Subcultures can meet a lot of strange reactions from bystanders who are not familiar with them. Truth be told, when you see a group of people participating in some activity that just doesn't make sense at first glance, it is only natural to get confused. On the other hand, people tend to judge things too quickly, and you need to put things into perspective before you can actually form a conclusion about a particular cultural phenomenon. Sure, outwardly, it may seem silly and redundant but once you get to know the people and the story behind it, you might start to change your mind!
While the culture of dressing up in costumes has been around for centuries, the cosplay culture (yes, it is a culture) is a more recent phenomenon. This is why cosplaying can come off as a bit strange to people not familiar with it and may put them in a situation where they ask questions like: “What is the point of the whole thing?”. Well, let’s clear this mystery up, shall we?
While cosplaying, as social activity, has been popularized in recent years, it really isn't something that is actually new. Actually, the term cosplaying is a portmanteau that was created all the way back in 1984 by Nobuyuki Takahashi of Studio Hard, and this is actually a term of Japanese origin. This is only natural since it is mostly connected to anime culture, and the Japanese really have a fanatical fan base for the manga and anime.