5 Ways To Find Cosplay Ideas

Gone are the glorious days where you knew exactly what to cosplay, now a distant memory as you sift through all the characters you know, hoping for a bolt of inspiration to strike. Newbies and veterans alike, this is a problem nearly every cosplayer can empathise with.

I’ve had my fair share of staring blankly while fruitlessly trying to think of something, but it doesn’t mean you will have to! Hopefully this guide will make it easier for you to find “the one” and leave you with one less thing to worry about as the next convention crawls closer.

Don't worry, Hatoful Boyfriend has human designs which you can cosplay!
It’s like trying to pick a romance route but much worse.

Read on after the cut for some ideas!


Anichart.net is an extremely handy website listing all the new anime coming out each season each year, which you can use to check the current season or even skip ahead to the upcoming seasons. As you pick out new anime to watch, you will surely find someone you would like to cosplay. Anichart even has an archive which you can use to go back in time and see anime that was airing up to 20 years ago!

Out of these I'm enjoying Kaitou Joker the most
You can also color-code the various titles. I’ve highlighted what I want to watch, what I don’t want to watch, and what I might want to watch.


Like right here at Miccostumes! Window shopping is always nice, and with the internet it’s even easier. Randomly browsing cosplays and wigs is fun, but can be boring for some – however, this method is good because of the variety concentrated in one place which lets you look at lots of ideas in a short amount of time. Have a look through with your friends and maybe family members! Plus, the price is listed, so budgeting is a cinch.


I do love me some uniforms.


Vocaloid is excellent as the characters often keep the same hairstyle, so you can reuse your wig many times and save money.

Don’t just stop at cosplays and wigs – expand your horizon to cover shoes, props, and accessories too!


With Anime Characters Database, you can enter a list of characteristics and search for someone you like the look of or think you would suit appearance-wise. This website is also very handy if you already have a wig or some contacts and would like to use them again.


I have a short blue wig, brown contacts, and a low budget… I wonder who I could cosplay next?


Be as general or as specific as you want!

“What if I want to try something other than anime?” you ask. Well, I hope you like video games, because the next thing I’m going to recommend is:


Creative Uncut is an archive of concept art from all sorts of video games. This website is a bit more tedious to go through, but concept art is an excellent resource particularly for those who want to make their own cosplays as you can see a lot more detail in them.


The “Zero Escape” series is a personal favourite of mine.


Concept art like this will give you a good idea of the cosplay’s level of difficulty. This is Mitsuru from the “Persona” video game series, and as you can see, her outfit is quite detailed and requires a high level of skill – not a good choice if you are just starting out.


Hit up your local cosplay community for some fresh ideas! Just search your local area/city and “cosplay” or “cosplayers” on Facebook or Google and voila! These communities serve as hubs for general cosplay discussion, whether you need help with looking for something to cosplay, making a prop, recruiting members for a group cosplay, or if you’re curious as to what other people are up to.  Many communities also host meet-ups which is a great way to make new friends!

Great fun!

Ask them for recommendations on not just anime, manga, and games, but also things like comics and movies! Photo source: http://www.meetup.com/sacgeeks/events/185896272/

And that was 5 places to turn to when you need some new content! What do you usually do when you run out of ideas? Let us know in the comments!

If none of these tickle your fancy, don’t sweat – stay tuned for more articles!


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Princess Cosplay Ideas For 2015

Princess characters are a popular trope in movies, video games, anime, and more. Though personalities between princesses are as different as any other group of characters, they are all united with the dignity, authority, and beauty that the word “princess” conjures up. Doing a princess cosplay can give a chance to express through yourself that royal grace – whether that be through cosplaying a court princess wearing a floor-length ball gown or a warrior princess with a sword at the ready. You can even be a combination of both!

However, it can be difficult to pick a single character to cosplay, even if you may wish to narrow your search down to a princess character. So, to help you on your quest, here is presented Princess Cosplay Ideas for 2015!

Disney Princess


Disney is a cultural staple and world-renowned animation company. It’d be hard to find someone who couldn’t recognize a Disney princess, and so if you cosplayed a Disney princess your costume would be appreciated by even those who have no clue what cosplay means. Not to mention that cosplaying a Disney princess to conventions will get you starry-eyed children asking for a picture with their favourite princess, which is a truly heartwarming experience. Disney princess cosplays are always a safe bet for a costume that will be universally recognized.


Currently there are 11 “Official Disney Princesses” consisting of Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tiana, Rapunzel, and Merida. Elsa and Anna from the wildly popular Frozen franchise are not included on this list, but for all intents and purposes can be recognized as Disney princesses, along with many others not mentioned here. However, the official 11 + Elsa & Anna are the most well known princesses from the animated films Disney has produced over the years.




Even among just Disney princesses, there are many characters to choose from. If you had a favourite Disney princess as a child, it could be fun to relive memories of your childhood and cosplay what was once (and may still be!) your favourite princess. Or, if you want to run wild with a wilder haircut, Merida may be the choice for you. Though, choosing a cosplay doesn’t necessitate having some deeper meaning; choosing to cosplay Elsa simply because you think her dress to be the most beautiful is as good reason as any other to choose a cosplay!

Alternate Disney Princesses

Though it is a slight repeat of the last point, this topic is still an idea worth mentioning. As Disney is so well-known, the characters can be easily recognizable even without the full costume. If you have even just the hairstyle for a popular princess character, there is a good chance that you will be recognized, even not when decked out gown and garters. As such, if you keep just the hair and a design element from the source material, you can be free to transform your cosplay as you wish while still keeping it recognizable.


This is a great chance to make a cosplay for an alternate universe version of a recognizable character. The “Hipster Ariel” meme was popular for quite a while, but you could do your own modern version of one of the princesses! If you find yourself with the desire to cosplay a princess, but find yourself short on cash, this idea may work for you as you would be able to use everyday clothes instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars on feet upon feet of dainty dress material.


To continue, if you are in love with another series, but still want to cosplay a Disney princess, you could do a crossover and cosplay an AU with your princess! One possible idea would be to do a sailor princess a la Sailor Moon, but there are a million more ideas! Use this as a chance to express your innovation and creativity without letting boundaries between franchises tie you down!


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Couple Cosplay – Are you willing to be my master?

Under this contract, you are no longer a passer-by to me but the most important person in my life. Of the multifarious contract relationships in animes, some are touching, some are funny. Do you want to be a master or a servent? Here’re some couple cosplay ideas for you and your friend.
Ciel Phantomhive and Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler

Sebastian Michaelis, Ciel Phantomhive Cosplay

Cosplayer LALAax
Attack from human makes no effect to him. He is Sebastian, who is a devil and only takes orders from his master Ciel before Ciel reaches his own purpose of revenge. After Ciel’s revenge done, he must give his soul to Sebastian. IOW, his soul will forever belong to the black butler Sebastian.

Contract Mark: a magic matrix on Sebastian’s left hand and Ciel’s blinder on his right eye.

Kuroshitsuji - Ciel & Sebastian

Louise Valliere and Hiraga Saito from The Familiar of Zero

Louise & Saito Hiraga from The Familiar of Zero
I unexpectedly become a pet (no, a magic)!?
The girl Louise, a magic school’s second grade student, had summoned Hiraga as the magic who would serve her. Louise asked Hiraga to sign a contract with her.
Strange words emerged from the back of his hand and he became the exclusive magic to Louise. He had no way but to live with Louise and to find out the ways to go back to his original world.

Rin Tohsaka and Archer from Fate Stay Night

Rin Tohsaka and Archer

Cosplayer 間桐君棘

Rin Tohsaka is one of the three main heroines of Fate/stay night who acts as the Master of Archer in the Fifth Holy Grail War. She’s got the command spell on her right hand.
Mirotic of Rin when summoning Archer:
Your soul belongs to me. Your fate gives you the sword.
Conform to the Holy Grail to response and make an oath. You are the one who achieve all the benevolence. You are the one who transmit all the sins.

C.C and Lelouch from Code Geass

C.C and Lelouch from Code Geass

Cosplayer 沐晓
C.C and Lelouch make a contract about energy grant, which means that C.C must grant the energy of Geass to Lelouch to help him reach his purpose. In return, he must help C.C complete one thing.
About the energy: Lelouch’s Geass manifests itself as “the power of absolute obedience,” which allows him to plant commands within a person’s mind upon direct eye contact. He is granted this ability through his contract with C.C.

The contract mark in on C.C’s forehead and in Lelouch’s eyes.


Cosplayer  雏菊叔叔


Cosplayer 卤蛋蛋


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10 Signs You’re Addicted To Cosplay

Cosplay is addicting! You get inspired and go crazy at it. But, how can you tell if you’re a true Cosplay Fanatic? Here are 10 signs you’re addicted to cosplay.

1. When watching any show you are constanly thinking “I can cosplay that.”


2. You walk into any apparel store and start planning what can be used for “casual cosplays.”


3. Your savings is just another word for cosplay expenses.


4. The employees at Joannes all know you by name.

5. You have more Cosplays than clothes.


6. All Plans are second to cos-plans.

7. You have every wig but the one you need for your new cosplay


8. Friends gather at your place for projects because they know you will know exactly what to do.


9. No one knows all nighters like you do.


10. You are incredibly creative and love making something fictional come to life!

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How to Start Your First Cosplay

Now you may be thinking, wow! I love seeing cosplayers and I love this anime, I really want to cosplay from it!! So here are some tips to get started on choosing and creating your first cosplay.

-Pick your favorite anime:
Choose your most favorite anime in the whole wide world! It can be a really old one or a new one, regardless, there will be somebody who says ‘Hey, I know where you’re from!’.

-Pick a character you like, even your favorite:
While some people don’t like to cosplay their favorite character, I personally love it! There’s nothing more exciting to me than to be able to cosplay my all time favorite at a convention and have someone tell me that I look the way they imagine the character to look in real life.

-Start with a simple cosplay:
While a more intricate cosplay is always nice, those are best saved for a second or third cosplay, once you have a little more experience. Try shopping locally and piecing together a cosplay out of parts you can find at a thrift store or things you already have. Try cosplays like Misty or Ash from Pokemon, Finn or Fionna from Adventure Time, or L or Misa Amane from Death Note!

If you or someone you know sews, try asking them or sewing yourself a simple costume out of a store bought or printed out pattern. You can also try adding simple little details like lace or sequins.

Invest in a wig that matches your character’s hair but if your hair matches the color or length, you can use your own hair for your first cosplay by styling it or using a temporary hair dye if you want to match an odd color (and if your parents say it’s okay). If anything, a wig would work better because you wouldn’t have to mess with your own hair and they are usually fairly cheap on sites like eBay or Amazon and even on Miccostumes!!


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