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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Mon, Mar. 29th, 2010 10:44 pm
Cosplay 2010 Ideas

I may make as many as four new costumes during the next convention season, but I'm having a terrible time deciding which characters/cosplay ideas to choose! HELP ME, FLIST!

Here are the costumes I’m seriously considering for this con season:



The Red Butterfly (young Kyoko Honda) from Fruits Basket

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Pros:
-I’ve wanted to do it for a long time.
-I already have a wig that is a good match and a few other things I would need.
-It’s Fruits Basket. I love it, so I’d probably enjoy making it, and a lot of con-goers love it, so it would get a fair amount of attention if I do a good job.
-It could be a good competition piece if I hand-embroider the designs on the jacket.

Cons:
-It would be difficult to embroider the jacket, and I haven’t done much serious embroidery before.
-The copper-colored wig I already bought is beautiful and looks accurate, but that shade isn’t very flattering on me.
-It’s hard to find good reference pics, especially of the jacket design and the lettering on her skirt.

Hotaru Imai from Gakuen Alice

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Pros:
-I look great with dark hair. And I already have a wig that could work, although a slightly longer cut and darker color would be more accurate.
-It would give me a good excuse to buy purple contacts.
-Several others form Baka Rose are planning to cosplay this series, so I’d be part of a group. This is HUGE trump card when it comes to cosplay. I’ll almost certainly do this costume for that reason.
-The costume should be fairly easy to make.
-I love the character.

Cons:
-The series is only moderately popular, so less recognition factor. However, groups are usually more recognizable than individual cosplayers.
-I hate wearing contacts and they are expensive. However, I could cosplay without the contacts, as her purple eyes aren’t really crucial to the character.

Gina from Porco Rosso

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Pros:
-This outfit is gorgeous and if I do a good job I could wear it for purposes other than cosplay.
-I already have a wig that’s virtually perfect. And dark hair always looks good on me. (Naturally.)
-I already have fabric that’s virtually perfect.
-Several of the Baka Rose girls are doing Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli characters, so I’d be part of a group, although not quite as coherent a group as one in which all the characters are from the same anime.
-The character is a good fit for me, both in appearance and personality. I could use this costume for cosplay-themed singing/talent events, as she is a singer.
-I feel very enthused about this costume.

Cons:
-Might be a little tricky to make, especially if I want to make it good enough for non-costume wear.

Romeo from Romeo X Juliet

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Pros:
-I have a friend who wants to do Juliet, so we’d get to go around as a pair.
-There’s the potential for great photoshoots with my Juliet—there are a lot of picturesque poses we could do.
-I love his color scheme.
-I love this anime.

Cons:
-I’ve only done crossplay once before (Haru from Fruits Basket), and I don't feel I was very successful at being masculine, so I’m not sure I can pull of the world’s most iconic lover, even in anime bishie style.

Harmony Bear from Care Bears

This wouldn’t be an exact costume, but a simpler version with the tummy symbol sewn onto a purple shirt or hoodie, and purple sweatpants, or maybe a cute skirt.

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Pros:
-My SIL already made the tummy symbol and “butt heart” for me and everyone else in Baka Rose for Christmas.
-There’s a good chance others from the group will join in this more laid-back group cosplay.
-It’s purple.
-It would be comfortable to wear.
-It would be easy to make.

Cons:
-It’s a little goofy, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
-It's so easy that it's not that exciting, either. I sat out sewing a new costume for MegaCon, so now I want to go all out. I might save this one for Halloween or something else more low-key than a con.

Mei “The Mizukage” Terumi from Naruto

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Pros:
-She’s really cool!
-Naruto is extremely well-known and highly recognizable.
-This might be a good competition piece.
-I feel more enthused about this costume than almost any of the others, except for Gina.
-See first bullet point under "cons". Depending on the timing of the anime, this could be a very timely costume.

Cons:
-She hasn’t shown up yet in the anime, so that hurts the costume’s recognizability. However, the timing of AFO is such that she might have been seen onscreen by fans following the Japanese release by then, in which case chances are good that she’d be the hot new thing that nobody has thought to cosplay yet but everybody thinks is cool.
-The wig will be wicked difficult to pull off, not to mention uncomfortable to wear.
-How shall I put this? I’m worried that my feminine figure is not adequate, especially in the bosom area. Of course, there are options for boosting my assets, so to speak.
-Coppery hair doesn’t look that good on me. But I might be able to get away with a darker brown, more like my natural color. It depends on if she shows up in the anime by then and what her coloring looks like onscreen.

An original costume in Lolita style inspired by The Fourth Doctor

Bizarre, I know, but I think this could potentially be a very eye-catching costume.

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Pros:
-It’s unique
-The idea of it cracks me up. It also cracked up the two Dr. Who fangirls in Baka Rose when I mentioned it to them the other night.
-I would get to make use of my scarf-knitting skills.

Cons:
-The sewing will be tricky, especially as anything with the name “Lolita” attached should be high-quality.
-And the Lolita snobs might very well hate it because it’s still essentially a costume.
-It might be a little too bizarre.

Anita from West Side Story

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Pros:
-It’s purple.
-It’s gorgeous.
-I have a good physical resemblance to the character.
-It could be worn for other purposes than cosplay.
-It might be done as part of a group of movie musical characters.
-It honestly doesn’t look that hard to make, but I may be underestimating the difficulty, overestimating my skill, or both.

Cons:
-It’s not anime or fantasy/sci-fi or cartoon nostalgia. It might not be recognizable enough to get much attention at cons. However, if I do a good job and post good photos, I might be able to make up for that with online love.


There are a few other runner-up ideas I’m thinking about, though most likely I will save those for another year or for other events, but these are the main ones I’m considering for AFO, Metrocon, and possibly Dragon Con (in the unlikely event that I go).

And now for the poll. Please help me narrow it down by voting for no more than four!

Poll #1544872 Cosplay 2010

Which costumes do you think I should make this year? (Choose four.)

The Red Butterfly - Fruits Basket
1(9.1%)
Hotaru Imai - Gakuen Alice
0(0.0%)
Gina - Porco Rosso
0(0.0%)
Romeo - Romeo X Juliet
0(0.0%)
Harmony Bear - Care Bears
0(0.0%)
The Mizukage - Naruto
0(0.0%)
Lolita Fourth Doctor - Dr. Who/Lolita fashion
1(9.1%)
Anita - West Side Story
0(0.0%)
I want to give you another suggestion in the comments.
0(0.0%)

Are you going to Dragon Con?

Yes
5(41.7%)
Maybe
0(0.0%)
Probably not
2(16.7%)
No
5(41.7%)

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fleurette
fleurette
Fleurette
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 02:53 am (UTC)

Ooh! The Lolita/Fourth Doctor has me intrigued!!! XD


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tibbycat
tibbycat
Mark
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)

Me too!

Actually Joie, I don't know if you've seen it, but Romana does a distaff counterpart version of the 4th Doctor's clothes in the story Destiny of the Daleks.



http://www.australiancostumersguild.org.au/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t292-100.html


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Mar. 31st, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)

Cool. It looks like it's basically his outfit in pink and white. What I'm looking to do is sort of the opposite--keep the colors/fabrics, but alter the style.


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tibbycat
tibbycat
Mark
Wed, Mar. 31st, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)

Ahh I see. That would be interesting actually! You really would be a distaff counterpart then. A female version of the 4th doctor from a parallel universe.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)

I would say you should do Anita for Megacon next year, unless you really think you'll come to Dragon*Con. I'll surely rewear Satine for Mega and that would be a good time for the "musical" group.

As far as the Doctor-- I'm not sure whether it's really the best idea or not, but it could turn out interestingly and Anna's not getting much group love this year, so she would love this.

Either way, I DEMAND that Gakuen Alice happens this time around, so Hotaru kinda has to happen.

And Romeo is cute-- if you and Christie work hard (and if you help her a lot) it could even be cute for competition (if you could convince her) or you could compete it alone. I still need to watch this.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)

Also, we need a little Tail of the Moon action someday too. (the Naruto character reminded me of this!)


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)

Yes! I need to cosplay a ninja of some kind!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)

Yeah, Hotaru is basically a shoo-in at this point, as is Gina. It's mainly 3rd and 4th place, and possibly 5th if I do D*Con, that I'm trying to determine.


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nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
nessabutterfly
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)

Wait, you forgot about Karla.

Pros:
-You have a hairpiece that's nearly perfect (and in your oh so flattering natural haircolour)
-It's a purple evening gown
-Purple lipstick
-Beautiful cape
-Loddoss needs more love
-no one makes Karla
- and of course, you'd be part of a group.

We're going to try to have these done by AFO, but they might not show up until Dragon*Con.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)

Oh, yeah! Especially if I decide to go to Dragon Con, that one is a good candidate.


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coastal_spirit
coastal_spirit
Gale
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 01:59 pm (UTC)

I have to admit, I cheated and picked five because I couldn't decide on just four. ;}

My heart goes with Kyoko, of course, because I know the character, and because I think she'd be fun to play and the costume would be beautiful to see.

However, I also really love the costumes for Gina, The Mizukage, and Lolita. Even though I'm not familiar with the characters, the costumes are awesome and would make for some beautiful cosplay.

And Hotaru is so cute, and you so obviously want to cosplay her, so I picked her as well.


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spin1978
spin1978
Kyouraku Shunsui
Tue, Mar. 30th, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)

I should be going to D*C presuming that I am gainfully employed again. And presuming that I am not teaching somewhere where going to D*C would be a major interruption in my schedule.

I think the Care Bears costume is a must, though. The mere notion of it makes me smile, just because I would have never thought someone to do it.

My icon approves of the Mizukage idea, though. She's already shown up in the official English manga translations, so there's that extra dollop of notoriety.


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Wed, Mar. 31st, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)

She's already shown up in the official English manga translations, so there's that extra dollop of notoriety.

O RLY? That's good to know. (Right now I have about five unread copies of Viz's Shonen Jump piled on my bookshelf, so I had no idea...)


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