Miccostumes Weekly Summary 27-30th.April 2015

This Week, Miccostumes released the last part about our April New cosplay costumes, we got some fantastic photos from our models and photographer, really thanks their efforts, Personal like the Piccolo and FF8 Rinoa most! So if you have not chance to reviews the new costumes, please check them below:

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One Piece Trafalgar Law Cosplay Overcoat

Black Butler Grell Sutcliff Cosplay Costume

 

Final Fantasy VIII Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay Costume 

Frozen Kristoff Cosplay Costume

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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!

1. ANICHART

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.

2. COSPLAY SHOPS

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.

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I do love me some uniforms.

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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!

3. ANIME CHARACTERS DATABASE

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.

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

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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:

4. CREATIVE UNCUT

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.

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

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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.

5. YOUR LOCAL COSPLAY COMMUNITY

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!

-Pinni

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Ways To Make Sailor Moon Cosplay Star Wand and Crescent Wand

Here I’ve collected several ways to make a Sailor Moon cosplay wand, you may find one that you like.

Method One

Color printing: This is the most direct and simple way which is completely suitable for people who are not very good at handwork. You only need to print the accessories on the right parts of the following pictures by color printing. Cut each part of the wand and stick them together. A sailor moon wand made of paper is finished.

Advantage: simple, easy and quick.

Disadvantage: not very stereoscopic and vivid.

Color printing

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Method Two

If you would like to make a wand more stereoscopic than color printing, you can use 3D paper to make the wand. Of course it will be a little more difficult than the first method.

(1). Make a star as the following process by 3D paper, and draw the color and patterns as in Sailor Moon with paints.

(2). Roll a 3D paper to the shape of a cylinder as the bar of the wand and draw the color and patterns.

(3). Stick each part together with super glue.

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Method Three

Use polymer clay and wood to make the wand. By this method you can make a completely stereoscopic wand.

Materials: (a). Part of Wood: a cylindrical wood, 4 wood balls (including one biggest, one smaller and two smallest balls), 2 heart-shaped wood (one of which is a bit smaller than the other one). (b). Part of Clay: a small bottle of polymer clay. (c). A utility knife. (d). A pair of disposable gloves. (e). Super glue.

Process: (1). Use the utility knife to cut the clay into the shape of a star, curve a smaller star along its edge. (2). Knead 5 tiny balls on the top of the 5 angles. The sixth angle is excluded because it will be jointed to the main part of the wand. (3). Poke holes at the positions shown in the above right picture. The size of the holes must fit the dowels. (4). Apply super glue on the dowels and insert the dowels into the holes to joint each part together. After the clay become dry, the wand is finished. Of course you can color it as in Sailor Moon.

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Method Four (Adapted from the article by Jellybean)

If you are quite good at handwork, the following steps of making a Sailor Moon’s crescent wand may be used as a reference. This way is more vivid and complex than the three methods mentioned above.

Materials:

Disposable plastic gloves

Piece of thin card as a template for the crescent moon shape

1x 500g pk of Air Dry Modeling Clay

Bowl of lukewarm water

Hot Glue Gun

1x tube of Iridescent Medium

1x tube of Acrylic Paint (Pink)

1x tube of Acrylic Paint (Metallic Gold)

Small Red Gems

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Click here to read the Process.

Finished product shown below.

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Method Five (Adapted from the article by onesky-1destiny)

This is to make the extended version of Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick as seen in the first arc of the manga. You can use this tutorial to make the traditional hand sized Moon Stick by using shorter/thinner PVC and making slightly different details.

Materials:
a. (3-4) 2oz packs yellow polymer clay (I’m using crastsmart brand from Michaels)
b. (1-2) 2oz packs white polymer clay
c. (1) small bottle pink acrylic paint (I’m using Apple Barrel in Bright Magenta 20591)
d. (1) small bottle yellow acrylic paint (I’m using Apple Barrel in Yellow 20502)
e. (1) small bottle pearly white acrylic paint (I’m using FolkArt in Metallic Pearl White 659)
f. (1) can pink spray paint (I’m using Krylon in Watermelon) (OPTIONAL way of painting)
g. (5-6) feet of 3/4″ in PVC pipe, cut into two sections (I’m 5’4″ and I’m using about 66″, or 5’6″ worth of pipe)
h. (1) 3/4″ PVC pipe coupling (used to connect the two pieces)
i. (2) 3/4″ PVC end caps
j. (1) 30mm or 40mm faceted crystal sphere (I buy mine here: [link])
size is up to you, 30mm is a bit bigger than a quarter I use this size for the regular size Moon Stick, and 40mm is about the size of a golf ball which I use for the tall Moon Stick

Click here to read the process.

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Hope this article is helpful. Get started and make your own Sailor Moon Cosplay Wand!

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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.

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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:
Announcement!
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.

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Cosplayer  雏菊叔叔

Lelouch

Cosplayer 卤蛋蛋

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