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Taiwan Elects A Cosplaying Politician, The Hero We Need In 2020

Taiwan Elects A Cosplaying Politician, The Hero We Need In 2020

Pulling in the anime vote.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

27-year-old Democratic Progressive Party Lai Pin-yu has cause to celebrate. Over the weekend, she won what was described as an incredibly tight race New Taipei City's 12th District, taking on and beating former Taipei City Deputy Mayor Lee Yong-ping by an impressive 2,780 votes.

As reported by Taiwan News (thanks, Kotaku), Lai was a dedicated activist during time at National Taipei University, where she graduated with a bachelor's in law back in 2013. Throughout her time studying, she was involved in a number of student movements and protests, even becoming a member of the Black Island Youth Front, who occupied the Legislative Yuan in 2014.

Lai has an impressive and passionate track record, then. But the reason she's particularly stood out since entering the race to represent her home district in September 2019 is for her love of cosplay. I mean, how many cosplaying politicians do you know? I can't say I know any - unless Jacob Rees Mogg has been cosplaying as the Demon Headmaster all this time, in which case he's nailed it.

Lai Pin-yu/Facebook

When Lai knew her victory was assured, she uploaded an incredible photo of herself dressed as Sailor Mars from the anime Sailor Moon, introducing herself to the world as "lawmaker of New Taipei City's 12th District." That is a baller move. Can you imagine if Boris Johnson had thrown on a Mario costume to announce his recent victory in the UK general election? Actually, I kind of can... I don't much care for that image.

"Hello friends," the politician wrote. "I am Lai Pinyu, lawmaker of New Taipei City's 12th District. Please give me your feedback over the next four years."

Lai has always made her love of cosplay clear. Her Facebook page is positively packed with photos of her dressed as various video game and anime characters. She even attended a rally back in December while dressed as Asuka from the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise. Proof, as if any were ever needed, that there's an untapped anime vote just waiting to be catered to.

Lai Pin-yu/Facebook

Someone needs to let the Labour party know so they can get the next Leader of the Opposition to start giving out free Yu-Gi-Oh! cards or something. Jokes aside, I do think it's genuinely great that a politician with an open, joyous passion for nerd culture and cosplay has managed to win over so many hearts and minds. It's the energy we so desperately need as we head into an uncertain 2020.

Featured Image Credit: Lai Pin-yu/Facebook