Via Sankaku Complex (I know, I know ...) comes news that 30% of women in Japan have either tried cosplay, or are interested in trying it. The article goes onto break down the numbers even further, by saying 17.5% listed "anime and manga" as their primary interest, followed by 14.7% listing kigurumi as their primary interest, and finally, "maid and waitress" and military uniforms rounding it out (entire article here).
Since I regard cosplay with a special form of horror reserved for normal people, I'd be interested in hearing from the fans on this one, especially women. What's the allure? Anyone?