So, I’m Michi. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. I’ve been cosplaying since I was 13, with an interest in anime since age 11, and a love for video games since I was old enough to hold a controller. While I don’t watch nearly as much anime these days as I once did, my love for cosplay keeps refusing to die and I keep finding myself at conventions year after year. I think the video game obsession helps!
I mostly attend events in California, but have also attended cons in a few other states. I’ve hit Maryland, Texas, and Washington, and would someday like to attend a con in Colorado just because. I’ve also cosplayed in Canada and Japan a few times each!
Unlike a lot of other cosplayers, I have little interest in a career in fashion or modeling. I’m honestly not all that amazing at sewing and just sorta enjoy playing dress up! I’d like to be an English-Japanese translator someday, specifically for media/books. I take my Japanese studies pretty seriously, and even spent a year abroad in Japan during college for that purpose. I also have a pipe dream of becoming a singer or a voice actress. That all said, I currently work in the video game industry and love it.
I first put up a cosplay site in 1999, and it’s left and come back in many forms over the years. This 2011 version using WordPress is the latest iteration after nearly 4 years offline. It may be simple, but to me it’s better than nothing. Hopefully someday I’ll have the energy to make my own layout instead of relying on WordPress, but it’s making things a lot easier for now! I’m just happy to have something up.
Birthday: December 22
Height: barely 5’5″
Zodiac: Capricorn / Wood Ox
Heritage: the simple version is 1/2 Russian, 1/4 English, 1/4 German
Occupation: video game production
Interests: Video games, music, reading, movies, Japanese language study, psychology, history, mythology
Food: Avocado maki, strawberries, cheese, coffee, potatoes, yogurt & blueberries, curry, pho, ravioli, mangoes, raisin bread toast, Mexican food, Chinese food, pizza.
Music: Queen, Michael Jackson, Maki Goto, T.M.Revolution, Girls’ Generation, L’arc~en~Ciel, Mika Nakashima, Scissor Sisters, GLAY, Ne-Yo, No Doubt, Jason Mraz.
Movies: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Wayne’s World 1 & 2, Spider-man trilogy, Iron Man 1 & 2, Star Trek: First Contact, 300, A Knight’s Tale, Pleasantville, The Last Samurai, NANA, original Star Wars trilogy.
TV Shows: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Parks and Recreation, Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Office, Community, Arrested Development, 30 Rock, Saved by the Bell, I Dream of Jeannie, Scrubs, Kids in the Hall, Whose Line is it Anyway?
Books: Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick, Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Anime/Manga: Master of Mosquiton, Magic Knight Rayearth, Shoujo Kakumei Utena, Kimagure Orange Road, AIR, Maria-sama ga Miteru, Macross, Dirty Pair Flash, FAKE, Hikaru no Go, Here is Greenwood, Princess Jellyfish, Neon Genesis Evangelion
Video Games: Phantasy Star IV, Dragon Quest series, The King of Fighters series, The Legend of Zelda series, Final Fantasy VIII, IX, Tactics, and Crisis Core, Bayonetta, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Yoshi’s Story, Fable series, BioShock, Civilization IV, Taiko no Tatsujin, Batman: Arkham Asylum, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Gears of War 2, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Soul Calibur, Panel de Pon