[Intermission] いろはにおとめん

November 19, 2008 at 4:32 am (cosplay(コスプレ))

 オトメンがコスプレイヤーとして生き、その命と信念を一着のコスプレに託して闘った最後の時代―幕末 [The last era in which an otomen lived as a cosplayer, placing his life and belief on a single costume…Bakumatsu]


 My first cosplay was a dancer in the olden days. We can call that kind of thing 時代物[jidaimono] or period piece. And above anime 幕末機関説いろはにほへと is sure called 時代劇[jidaigeki] or samurai anime. A year has passed since I became a cosplayer, so I wanted to return to the beginning somehow, I mean, the very first point of my cosplay…so I decided to cosplay him.


 He is 秋月耀次郎[Akidsuki Youjirou] who is the hero in the anime. As you can see, he is a samurai. When it comes to a samurai, most cosplayers would do BLEACH, Sengokumusou, Rurou ni Kenshin or something like that. As far as I can tell, there is no male cosplayers who do this anime. Although I could find some Bakumatsu cosplayers on some cosplayers’ circles, they were all girls. So I think I am the first male Youjirou cosplayer, maybe? うっ、もし違ってたらどうしよ;^^ At any rate, the reason why I chose him was that I meant to surprise my firend who is a fangirl of this anime. But too bad, I remember her favorite character wrong. Her favorite is Kannadsuki Sakyounosuke[神無月左京之助], not Youjirou. orz  

 Even though there are Youjirou cosplayers, I couldn’t find his costume at auction. Oh why? Do they make it by themselves? So I had to have the certain Chinese tailor make the costume. Well, pretty hard because I had to make a precise illustration of his costume. It made me watch the anime again and again in order to check all the parts of his costume. The tailor does not seem to understand Japanese pefectly, so that is why I had to make an illustaration. Actually Youjirou wears more things than I thought; a shirt, an inner scarf, or a manifer(手甲)…pretty hard to explain all of it to the tailor.

 I went to the event last week to have a photoshooting, however, I will definitely do again elsewhere because the location was not that suitable for Youjirou. Maybe I must find a better place next time. Besides, there was not enough time to spare for Youjirou because I had to cosplay four characters including him on the day. So let me say I will update my album for sure.

 No matter what, I know I don’t look like Youjirou. The only thing I have done well was making his アホ毛[ahoge]. Don’t mention I am not holding 月涙刀[getsuruitou], please. 


月影凍る大地を転がり踏み分けてゆく 滅びと再生の時代が始まる[Pressing through a land where the moonlight freezes The era of destruction and rebirth begins]






僕らはきっと暗闇の腕(かいな)から生まれてきた 叶わぬ恋をするように光へと誘われて[We were surely born from the arm of darkness Wandeing toward the light like a love that’s never to come true]


どこまでも果てしのない この道を帰る術はない[Endlessly wandering, there’s no way to go back on the path]



  1. goodyfun said,

    No, you don’t look like him but you should be proud to know you look better!

    So, you wanted to go back to where you started? Us humans are such sentimentalists. Whenever I draw new characters I always draw my most important ones again. I think they should get the attention, always.

  2. bangin said,

    Whenever you draw new characters? Are you a character designer or something?

    When my brain gets fulled, I feel like deleting everything to get my true self back.

    It’s been a year since I became a cosplayer, but I do not forget about the fresh mind.

  3. w said,

    Okay, you need to stop doing this or I’m going to bust a gut with all this laughing. LMAO!

    Keep up the good work 😀

    Oh, I have to admit I’ve been getting a real kick out of seeing this every time: ただイケ (※ただしイケメンに限る) It’s beautifully realistic! Maybe you’d like to introduce it? Or perhaps it’s too generic.
    I also think you should do 賢者タイム, I bet you a lot of guys reading this site would empathize with it. And it doesn’t seem to have soaked into English fan usage at all.

  4. ori said,

    W pointed me to here because she knows I am the world’s biggest akizuki fangirl. in fact I can say akizuki is my fav character ever and I have watched anime for 8 years. Thank you so much for cosplaying him.

  5. bangin said,

    w: Did I make you laugh that much?^^ I was just kidding, I pledged my 乙男心 on my costume…

    I am not sure if even Japanese otakus know tadaike…but maybe it would be amusing. I will make a post on that.
    In fact I was thinking of making a post on 賢者タイム…but too pornographic? Oh no it’s too late!

    ori: ori-san…for some reason, I feel I have seen your name somewhere. Anyway, thank you for coming. I hope I didn’t ruin the image you have for Youjirou. ^^ Is it alright? For cosplayers, that is the most concerned point…

    I think there are a lot of better Youjirou cosplayers all over the world, but still I bet there’s not much male ones.

  6. w said,

    In fact I was thinking of making a post on 賢者タイム…but too pornographic? Oh no it’s too late!

    Yes, it’s only about 500 times more pornographic than this. You’re right, it’s best kept off the impressionable minds of your readers… 🙂

  7. jaredinnakano said,

    Never “too late” and never “too pornographic.” Arigatou gozaimasu!

  8. bangin said,

    w&jared: Alright, so everybody loves it, No porn, No otaku!

  9. Neohybrid_kai said,

    Wow, its been a year already? Actually, at the event that was held about a week ago (we call the anime/manga and japanese culture related expo “japfest” here) I was “semi-cosplaying” ^^; maybe I’ll upload the photo later

  10. 子犬 said,

    What do you say in the comments with 賢者タイム? Erzähl mir! ;p

    I like this Cosplay. I like the photo from the side view seen most of all. 🙂

  11. bangin said,

    Neohybrid_kai: Oh really? So after you uploaded it, let me know. ^^

    子犬: Erzahl mir?? Does it mean, tell me?
    Thank you very much, is this anime popular in Germany?

  12. 子犬 said,

    Speak German? Wie viel wissen Sie?

    It is popular in Germany? I do not think so. It could be. I like the opening song. It reminds me of See-Saw.

  13. bangin said,

    Oh no, I don’t speak German, but my next cosplay is the certain German soccer player. So I would like to know a bit.^^ Like my goal is No.1 all over the world! or something like that.

    Speaking of See-Saw, I like Anna ni issho datta noni. I think this is the ED song of Gundam Seed.

  14. Neohybrid_kai said,

    okay, here’s goes nothing XD

    actually, I’m with the pepakura (papercraft) team, and not quite fond of having photo (but the Haruhi cosplayer is so tsundere that I want to take a picture with her :3 she held the SOS banner upside down though T_T)
    this is some of my works

    the gundam that we build for a month (its from paper)

    btw you can view the other photo here
    there are no second hand shop or auction here, so all the cosplayer usually make their costume handmade or ask their friend who can sew to make it.

    sorry for such a long post ^^;;

  15. 子犬 said,

    Gundam Seed I think Germany knows. My otaku friends do, anyway. I like it but goodyfun (my cousin) is a tough critic and likes the characters and the writing is not so much. Maybe I shouldn’t speak for? And we both love this song, though.

    If you want to know how you say things in German, ask me! 😉

  16. bangin said,

    Neohybrid_kai: I have seen something like this before, maybe khim showed me. Too bad I can’t see you in the photos.

    Since I can’t make costumes, I appreciate those people who can do it.

    子犬: The most favorite song from Gundam Seed is 暁の車. This is a very sad song!

  17. Neohybrid_kai said,

    Oh, I’m on the first image with the haruhi girl ^^;

  18. bangin said,

    Oh I see, so this is you, seems to be funny since I had never seen you until now.

  19. Cyrius said,

    Very good cosplay~! Your facial features aren’t perfect for him, but the photos! The poses! The costume! the Hair!

  20. bangin said,

    Thank you very much! ^^ The photographer saved my cosplay well.
    I will keep it up!! Arigatou gozaimasu^^

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