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Mystic Messenger Little Tokyo Cosplay Meetup

Mystic Messenger Cosplay Meetup // The Geeky Fashionista

If you’ve been following me for the past couple months, I’m sure you’ve seen me mention Mystic Messenger. It easily became my biggest new fandom of 2016. Well, last year, I went to my very first non-convention cosplay meetup. It was a gathering for Mystic Messenger fans to come together, cosplay as their favorite characters, buy merch, and hang out.

Keep reading to read about my experience & see some photos I took at the event!

Mystic Messenger Group Cosplay

What Is Mystic Messenger?

I’ve had a few people ask me what exactly is the game and why I like it so much. I’ll do my best to try to answer those questions without spoiling too much!

Mystic Messenger is a Korean female-geared mobile game (available for FREE on iOs and Android) where you play as the main character or “MC” that decides to also download an app called Mystic Messenger which leads to her joining a secret charity party planning group called the “RFA”. Through the use of interactive chatrooms, texts, phone calls, etc. you get to know the various members of the group and the game will branch off into different storylines based on your choice of interactions. It’s kind of like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” visual novel. Choosing certain answers can lead to one of multiple abrupt “Bad” ends, or an eventual “Normal” or “Good” ending. 

Why Do You Love It?

I love the unique real-time interactive experience and interface of the app. It really allows you to feel like you are part of this world and that these characters are actually your friends. It’s immerse gameplay makes it so easy to get attached to one or more of them and care about their struggles and feelings. Plus, the characters themselves are so unique with such in depth personalities. They feel like real people instead of just bots in a game. And not just the characters, but the individual and overarching storylines are really interesting as well! You’ll be taken on an emotional roller coaster! 

Mystic Messenger MC Cosplay

I cosplayed as the “MC” from the game in her most recognizable outfit. She has long brown hair with very long bangs that obscure her eyes. This is something common in most otome games the idea being that you can “project” yourself onto the character… However, I just find it distracting as it makes her look like a mannequin! Give the girl some eyes!

MC Mystic Messenger

Source: Sen-Ten from Tumblr

Mystic Messenger MC Cosplay

Mystic Messenger Group Cosplay

The meetup took place at a plaza in Little Tokyo, by far my favorite area of LA. Here I am trying to organize a quick group shot with some of the remaining cosplayers.

 Mystic Messenger Cosplay // Jumin + Jaehee

How great is this pair cosplaying as Jumin and his assistant, Jaehee?

Mystic Messenger Group Cosplay

Where are Jumin, Zen, and Seven?

Mystic Messenger Cosplay // V + Rika

Head of the RFA, V, and his fiance, Rika. You don’t really get to know these characters much in the game but their roles are vital to the storyline.

Mystic Messenger MC + Jumin Cosplay

Jumin Han - Mystic Messenger // The Geeky Fashionista

My Favorite Character

Anyone who knows me, knows that Jumin is my absolute favorite character in the game. Even in other character routes, I still always gravitate towards him. With a love for cats that rivals my own, how could I not? He is also very often misunderstood by the other characters of the game (and by many fans as well) which can really frustrate me. What can I say, I’m a fangirl who will defend Jumin until the end!

Mystic Messenger MC + Jumin Cosplay

This Jumin cosplay is terrific! The horizontal stripes, purple pocket square, there’s even his beloved cat, Elizabeth the 3rd!

Mystic Messenger MC + Jumin Cosplay

Mystic Messenger MC Cosplay

When you’re just trying to take a few photos for the blog but people keep passing by and you’re just super awkward…

Why This Meetup Meant A Lot To Me

I shared this on Instagram, but figured I’d share it here as well… This was a brief little meetup but it meant a lot to me. Something else that I’ve often written about on my blog this past year has been my difficult health journey. This event happened in November which was a particularly difficult month for my body. I actually spent my Thanksgiving in bed barely able to eat anything because I felt so nauseous and in pain. I could barely leave my bed much less my apartment most days.

When I heard about the Mystic Messenger cosplay meetup on Facebook, I was ecstatic. I was excited to meet others who were just as passionate about the game as me plus I’d been looking for an opportunity to do a casual cosplay. As the meetup date came closer, I was afraid that like so many other plans and activities I looked forward to, I would also have to miss it due to my health.

Mystic Messenger MC Cosplay

Fortunately, the day of the event, I was feeling well enough to not just get out of bed but able to put on makeup, get dressed, and drive down to Little Tokyo with my boyfriend. I was so grateful he came along since this really isn’t his scene. Normally, I probably would have just gone solo but it meant a lot that he wanted to make sure I’d be okay. 

I arrived a little late to the event, but was still able to meet a handful of lovely fans and take a couple photos (sorry I didn’t take more, it took Luke some time to find parking so it was just me for a while and I’m super shy about asking to take someone’s photo in this setting aka not at a convention >.<). After a little less than an hour, my pains started to hit me pretty bad and I had trouble standing so we left. However brief a time it was, for that hour of so, I got to be a normal fangirl dressing up as a character from her favorite game :’) 

Mystic Messenger MC Cosplay

Have you played Mystic Messenger?

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  • It looks like you had so much fun! I went last year to a Supernatural convention and it was amazing seeing some of the cosplay costumes that people came up with.

    • Oh I love Supernatural! My second ever con was a Supernatural con in Orlando and where I first met Jared! My sister recently volunteered at the Supernatural con in Burbank too! Always so much fun seeing those guys and yes, I loveeee seeing the various cosplays of the fans!!

  • Janel Berchielli

    I admit while I often do not know the characters I still love to see cosplayers. Most put a lot of thought into their costume in a very creative way.

    • Totally agree!! I have such an admiration for cosplayers! Just the level of creativity and attention to detail and accuracy in some of their costumes are astounding! xx Amanda

  • This sounds like a blast! I used to love video games (I’m thinking the Mario and Legend of Zelda variety here), but haven’t played nearly as much since I had children. My kids are getting old enough to enjoy them now though, so I might have to check this one out! Looks like you had a great time!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    Ok, so I’m totally out of it and dont know what these characters are. But, it looks like a blast and clearly you are enjoying the time and the dressing up and all of the fun involved!

  • I’m old and that’s my excuse for not knowing about this. But you are super cute and it looks like fun and why not? Dressing up is so fun!

  • TheMummyToolbox

    This looks so awesome! I love your choice of outfit but I fear I am also one who has never heard of mystic messenger! A meet-up like this sounds like so much fun though!

  • Krystel Seijo

    This actually looks like fun, I’ve never heard of it though. I like that you can feel like you’re part of it.

    • Yes, it’s so incredible how immersive the gameplay experience is! Very addicting!! ^^ xx Amanda

  • Debra Hawkins

    Your hair is totally gorgeous and this looks like so much fun – I don’t know the characters but I have a friend who loves them!

    • Awww, thank you so much, love!! That’s amazing you have a friend that loves the game! I get so excited when I come across other fans! 😀 xx Amanda

  • This looks like so much fun! I love how everyone dressed up for the event!

    • Yes, it makes it so much more fun when people participate and dress up! XD xx Amanda

  • debbie_savage

    It looks like you had a fabulous time! I love the photos!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  • It looks like everyone had a great time! I love all the colorful wigs. You’re all so creative!

  • Chelsea Damon

    This looks so fun! By the way, I love your shoes! And I’d love to borrow one of those wigs!

  • How fun! I’m glad you are still loving the game! I have trouble following all the routes now cause I just can’t stay up late and I haven’t paid for hourglasses. It’s all good. Right now I’m working on Zen’s route but I stiil like 707’s route the most so far. Gotta love a man that makes you laugh!

  • Rachel @ Kitchen Cents

    Looks like you guys had a blast. You all look great! So much fun!

  • I’ve never heard of Mystic Messenger, let alone played it. Sounds fun though. I love your outfit!

  • Samantha Lee

    These costumes are great! You looked especially cute. I’m so sorry you haven’t been well. I hope you get to feeling better!

    • You are too sweet, Samantha!! Thank you! I’m still struggling with my health, but doing much better than I was a couple months ago <3 xx Amanda

  • Jennifer Anderson Marx

    You guys all look amazing!! Great cosplay and great photos. And I love that you had a meetup. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Awww, you’re so sweet! Thank you, Jennifer!! xx Amanda

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg now this looks totally awesome!!!! Every last one of you looks adorable. How fun

  • happy organized home

    That looks like so much fun & you all look amazing. I love seeing cosplay although I have never had the opportunity to dress up for anything yet.

    • Aww, thank you!! I hope you get the opportunity some day! It’s so much fun to dress up as your favorite characters <3 xx Amanda

  • Barbie Ritzman

    How cool, I never heard of such a thing. Everyone looks so cool, love the red hair!

    • Thank you, Barbie!! I love the color too! Seriously thinking about actually dying my hair that same color! ^^ xx Amanda

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    This looks like so much fun! I didn’t know something like this even existed! I’d love to take part in one because it looks like a great experience!

  • Rachel Catherine

    Looks like you guys had a great time! It looks like such a fun experience and a good getaway.

  • Courteney Noonan

    This looks like so much fun – you clearly had a good time 🙂 I’d love to go to a meetup like this if there’s ever one in London

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    I have never heard of this game before, but what a fun time! I love all of your costumes!!!

  • TheNewClassy

    That is really cool. I love how these apps are now bringing people out in public to meet. It is much better than gaming systems that keep people in their home.

  • Becca Wilson

    I have never heard of this before but it looks awesome! I know people that go to events like this and they have the best time.

  • Yes dressing up is always fun! But this looks so intriguing. There is a cosplay event here in Atlanta too. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Natasha

    I’ve always wanted to go to a cosplay. I’m so happy that you were feeling well enough to attend. You look so beautiful!