photos. But even though Lance has done his share of interesting things for cosplay photoshoots, being asked to get intimate with Keith while they’re both in skin-tight spandex is definitely a new one.
Shiro has decided that Keith needs more friends than just him and convinces him to join his anime club, who go to cons every month. Keith doesn’t think he needs anyone but himself and Shiro, but goes to humor his big brother. There Keith comes face to face with his self-proclaimed rival, Lance.
And Lance? he’s is thinking of all the different moody and partially shirtless characters he can make Keith dress up as now, even as he starts to see other sides to the guy he nearly wrote off.
In case you didn’t know, Cosplay Music Videos or CMVs are a thing, a really awesome thing. I went on a CMV youtube spiral recently and figured I’d share a few that particularly struck me so if it’s your cuppa you too can have all the feelings.
Like Sad Feelings
[SNK CMV] - Say Something by Lume Cosplay
Attack on Titan to the song ‘Say Something’, you know you’re gonna cry. This is an amazing display of how a CMV can take an idea that just wouldn’t work the same way in a fanvid. The use of stillness is really effective here. Lovely.
[NGE CMV] Beside You by WaffleswithSpain
Neon Genesis Evangelion, another one which I ended watching go ‘wow, ouch’. This vid uses the editing of the video to do some neat story telling and visual metaphor. There’s so much craft out there in CMVs I’m impressed, it’s so cool!
Or Happy Feelings!
[No.6 CMV] Made For You by WaffleswithSpain
A modern soulmate AU for No.6, don’t mind if I do! CMVs can totally fill a storytelling/fic kind of joy too. I’m really excited for CMVs that execute telling a story well. It’s really hard to do! Some CMV creators have clearly figured out what works and it’s a pleasure to watch. I look forward to finding more vids like this as hopefully more CMV creators try outside-of-canon story telling.
Viktor x Yuuri - All I Want for Christmas (Yuri!!! On Ice CMV) by Uptown Cosplay
Yuri!!! on Ice, Victuuri, unsurprisingly this is my favorite of what I’ve been watching (how many times have I watched this CMV, lets just say lots). I can’t help grinning every time. Characters I ship going on adorable dates? Yes A++ The nuance of the acting too! (like all of these videos have lovely acting, possibly I have too many feelings about Victor’s eyebrows and slight smile at the beginning? Also Yuuri’s excitement).
Something I love about CMVs, which the YOI vid hits for me particularly well, is this telling of queer stories. Fandom talks a lot about representation and fic obviously is pretty great at taking a source and telling non-straight stories with it. But there’s a pretty obvious lack of music video/movie mediums telling queer stories. CMVs are this wonderful treasure trove of happy adorable queer relationships and it’s just so joyful to me. Not every CMV is that, there are also angsty queer ship CMVs and those are great too!, but I’ve found that the happy ones to be surprisingly addressing of a need I hadn’t realized was still unmet (I did do that fairly thorough search for official music videos with LGBT content a while ago, which maybe I’ll post recs from soon if anyone is interested).
Anyways, long post tl;dr cosplay is cool, cosplayers are doing some really impressive things in their videos and as a person who likes fanvids it’s a fascinating growing fannish production area. Also, it gives me all the feelings.
One of my online friends and I were at a park of some sorts and when we were by a fence, I saw the crew of Parks and Rec (which we both love) and Rashida Jones came up to me to ask me some questions. Then Adam Scott was cosplaying as Hajime Hinata and we went to a convention together. Trump came to the park and everyone left.
Now, Keith definitely never imagined himself at a rave in the middle of a bunch of people in costume, or dancing with people he’d never met. Or Lance. Or, you know, making out with Lance in the middle of a giant group of people.
Keith writes a webcomic called Voltron that has a massive following… only he didn’t know it was such a huge thing until his foster brother threw him in a cosplay and dragged him out to a con. That’s where he meets Lance and well… what happens at a con stays at a con… until it doesn’t.