View Full Version : Mello (Death Note) - opinions needed!

10-11-2007, 03:39 AM
I'm crossplaying Mello from Death Note soon, but I've hit a small stumbling block. I was originally going to get the trousers in leather, but looking at the very few reference pictures that are on the internet, they seem too shiny to be leather, and was wondering whether or not they're vinyl.

Leather? Vinyl? Opinions?

Also, should the gloves be made out of the same material as the trousers or the top? Reference pictures are so hard to find.

Edit: Another question I forgot to ask. Am I right in thinking that Mello's clothes are black in the anime, and brown in the manga? I've only read the manga, but seen so many black costumes I assume that must be the way he is in the anime.

10-11-2007, 03:45 AM
i voted XD lol i'd say go with vinyl, as i always saw his pants like that *shrugs* but its totally up to your interpetation

10-11-2007, 08:28 AM
I vote vinyl too. His clothes seem to be very thin-like in how they fit to his body. I used a leather-like material for mine and wasn't pleased with how it looked because it was too heavy/should be looser. I'd say make everything from the same material, though I don't think the gloves would matter as much (vinyl would probably feel terrible on your hands?).

As for colors, it's hard to say. On the cover, the highlight color of his clothes is brown, but it could just be the palette the artist chose. Like, depending on lighting or maybe because the cover is red, etc, blue highlights wouldn't be appropriate. And saying that, we're used to seeing leather highlighted with blue, but it doesn't mean the leather is blue. It's all hypothetical. I've seen a really great Mello cosplay done with brown, and black always looks smexy, so it's up to personal preference, I guess. :3

10-11-2007, 11:03 AM
I'm not too sure what material Mello's clothes are -actually- made of, but I think both leather and vinyl look good on Mello cosplayers. I've seen a few who used leather pants and a leather coat and vest, and it gave the costume a professional, soft look. I've also seen Mello cosplayers use vinyl and it's nice and dark and shiny. Personally, my favorite combo is: leather pants / pleather/vinyl vest and gloves.

But the combo I used was pleather pants + leather vest. And I personally didn't like the way the leather looked. I think it just depends on how you see Mello or what you prefer to wear.

As for Mello's colors in the manga, I wouldn't be surprised if his leather was more on the brown side. The anime and manga used different colors for the characters after all (Near has blue pants in the anime and they suddenly have colored eyes as well, as opposed to the manga).

10-11-2007, 01:50 PM
Well, I'll probably go with black for the simple reason it's easier to find. Ideally I'd do it in brown, but I don't think I'd be able to find vinyl in that colour.

Thanks for your opinions, guys. I've actually got my eye on a pair of shiny shiny vinyl trousers on ebay at the moment.

I'll probably then go with something a bit less shiny for the top to balance it out.