[Intermission] My fifth cosplay

June 3, 2008 at 4:21 am (cosplay(コスプレ))

 Since I learned buying costumes by auction, I have started to get more costumes. Thanks to this, I can buy a lot of costumes at the reasonable price, and because of this, I can’t stop cosplaying!! More and more characters I want to cosplay come up. Come to think of it, how come I had not tried auction? Because I was afraid of those bad auctioneers. However, I didn’t have to be worried about this since we can choose those reliable ones.

 When I was thinking about the next character I cosplay, I got a wonderful present from my friend…and this is it.

 

 This is Japanese traditional school unifrom, 学ラン[gakuran] which is a collared button-down jacket. When I was a junior high-school student, I used to wear this, but since then, I had never wore it (In my high-school, the uniform was a blazer). And now it has come to me again?? He bought this gakuran for cosplaying, but this is unfortunately too tight for him, so that’s why he kindly sent it over as a gift. Oh no, what shall I do? Now that I got such a wonderful present, I should use it, shouldn’t I? So I started to think of any characters who wear a gakuran…

 However, I couldn’t come up with a lot. Shibuya Yuuri in Kyou kara maou wears a gakuran all the time, but I am not a shota-looking so it doesn’t suit me at all. Umm…who else? Maybe I should find other characters who occasionally wear a gakuran, I mean, not all the time…So I decided to cosplay him.

 

 He is Rukawa Kaede[流川 楓] in Slam Dunk. If you haven’t watched this anime, maybe you might be sure that this is a basketball anime. In my school days, this anime was really popular as well as Dragon Ball and Yu-Yu-Hakusho. I have never been a sport guy in all my life(of course not, I am such an indoor otaku!), but in fact, I used to yearn to be a sport guy. Rukawa is actually a man of few words. Oh no, I didn’t realize, but he is a tsundere! A male tsundere because he doesn’t speak at all and very cool. But I wonder if he shows his dere-side…Anyway, at this Shouhoku High-School[湘北高校], the school uniform is a gakuran, so I can make the most of it. ^^

 

 Meanwhile, I was strongly recommended the anime which most JUMP fangirls love…yes, that is Gintama[銀魂]. Actually this anime is so popular among not only manga fans but cosplayers and fujoshis. I have seen a lot of Gintama cosplayers at the events. Because I wanted to challenge more characters, I started to read the manga. This is hilarious, and makes me laugh so much. Anyway, I decided to cosplay these two guys.

  

 The left guy is Okita Sougo[沖田総悟] and the right guy is Hijikata Toshirou[土方十四郎]. Both are the members of the police, Shinsengumi[真撰組]. Hijikata is the lieutenant, and Okita secretly tries to take his place. Yes, he is a 腹黒. Hijikata is so manly that he is pretty far from the real me. Maybe Okita might be easier than him, but my cosplay buddy told me that his sharp eyes look like mine a bit so I would look nicer as Hijikata. I don’t know…

 If you go to COSPA, you can buy not only Shinsengumi’s outfit but Gintoki’s costume. But the price is over 10,000 yen(about 110$). I think you could get it around 5,000(50$) yen or so.

 As usual, I shall upload some photos here.

 It starts with Okita.

Below is Hijikata.

 And the rest is all Rukawa. Tsundere is really difficult to act.

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Lastly, this is me(Rukawa) of trying a gakuran. Ugh, I can’t be a student anymore…

 Thank you very much, David.

 Your friend, bangin.

 You can see more photos here.

17 Comments

  1. Sasa said,

    Oh my God, you go so well as Rukawa! Now that I think about it, he was my very first anime crush when I was 13 or something. How nostalgic *hrr*

  2. bangin said,

    Thank you very much, Rukawa is my favorite character the most in Slam Dunk, so when I found this uniform at auction, I immediately paid for it. Yes, how nostalgic it is!

  3. Ruki said,

    Slam Dunk sure brings back memories. Liking the cosplays, all that’s left for you now is to get on the court and play some basket ball!

  4. Hinano said,

    Sometimes I want to buy cosplay but its always $100+ on ebay😦
    I try to cosplay stuff that’s easy to make or I can buy ready made (such as a skirt or a blouse)

  5. double said,

    Looking good ^^ I see you’ve finally put that Gakuran to good use. By the way, my trip in September has been confirmed.

  6. bangin said,

    Ruki: Yes, I wanted to use a gym for photoshooting!

    HInano: First I always find characters who wears simple clothes such as Maebara Keiichi or L. I want to make it cheaper.🙂

    double: OMG, so let’s do カヲシン[Kaworu&Shinji]. Keep me updated!

  7. Khursten said,

    Uooooo! TOSHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!! XDDDDD

    Since you did Toshi’s Shinsengumi one, you should also try his otaku one!

    On the side though… do girls who read Gintama really fujoshis? I thought we were few in numbers because outside BL, it’s really really funny. ^^;;

    GJ Bangin-san!!

  8. bangin said,

    Haha, I should cosplay Otaku HIjikata, too.😄

    Well, GIntama has a lot of characters so that fujoshis can make as many pairings as they can, desho? Same goes to Katei Kyoushi Hitman Reborn. The more characters, the more pairings.

    Among cosplayers, Gintama is so popular that you can definitely see a lot of GIntama groups at the event.🙂

  9. az said,

    @_@ wai! you make a good hijikataaa!❤

  10. bangin said,

    Oh thank you! Gintama is not that well-known among anime fans since there seems to be little moe, I assume? But I really like Hijikata, he is cool.

    I will cosplay Hijikata soon, and this time, with Kagura! Haha.

  11. az said,

    yeah, gintama isn’t that famous. I really haven’t noticed that there was moe in gintama (maybe otsuu-chan) but what really made me interested in the anime is the characters’ sense of humor. >o< It’s also not for kids. hahha.

    I cosplayed gintoki… but I don’t think I gave him justice, because I’m a girl, and not that strong and macho like gin-san.😦

    I think i’m the first gintoki cosplayers here in my country (philippines) but I’m sure there are others out there.😀

  12. bangin said,

    In my country, Gintoki is one of the most popular manga among women, not even otaku. And this has a lot of fujoshi fangirls. Of course, cosplayers love this because there are so many characters in this series. If you go to the cosplay event, you will see one or two big groups of Ginatama for sure.

    I will of course cosplay both the normal Hijikara and 3Z Hijikata. ^^

  13. az said,

    whoa. i didn’t know that gintama was seen as fujoshi’s delight! I thought the audience it would cater to would be .. uhm, middle-aged people, not necessarily women. hahah. that’s very surprising to know!

    ^_^ I’m looking forward to seeing your future cosplays! ganbatte kudasai!

  14. bangin said,

     The most pairings are HijikataxOkita, and HijikataxGintoki. www
    Gintama is a shounen manga, but it caters to boys, girls, fujoshi, and adults.

  15. Chantal said,

    I like your Cosplays you did well. Im also cosplayer. ^^

    • bangin said,

      Thank you! So are you on cosplay.com or Cure?

  16. Hanamichi sakuragi said,

    Its so cool but i love sakuragi and thats me here in philippines

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