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]