But I digress. I do it because it's fun, and I don't have to wait for Halloween. I just recently got into cosplay, and I'm addicted. A lot of it happens because I love the show and/or manga. There seems to be a trend with me and my friends, where one of us will find a new series that we like, we decide to cosplay someone from it, then it just kind of snowballs, because then we feel the need to inflict the series on someone else, then they find a char that they like...
So anyway. This is devoted to the cosplays I've done, am working on, or am planning to do at some point in the future. Mostly the characters are from anime, because they have really fun costumes. Pictures are forthcoming, but I honestly have no idea when.
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East Meets South 2004
East Meets South 2006 (maybe)
KatsuCon 2007 (maybe)
MTAC 2007 (maybe)
Animazement 2007 (maybe)
Otacon 2007 (maybe)
Red Mage (8-bit Theatre)
Premiered at East Meets South 2004
This is the Master Munchkin himself, and coincidentally my very first cosplay. This is Red Mage as seen through the wonderfully disturbed mind of Brian Clevinger in his comic 8-bit Theatre, as opposed to the original Final Fantasy I character. It was fun. But have you any idea at all how much imagination you have to have to dress as an 8-bit sprite? This will be done again, and improved. I'm also working on getting a group together. So far, I have a Black Mage, a Thief, and a White Mage. [subliminal message]Go read 8-bit Theatre.[/subliminal message]
Watari Yutaka (Yami no Matsuei)
Premiered at Katsucon 2005
Watari is fun. He's a scientist/doctor kind of guy, and a shinigami, which means he's kind of dead. (Shinigami are responsible for making sure people die when they're supposed to, and not before or after.) All of the shinegami in Yami have issues, but Watari is actively nutty. He builds random, inexplicable gadgets and can be kind of spastic. He has a fluffy pet owl named 003. I'm also in a group for this (link is up at the top).
Variants: Pajama (semi-premiered), Lab Explosion (premiered MTAC 2005), Femmy (in progress)
Premiered at Katsucon 2005
Takeshi is a friend of the main character, Daisuke. He's a reporter for the school paper, and VERY spastic. I was originally going to do Satoshi Hiwatari, but due to some confusion, someone else in the group made that costume too. But this is good, since I don't have to buy a wig for Takeshi. I've done Satoshi, since all I have to do is steal my friend's wig, but, honestly, the group needs a Takeshi, and Cat makes a much better Satoshi than I do.
Rem Saverem (Trigun)
Premiered at Animazement 2005
Rem was Vash the Stampede's kind-of mentor and first love. (At least, that's what I got.) She was very much an advocate of finding non-violent ways to deal with situations, and I never once saw her get mad. She wanted to help everyone, and in the end, that was her downfall. A good "whatever" cosplay, although it loses something if I'm not with a group.
Jester (Puppet Master)
Premiered at DragonCon 2006
Autographed, costume possibly being redone
I loves Jester. He is awesome. He's one of the puppets. He's little, fast, and cute, and really, really, snarky. He's also the only one that can actually show emotion, due to a rotating head that changed expression. This costume was part of a larger plot to kidnap Charles Band. We at least impressed him.
Yomiko Readman (Read or Die OAV)
Yomiko is an obsessive bibliophile with the odd (yet very cool) ability to control paper. She works for a secret library organization with a secret ops branch (go figure). She's very sweet, but very naive and usually oblivious. She wants to believe the best of everyone, even when confronted with evidence to the contrary. So far as I know, the only ways to actually piss her off (which is, in fact, a very bad idea) is to threaten her friends, her books, or take her books away, in approximately that order. I know that there is an actual Read or Die series, but I haven't seen much of it, therefore, I'm going with the OAV version.
Komui Lee (D.Gray-man)
I don't know what it is with me and spastic benevolent mad scientists. I don't. But, anyway, Komui is a fun character, and comes across a little like what I imagine Watari would be like on acid. Coffee addict, incorrigible slacker, and King of the Spazzes. Still, he seems to know what he's doing, and is partly responsible for helping the Exorcists (the heroes) figure out exactly what the hell is going on. Don't ever let the man near you with any sort of robot, though. ...There's one thingy in the Progress bar because I have servicable pants and shoes. Nothing else. Yet.
Kain Fury (Full Metal Alchemist)
Fury is a member of the army in Full Metal Alchemist, and is rather cute in a naive sort of way. He seems to be more or less the little brother of the group of army personnel. Just recently, I found out that his name is Fury. I thought he was named Phillip. Phillip suits him better, I think, so I'll probably keep calling him that. I've been told I have to play him. I'm working on it. I love the army uniform. Except for the skirt thingy. I have no idea why that's there.
Rip van Winkle (Hellsing manga)
Semi-Premiered DragonCon 2005
Yay for homicidal psychos. Rip is a vampire working with the Millenium Organization, which are THE villians of Hellsing. She has a gun larger than she is. Mostly I want this costume to run around causing havok with Schroedinger.
Dream of the Endless (The Sandman comics)
Dream rocks in so many ways. He's the Lord of the Dreaming, and master of all dreams and nightmares. He's also profoundly fucked up, and it only gets worse. Generally, he's in a pissy mood, and the only person who seems to be able to snap him out of it is his older sister Death. This would be a fairly easy costume, as the only thing wierd about him is his hair. (Gaiman had no patience with funny costumes.) But the hair is going to be a problem, and his trench coat is going to be expensive. I think I might do the version of his coat that has the flame design at the bottom, cause I want that coat, dammit.
Col. Radinov (Gunsmith Cats OAV)
Col. Radinov is a complete flaming homicidal psychopath: a former KGB assassin turned freelance. She spends most of her time either killing people or attempting to do so (and coming damn close). Her coat is bulletproof, and has more weapons in it than a small armory. However, for all the guns concealed on her, her favorite weapon is a switchblade rigged to fire the blade. Silent, unexpected, impressive, and sufficiently bloody. Radinov has got to be one of my favorite villains of all time, because she's just that damn cool.
Lady Une (Gundam Wing)
I love what I've seen of Gundam Wing, and I have no reason to believe that that will change. Lady Une is very cool, and I would probably do psycho-version of her, assuming I can find a good reference pic. Partly because I'm not sure I've ever heard of someone playing her, I'd like to play a girl, and I fucking hate Relena. Not quite so much as I hate Julia from Cowboy Bebop, mind you, but I still hate her.
H. M. Murdock (The A-Team)
Dammit, I don't care if this series ceased to be cool about twenty years ago. I don't care if no one would know who the hell I was. I love the show (except for the last season; that just got confusing.) I love the characters, particularly Murdock. Murdock was a pilot. He was a really good pilot. He may or may not have been completely insane. But he was funny as hell, especially when he started bothering the others. I love him so.
Momosuke (Requiem from the Darkness)
I loves Requiem. Truly. Momosuke is an aspiring writer who sets out to write a book of a hundred ghost stories, and ends up getting pulled into the dark world of the supernatural. This is not pleasant for him, as he is an eternal optimist, and the world that he is thrust into does not encourage that. And it doesn't really help that he's travelling with a group of assassins who are forced to deal with the blackest parts of humanity. But Momosuke is still cool, and I've never seen anyone do anything from Requiem, so I must of course do my part to expose others to this.
Kaylee is the sweetest character ever. Nothing ever gets to her, not even getting shot. She's also the person responsible for keeping the Serenity in repair. She's freakishly good at her job, and everyone loves her. Also, if she says it, it's true, which is interesting. Also great for catching hints if you're looking for it. Yeah, Kaylee rocks.
Haku is awesome. He (yes, that is a boy) is a ninja-assassin, in that he assassinates ninjas. He's also got some freaking cool abilities (yay for the ice mirror). I'd do his hunter-nin version, because I like that one the best. And it doesn't hurt that I'm friends with a Sasuke cosplayer who periodically does a variant of Sasuke after the fight with Haku.
Suzuka (Outlaw Star)
Quite possibly THE badass woman. She literally cut a bus in half with a wooden sword. She's an assassin, and was originally trying to kill Gene Starwind's supplier of weapons and shiny shit. He took issue; if she killed Fred, he couldn't get his stuff. So he made a deal with her, and she found him sufficiently intriguing to accept. She periodically shows up, mostly to kill space pirates.
Cosplays I Might Do
Quatre Winner Raebun (Gundam Wing)
I like Quatre. He's cool, and my second choice to cosplay. Rei-chan has already claimed Duo Maxwell, who would have been my first. What I want to have happen is get a group together, and each one play a pilot and an OZ member. I would like that.
Ford Prefect (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
I love Ford Prefect. He was the coolest character in the inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Trilogy. Not much ever phased him until the very last book, which I didn't really like anyway. He's a galactic hitchhiker and a researcher for the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the only reason Arthur Dent didn't get blown up at the very first part. He's also a professional partier, slacker, and smart-ass. I'll be doing the original version of him. The version from the remake was cool, but the original is the real one for me.
Shiek (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)
I love Shiek. I do. There need to be more Shiek cosplays, dammit. Shiek is the only reason that I never hated Princess Zelda. If I explained why, I could rant for a while. Suffice to say that usually, in video games, Princesses are merely Hero-Bait. But anyway. Shiek is a mysterious warrior who assists Link once he time-travels into the future. So far as I can understand, Shiek was part of an old order devoted to protecting Hyrule. This became necessary as the hero accidentally went missing for seven years. Shiek was also the alter-ego of Princess Zelda, who had gone into hiding to get away from Gannondorf. Now, there's a difference between going into hiding, and developing a completely seperate persona to fight against your worst enemy. But in the end, Shiek kicks much ass. Unfortunately, making this costume is going to kick my ass.
Destiny of the Endless (The Sandman comics)
Destiny is the older brother of Death and Dream. He's this really cool guy in a cloak, who carries a big book that he's chained to. Whether or not I do him rather depends on if my brother gets mad at me because he wants to do Dream (in which case I'll gladly turn it over to him), and whether or not I find anyone else who wants to play him.
Someone from Invader Zim. I don't care who.
I want to do a Zim cosplay. I REALLY want to do a Zim cosplay. I love Zim. Everything about the show was friggen' cool. CURSE YOU, NICKLEODEON! CURSE YOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU! Anyway. Right now, I'm having trouble deciding between Gaz, Dib, Zim (the makeup alone would kill me...), and Tak. Probably Gaz or Tak. They rocked.
Mint or Vanilla(Galaxy Angel)
I love Galaxy Angel, and would love to do one of the characters. I'm having trouble deciding. Mint has her whole costume fetish thing, but Vanillia is very cool as well, and she had the added bonus of being able to drag a Normat plushie around. Which I would totally make, and then hit people with if they annoyed me. Really, they're the only two contenders, though. I don't really like Meifuille all that much, because she's not the brightest crayon in the box, and there's no way in HELL I could pull of Ronfa or Forte (not enough CLOTHES, dammit!). Which saddens me, because Forte is my favorite Angel.
More to come, I'm sure...