Last weekend I helped my online moe language teacher, Bangin sensei, with his cosplay for the third time. Unlike the past two times– one in a small park, the other in a cosplay event– this time I would photograph Bangin and his friend Keith doing a Boys Love cosplay.
I love how Bangin originally explained his request by email:
Because this cosplay is BL, I would have to pretend to touch, kiss, or rape(not really of course!)…whatever. My friend is sure about this, so if you can accept it, I would like you to help us.
Indeed I could accept and even encourage that! We met at 9 am on a Sunday morning at a train station. Keith, a 22 year old voice acting student, arrived with his wheelie bag. I’ve learned that the small wheelie bag, full of costumes and make-up, is a standard part of the cosplay uniform. The setting was Bangin’s relatives’ empty condo.
Bangin and Keith cosplayed key scenes from “Ore no shita de agake” (俺の下であがけ) or “Struggle beneath me.” It’s a Playstation game in which a banker character lends money to an innocent flower shop owner, and collects the debt through (kinda) forced sex.
Bangin and Keith brought costumes and wigs to play these two characters. The banker wears a dark suit, red tie, black hair. The flower shop owner light brown hair, plaid shirt and apron. What amazed me most about the preparation was how Bangin drew 15 scenes that he wanted to capture on film in the cosplay. His drawing skills are excellent, and I enjoyed how each scene is imagined from one of the character’s perspectives, or from a third person observer.
Here’s the making of a scene of the flower shop owner cowering beneath the evil banker. Viewed, of course, from the sadistic banker’s perspective.
Some of the cosplay involved what Bangin called “fan service.” More suggestive than pornographic, these scenes allowed Bangin to touch Keith’s bare waist, and are sure to excite his female BL cosplay fans. I love how Bangin apologized to Keith for “having to do” this. There’s so much pretend resistance in BL and apparently in cosplay, too. In the final scenes, it appears that the flower shop owner “uke” feels some tenderness for his sadistic “seme.”
I’ll update this post with a link to Bangin’s site once he’s chosen the best photos from the cosplay. In the meantime, here’s a link to an English language explanation of how the game works.
UPDATE: Here’s Bangin’s post with the full sequence of photos telling the story of the evil banker and the innocent flower shop owner, forced to repay the loan with his body.
And here’s a photo of the cosplayers’ relaxing after a grueling photoshoot. おつかれさまでした (Thank you for your hard work).