Cosplaying their way through old age: This retired couple has given us major relationship goals

Steven and Millie Tani don’t want to spend their retirement sitting on rocking chairs. So they have taken to something that they both enjoy: Cosplaying.

sex and relationships Updated: Sep 18, 2017 11:46 IST
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This married couple wanted to retire in style. (CosplayParents Facebook page)

Steven and Millie Tani don’t want to spend their retirement sitting on rocking chairs. They want to live their life to the fullest and so they have taken to something that they both enjoy: Cosplaying.

Cosplaying or costume roleplaying involves people dressing up as their favourite characters from a range of areas: Anime, cartoons, comic books, live-action films, television series, and video games.

The Los Angeles-based couple, married for 27 years, first stumbled onto cosplaying three years ago, when they were in need of a costume for a Halloween event, according to a report in Mashable.

There has been no stopping them ever since. From Mary Poppins and chimney sweep Bert to Captain America and Agent Carter, they have travelled around the state attending various events and conventions taking different avatars.

Upon their daughter’s insistence, who is a 10-year-old veteran cosplayer, they have been journaling their personifications on a Facebook page.

The couple’s very first cosplay outfit was the adorable elderly couple Carl and Ellie from Pixar’s Oscar-winning Up, says the report.

“Since we sort of look like Carl and Ellie we decided to try our hand with something simple... We got a marvellous reaction from guests ... And thus began our cosplaying career,” the couple told Mashable.

But it’s not easy to source or ready the costumes, all with proper gears and accessories. According to the report, it takes the cpuple up to two months to make a costume. They try to use items they already have but sometimes go to thrift stores for additional items or hunt online on websites like eBay and Etsy for accessories.

“We are both basically very shy and introverted individuals, so when people started to ask to take pictures of us in our cosplays, we were first taken aback at the attention we were getting,” said the couple.

“We [also] weren’t sure how people would react to us as an older Asian couple ... But many have welcomed us and ... We are feeling more comfortable and have gained more new friends.”

First Published: Sep 18, 2017 11:46 IST