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Meet Indonesia sensation cosplayer Vinvid Luke

Here, as we are all just staring into space and wondering when 2020 will ever show some good news from this Pandemic year and I believe I’ve found it. Vinvid Luke is a cosplayer from Indonesia and was gracious enough to allow this old report at a chance for an interview. She is cute and petite and all complete. A lover of great food and of course cosplay veteran for some years now. Her name is Vinvid Luke and she is my guest to offer sight about her life, love of cosplay, and everything in between. Please give a warning American welcome to cosplayer, Vinvid Luke.

Raven: Hello Vinvid Luke. Indonesia’s most precious gift for the world to enjoy! I really appreciate you taking your time to answer these burning question about you and your artistry.

Vinvid: Thank you for having me here. I am so looking forward to answering all your questions.

Raven: It is a tradition of mine to offer a cosplayer, who I have the pleasure of being interviewed by me, to offer some words of advice, inspiration, or encouragement. So here goes, “ My life is like a camera. It just focuses on what’s important and captures the good times. It develops from all the negatives and if things don’t work out, I take another shot”.

With that being said, please tell us all about Vinvid Luke? I’m all ears!

Vinvid: Hi everyone, my name is Vinvid Luke, I was born in Indonesia. I’ve recently cut my hair very short. I once had about a meter long hair, but drying it was a bother. So I cut it short. My eyes are brown/hazel in color. I love offering one’s fortune with tarot cards. My clients consist of friends and family who have become very loyal customers. They love to discover their luck, especially when it comes to finding their soulmate. Haha! What sort of secret am I keeping? Once, I confessed my feelings with someone, twice. Each time, I was rejected, twice. On the third attempt, he finally confessed his feelings for me. I was extremely relieved!

Hemm. I am 165cm (5’4) tall and was born in the month in July making my Zodiac sign,  Cancer. At times, I am more comfortable writing in English or Japanese. But when I have to speak in English, I’m still submissive. Drawing things like Fanart, manga, and original characters fill my heart with joy.

When I’m in a bad mood, or stressed-out, I like to drink a matcha latte. The bitter taste and creamy milk make me relax. Just the smell and taste alone is enough to enjoy having it. I like vampire genre comics like “Vampire Knight, Vampire game”. My favorite anime is Code Geass, and the character, Lelouch, is one of my favorite characters.

Raven: Let us go back to when you were younger. Were you a shy or outgoing young girl growing up? Were you Nerdy or Geeky? 

Vinvid: When I was little, I was very geeky in appearance, but I got into fights with guys a lot, that’s for sure. I was a Tomboy kind of girl and I blame that on an aunt back when I was 7 years old. She said I was ugly to my face. It changed my life from that time forward. I hated looking at myself through a mirror or if someone were to take my picture of me.

If you ever read a manga called, “Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge” where the main character is a girl named, Sunako, who hates all things beautiful including his reflection. Sunako, like myself, got his feelings and affections for someone rejected because she believes she was ugly.

Thus, in some way,  life inmates’ art. The resemblance is uncanny. My appearance is somewhat similar to the character. We both love to wear all things black with dark accessories like Goth features. I became so obsessed,  I even wanted to paint the walls of my room black, providing my mom allows it. Haha!

Raven: What got you started into cosplaying? What was your first cosplay character? 

Vinvid: It wasn’t until I was 17 years old when I found a cosplay community. At first, I didn’t know what cosplay and cosplayers were until I joined them. My first cosplay was “Hatsune Miku”, and it was a character that traumatized me a lot.

Why, should you ask?

Raven: I choose you, Pikachu. Why?

Vinvid: Because my first time cosplaying and my first time to an event I saw so many “Hatsune Miku” cosplayers. They were so many beautiful cosplayers wearing these amazing outfits and their fabulous makeup to compliment there cosplay. Many asked for their photos, whereas I was never asked at all. That event kept me from cosplaying for two years, but since then, I’ve made it a goal to practice with makeup applications and making better costumes.

Now, while tending an event, I again was cosplaying, Hatsune Miku,  and would you believe, the fanfare was overwhelming. I couldn’t even move a bit because there were so many people asking for my photo. It is the most precious, most amazing thing I have ever experienced.

Raven: What’s your most favorite cosplay outfit to wear? Do you create these amazing outfits?

Vinvid: The character I like the most is “Neliel” from the anime Bleach. I do all of my costumes and makeup myself.

Raven: What characters draw you to cosplay them? 

Vinvid: I choose a character that I like because when I like a character, I can act like him. Because in my opinion, cosplay is a character that we like. Makeup is very important in cosplay. No matter how good your costume is, if you can’t make up and style the wig according to the character, then you can’t be the character you cosplayed.

Raven: Does makeup play a role in your cosplaying? 

Vinvid: Usually, before I cosplay a character at any event or a photo-shoot, I practice makeup,  and their persona about 2 to 3 times. If I’m satisfied with my makeup, and my performance, I will cosplay that character then. I especially love to cosplay with my dear friends.

Raven: Many fans want to see more of their favorite cosplayer do Lewd or Only Fans photos? What is your opinion about women doing Lewd photography?

Vinvid: About sexy cosplay, I don’t mind it, because cosplay is a hobby that we must be able to enjoy. That’s why I cosplayed the characters I enjoy playing the character. But, it all depends if the character’s costume is really sexy, and offers that certain allure or attractiveness a cosplayer gives off.

For example, I cosplayed Nami Swan or Jewelry Bonney where their costumes can be said to be very sexual, but the allure I portray is not a Hot- Pornographic allure, but an allure as the character. So if it’s a matter of sexy or open cosplay, it depends on what the cosplayer’s intentions to portray it.

Raven: Do you find yourself dressing in sexy cosplay wear from fan requests or what you want to offer them? 

Vinvid: I prefer it if my friends approve my cosplay, not because it is sexy, but because I am suitable and can make a 2D character come to life, which means I have successfully cosplayed many of the characters with the help of my friend’s suggestions. With their positive comments and suggestions, that is well appreciated, can I enjoy and do more interesting cosplays and not just being a sex symbol in the cosplay world.

Raven: Now, a more established cosplayer, can you see some of the mistakes people do when cosplaying?

Vinvid: I like to pay attention to other people’s cosplay preparations, for example, I noticed that one cosplayer whose wig was not neat or real hair was visible, my body spontaneously wanted to help her straighten her wig so that her cosplay would be better, even to strangers. And I like the environment of cosplayers in Indonesia, they are kind and open to anyone helping them.

Raven: I am always curious about the cosplayer choice of character outfits. Does the personality of the person determine what sort of character to wear? Or, does the character’s personality chooses the cosplayer?

Vinvid: I cosplayed a lot of different characters, and I like them all. I don’t look at what their costumes are like, as long as I admire the characters and I can act them out, then I’ll cosplay them.

An example is  “Lalatina” from the anime Konosuba, she is a masochist girl, a character I can relate to. She’s alluring and full of expressions as well as detailed makeup.

On the other hand, the character “Boa Hancock” from the anime One Piece is quite different. She’s a pirate queen whose personality and appearance give high self-esteem and grace. Overall, if I can’t portray the character well, no matter how much I adore the character, then I won’t cosplay it.

Raven: I’m told you love Gothic and love Vampires. How did that possess your soul? 

Vinvid: I like goth more mainly because I love to wear black. I always wear the color black in my clothes and my accessories.

Raven: Do you Bite? 

Vinvid: I don’t bite..XD

Raven: What sort of places or locations do you prefer to show off your cosplay outfits? What do you prefer doing indoor or out shots? 

Vinvid: Location .. Depending on the kind of character I am portraying. It could be a sandy beach and ocean location, a forest, or a simple house location. I do prefer having all of my photo-shoots be outside, it is refreshing. XD

Raven: When you are in front of the camera, your face is full of emotions. What are you thinking? Food? Milkshakes? Did I leave the stove on?

Vinvid: When I was cosplaying and taking pictures, what I thought at that time was, how to become the character, what would this character be like if someone asked him to talk or pose. Well .. sometimes I think “have you turned off the stove and locked the door of the house” XD.

Raven: When not in front of the camera, what sort of fun-filled adventures does VinVid do?

Vinvid: Culinary hunting..XD is something I must do when I’m not in front of the camera..XD.

Raven: Is having a friendly relationship tough when you are a cosplayer

Vinvid: In the world of cosplay that I live in, that relationship is a delicate one and one that can break easily. When you’re on a project while working with two or more people, there are times where teammates take on the same character. There have been some egos bruised that later has festered into creating animosity among each other. But, even in the world of cosplay, there’s beauty in a relationship because they understand and respect each other. Its the fun of meeting at events, sharing knowledge, and sharing stories

Raven: If I could just leave my COVID-19 mask at home and fly over to visit your country, what place can you show me?

Vinvid: The place that I would recommend, to be honest, I have never traveled around Indonesia myself because I’m the type who likes to stay at home except for cosplay activities. But there is a place that I want to visit and that I might recommend, namely “Raja Ampat” off the island of Papua.

Raven: Because of the Pandemic, a lot of public events have been postponed until further notice. What would you love to see come back? 

Vinvid: I miss some of the big events in Indonesia like Ennichisai. It is one of the biggest event ever. Visitors from various regions and outside countries will make their way to this. I really like walking in the middle of all the activities and enjoy the atmosphere. It is full of diversity.

Raven: Do you have anything in the works right now that will break the internet? 

Vinvid: Nope, I prefer to make works, such as makeup practice, making an original character, practicing concepts, making my own photo studio so that I can still work at home.

Raven: What sort of advice or words of wisdom you can offer new cosplayers out there? 

Vinvid: I want to say that cosplay, is a hobby where I can be anyone and anything I want to be. Just keep practicing and you will become better at it. Don’t give up when people insulted you, especially if starting. Make the insults and harsh criticism a source of strength so that you can become powerful. Prove to those who are against you that one day they will praise and adore you. They will eventually be your biggest supporters.

Raven: Can I get a Hug? 

Vinvid: Of course not, we are in a pandemic. When this pandemic passes, quickly, and we can all enjoy the beauty of the world again, only then will I give you a hug, friend.

Raven: Thank you so much for that amazing interview, “It is in the Books”! If I could as one more question Vinvid. Where can anyone find more about you and be a fan? 

Vinvid: Raven, it was my pleasure, and thank you for having me do this interview. I really appreciate it. For those out there interested in finding more of me, they can go to these websites:

Facebook Page
Instagram Page

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Interview with the vivacious Arni Okita

The Japanese have someone that will make our hearts melt with excitement. She’s an international internet sensation lovely. Known as Anri Okita, she’s made a career shaking things up in the social media world and should be considered a national treasure. The hips don’t lie, she’s a pleasure to look at to some and what may be surprising, she’s a mom. Please give an all American welcome to Anri Okia.

Special Guest:

Anri Okita

Raven: Thank you so much Anri for doing this interview with me, I really appreciate it.

Anri: Thank you Raven Steel. I am happy to do this for my fans and a chance to offer just a little piece of this Japanese apple. Haha!

Raven: Yummie! As a time-honored tradition with me, I offer a few words of encouragement so that whenever you’re at your worse, you could remember these words to lift your spirits. Here’s goes, “Be Strong, because you know weakness. Be Beautiful, because you know your flaws. Be Fearless, because you learn to recognize illusion and deception. Be Wise, because you know your mistakes. Be a Lover, because you know hate and Laugh often because you know sadness”.

Raven: With that being said, please tell us Anri Okia all about yourself? 

Anri: Hi, this is Anri Okia!! I truly appreciate the Interview for my cosplay from Raven.

I’m Japanese born and living in Birmingham/UK as well as living in Tokyo Japan. I have black eyes and Deep ash brown hair. 

Raven: How tall are you? 

Anri: My height is 66 inches or 168cm. I have some milky way freckles Birth sign on my stomach which I usually conceal.  

Raven: Do you speak or write any other languages? 

Anri: I speak Japanese for my mother language and British to pronounce English (where you can notice on my Twitch stream) and a little Chinese. 

Raven: What does Anri Okita do in her spare time to relax after a tough media day?

Anri: I usually attend various beauty treatments and workouts, especially for the hips. Though recently, I started to notice an increased size with my breast and unfortunately, my hips. I realized my fans love my curvy body more than those compact skinny figures.

Raven: What sort of mangas or anime, do you love to read?

Anri: My favorite mangas by far are started from Rurouni Kenshin for the first place and Evangelion,  Ranma 1/2, Ray earth, One-piece, Demon Slayers, all the Ghibli Animes.…you know I can’t stop this because I love more unfamous comics a lot!!

Raven: Does Anri Okita love animals?

Anri: I would love to say I am an animal lover. Especially dogs. Though while I’m growing up I learned about veganism. In Japan, we don’t have many vegetarians due to the amount of meat we’re served during school lunches.  Overall, I guess I can’t say I am an animal lover completely. 

Raven: What sort of music does Anri love to dance or relax?

Anri: I love EDM, RAP, Jpop, ROCK, R&B, and Amine songs!! I rotate these types of songs depending on the type of mood I’m in at the time. Because of my hectic work schedule, my only free time I have to listen is at bath time.  

Raven: What sort of games do you play? 

Anri: I play various games then stream them on Twitch. I mainly play MHW and FF’ remake also the Biohazard. I either play with one of my friend Hitomi, or some of my fans. Either way, I have a good time and have lots of fun. 

Raven: Were you a shy young girl? Were you very popular in school? 

Anri: Back in my younger school days, I was an outgoing girl, but wasn’t very popular among other students, Haha! Because of my dual heritage, I was felt like I was a foreigner during my school days. I was either too Japanese for UK students or too British for Japanese students. 

Raven: Sometimes a woman’s body can suddenly develop almost overnight, how old were you when things about your body started to grow very quickly?

Anri: One day something extraordinary happened to me. At the age of 13, my body parts began to grow and grow fast. The boys at my school became very interested in me for a change. Suddenly, I was a bit but more interested than those skinny girls in Japan. 

Who has the cute dolly face now, Raven? 

Raven: That would be me wondering why I couldn’t have been the kid sitting next to you at school. 

Anri: How am I doing, Raven? lol hmm… 

Raven: You are doing a fabulous job, my lovely Geisha girl!  Anri, you have a wide-spread fan base you have. How are they treating you?

Anri: I chose to focus on my oversea fans more. The trigger was 3M followers in China and 1M on Instagram. They accepted me more than while I was trying to be skinny a lot. I just totally appreciate the fans all around the world.

Raven: I notice you love to dress in various outfits. What’s your taste on outfits you love to wear? Do your fans help you dress in various clothing wear?

Anri: I would like to wear clothes that accentuate my figure, especially my cup size and the rest of me of course. I pick the types of clothing, including dresses, myself.  In Japan though, it is almost impossible to find something in my size. Buxom size women like me have it rough here in Japan. But recently, I’m thinking of creating an Amazon Wishlist to list so that both my fans and I can select my wardrobe. I can’t wait to make this, it be will something I can share with my fans, together.

Raven: What photoshoot places have you traveled to? 

Anri: I’ve been to Germany and some local areas in Hawaii. While on vacation, I’ve taken photos in the Maldives. In my home country, I’ve taken some nice shots at various Japanese hot springs. 

Raven: Is there a country/place you would love to do a photoshoot?

Anri: Oh, I will be pleased to shoot either in Europe or New York City, U.S.A. Unfortunately, because of this COVID-19 thing, my dreams of traveling are just hoovering out of reach for now. I would love to travel around a lot overseas and photoshoot more!

Raven:  Is there anyone you would collaborate with for a sensational photoshoot? 

Anri: If this could be possible, I would love to have various buxom beauties, from different countries, to have an amazing photoshoot session. Me and these famous overseas girls, with a pair of nice-size boobs, would be a memorable experience. 

Raven: Are you satisfied with your career the way it is now? Does Anri Okita want more, like World Domination? 

Anri: Oh no. that’s not my final aim. but I love that idea. 

Raven: Is there something on the body of Anri Okia that she is very proud of?  

Anri: I’m just trying to figure out which of my best body shapes are. 

Raven: What are Japanese women obsessed with? 

Anri: As I said, If you visiting Japan, you will become obsessed with being as thin as possible rather than be a curvy girl! 

Raven: What would you love to do when we are safe to travel and not wearing any masks?

Anri: Soon, I wish to attend the convention overseas, releasing music in the US, and lastly, I have another huge announcement, but tell you when it happens!!

Raven: Is it tough being a celebrity when you are out in public? How do you handle that? How do your fans treat you?

Anri: As you well know, my body is very noticeable in Japan, so I wear large clothes to hide my body. As for fans noticing me in public, fans know I have a two-year-old daughter and I sometimes get super busy with her. Whenever I am with my family, my fans are very respectful of me and do not approach. But if make the first move like saying, “Hello”, they will approach me with handshakes and offer compliments. 

Raven: Is there anything about your lifestyle you could change, what would Anir change? 

Anri: I’m pretty busy shooting, studying, and meetings but I love my lifestyle! Although, I would curious to know what it would life be like if I wasn’t Anri Okita. 

Raven: Because of Pandemic, what have you been doing to keep yourself busy?

Anri: Though this Pandemic has made things difficult, my followers have increased as well as my earnings. Thank you so much! Internet business is my new stage. 

Raven: Is there anything you would like to say to your beloved fans?

Anri: I will always love my fans. My fans made me never regret the life that I have. I’ll stay true to being Anri Okita. I love them and they love me. Thank you for your huge support. I want to make you guys a lot more fun, a lot more to get excited, and of course, always be satisfied!!!!

Raven: That’s it. That’s her story and she’s sticking to it. Thank you so much, Arni, for taking your busy schedule aside to have this interview with me. May your subscriber’s count be in the millions. If I could ask you one more question, where can our reader find more information about the beautiful, Arni Okita?

Anri: Thank you, Raven. I appreciate you reaching out to me for this interview. Of course, I would love to have your readers get more and more of me.

Here you go:
My Instagram
My Twitter
My Only Fan site
My Twitch site

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Trish Trash Roller Girl of MarsIt’s new comic day tomorrow and we’ve got our picks in a little while. What are you looking forward to?

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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Kotaku – Cosplayer Arrested For Bringing Fake Gun On Train – Really surprised this doesn’t happen more often.

Forbes – Deradicalizing Pakistan Through Comic Books – A very interested read.

The Beat – Report: March trilogy has sold so many copies the printer ran out of paper – This is amazing and well deserved that it’s in so much demand.

The Beat – Daniel Clowes’ Wilson film gets pushed to 2017 – Can’t wait for this movie.

The Nerds of Color – Hard NOC Live from SDCC 2016: Jai Nitz – The creator of DC’s EL Diablo!

Panels – “Kim & Kim” & Transgender Narratives In Comic Books – An absolute must read.

 

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Talking Comics – Food Wars Vol. 13

ICv2 – Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars Vol. 1