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Demon Slayer cosplayer outraged after being given “Nezuko cap” at event

by Meg Bethany Koepp

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A Demon Slayer cosplayer is outraged after she was handed a "Nezuko cap" ticket at a convention by a random stranger because there were "too many" people dressed up as the popular Kamado sibling at the event.

Cosplayers are some of the most talented individuals on the planet as they recreate costumes from popular culture such as anime and video games, and literally bring characters to life. Some outfits can take days, weeks, and even months to finish and perfect, showing just how dedicated some are to their craft.

24-year-old cosplay artist Faye Argentum attended Katsucon 2020 from February 14th-16th as Demon Slayer sister Nezuko Kamado, and was left stunned after a group of girls gave her a "cap" ticket because there were "too many" outfits of the character at the convention.

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The Kamado sibling is one of the most popular characters in the anime.

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Nezuko cosplay "cap"

On February 20, Faye shared a screencap of her friend 'ubehime's Instagram Story which showed a photograph of the cosplayer holding up the ticket which read "Nezuko cosplay cap #3" alongside the caption "Real talk, some girls were handing these dumb tickets out, saying there was too many Nezuko and I'm like ??? who the f**k are you?"

Alongside the screenshot, her tweet expressed how she felt "angry" and "sad" over receiving the card due to the fact that handing things like that out could make other people feel bad about their own hard work. "Some a**hole literally gave this to me [at Katsucon]. The audacity. I hate con goers. Like, do you think it’s cute? What reaction were you expecting?? I’m sad/angry for other nezuko cosplayers that go let this too cause this kinda thing can make you feel bad about your cosplays," she said.

In a follow-up tweet, the cosplayer said that it isn't funny at all. "To be honest, if I got this kinda thing like while cosplaying a few years ago I would’ve gotten really upset, so I’m just feeling for the people that did get genuinely upset about it. I saw it, got angry for a bit, then was okay. But this stuff isn’t funny, like at all."

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After people started to point out that the "cap" was a running gag among fans of the series, Faye spoke out again, this time to warn people that even if that is the case, it can still really affect someone's confidence.

"I get that the whole thing is supposed to be a joke/meme, but that doesn’t make it harmless to everyone. So just....be nice to people?? It’s not hard," she said.

"I was unaware of it, I was just handed this by girls that were all giggly about it and said there’s a nezuko cosplay cap cause there’s too many and walked away before I could react," she continued. "So, if I was in on the meme I would’ve understood more? But I still don’t think it’s that funny."

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Despite being a "meme," Faye's awareness of the situation has raised the question of why it matters whether a lot of people are cosplaying as the same character because if you're a fan of something, you should be able to express that in whatever way, shape, or form you'd like to.

Demon Slayer is regarded as one of the best animes to come out of 2019, as it follows the dark tale of Tanjiro Kamado as he seeks revenge after his family is brutally slain and his sister, Nezuko, is turned into a bloodthirsty demon.