I had to borrow Tony's iPhone for this feature, but I got a press release today about an iPhone application called iCosplay. It's not quite the app I expected-- I'm surprised no one has created an app for Cosplay.com yet; most of hte Cosplay apps out there are just collections of hot cosplayers. Instead the app functions not entirely unlike the Evangelion Stamp application from earlier this year, in which you could add things to your photos to make you look like a badass EVA pilot or Gendo.
iCosplay, the new Application dedicated to the world of Cosplayers
Here is iCosplay, a new and original application for iPhone and iPod Touch dedicated to Cosplayers and all those who want to amaze friends with new and funny images.
iCosplay allows, in few simple steps, to carry your own photos into the fantastic world of manga and anime from Japan. Through a wide library of elements, users can transform themselves as their favorite character, trying ever new combinations.
"Cosplay" is the fusion of two words: costume and play. The term describes a social phenomenon, originated in Japan, which consists in wearing a costume that is a look-alike of a manga character or Japanese videogames. Today, Cosplay is a global phenomenon that involves fans and curious people around the world.
How iCosplay works?
iCosplay interface is very easy and amusing. Users can choose a photo from the library or take a picture via iPhone, at that point you can select one or more stickers to paste your image on. With a touch of a finger users can resize, rotate each item and add customized comics with text.
The created picture can be saved on iPhone / iPod Touch, sent via e-mail or posted on Facebook and Twitter.
iCosplay and Facebook
iCosplay allows users to directly publish the new customized pictures in their Facebook account, sharing them with friends, post comments or use them as profile image.
iCosplay and Twitter
Once the new image is created, the user can upload it to TwitPic directly through ones Twitter account, insert a comment and share them with friends.
iCosplay and Appstore
In addition to the full version at a promotional price, the free version of iCosplay LITE will soon be available plus new packages of stickers are coming soon.
How to reach iCosplay
You can find iCosplay on iTunes to view further details or to download the application, just type the name into the search form. You can also click on the link below:
In this case, however, the app is focused on making you look like a cartoony cosplayer. I played with the program and it's pretty fun; there's a selection of hair, eyes, and other props that you can tack onto a picture and resize or rotate to make it fit your victim. You can also resize and rotate the photo itself. Oh, and you can take a photo within the program, or you can pull a photo from the phone's library. The art is really cute and clean, it's great work.
Now, I'm not an advanced iPhone user, so this might be more my fumbly fingers than the app itself, but I had a lot of trouble resizing things that started out kind of small (like the sweatdrop, which I never managed to resize), and I also frequently had a problem where it would think I was trying to resize/rotate my picture instead of the prop I was working with, which was pretty irritating.
Still, for a $0.99 app, I thought it had some cute potential, if you wanted to make over everyone in your contacts list some day. You know, when you're stuck in class, or in line for the cosplay contest at a con or whatever. You can get the app here, and here are all of the screencaps I took!