Years of Cosplay: 20+ years
Tokyo, Japan
If the Japanese cosplay community is “fairly closed” then it can surely bring out the best in you. OMI GIBSON is not only a long-time veteran cosplayer, she is also a multifarious and polymorphic being unleashing her sexy army of strong characters upon us mortals. Jumping at you, swinging a murderous baseball bat or just quietly sipping dark red wine. Clearly there is no quick getaway. Seductive, brash and self-reliant, she is teaching us hard lessons about how video game characters can change your life forever.
OMI GIBSON as Catherine (Catherine) // Photo by Ryohei Takanashi
Cosplay Gen: Your cosplays include a wide variety of video game characters, how have video games influenced you along the years?
OMI GIBSON: Most of my cosplays are video game characters. Video games are a huge influence not just for cosplay, but in my day-to-day life as well. I learned many important life lessons from video games, so in return, I want to show my love for those games by cosplaying their characters.
OMI GIBSON as Baby Doll
Photo by MATU
OMI GIBSON as Sylvia Christel (No More Heroes)
Photo by JIRO
OMI GIBSON as Rowdy Reiko (Rumble Roses)
Photo by MATU
Cosplay Gen: Considering the number of costumes you’ve done so far, you’ve had to work with lots of materials; which one is your favorite type of material to work with? Can you provide a few tips on how to work with it?
OMI GIBSON: To be honest, I’m not that good with working with fabric. I’m a lot better with plastic, polyurethane and other hardened materials. Lately, I found a brand of polyurethane named “PH9” that is very easy to work with, and I like it very much. On the other hand, plastic and foam are fairly pricey here in Japan. I heard it’s cheaper abroad.
Cosplay Gen: Many of your characters of choice are sexy and powerful women. Do you consider it a challenge to cosplay such characters?
OMI GIBSON: Most of my cosplays are a way for me to show my true personality and personal qualities. That’s because it’s really hard for me to portray characters who have something I don’t. I see myself as someone who has very little self-confidence and a fairly unimportant life. That is why, I cosplay a character who is very strong and beautiful and by doing that, I imagine myself to be just like her. This is probably why I started cosplaying as well.
OMI GIBSON as Bad Girl (No More Heroes) // Photo by JIRO
OMI GIBSON as Bad Girl (No More Heroes) // Photo by Ryohei Takanashi
Cosplay Gen: You have been cosplaying for over 20 years, how has your view on cosplay changed throughout the years and what sort of influence has it had in your life?
OMI GIBSON: I love the work that is involved with cosplay. I think that if you want to be successful at cosplay, you need to love both the characters you cosplay as and the manual work side of it. I’ve been doing this for so long now, and I’ve come to think that there isn’t anything I can’t do as a cosplayer. I’m still exploring that side of myself even now. I think if I hadn’t started cosplaying, my life would have been much boring now. Cosplay is my life’s work.
OMI GIBSON as Tae (Zone-00)
Photo by JIRO
OMI GIBSON as Old Snake (Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Raiden mask version) // Photo by JIRO
OMI GIBSON as Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell)
Photo by MATU
Cosplay Gen: What’s your view on the cosplay community in Japan?
OMI GIBSON: To be honest, I think that the Japanese cosplaying community is fairly closed. While cosplay has certainly become more of a culture than it used to be 10 years ago, there are still people who not only disregard its beauty, but also misunderstand what it’s all about, and I fear that this will be the case for a while still. I want to do whatever I can to change this.
OMI GIBSON as Gokico (JUNNY Artworks) // Photo by Ryohei Takanashi
Cosplay Gen: Have you ever considered pursuing a professional career in cosplay?
OMI GIBSON: I’ve never thought of it (laughs). There’s no such thing as a ‘professional cosplayer’ job in Japan, even though sometimes my company asks me to cosplay at certain events. Still, everything I do, I do as an amateur. Either way, I’ll keep cosplaying as a fan.
OMI GIBSON as Poison (Final Fight)
Photo by MATU
OMI GIBSON as Belladonna (Thrill Kill)
Photo by MATU
OMI GIBSON as Cloe Walsh (No More Heroes 2)
Photo by MATU



  1. To Omi Gibson. Even I’m not a girl 🙂 i very admire on some cosplay characters. Your Catherine and Old Snake (MG-MASK vers) gives me a boost when I reading the page (that i still also emo ing for not enought salary for my costume at my shop XD )
    I only know i can say… Nice 🙂

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