"Buds" (my way of saying buddies) from high school tell me that it is recommended that you dress up in cosplay when attending any anime event. I'm thinking "Really?"
I'm no Cosplay person. Not that I'm against it, I'm just too "Old" for that sort of thing (or at least in my mind). I've never saw a character from an anime show/movie and said that "I want to dress up like [insert character here].
It looks cool, but I never have been obligated to do that sort of thing.
I just can't think of a character that I would attempt to dress up as.