Check out my friend’s cosplay

I was asked to take pictures of my friend’s cosplay. This was a new experience for me because I’m usually the one being photographed in cosplay!

My friend cosplayed as Ephraim from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He made the cosplay, except for the weapon which was commissioned.

Cosplayer’s Instagram: @swordbr0

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GUMI Megpoid Cosplay – Difficult Love/Nankai Renai

Nankai Renai is a song by GUMI, one of my favourite vocaloids. The song is about a difficult love. This was my first time expressing more sad expressions in cosplay.

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I really love this cosplay. Of course, I worked with a team.

Makeup: @ayyshebitty

Photo credit: @zetsunai

None of these photos are edited. I attended cosplayers Hana and Baozi’s panel on posing for cosplay the other week and they said that research is very important. Research on finding a suitable location to shoot and also expressing what the character feels in the source material. Time of day to shoot is also important, in which they recommended cosplaying in the evening.

That’s why I chose a dock as the location during a time that was not hot. I tried to replicate some of the poses from the music video, and the photographer was great with directing the shots.

The shots wouldn’t look nearly as good if it weren’t for my makeup artist! So I am very, very thankful to my team, and also to my readers for supporting me in my cosplay hobby! ^_^

Feeling Happy

My friend, Carmen, went to Anime Revolution on Sunday, August 5 and gave me a signed poster of the Chinese cosplayers, Baozi and Hana. Thank you Carmen for lining up and for asking them to write my name. Baozi and Hana are two of my favourite cosplayers.

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I framed it

Anime Revolution 2018

I went to Anime Revolution, the biggest anime convention in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, August 4. It’s a 3-day event. These are just the events and panels I went to, and I scheduled my day around these panels beforehand.

 

The event I was looking forward to the most was getting an autograph from Kappei Yamaguchi, my favourite voice actor. He’s the Japanese voice actor of Usopp from One Piece, Inuyasha from InuYasha, Shinichi Kudo from Detective Conan, L from Death Note, Ranma from Ranma 1/2 and lots of other anime. If you’ve seen these anime, you’ll know that Usopp sounds very different from L.

I waited two hours in total for his autograph but it was worth it. Not everyone got it because he signed for one hour. He signed my One Piece fan, which was a gift from my friend. Kappei-san and I shook hands afterwards. My dream came true.

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Kappei-san wrote ‘Usopp’ under his signature

I also went to a seiyuu (voice actor) event. Kappei-san and other seiyuu (listed below) were guests. There was also a sound director. It was a live recording for Kyoukai no Rinne. I waited around an hour and a half, but got a good seat.

  • Kappei Yamaguchi
  • Marina Inoue, most known for Armin from Attack on Titan and Momo Yaoyorozu from My Hero Academia
  • Satsuki Yukino, most known for Kagome from InuYasha
  • Hitomi Nabatame, who has voiced too many characters to count!
  • Takeshi Takadera, sound director for Watashi ga Motete Dousunda, Yowamushi Pedal, Yuru Camp△ and other anime

It was an extremely informative event! I learned that about 20 seiyuu share 3 or 4 microphones, and they shuffle around to speak. Yes, 20 seiyuu gather around all at once.

First the seiyuu do their interpretation of the character’s voice with the video playing. It’s like a draft. Then the sound director gives feedback and the seiyuu do a final version. Sound effects, music and other effects are added in later on to complete the episode.

Well, that’s exactly what the seiyuu and Takeshi Takadera did today at the convention. They did a live demonstration and it was hilarious. All the Japanese seiyuu were dressed in yukata. Marina is gorgeous!

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Other funny guests were Chinese cosplayers Baozi and Hana. They are two of my favourite cosplayers, and I attended their panel on posing for cosplay photography. I thought it was very interesting. It was framed as a Q&A, in which the interpreter first asked questions then allowed attendees to ask their own questions.

Baozi and Hana mostly spoke in Mandarin Chinese, so I understood everything before the interpreter translated their words into English. ^^

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Devil fruit cake I saw at the Vendor Hall (from One Piece)

My haul. The Touken Ranbu keychains are mirrors.

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  • Touken Ranbu
  • Durarara!!
  • Ace Attorney

This was one of the best days of my life because the line-up was so good. One Piece, anime and cosplay play such a big role in my life. I am so happy.

I also have to thank my friends.

 

I couldn’t take many photos because they aren’t allowed in some panels. The cake maker, Baozi and Hana gave their consent for photos. ^^

More Low-Budget Anime Cosplays

These are anime cosplays that I did not have buy anything for. I already had everything, either from previous cosplays or from my closet. I borrowed some small things from family members and friends.

1. Near from Death Note

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The wig might be the most expensive thing, but you can find $15 wigs online. Most of us own a white dress shirt and a pair of blue pants.

If you want props, you can get a die from a board game set. I borrowed dice from a friend because I rarely have company over. My Death Note has the rules and names of the characters from the anime in it, but if you can buy a black notebook and silver Sharpie marker to make your own Death Note. To be more accurate, I would make Gelus’s (Misa’s) Death Note because that is the one Near holds in the anime (instead of Light’s Death Note that you see here).

2. Kowaru from Neon Genesis Evangelion (casual)

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The plugsuits in Neon Genesis Evangelion would definitely be more expensive so you can cosplay as Kowaru in his casual clothes instead. Again, the wig is the most expensive thing. Most of us probably have a white dress shirt (short-sleeved), orange shirt, black pants and white shoes.

I borrowed the orange shirt from a family member.

3. Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul (coffee shop server)

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Kaneki with white hair is more expensive because of the mask, but you can cosplay as him with black hair. I already owned the white dress shirt, black vest and red tie. If you have short black hair, you don’t have to buy a wig.

The final thing is to make the eyepatch. I used two makeup remover wipes/sheets (dry) from Miniso and they were the perfect size. I didn’t have to cut them or anything. I also used a hot glue gun, hot glue gun glue stick, string, scissors and tape from home. Everyone’s face is a different size so I just put the string to my face and cut it accordingly. I taped the strings to one makeup remover sheet and then glued the second remover sheet over it.

If you are willing to spend money, you can buy elastic string instead. If you don’t have white string at home, you might as well buy elastic string for the eyepatch.

4. Tsukimi from Princess Jellyfish (pink sweater)

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I included Tsukimi in her grey sweater outfit in my first Low-Budget post. Since she has simple outfits, it is easy to cosplay as her. I already had the pink sweater, blue skirt, white socks and sneakers. The red glasses were used in her grey sweater outfit cosplay, and they were from the dollar store. Remember to push out the glass if they have prescriptions. You can also buy non-prescriptive glasses for very cheap.

The jellyfish plush is optional.


You can read my first low-budget anime cosplay post here. Remember that you can go to thrift stores or department stores like Walmart for cheap clothes. If you want something specific to a character but money is a concern, or if you are not willing to spend a lot of money on cosplay, you should definitely check out Buy and Sell cosplay groups in your community on Facebook! Happy cosplaying!