Living Fantasy

Cosplay, short for 'costume play', is becoming increasingly popular in China, despite the concerns of parents who complain that it is distracting children from the education. At the four-day 2012 Animation and Comics Fair at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing, cosplay fans arrive dressed as various characters from different anime series.

A cosplayer peeks from her crimson fan. - Photo by AFP

A stylishly dressed cosplayer poses for a photo. - Photo by AFP

A cosplay fan poses in bright red under an umbrella. - Photo by AFP

Cosplay fans representing new (left) and old (right) China pose by a pillar. - Photo by AFP

Two fans pose in front of a billboard. - Photo by AFP

A cosplayer dressed as Pikachu poses with her friend for a picture. - Photo by AFP

A cosplay fan poses in character. - Photo by AFP

A group of cosplayers pose, all dressed as characters from the same anime. - Photo by AFP

Another fan poses stylishly. - Photo by AFP

Two groups of cosplayers pose for their photos. - Photo by AFP

A group of younger fans pose at the festival. - Photo by AFP

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