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Anyone watching Heroes of Cosplay? Aside from Yaya Han, everyone looks like normal people that enjoy doing cosplay. Its interesting to see their costumes and their design concepts and ideas. The woman's Brave cosplay was really good. She looked pretty much just like Merida.

 

 

Its on Syfy, Tuesdays at 10 pm right after Face Off.

 

Link to the site: http://www.syfy.com/heroesofcosplay


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I caught the premier when it aired. It's interesting and since it's on after Face Off I'll most likely continue watching it (it's only 6 episodes long). Don't really know if this will be a good thing for the cosplay community though (lot of negative feedback flying around on the net about it, a lot of people don't like that SyFy is airing this).


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I caught the premier when it aired. It's interesting and since it's on after Face Off I'll most likely continue watching it (it's only 6 episodes long). Don't really know if this will be a good thing for the cosplay community though (lot of negative feedback flying around on the net about it, a lot of people don't like that SyFy is airing this).

 

Hmmm.. I just looked up some reviews for it. Quite a few people really do not like this. I can understand some concerns now that they were pointed out to me. I honestly didn't know there was cash money prizes for cosplaying. I honestly thought everyone wants to cosplay because they enjoy it, and their costumes are works of art that they are displaying. But this show does only emphasize the competition / money aspect which I'm assuming is a small portion of overall cosplayers out there.

 

The one thing I did notice was there wasn't enough of an emphasis on the creation of the costumes. There was a bit of unnecessary drama. Considering the show follows Face Off, I assumed they would focus more on the costumes. But this show seems to take an opposite direction. In Face Off, we see them working on their costumes and when the time is up, the cameras do not follow them home or to whatever location they are all staying at. I like that.. Its not survivor, I don't care about their personal lives, I'm only interested in what they are there for.. But Heroes of Cosplay seem to barely show the meat of what I want to watch and instead shows a bunch of unnecessary scenes like bar hopping. I hope the remaining episodes focus more on the costumes. I'll keep watching it considering theres only a handful of episodes left.


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The problem is they filmed this like a reality show so the drama (outside of the show) is pretty non-existent by what I gather from reading Twitter feeds (I follow Yaya on Twitter and haven't really seen any of the drama you saw in the show in her convo's with the cast members on the show). This also cuts out the time to see them craft their costumes (real reason I follow Yaya on Twitter is she posts periodic updates of current costumes she's working on at various stages (she's making a Moulin Rouge style Snow White costume right now for Dragoncon)) which is one of the main reasons I started watching the show.

 

By what I gather from reading tweets from the show's cast and other various cosplayers very few con's hand out cash prizes or even have cosplay competitions so it's a very small aspect (in fact I never heard of it before the show (when I went to ACEN in 2005 there was no competition that I could find, just a cosplayer's ball (that was pretty neat))). Sadly the show, by what I gather, is going to focus solely on this aspect (which sucks). Ohwell, I'll still watch it since most of my other shows are still on break so I have nothing better to watch.

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Thanks for that info. With a name like "Heroes of Cosplay" I thought the series was going to focus on the best coplayers on the planet and we'd see an interesting mixture of cultures with people from multiple cultures and their expert costume skills. Instead its focused instead on a handful of people that enter costume competitions. I can see why people can be annoyed by that. If anything, the series should have had a different name. But at the same time, its a bit ground breaking too considering its the first english / american show that is dedicated to cosplay, regardless of what aspect of cosplay the show is focused on. I'll keep watching these episodes just to see Yaya's newest costumes. Her designs are really impressive.


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Looks like Syfy renewed this to make a complete season. I hope they show more male cosplayers instead of focusing on just female sex appeal. I'd like to see some bad ass male outfits occasionally.


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I've stopped watching a lot of my favorite gun building reality shows because they shift the focus from the builds to stupid workshop drama and fake issues that supposedly would make them miss deadline. Their newsfeeds and comment sections are filled with anger and such. When you're catering to certain crowds, they watch the show for the subject material, not some BS drama. That audience watches shit like survivor. I'm surprised they filled it will drama on the first season... normally they reel everyone in and then the following seasons they insert that garbage.

 

In the final season of History's Top Shot they removed all the house drama and made it solely about competitive shooting. The fanbase loved it, the ratings grew by a double digit percentage, and then History cancelled it after that... it seems TV execs don't have a clue that people like informative, intelligent material about their hobbies. Not storylines about personal drama. Hell there is even a website you can go to to look up people that have been on some of these shows telling you how fake it is. American Guns was cancelled because the tv execs felt like they didn't have any more stories to tell... umm wtf? No one watched it for the stories, they watched it for the gunsmithing.

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Yea Yaya has been talking about it non-stop on Twitter (as have Holly, Jessica, and Jesse). Can't wait to watch it when it airs. By the looks of the trailer we can expect one more guy at least but we're losing two cosplayers from last season (I know Monica isn't in this season due to school and I don't think they brought back Riki (Riddle) for this season). Yes, I follow all of them on Twitter (don't judge me).

 

Heh, I stopped watching Top Shot because of the house drama. I missed the last season due to the freaking drama driving me away from it in the season before. Now I really wish I would of watched it. Sadly this is the problem with reality tv, they're trying to turn it into reality soaps and not give the viewers what they want. I stopped watching Survivor after the first season due to this (loved the first season but every season since has been a sad attempt to draw more people in with more drama).

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Yeah you really need to find a download of the final season. It was amazing. No house drama. In fact, nothing in the house was filmed outside of the nailing the target on the eliminated. Gabby was the first female to win an elimination challenge. It was a really good season. On Facebook the fan base praised it for having the best sportsmanship of any season. The trick shot challenge features some great marksmanship between a few of the guys that could have taken the easy win but made difficult shots instead to advance. It sucks that Season 1 and the last season were the best... all the final challenges were epic, but the first and the last season overall were the most pleasant to where you didn't despise a shooter. 

 


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I never got around to watching Top Shot, but I did watch American Guns and Sons of Guns.. American Guns was interesting in the way they built custom firearms, I'd have kept watching it if the show didn't air in some conflicting time slot for me. But Sons of Guns is down right stupid now. I watched a couple seasons of it in marathons and the gunsmithing was great.. but any episode I see now is so damn boring.. They're always working on some project where they mount guns to something instead of actually making a custom weapon or explaining anything at all about the actual gunsmithing they are doing. Every episode is some stupid drama about Vincent, some financial issue or other issues that aren't mentioned in the show for legal issues and make no sense, like why the owner made an employee the CEO. I'm really surprised Red Jacket is still in business at this point.

 

I never watched the early seasons of Survivor, but I have caught some of the more recent ones because that wednesday time slot is pretty empty so I throw that show on in the background while I do other things. Survivor is completely stagnant. No matter what they do with this show now it will never get more interesting or attract new audiences outside of their initial fan base. Also.. there was one season where Boston Rob completely dominated the game, only one person did not vote for him in the end. Aside from that one vote, it was the perfect season. Survivor lost almost all my interest after that.

 

Pawn Stars is full of fake tv show moments now. Like Chum Lee going to some accountant and acting like an idiot because he only has $50 to invest and he wants to buy a car.. but if you google search him you'll see some TMZ articles and pictures of him in a casino playing $5,000 per hand black jack and paying over $100,000.00 for a party for his girlfriend. Everything on reality tv shows is so scripted now that its becoming obvious to me.

 

I'm sure Heroes of Cosplay will have more drama amongst themselves which will be stupid. Just show the costume build and the conventions.

 

The only reality competition show that has a great format now is Syfy's Face Off. The show has no house drama, nobody complaining about how much stress they're in and how they miss their kids or any bullsh*t like that... nope.. Face Off focuses on the creative process of the initial design of their projects and shows exactly what these people are doing in making the face molds, costumes, etc. and it takes up the entire episode from the beginning to the end with no drama filler. The format is working good for the show too considering it was recently renewed for a seventh season.


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Yeah Sons of Guns pissed me off. I stopped watching mid last season. It was cool when they invited mythbusters, after that it went down hill so hard.


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Yep. That was one of the last episodes I thought was good. After that it was a pointless show.. also, I know everyone likes explosions, but why the hell does every target they shoot at have to explode? I'd be more interested in seeing the actual hit markers and how accurate the shots are instead of just shooting randomly at something while waiting for someone to hit an explosive trigger.


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