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Kigurumi (着ぐるみ, from kiru (着る), to wear, and nuigurumi (縫いぐるみ), a plush toy) is the Japanese analog to fursuiting. It can also be viewed as an umbrella term for fursuiting, anthro and non-anthro mascoting for various purposes as well as a special form of cosplay, that usually portraits animals or anthros. However, there is variation of masked cosplay, called Animegao (アニメ顔, anime face), that specializes on a doll-like (and therefore more anime-like) appearance of a character.
Kigurumi involves dressing up in a soft costume, that covers the full body and gives the wearer a plushie-like appearance along with anonymity through masking. The term applies both to entertainment, commercial or other purposes. The term also makes no difference between animal, human or inanimate characters displayed.
Unlike fursuiting, which has strong ties to the rest of the furry fandom, Kigurumi has few strong associations with Japanese kemono artists.
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