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12-10-2009, 03:13 AM
電撃レイヤーズ(Dengeki LAYERS) (http://layers.dengeki.com/)is a cosplay magazine published by ASCII Media Works Japan. Each issue comes packaged with awesome patterns that can't properly be replicated here (due to size issues) and is full of awesome full-color cosplayer shots that I'm not going to reproduce because they require no translation. This isn't meant to be a replacement for the magazine so much as a companion to it. If you can, by all means, buy your own copies.

I only buy LAYERS regularly but once in awhile I end up with copies of other publications. To avoid making another thread for those translations, useful articles from other magazines (cosmode (http://www.cosmode.net/i/cosmode/index.html), cosbon (http://ameblo.jp/cosbon-fantasy/), cos-a (http://www.cosp.jp/prof.aspx?id=40699)) are also included here. These articles will have the publication name and issue number posted at the end of corresponding articles.

www.amazon.co.jp sells all of these magazines and ships overseas at-cost.

All shops and products referenced in these articles are available in Japan. I can't tell you where to get them overseas because I'm afraid I don't live there ^^;;

All translations are unpaid and under the influence of coffee and altruism. They may be riddled with errors. Trust me at your own risk.

Please see this thread for a searchable index (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=201267).

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12-10-2009, 03:23 AM
Cosplay Business Directory
a list of cosplay-oriented business sites in Japan

Dengeki Layers: http://layers.jp/

Animesong Cafe (Osaka) - http://animesong-cafe.com/
CCocha (Osaka) - http://ccocha.com/top1.html
Cosbar (Osaka) - http://cosbar.jp/
E-Maid (Osaka) - http://e-maid.net/
Mai-relax (Osaka) ~ maid foot massage - http://mai-relax.com/
Moebar (Osaka) - http://moebar.com/
Nekosuta (Osaka) - http://www.nekosta.jp/
Parlante (Osaka) ~ maid ear-cleaning and personal care ^^; - http://parlante09.net/

ColorPara: http://www.007s.jp/
Jail: http://www.layered.me/shop/37.html
Otamap: http://www.otamap.net

A-COS: http://www.animate-costume.jp/
Athaise: http://athaise.com/
Cosden: http://www.cosden.jp/
Cosmate: http://cos-akiba.com/ (focus is on "adult" costumes, but stocks sizes for men's crossplay)
Cosmint: http://www.cosmint.co.jp/
Cosmode: http://cosmode.jp/
Cospatio: http://cospatio.com/
Costume Garden: http://costume-garden.com/
Iena Clothing: http://iena-clothing.net/
Lashinbang: http://lashinbang.com/cont/lori/mil.html
Otamap: http://www.otamap.net
Webkiss: http://www.webkiss.jp/
Zephyr: http://www.rakuten.co.jp/zephyr1/806995/

JCF: http://takama.ne.jp/jcf/
http://geibunsha.co.jp/mook/ita/ (auto-shows)

metallic-sable: http://id18.fm-p.jp/24/miley/

Cosplayer's Archive: http://cosp.jp/
Curecos: http://ja.curecos.com/

Shorty: http://www.rakuten.co.jp/shorty/

Layered ~ Qualia: http://layered.jp/qualia/
Studio Another Place: http://cosplay.ym-shot.jp/area/
Studio "H": http://www.stu-h.com/
Whip Cream: http://www.hp-cream.net/index.html
Zephyr Studio: http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/zephyr1/studio/main.html

007 Wigs: http://www.007s.jp/
A-COS: http://www.animate-costume.jp/feature/wig/index.shtml
airily: http://airily.jp/
Alice Forest: http://www.aliceforest.jp/
Assistwig: http://www.assist-wig.com/
Cospatio: http://cospatio.com/
Gataket: https://gataketshop.jp/shop/index.cgi
Girlish: http://www.girlish.ws/
ii-shop: http://www.ii-shop.com/
Jail: http://www.layered.me/shop/
Layered: http://layered.me/shop/
Otamap: http://www.otamap.net
Maple Wig: http://www.maple-wig.com/
Prichara: http://www.prichara.com/site/index.html
Shorty: http://www.rakuten.co.jp/shorty/
Swallowtail: http://www.rakuten.ne.jp/gold/cos-wig-mkt/
Zephyr: http://www.rakuten.co.jp/zephyr1/700046/945735/

12-10-2009, 04:44 AM
Prop Tutorial: Sheryl's Mike (Macross Frontier)

Let's make Sheryl's mike with lionboard!

Here we're going to try to make Sheryl's mike with a styrofoam rod and some lionboard! You should be able to get your hands on the styrofoam rod at your local home center or hardware store, you can choose whatever size best suits you. Just be sure to choose something that you'll be able to wrap the lionboard around (in other words, take into account the thickness of the lionboard when choosing your rod).


Materials list:
1. Lionboard
2. cutter knife (razor pen)
3. sandpaper
4. stryofoam rod
5. glue gun
6. carpenter's glue
7. gold wire
8. spray paint (laquer) in gold
9. top coat (glossy finish)

Step 1. Cut and lay out your lionboard
First cut the lionboard as shown in the diagram. Make sure you cut enough "D" parts to cover the whole circumference of your mike.

Step 2. Sanding
Sand the ends of your lionboard pieces to get a slightly rounded edge. This way when you put them in place around the rod, they'll look more finished.

Step 3. Cut the mike head
Now let's cut the top of the styrofoam rod in the shape of the mike head. Take off just a little at a time, being careful not to cut too much.

Step 4. Stick the lionboard to the head
Using the glue gun, stick piece A to the (short tip of the) head, and attatch piece B around the neck beneath. Glue both C pieces over top of piece B to complete the shape of the mic-head.

Step 5. Stick the lionboard to the body of the mic
Attach piece E to the bottom end of your mike then wrap the D pieces diagonally around the styrofoam rod, gluing as you go. Cut the last piece to fit.

(continued in next post)

12-10-2009, 05:15 AM
Prop Tutorial: Sheryl's Mike (Macross Frontier) -Part 2-

Step 6. Seal with glue
If your prop is left as it is, it's only a matter of time until it comes apart, so cover the whole thing with waterproof glue (like the carpenter's glue shown above). Dry and repeat 3~5 times.

Step 7. Make the antenna
Use your uncut lionboard and cut a strip to cover your gold wire (about the width of your thumb from the look of it). Bend the lionboard and wire into a triangular shape as shown.

Step 8. Seal the antenna with glue
(not mentioned, but shown: a small piece of lionboard has been used to tip/hide the ends of the antenna and hold the wire together) Repeat the process from step 6 with your antenna. Dry and repeat multiple times.

Step 9. Paint with gold spraypaint
When the glue has completely dried, spray both the mike and the prop with gold spraypaint. Repeat the process several times to make sure the paint doesn't shrink or fade.

Step 10. Attatch the antenna to your prop
press the wire carefully through the styrofoam core of your mike. You should only try this after you've checked that the spray paint is completely dry.

Step 11. Spray with a topcoat
To add a nice shine finish, let's spray the prop with a topcoat. Be careful to do this in a well-ventilated area.

In action (modelled by Setsura):

*December 2009

12-11-2009, 02:23 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Rosemary (Pop'n Music)

Mysterious beauty Rosemary's makeup

Rosemary has the charm of a child but with an air of adult sexiness. Her most noticeable feature is her cool (cold) eyes! In this tutorial we'll focus on eye makeup for a cute doll-like look.

Things you'll need
1) pencil eyeliner
2) eyeshadow (greys and/or blues)
3) colored eyeliner (blue)
4) liquid eyeliner
5) fake eyelashes (1/2 length)
6) lip gloss (clear)

Step 1) Line your eyes with eyeliner
This will make your eyes appear brighter and give your skin the illusion of paleness. Line top and bottom in thick, bold strokes with your liner pencil.

Step 2) Upper lid shadowing
Using a blue or gray shadow, apply your shadow to your upper eyelid in bold strokes. Then apply black or dark grey shadow to the outside edges of your upper lid (the size of this area should be about the width of your iris).

Step 3) Colored liner
Use your blue liner pencil to add a line of blue along the outermost 1/3rd of your bottom eyelid. The effect is meant to be striking, so don't be shy! Choose a vivid shade.

Step 4) Liquid eyeliner
Line and shape your eyes with liquid eyeliner, to give the illusion of larger eyes, line your eyes a bit higher than usual at the peak. Be sure to line from the tear duct outward.

Step 5) Apply fake lashes
After applying maschera (and letting it dry), take your fake eyelashes (with adhesive applied) and lightly apply them to the outermost half of your lashes. Adjust them with your fingertips then squeeze firmly against your real lashes to set.

(continued in the next post)

12-11-2009, 02:43 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Rosemary (Pop'n Music) -Part 2-

Step 6) Drawing in eyebrows
Let's draw some eyebrows with blue powder (this isn't included in the material list, but I would assume you can achieve a similar effect with the eyeshadows shown). Blue alone makes too drastic a statement, so let's mix it with gray.

7) Apply lip gloss
Use concealer to take any pink or red from your lips, then apply gloss. A light dusting of pink blush on the cheeks will finish the look.

夜降あい子models the complete look:

*December 2009

12-11-2009, 02:58 AM
Posing Tutorial: Music Characters (Vocaloid)

You can change the feel of your photos with just a few small changes!
Here are some poses to help you "feel the music"<3

The vocaloids all share a strong connection to "music". So those dressing as them naturally want to convey the image of "sound" right? Here we'd like to introduce 6 simple prop poses to make your costume come alive! If you're portraying a character related to music these will fit to a tee, so give them a try! They'll work for all sorts of situations.

Hold the mike in your hand and pretend to sing
Take the mike portion of your headset between your fingers and pose as though you're singing. The feeling is much softer with an indirect eye-line.

Just your hand extended forward can capture the feeling of a concert!!
While holding yout mike in your hand, extend one open hand forward diagonally at about the level of your shoulder! It gives the impression of a live concert <3

Hold your headset in both hands and let the music move you <3
Extend your fingertips completely, pressing your headset to your ears with both hands. With this pose you'll look as though you're listening to music.

Sit and open your mouth as though singing to oneself to portray artlessness!
This is a sitting pose that should be shot from above. Choose a sitting position that suits your character and pretend to sing to yourself naturally.

You can use CDs as props too!
This is a one-handed cd-pose. Be sure to point the shiny laser-side of the cd toward the camera, okay?

With a bunch of CDs on the floor, you can create a cool "cyber" look
Arrange some CDs on the floor in front of you to create a small-scale cyber setting. Lie down near them for a perfect picture!

Be lively and creative with your hands to make your own special sort of "sound"!

*model 天王マチ

*December, 2009

Shuuhei Hisagi
12-11-2009, 05:42 PM
wow maybe i should see if borders here in cali has it the costume part of it looks awesome on their site and if they have the instructions for how to make the little hanging belt part on len im sure you gould just use bluegreen and aqua to make it for miku/mikuo

any chance for a translation of that part?

12-11-2009, 07:40 PM
I can try... though it's rather long (6 pages) and accompanies a pattern that I won't be able to include (for size reasons and to keep from stepping on LAYERS' toes.

12-11-2009, 08:14 PM
What a help!! Convenient Goods

Just knowing about these will make your life easier! These are the convenient goods you've heard rumors about~

Even those of us skilled in costuming are always looking for ways to make the process less painful. That's why we're going to introduce some items to make every aspect of your cosplay life a bit easier. These items have been recommended to us by costumers and photographers alike, so whatever your level of cosplay experience, you'll be able to find something for you. Could this be the end of your pre-con all-nighters!?

Things con-goers shouldn't be without
Stock items
-Safety pins
If you lose a fastener or button, or suffer a sudden tear safety pins can save your ass. They're also great for adjusting the fit of large costumes or securing costume elements that shift easily.
-Double-sided tape
Plenty of us have had costumes or props break at events. Double-sided tape is versatile and strong in fixing all manner of mishaps, we reccomend carrying it at all times.
-Eyelash glue (YES!!!)
The small tubes of eyelash glue that come with your fake eyelashes can, of course, be used to reapply loose lashes, but they can also be used to glue down your wig or secure sideburns!
-Transparent gum tape
Your hard work has broken open in front of everyone at the event square! Emergencies like this call for desperate measures! In the worst case scenario, tape it up! At least the transparency will mean your work will still show through.

(No. 1) Glue Gun
The Most popular item: the glue gun.
This tool melts and dispenses glue sold in stick form. Recently you can even buy it at the 100 yen shop! (Though you should really be careful, you often get what you pay for with cheap goods) The guns work with not only transparent glue but special colored opaque sticks too, so not only can you use it to stick parts to your costume or props ~ you can write or make designs with it too! (Especially convenient if you don't have the time for embroidery!) A glue gun can definately save your costume in a time crunch. Just be careful with it, it gets pretty hot.

*A glue gun tip: When making a jacket, if you don't have the time to sew your buttons on, try gluing them instead. You can also use your gluegun to seal the edges on button holes.

Tape Maker
Use this item with any cloth you like to turn it into bias tape with the simple act of ironing. It's particularly useful to those who struggle to get clean, crisp lines with freehand ironing!!

*A tape-maker tip: When making school uniforms or suits, use the tapemaker to make the bias on your tie and pants in the same color fabric. You won't have to struggle to find matching baiasing at the craft store anymore!

Circle Cutter
Set the guage on this cutter to create clean, precise circle parts. It's an incredibly useful little gadget for cutting many circles of the exact same shape and size quickly.

*A circle cutter tip: Use this to help with Vocaloid earphones or JoJo's Bizarre Adventure circle parts. It's also useful for making school patches on costumes incorporating school uniforms!

Transparent Machine Thread
This thread is transparent so it will work with any stitch on any machine-sewn costume. It's made of nylon with the slightest bit of stretch so you can even use double-sided tape over it! Changing your thread for every single piece can take up quite a lot of time, but now the only worry you'll have is remembering to buy a backup for when you run out<3

TULIP Metallics
This wonderful fabric paint doesn't just come in standard colors, but also in glass finish, silver and gold. The thin tips are designed for writing, so even the most complicated of designs are a snap<3 It's great to be able to write right from the bottle without using a brush!

*TULIP Metallics tips: When dealing with heat-sensitive fabrics or enamel this is a better choice than a glue gun. You can also write freely without worrying about changing the stick in your gluegun.

Bottle Tripod
With this little tool, just a screw onto any PET bottle will turn it into an instant tripod. It's pretty stable too, as long as the bottle is full! This little gadget fits easily into any bag.

(continued in the next post)

12-12-2009, 12:29 AM
What a help!! Convenient Goods -Part 2-

When it comes to hairsprays, Charismania is king. It has more hold than your average hairspray and it also handles head and humidity well. With Charismania, you won't have any more hot, sticky summer messes.

*Charismania tips: Great for ahoge and isolated hair elements! Even difficult character wigs can be sprayed into shape with this stuff.

Frame (San) Rubber

A so-called "ironing print", this rubber is so much more! With the right color match, you can make amazing, metallic finish accents with just a razor blade and an iron. In the hands of an artistic or crafty person, anything is possible.

*San rubber tip: use for lines in neckties like on "Host Club" costumes or for logos on t-shirts. It really adds that extra pop.

Iron-on Gathering Tape

Just sticking this to the center of a piece of fabric can turn it into a lovely frill or gather. It comes in many sizes, so you can choose one large enough to accomplish just about any task.

*Gathering tape tip: No more suffering when you want to add gathers to character dresses! Use this tape to further develop your own techniques.

Transparent Pattern Paper
This pattern paper is a more lightweight than standard pattern paper. Because the material is so lightweight, you can see through it. Because of its transparency, you can easily trace the shape of boots, clothing and isignia for the perfect pattern. Just hold this over top of the item you want to replicate and mark out your pattern lightly with a pencil!

*Pattern paper tips: When you're having trouble trading curved items like boots or tight-fitting clothing, this is the perfect solution! The lightweight paper will bend with your fabric, allowing you to trace spot-on shapes!

Insulation Tape

(note: this is regular foam insulation tape designed for sealing the gaps in sliding doors, window frames, etc. Insulation in Japan isn't very hardcore at all... but "insulation" products used abroad may be hazardous to your health... please be careful).

This item is essentially a long roll of thin sponge with a sticky surface (tape) on the back. You can easily buy it at the 100 yen shop too! It's great for filling in large sizing on shoes and hats.

*insulation tape tips: Have you ever made a hat only to find it falls over your eyes? Well this is great for fixing that problem! You can also use them to fill in gaps in large shoes or to prevent heels from rubbing.

You've been taking photos for awhile, but without thinking... you've lost track of your bag!! This item can help you enjoy an event more securely, it's called a "Hanareru to Alarm" ("If you're seperated alarm"). Just clip or seal one half in your bag and carry the other in your pocket or on your costume. As long as you're within 10 meters of your bag, pressing the button on the indicator will cause the other half to vibrate and sound an alarm. Even if you aren't worried about your bag, you can clip this to your cellphone at home for the next time you're wondering "huh? Where the heck did I leave my phone?!"

*December 2009

Shuuhei Hisagi
12-12-2009, 12:02 PM
thats awesome, im gonna try saccon tomorrrow for it and if they dont have it theres a borders and bans and noble like 20 min away lol

12-14-2009, 05:18 AM
Prop Tutorial: Idol M@ster boot covers (Idol Master)

Transform yout boots! Let's make Idol M@ster boot covers<3

The girls in Idol M@ster DS have awesome boots ~ so let's try making some boot covers! You can replicate quite a few of the girls' footwear with a similar technique -- so give it a try!

Things you'll need
-stretch fabric (shiny prismatic and enamel finish white)
-elastic band
-double-sided tape (for fabric)
-lightweight pattern paper
*not shown: metal ring, star spangles, zipper (optional), sewing machine

Step 1: Trace the shape of your boots onto the pattern paper (2 patterns). Be sure to bend the paper with the curve of your boots for an accurate measurement. Your finished pattern should cover the whole boot when the two halves are joined.

Step 2: Cut the pattern paper, taking care to cut a clean curved line. You'll be working with two pattern pieces per boot cover but it's best to cut both boots` fabric with the same set of patterns for symmetry's sake.

Step 3: Cut and shape your base fabric. Turn the prismatic cloth inside out and trace you cover pattern onto the back side before cutting. Adjust your design to fit boots (note, the soles of your boots will not be covered and the boot's heel is completely free). If you mean to add a zipper, make any necessary adjustments.

Step 4: Now for cuffs in stretch enamel! Turn your fabric right-side-out. Use double-sided tape to stick your white stretch enamel cuffs and bottoms to the boot covers. (cutting it isn't included in the tutorial, sorry). Be careful not to stretch your fabric when measuring or cutting.

Step 5: With both pieces turned inside-out, join the fabrics all together with seams front and back. Take care to seal only the arch of the sole, leaving the rubber soles, heel and tops of your boot covers open. Don't overdo it!

(to be continued in the next post)

12-14-2009, 06:26 AM
Prop Tutorial: Idol M@ster boot covers (Idol Master)

Step 6: Turn your covers right-side out and stick some star accessories to the side. Use the elastic band (shown below painted gold and joined with a metal ring) to hold the covers on tightly to your soles without and permanant adhesive.

There ya go, gorgeous sparkly boots to make you feel like a top idol:

*December 2009

12-14-2009, 06:43 AM
Mind Your Manners
Enjoyable cosplay life!
Event and Internet Manners Guide

By eliminating breeches of etiquette, you can make cosplay more enjoyable for everyone!

Even the smallest manner-miss can cause big trouble. That's why we asked our Super Layers CLUB members about manners in our last survey! Here are the manner points they most wanted to introduce to everyone in reguard to events and the internet.

3 Basic Manners

1) Respect the rules.It may seem only natural, but it's important to follow the rules! Not only the rules of events themselves, but the rules of venues and even the rules of traffic safety. If we don't follow the rules, future events may end up being cancelled.
2) Don't bother other people.
You musn't do anything that will disturb the people around you! The best policy is to live by the mantra "treat others only as you yourself would want to be treated." This attitude is absolutely essential.
3) Conduct yourself well
No one wants to be friends with someone who can't behave themself. Don't forget to have respect for yourself and others. That way you can make a good impression and get along well with others in the process.

Event Manners
We asked layers what manners were most important to them at events. Here are their answers ~

Check the Event Information!
"I brought my props all the way to an event, but it turns out fake weapons were banned!" We heard a lot of stories like this from respondants. To keep this from happening to you, read event information in full before attending.

*photo caption: oversized (long) props aren't allowed today?!

Don't Use Your Phone or Hairspray!
Don't use your cellphone or hairspray in the changing room. Even a little bit of hairspray can lower the air quality in the changing room. If everyone does it, it can be dangerous! In most changing rooms, hairspray and other aerosols are banned.

Don't Come to or Leave Events in Costume
Most people don't really "get" cosplay. In order not to freak those people out and to protect the reputation of events, let's not cosplay in public places. You should change into and out of your costume in the event changing room!

*photo caption: Sorry for the wait! Did you come here dressed like that!?

Don't Loiter in the Photography Area
Quite a few people agreed with this comment: "If you're only going to talk to your friends, I wish you'd do it outside of the photography area." In order to make the photography area a fun place to take photos, don't loiter there, okay?

*photo caption: if you aren't going to take photos, I wish you'd get out of the photo area

Spread the Love to Normals too
At amusement parks and other public events, there are quite a few casual guests. Be careful not to get so lost in your own photoshoots that you overlook or ignore them.

*photo caption: Could I get past you? Go ahead, go ahead.

Don't be a Nuisciance on Public Transport
Talking on your phone, spreading out, or talking in a loud voice on the train or bus bothers regular commuters. Make sure your luggage isn't in anyone's way and try to follow good public transportation manners.

(to be continued in the next post)

12-14-2009, 07:17 AM
Mind Your Manners -part 2-
Enjoyable cosplay life!
Event and Internet Manners Guide

Net Manners
Some manners for SNS and cosplay picture post sites.

Sudden, Over-Friendly E-mails are Rude!
"On my first day as a member of a cosplay networking site, I got a mail saying `be my friend!` and that really shocked me!" To avoid this reaction, be sure to send a proper greeting before asking for friend status or getting overly inquisitive.

*photo caption: Huh? Who is this mail from?!

Don't Take Comments as an Invitation to Talk About Yourself!
Don't reply to every comment you get with a sermon about your costume or yourself. We know you want the people you like to know more about you, but one-sided talk about your life can bother others.

*photo caption: What is this?! Your diary or something?!

Get Permission to Post Photos!
Never post images of other people on the internet without getting their permission to do so. Permission to take a picture isn't permission to share it with the world! When exchanging namecards, be sure to get permission to post photos you've taken together.

*photo caption: Is it alright to post pictures on the internet? Yeah, go ahead.

*December 2009

12-14-2009, 08:16 AM
Crossplay: Study through everyone's Experience
Crossplay Techniques and Tips

We asked crossplayers for their most "practical" tips! This is what they came up with. This collection of advice was compiled by a survey of our readers. Maybe you can pick up a few tricks from your layer-senpais?

Beginner's Level
This teir is for those just beginning crossplay or who are interested in geting started soon. Here we'll introduce basic tips for "pulling off" a male costume.

Use Shoulder Pads to Bulk Up!
"I've got wimpy shoulders, so I always use pads! I don't just put them in my undershirt either, but in shirts and jackets too." Some people are sticklers for details ~ if you haven't got the upper body of a man, you may not pass.

Watch the Shape of Your Heel When Choosing Shoes!
"Thin-heeled boots throw off the balance of your body. With thin heels, you'll have a delicate footstep and an appearance that's distinctly feminine." When you buy boots, be sure to choose ones with a heel that will suit your costume. We recommend fat, flat heels on chunky platforms.

Choose Underwear that Won't Show Through Your Costume!
"I was wearing a transparent overshirt one day and didn't realize it. I thought I was passing well and took a ton of photos. But after looking forward to them... when they came out, you could see my camisole in all of them!! (tears)" Light-colored uniform shirts, light grey or tan pants, etc can be transparent! If you think your underwear might show through your costume, be sure to match your camisole and underpants to your costume or choose flesh tones undergarments. If you're binding, remember to match your binder or to use flesh-toned tapes.

Hide Your Heels with Boot-cut Pants!
"A full-on heel looks girly, even if it's chunky. It throws off the balance of your costume and it doesn't give the illusion of height at all." If you cut or buy your pants long, you can use the extra length to cover most of your heels.

Choose a Wig Net to Match Your Wig Color
"When doing short-haired characters, you're working with less hair and have less coverage. It's important for the wig-net to match or it looks kind of slip-shod..." In order to make sure your hair net shows as little as possible, choose a color close to your wig color.

-flesh/peach nets for blonde
-black nets for black or cool colors
-tan nets for brown or red
-white nets for silver or pastel colors

Shoot from Below for the Illusion of Height
"If you take photos shooting from the feet and pointing up, people look really tall!" When shooting photos, try angling your shots up from beneath. Placing one leg closer to the camera and being shot from below can give you a great illusion of height.

(continued in the next post)

12-14-2009, 08:35 AM
Crossplay: Study through everyone's Experience -part 2-
Crossplay Techniques and Tips

Use Concealer to Tone Down your Lips
"I always color my lips with concealer then apply foundation. If I don't, my lips look too red."

Draw Yourself Some Manly Eyebrows
"When drawing eyebrows, I always try to angle them up. I think they'd look good a little shorter than usual too."

To Avert Your Eyes, Look at the Corner of the Camera
"Photos look really great if you avert your gaze just a bit by looking at the corner of the camera. Getting an indirect eyeline can be hard, but with this trick, it's a snap." If you're not sure what to do with your eye-line or suck at posing, this one's for you!

*If you look at the corner of the camera, you get a nice drifting gaze.

Drifting gazes are cool, yo!

Intermediate Level
This next set is for those who've gotten a little used to crossplay over time and are looking to advance. With these tricks, you'll level up in no time.

Stack Shoulder Pads to Stack Manliness!
"If you're cosplaying a character with a great upper body, stacking shoulderpads will give you the extra boost you need."

Use Foundation to Banish Redness
"Women stereotypically have a warm glow about them. Controlling color with foundation can help you banish the redness for a cooler complexion."

*red is cancelled out by yellow and gree. Either tone to your foundation will cut down on redness.

Block in Your Nose with Nose-Shadow
"In order to give your nose more definition and achieve a sharper, more angular look, try drawing shadows around your nose with nose shadow." A bit of shadow in the hollows of your eyes and nose can give you a more masculine appearance.

(continued in the next post)

12-14-2009, 08:52 AM
Crossplay: Study through everyone's Experience -part 3-
Crossplay Techniques and Tips

Take Care With Your Obi When you Tie a Yukata!
"It's no good to tie an obi at your waist. If you don't wear it around your hips, it won't look right."

Watch the Position of Your Hands
"Rather than putting your hand on your waist, try dropping it down to your hips. It looks more masculine."

*practice in the mirror!

Take Care of your Sideburns
"You can hide the hair in front of your ears easily by coloring over it with concealer!" We also recommend gluing down your wig's sideburns with eyelash glue.

Advanced Level
For those of you who've mastered the arts of manliness ~ let's move into the major leagues. These techniques take time and skill but will make a world of difference.

Dye Your Wig Net to Match Your Wig!
"If you're going to dye your wig anyway, throw the wig net into the mix as well. Mine came out so well that you couldn't see it there at all!"

*The same color is always the hardest to see underneath.

Holding a Sword the Cool Way!
"Some people just don't know how to look cool holding a sword... if you seem uncomfortable with a katana in your hands, it's difficult to pass for a character who actually uses one." Swords are held almost like you're wringing out a wet rag. (A standard kendo grip is shown.)

*Watch your wrists!

Hide Your Height with Boot Inserts
"I always boost my height with hidden heel inserts." More manly than platforms, inserts can boost your height in a less obvious way."

(continued in the next post)

12-14-2009, 09:24 AM
Crossplay: Study through everyone's Experience -part 4-
Crossplay Techniques and Tips

Give Your Lashes a Trim
"Trimmed fake lashes strengthen the impact of your eyes, they're really convenient to have!"

Warnings for Crossplay Beginners ~ Common Mistakes
According to our survey, these are the mistakes most crossplayers fall into at least once or twice! We'll show you what not to do, and what to do instead.

A Sudden Case of Girlpose
"If I relax too much, I find myself doing girlish poses. It's embarassing." Be especially careful of your feet when posing!

*with just the tips of your toes ~ you're 100% girl

An Upward Glance
"I was always raising just my eyes to meet the camera when shot from avoce." None of that coyness! Tilt your head up and meet the camera head-on.

*It's almost like you're staring down the camera!

Cute Color Contacts
"I put in color contacts that made my eyes huge and sparkly!" When going for a manly look, be sure to opt out of cicle lenses and sparkles.

Your Usual Blush
"I have bad blood circulation, so I was always using my usual blush. But I looked like a clown!" Choose a brownish blush and use it on your jawline, not the apples of your cheeks.

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 03:21 AM
Survey Says: What do you Say? (Secret Cosplay)
Do you hide your cosplaying? Are you open about it? What do you say when you're about to be "outed"?
Everyone's different. Some respondants hid their hobby from event their families while others were completely open. But sometimes it's hard to come out and say "I'm a cosplayer!" isn't it? Some people were direct, but others gave the run around.

-I once got caught by a co-worker with my cosplay gear in a roller suitcase on a packed train. Luckily, he thought I was just going on vacation for the long-weekend. I certainly wasn't going to correct him.

-I've come out to my otaku friends, but I still don't quite trust broadcast cameras or magazine shoots.

-I haven't gotten caught yet, and to be honest, it's a constant source of joy for me!

-"I just came back from a Visual Rock concert and my friend was really insistant about me wearing the whole getup to blend in!"

-"I just came back from a school festival. I had to dress up there."

-I once ran into a co-worker who had come to spend a day out with his family while wearing and Ikkitousen maid outfit! I didn't know what to say, so I lied... badly! "It was just something I found in my house. I have no idea where it came from!"

-It's a total secret from my family. But I've come out to all of my good friends, otaku and non-otaku alike.

-When it comes up in a conversation, I intentionally act completely ignorant of the hobby. But if you talk too much, even if you're pretending to have an outsider's opinion of it, it looks suspicious, so I'd say silence is the best policy. Resist the urge to throw in your two-cents -- Deny! Deny! Deny!

-I shaved my eyebrows for cosplay, so now when I'm asked, "Why don't you have any eyebrows?" I answer "It's more convenient to draw them on to suit my mood than to keep trimming them manually!"

-"YOU'RE MISTAKEN!!" is my fall-back.

-There was a wig hair (pink) stuck to my sweater in school once ~ that was a close one (sweat)

-I was a fashion snow model before I began cosplay, so I can usually get away with "it's for a show." Fashion can be pretty crazy sometimes, but I'm careful to hide school uniforms and things like that. After all, there aren't that many gyaru-style fashion shows right?

-I'm totally open, actually I'm pretty proud of myself!

-It's a secret around the office. I've been seen in cosplay pictures before, but I always insist that it isn't me in the picture. If the picture is my own, I insist I was only taking the pictures for someone else.

-When asked about my weekend plans, I always tell a half-truth like "I'm going to take some pictures." (Hey, it isn't a lie!)

-"I love photography but am too shy to work with human models on my own, so I come to events like this to practice on live models!!" then, "Cosplayers get a discount on the entry fee so from time to time I dress up too!!"

-I don't really hide it. I've shown them before and after shots and am always hassling them to join me at events. I send them cosplay pictures online too. They say I've "won"... haha, I wonder what the prize is?

*picture: HEADS!? I....I'm going to technical school to be a beautician...

-When the movers came to help me with my things, one of the moving-guys found my mannequin heads and asked "Are you a hairdresser?" I answered "Yes, I am!" without thinking. He didn't push it. But later, on the day of the move, another mover went to pick up the box of mannequin heads, which happened to be labelled "heads". "HEADS?!" he asked, surprised. I smiled and answered,"ah, well I'm studying cosmetology. They're to practice on!!" Thanks for the excuse, random-moving guy!

-Once when I was picking up a character wig, my order got mixed up the order of an older woman who had gotten a wig as well. I thought for sure I'd been outed.... Even though I knew I was caught, I blurted out, "My cosplayer-friend lives alone and has gone abroad for awhile. She asked me to pick this up for her!" I don't think it worked (smile).

-I always wash my costumes when my family is away. But any bulky or easy-to-spot items always get taken to the coin-laundry so they don't catch me!

-I try to hide that I'm otaku, so I have to be careful with things like cellphone straps.... but one day recently, a non-otaku friend of mine found one of my cellphone straps and asked "What's this.....?" I was totally traumatized, but since I'd been asked, I came clean about everything. I'm not a liar!!

-I'm open with everyone: my parents, friends, co-workers... On account of that honesty, I always get summer and winter comiket off without asking!

-I have a small group at work with similar interests. We get together to sew or make props together.

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 03:47 AM
Survey Says: What are you Into?
This is what's hot!! Tell us what you're into most right now!
It seems that "VOCALOID" is really popular!! We thought for sure that there would be mostly anime and games here, but quite a few of you are into food too. I guess wearing heavy hoop skirts and hauling around oversized props makes you hungry!?

-Eating jagariko (laugh).


-Nostalgic anime (^_^)

-Making "VOCALOID" cosplay PVs. We pick a song and then shoot photos to match until it's done.

-"VOCALOID!" I love the boys and the girls. Everyone's just so cute. I like KAITO the best!!

-Cooking with rice flour, Shiro taiyaki.

-Making templates for blogs and homepages.

-Potato chips with light salt, participating in events, the usual sweets.

-Mixi applications.

-Macaroons. I want to eat every kind there is!

-"VOCALOID"'s Kagamine Rin and Len!! I've always liked yellow, but lately EVERYTHING around me has turned yellow.

-Renting anime and watching a whole series all at once.

-"Evangelion". I'm WAY too passionate!!

-Lately I'm into "VOCALOID", "Persona 3" and "Starry*Sky".

-Spending every waking hour determined to find a way to make Ranka Li's carrot costume from "Macross F".

-Underworld studies. Seriously. I'm so into it that I want to write doujinshi. That and baked apples. They're easy-to-make and yummy!

-A local radio show starring drag queens. It's on at like 3 at night!!

-Re-watching "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" from start to finish. I've just gotten through all of "R".

-Single characters with multiple outfits.


-Hanging around home centers and used-clothing shops.

-"Dragon Quest 9"

-Posting on Nico Nico Douga's "uttatemita" channel

-I'm obsessed with chupachups!

-"Nintama Rantarou". I can't think of anything but Nintama... really (laughs)

-Collecting gachagacha. I especially have a lot of otaku-esque ones. I have a ton of cat-tail figures right now!

-The mobile mixi application "Koisuru Watashi no Oujisama". I like being able to press a few buttons for instant gratification. If I've got time, I'd like to get even more into mixi.

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 03:58 AM
Survey Says: Dieting
Are you doing it for your health or for the costumes!? How's that diet going?
Dieting is always popular, but even moreso with New Years around the cover. Unfortunately, not everyone is progressing smoothly!! Do your best, guys!! Don't let your diet crash and burn!!

-I gave up drinking.

-I've been muscle training at the gym. I want to be a beefcake a.s.a.p.!!

-I've never dieted...... though I really should (sweat)!!

-Two words: chocolate diet. It actually sort of works.

-Core Rhythm is the shit!

-I brush my teeth right after eating! It helps!

-For two weeks before an event, I spent an hour a day in the sauna and lost 5 kg.
(Warning: Losing 11 pounds through intentional water-loss in 2 weeks probably isn't safe!)

-I wouldn't call it "dieting", but to crossplay I work on my shoulders and muscles. I ride my bike for an hour every day. Lately I've been training the muscles in my back too, but I don't want to get too bulky.

-I'm into natural medicine and health food!! Soy milk is awesome.

-Does foot massage count?

-I'm on the morning banana diet. I lost 8kg in half a year with that. But lately I got an upper respiratory tract infection and did nothing but eat and sleep. As a result, I'm rebounding!

-I get up early and go to bed early! It's really hard for me (laughs).

-I bought a facial massage DVD that I really like. I can really see the difference in my face after using it!

*photo: I want a body like this...

-I do a lot of anime dances like "Hare Hare Yukai" for excersize while looking at skinny figures for "image training".

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 04:04 AM
Survey Says: What do Events Mean to you?
Cosplayer's Delight<3 What does participating in events mean to you?
Most people seem to look forward to exchanging ideas and opinions with the other event participants! But everyone has their own special reason for attending events. What's yours?

-Talking endlessly with other geeks about the characters we're dressed as.

-Talking with people who like the same things or other layers in costumes from the same series.

-Seeing tons of amazing cosplayers!!


-Getting together with your layer friends to shoot group photos!!

-More than anything else: I go to meet and exchange ideas.

-Meeting tons of different people!

-Sharing the things you like with others who like them openly in a friendly atmosphere.

-Meeting friends too far away to meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas!

-Taking pictures. Though I also go to events to meet people.

-Becoming aquainted with all sorts of people, widening your circle of friends!

-Being my friend's "kameko" (camera kid).

-Shooting photos in amazing locations.

-The aftermath (laugh). There's nothing better than lingering after the event is over.

-I guess I like the after-party better than the event (laugh). It's great to talk about things you like with those who share your hobbies over a meal. That's true happiness!!

*December 2009.

12-15-2009, 04:29 AM
Survey Says: What are your Layer Habits?
Even when you aren't cosplaying, it happens!! What are your unbreakable Layer habits?
We've all learned habits from cosplaying that ocaisionally infiltrate our daily life. Things like "striking a pose absent-mindedly". I guess we've been doing a little bit too much posing practice?

-When I go to an amusement park or see a mascot costume, I can't help but wonder "how much did all this cost....!?"

-I worry about the lighting in all of my pictures.

-I end up buying pieces of clothing and materials for characters I never intended to cosplay, just because they're too perfect just to leave there (laughs).

-I'd rathing spend money on wigs than a hair salon, so my own hair is a mess.

-Whenever I see a big mirror, I end up checking my makeup and striking poses.

-I always say "3,2,1..." before taking a picture.

-Even when I go out in normal clothes, I set my hair in the style of anime or game characters.

-When I take purikura, I end up striking character poses.

-Even when snapping simple pictures with a digital camera, I coach my subjects to pose.

-When I take pictures with my friends I play with angles and framing.

-I try to make myself look taller in pictures.

-I'll see random people walking on the street and fantasize about dressing them up in character costumes.

-When shopping for clothes, hats and accessories, I'll strike character poses when trying things on in the mirror.

-When I see nice scenery, I immediately think "Would we be able to take pictures here?!"

-When taking travel photos, I always strike character poses.

-When shopping, I buy tons of useless, cheap stuff just because I might need it for a costume later.

-I always buy cosplay items when I go shopping... even when I didn't intend to.

-I always play cameraman, even for normal pictures.

-I end up buying and wearing huge shoes for everything.

-When taking photos in my own clothes, I have no idea what to do with myself!!

-When I take photos with non-otaku friends, I'll end up pulling all sorts of strange camera angles.

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 04:41 AM
Three Shops for Everything
You can get costuming items cheaply, even in chain stores! Let's check out some popular general shops!!

These shops are famous as unexpected sources of materials for costume and prop construction! Using these shops to your advantage can save you time and money. We asked out Super Layers CLUB members for the lowdown on their favorites:

Daiso is a 100 yen shop chain full of cheaply-produced items of all kinds. With just about everything under the sun available cheaply, Daiso is a friend of cosplayers nationwide! Hairpins, needles and other small items that often need replacing are cheapest there. There are also plenty of craft items available for cheaper than in specialty craft stores. You can also get your hands on fake flowers, seasonal items and materials to spice up your photo shoots!

What to pick-up: safety pins, needles, sewing materials, fake flowers and small props

Layers' on Daiso:
-I shop there for prop and costume-making materials
-It's pretty good quality for a 100 yen shop.
-It's a great place to get cheap base headphones for things like Vocaloid "magnet" costumes.
-I always stop there first when hunting for props.
-Carpenter's glue, thread and other construction essentials are sold there for cheap.
-You can get everything you need for alterations and propmaking.
-The first (and often the last) stop for prop construction goods.

UNIQLO is on the brink of worldwide fame with branches opening in Paris and New York! But the real charm of this store is in the variety of colors it offers! Most basic items come in about 10 color variations. Because of this, it's a great place to find undershirts and basic pre-made elements for costumes. The size selection is nice too with sizes ranging larger than most retail shops and nearly every size always in-stock. They also have great seasonal sales!! Recently they've even started selling jeans. This is definately a stoe to keep your eye on.

What to pick up: simple, no-nonsense clothing basics

Layers on UNIQLO:
-When doing plainclothes characters, like ones from dramas or movies, you might be able to find an entire costume here (or at least something similar that you can alter to perfection)
-There are lots of simple wardrobe items in lots of sizes. Everything is really easy to alter.

Tokyu Hands
If you're looking for one-stop shopping for prop-materials, makeup and sewing items, Tokyu Hands is where it's at. There are plenty of specialty construction and craft materials and a wide selection of quality makeup too. Tokyu Hands has a pretty eclectic range of goods, so be sure to check out every floor ~ you might find something you didn't expect to!! There are stores in Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya, so it's convenient to stop by on the way back from Tokyo events. Next time you have time to kill after an event, why don't you check it out?

What to pick up: prop construction items and makeup

Layers on Tokyu Hands:
-It's a little expensive, but I can get everything I need in one store without hopping around all day.
-The staff is helpful and the selection of construction materials is top-notch. I'm much more comfortable in a store like this than at a hardware store.

Of course, you aren't limited to the shops above! They're just the tip of the iceburg.

The Internet
With net shops and auctions, you can search for different variations and prices on any item you can imagine. There are all sorts of things for sale, so you can take your time choosing just the right one. But please be careful, not all shops and sellers are trustworthy.

-If you don't make your own costumes or props, you can get them made for you.
-Net shops tend to be a little cheaper than brick and mortar stores.

Recycle Shops
Recycle shops buy and re-sell items second-hand. These shops are usually hit-or-miss, but you never know what treasure you might find if only you're willing to dig for it. You may also be able to find rare or one-of-a-kind props. And when you're done with your own costumes and clothing, they may even buy them from you second-hand.

-Some used book chains also sell used clothing. I've gotten platforms there for 800 yen before!
-You can buy clothes and shoes at any local recycle shop and then alter them into costume elements or something totally new!

There are other shops we haven't introduced here and plenty of them might be a source for a hard-to-find item. Use your own judgement, or better yet, curiosity to discover your own favorites.

-You can buy fake food to use as props at restaurant supply shops.
-Ballet and dance shops sell theatrical makeup, loose powder and leotards.
-Gal shops sell accessories for really cheap!

*December 2009

12-15-2009, 07:26 AM
General Tutorial: Packing and Item Transport
Staying organized on the go!! Unbeatable luggage packing skills can be yours!!!
We'll show you how to make the most of the space in your cart (and the least mess when you take it all out).

Choosing the right cart (a small roller-suitcase) will make any event a breeze!
Your wig, your costume, boots and your camera... Participating in a cosplay event is enough to give anyone a packing headache! Some people stuff their carts full to overflowing and some even need to pack a second bag with their leftovers! To prevent these last-minute disasters, we asked the SLC (our Super Layers Club) for their very best packing tips <3 If you use the tips introduced here, you too can master the art of the "no-fuss cart".

First you need to choose a cart.
Recommended Dimensions:
W41cm x H64cm X D27cm
Weight (unpacked):
8 kg

Once you`ve compacted all of your goods, a cart like this should work for just about anything. Most people pack all sorts of items for cosplay events, so costumes made from materials that fold down easily are ideal. Read on for what will fit (and how)!

Your costume
If your costume creases or wrinkles easily, you can pack it in a hanger bag.

Your wig should be set before you leave. If the style is complicated, you should pack it in a shoe box or something else to protect it from being crushed.

Make-up Pouch
This should be one of your later additions ~ pack it after your costume and large items. It should fit in the spaces between other items.

Platforms and tall boots take up a ton of space. Keep this in mind when shoe-shopping. Don't buy anything you aren`t willing (or able) to carry!

Use your costume as a cushion. Wrap your camera carefully and then pack it on the top (so it doesn't get crushed).

Once your costume, shoes and props are packed, you can add anything else you might need.

Put these in a card case or album before packing so they don't scatter all over your cart!

Color Contacts
Don't pack your contacts in their default containers. Move them to regular contact cases for easy application and access.

Four Points For an Uncluttered Cart
It's important to compact items for maximum space efficiency and ease-of-access. Here are our four best tips for a no-fuss cart.

Tip 1 - Make a Checklist
You had everything before you left, but now that you've arrived, something is missing! A total buzzkill, right? Well, to avoid that scenario, make a checklist before you even start to pack. As you pack each item, mark it off your list. That way you'll know everything is in there.

Tip 2 - Start with the Big Stuff!
Be careful not to crunch your stuff while packing! Big and difficult to fit items should be the very first in your cart. Be careful to put heavy items on the bottom too. That way they won't crush other items or wrinkle your costume. If the big, heavy stuff goes in first, you`ll have a much easier time arranging (and finding) the rest!

Tip 3 - Make the Most of Your Space
You often have more space than you'd think! Don't overlook the inside of your boots, hats and any other pockets you may not think of right away. These are perfect places to store costume elements and small props! Any space you save is more space to organize. This little trick is sure to cut down your clutter! Just be careful to roll your costume items before stuffing them into small spaces, this will keep them from wrinkling.

Tip 4 - Seperate and Organize Your Items
Organize your luggage! Seperate your costumes by character and label them clearly. Enclose small items like hair and safety pins in their own pouches. Pack everything seperately for easy access at the event site and be sure to label them clearly to avoid panicked luggage searches.

But Wait, There's More!
Stand-Out Tips
With all of our Layers having their say, it's no surprise that they had even more great ideas to share!

About Costumes
-fold suits and other easy-to-wrinkle items loosely in hanger bags
-when packing dresses, remove and fold down crinolin and other poofy items to pack seperately. Packing them inside your dress will lead to problems with bulk and the most awkward wrinkles.

About Wigs
-zip up files sold at the 100 yen shop will fit most wigs (a semi-long should fit in a B5 size). These files give you some extra stability and are hard to crunch. Just write the character name or color in marker on the label and you have a great, cheap packing or storage tool!

About Props
-When making long props like fake weapons, use hollow, collapseable materials. Your props will be lighter and will disassemble to fit easily inside your cart.

-Try packing costume pieces and other small items in laundry nets. Since you can see through them, you don't even need to write labels.
-Pack oversized props, wings and weapons in a guitar case. It's easy to carry and difficult to break.

*December 2009

01-05-2010, 02:54 AM
Costume Tutorial: Kagamine Len

Chara-Cos Check
Let's Make a Kagamine Len Costume!!
This volume's character cos check is the companion to Kagamine Rin, the costume we made in vol. 24. This time we'll try making her twin brother, Kagamine Len's costume! Boy-soprano Len hasn't quite grown into his pipes... or his clothes - so let's aim for a slightly too-big, boyish silloutte.

Check Your Coloring!
There's a big difference between Rin and Len. Even at first glance, the twin's uniforms have one noticeable difference. It's the coloring of their shorts. Looking closely, you'll see that the mismatch is because Rin's shorts are actually dark grey, while Len's costume is black. Purchased costumes tend to be made in pairs with the same fabrics, so accurate coloring will give you an extra home-made touch.

Check page 27 (http://http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3247962&postcount=7) of this issue for a pose collection perfect for Len!!
This month's Sound Chara Festival feature introduces some great poses for VOCALOIDs like Len. Since VOCALOIDs are all about "feeling the sound", team up with your friends at events and try some of our poses, okay?

Kagamine Len Construction Point Check!!
Len's image is rail-thin, so keep that in mind when sizing. Since the character has a "cyber" feel, shiny fabrics like enamel are also an option for accents. Use whatever fits your own image of the character.


Let's start working with the Pattern Pieces!
(*note. the pattern itself is not reproduced here -- backissues of LAYERS can be purchased through LAYERS, amazon.co.jp, ACOS or through bookstores (used and new) throughout Japan... if you want a copy of the pattern: buy the magazine.)

Sailor Jacket
a loose-fitting sailor suit with and ill-fitting sillouette
Len's jacket fits him pretty poorly. In fact, he's practically swimming in it. Especially the sleeves should appear large, falling nearly to the elbow. If you use interfacing to stiffen the chest-plate, you can fold it to match the illustrations more closely.

white twill 140cmx130cm
black twill 140cmx60cm
yellow polyester 90cmx100cm
1 concealed fastener (zipper) (25cm)
yellow sailor tape 0.6cmx300cm (trim)
iron-on interfacing 130cm* (in some images, this is referred to as "biasing")
yellow fabric paint, san rubber or embroidery thread (for the symbol on the chest-plate)

((The rest of the tutorial assumes that individual pattern pieces have all been cut and (with the exception of the sleeve ends where they attatch to the shoulders) have been finished. Most pieces shown have been finished with a zig-zag stitch and any trims required have been added in advance.))

1) Sew Darts, Shoulders and the Right Side

After completing your darts, place your front and back jacket pieces together and sew as-shown.


2) Attatch Zipper to the Left Side

Align your zipper on the left side so that the zipper ends just under the sleeve-hole and the zipper-pull will face outward on the finished jacket. Loosely connect the two shirt pieces with long, loose stitches to make sure the zipper will close without shifting.


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01-06-2010, 04:05 AM
Costume Tutorial: Kagamine Len (part 2)

3) Making the Sleeves

Assemble your sleeve cuffs and sew them on. Be very careful sewing curved parts on a sewing machine.


4) Hand-finish and Attatch the Sleeves

Hand-finish sleeves, align and attatch by machine (moving your cloth in a circle).


5) Sew Neckline Piece at the Shoulders

Attatch biasing to the neckline pieces, and join them at the shoulders, interfacing-up. Finsh both pieces with a zig-zag stitch all the way around.


6) Make the Sailor Collar

Once you've finished the piece for the sailor collar, attatch your interfacing to the outer piece, add the sailor tape trim then sew on trim and interfacing. Turn inside-out, align and sew the back and front collar pieces together.


7) Attatch the Sailor Collar and Neckline

After pressing all of your pieces well with an iron, place your collar in place and stitch once around. Next, pin your neckline over top (the collar should be sandwiched between the shirt and neckline). Then sew the innermost neckline of all three pieces together with strong thread. Be careful when machine-sewing curves.


8) Make the Chest Panel

Using san-rubber, fabric paint or embroidery thread, add the bass-cleft to the chest panel. (If you need to, print or draw a guide shape in heavy black to place underneath, then trace through the fabric). *Note. san-rubber needs to be cut with an exacto knife and then applied by ironing.


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01-07-2010, 02:21 AM
Costume Tutorial: Kagamine Len (part 3)

9) Make the Tie

Attach interfacing to the back of your tie and fold the fabric as shown. Hand-sew with sturdy thread. Fold the tie to your final shape and hand-sew the back of the tie closed.


10) Attatch Finishing Parts


shorts so big that they need to be held up with a belt
We're going for the same look, so it's okay to make these low-rise. They should fall just above the knees when finished to balance out your leg-covers.


black twill 140cmx140cm
pocket fabric ("sureki") 90cm x 40cm
yellow vinyl 90cm x 150 cm
zipper 22cm long
60 gold studs .6cm diameter
yellow sailor tape .6 x 100cm
Non-stretch tape 1.2cm
*not mentioned, but required ~ interfacing

1) Add Tape Accents and Pockets
Add the sailor tape to the legs and attatch pockets made from "sureki" fabric.


2) Sew Together Front and Back Legs
Align the front and back sides of each leg(inside-out) and machine-sew them together on the sides.

3) Join the Legs and Add the Zipper
Turn both legs inside out and align them at the center (you'll probably need to pin them) and sew them together up to the point where you'll install your zipper. Attatch the fly piece, then use it to attatch your zipper.


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01-07-2010, 02:59 AM
Costume Tutorial: Kagamine Len (part 4)


4) Attatch the Waist-band
Iron the shorts with an iron then sew the band to the top of the shorts. Next, fold the belt over on itself (inside-out) and close the ends (where they will fasten). Turn the band right-side out and fold over the top and sew closed. Add a fastener hook.


5) Adding the Cuff-Belts
Fold both ends of the belt in on itself lengthwise and stitch shut on the top and bottom by machine. Measure and mark spots for 15 studs on the top and bottom of each leg-belt and attatch.


Tools and Concerns for Attatching the Studs
You'll need a hole punch or screw punch to make holes in your vinyl for the studs to fit through, a handheld tool to push the studs in place (an indented chisel or small portable indented screwdriver will work), and a cushioned work-mat so that you don't mark the surface you're working on. It's okay if the holes you create are a bit too small for the studs, but be careful not to force them through as you might tear the vinyl.

6) Adding Belt Loops
Check your fit, then fold in and hand-sew the leg cuffs. Set leg-belts in place add add belt loops to the waist and legs as-shown. (You can sew the belts in place under the belt loops and use the loops to hide the stitches if you don't want them to shift).


(note: arm and leg warmers, belts, headsets and shoes are not included)

*December 2009

01-07-2010, 03:36 AM
Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage)

Customized Deco-Carts!
A Layer's best friend is their cart, so don't neglect it!

"What's a Deco-Cart?"

Every cosplayer needs a carry-cart to transport their luggage, props and wigs. Some people have lots of props, complex wigs and a lot of makeup to move around too... Our carts help us out a lot, so why do so many of us take them for granted?

I often find myself wondering "Why do cosplayers carry around such plain carts?". With so few designs and colors, it's easier to mix up carts or pick yours out of a crowd, isn't it? That's why, the idea of a "deco-cart" was born! Why not get in on the popular cosplay-world movement and customize your own?

In this article we'll introduce some of our own original deco-cart designs. We tried to play with a few different types and come up with some ideas that would be easy for Layers to use.

Making them is easy! It's just like decorating a cellphone or a portable game-system, so let your imagination run wild and you'll be designing like crazy in no time!

If you want, you can plaster your cart with your own decorations, or you can alter the designs you learn here. "Gosh, this is like a homework assignment" right? But hey, I really want to see some cooler carts!

We're giving away the carts introduced here as presents, too, so take a good, long look at them, okay?

Oh, and if you come up with a neat deco-cart of your own, we'd love to see your pictures!

With Ribbons and Lace, You Can Achieve Sweet-Lolita Mode


If you've got a black polka-dot cart, a few ribbons, a bit of lace and sparkly stones can give you a cart that matches your sweet disposition perfectly.

We made it like this!

First, decide on a design.
Point: Making your design is the most important part! To make sure you end up with just what you've envisioned, be sure to sketch out every detail.

Gather the materials you need for your design.
Point: you can use leftover fabrics and trims from your costumes too!

Make a frill with a sewing machine.

Attatch the frill to your cart

Sew on your lace

Point: This kind of cart actually takes a lot of work. Some carts are made of material that can't easily be sewn onto, so please check beforehand! When you sew on trims, be careful not to sew places you don't want sewn. What happens if you sew shut your pockets...?!?! Don't rush, or you'll make a mistake!

(continued in the next post)

01-07-2010, 04:56 AM
Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 2)

Make two cloth ribbons

Glue on stones

Add a charm and you're done

You can come up with a lot of different looks just by using decorations that catch your eye. With an original cart, you'll have a special sort of cuteness and charm. You can take pride knowing that all eyes are on your cart.

Skulls and chains give you a hardcore style. We've tried keeping it punk without going too dark.

With a big, imposing cart, how about embracing your inner Gothic and Punk?!


The prep for any cart, even a gothic cart is the same. This time we're working with a big cart so you should prepare enough material to cover the surfaces you're working with. We tried using a star chain we particularly liked -- but you can try using your own favorite accessories.

(continued in the next post)

01-07-2010, 05:45 AM
Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 3)


Our design calls for some messy cloth coverage, so cut the fabric haphazardly for an interesting shape. For once, you need messy edges! So fray them apart, then seal them with clear nailpolish so that they don't run.


Hold your fabric tightly in place and sew it in place with strong thread. Use thread that will match your cart's fabric and coloring. It's okay to mess up here and there, since this cart has a messy look to begin with!


Now to keep the fabric from flapping around when you walk. The easiest way to do this is glue. Some glues have a distinct color to them when dry, so be careful when choosing one. Then add chains, weapon charms and/or badges for your final look!


With your favorite frilly lace and some felt flowers, you can create a simple but unique cart just-for-you.


Enjoy a simple design with materials available anywhere!

This sort of design isn't just for events and travel. It's subdued design makes it perfect for regular shopping and for girls who always end up buying more than they can carry when they go out with their friends. Some simple decorations can turn your cheap black suitcase into something adorable!

Points for a simple, cute and natural cart

First, collect your materials.
This time our parts are some nice felt flowers and lace, so a lightweight glue will do just fine!

(continued in the next post)

01-07-2010, 06:15 AM
Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 4)

Attatch your parts, careful to achieve balance
Arrange your parts over and over until you find yourself saying, "this is it!" Then glue them down. It may be hard to achieve a nice "simple" design, but be careful not to go overboard.

Put heavy items inside and on top of your cart until the glue has set
Try putting books inside the cart to make sure it doesn't shift accidentally...


Use something heavy to weigh down the top of your cart for a half a day or so.. Resist taking a peek until it's done... then you can use it freely.

Here's a New Trick!!
There's something else every Layer needs... yep, a mirror! Rather than taking up space you need to carry one, how about attatching it to your cart? If it's part of your cart, you'll never end up forgetting it. I've got one in mine and it's totally useful!! Even just a little mirror is bound to bring you big happiness.

*CosBon vol. 2

01-07-2010, 04:10 PM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Chop Cut

Let's be more careful arranging and cutting our wigs!
These days every Layer needs to wear a wig. But what if you suck at cutting and styling them?! "I can't arrange it the way I want!" "Cutting wigs is too hard..." It's easy to fumble when most of the big magazines show you elaborate style but no basic techniques to achieve them, but fear not newbies to hair and makeup, Saber Hands Matsumoto is here to teach you some simple and basic techniques.

Style 1: "The Chop Cut"
"Use a medium-length wig for this spikey bob style"

1) Cut your wig 10-20cms below the jawline.

2) Trace an imaginary line back from the top of your ear and use a pair of regular hair-styling scissors to thin the hair there. (Hold your scissors vertically and cut at a slight angle, taking only small bits off at a time).

3) Above the ear (trace an imaginary line from your eye-level back) block the hair into small portions and thin the ends with small, staggered snips.
*working from the bottom up makes it easier to guage your progress and move your scissors without "collateral damage"

4) With the rest of the wig, bring the hair slightly back to thin with the same technique.
*this will isolate the hair, making cutting more simple and will give you a longer look on the sides.

5) To make sure the right and left sides are the same length, bring the top portion of hair from both sides together (in blocks) over the top and adjust length/thin accordingly.

6) Taking random bits of hair loosely out to the side, cut slowly from upward down in a slide cut.
*Don't begin these cuts too close to your wig's base or you'll end up with see-through patchy spots

(continued in the next post)

01-07-2010, 04:50 PM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Chop Cut (part 2)

7) Roll spikes gently at the ends with your fingers and finish the ends with hard spray

8) All done!

Point: Cut slowly and move bit by bit, always aware of how much you're cutting and in what direction.

*Cosbon vol. 2

01-07-2010, 06:48 PM
Very helpful~ Thanks so much for taking the time to translate >w< I was wondering what issue the Len pattern came in?

01-08-2010, 01:32 AM
Very helpful~ Thanks so much for taking the time to translate >w< I was wondering what issue the Len pattern came in?

December 2009 (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E9%9B%BB%E6%92%83Layers-Vol-28-2009-December-%E9%9B%BB%E6%92%83%E3%83%A0%E3%83%83%E3%82%AF%E3%8 2%B7%E3%83%AA%E3%83%BC%E3%82%BA/dp/4048682539/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262935985&sr=8-1)

01-08-2010, 01:54 AM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Slide Cut
A short visual kei arrangement
1. Block and clip/tie off the hair above the ears.

Lightly grasping a bit of hair between your fingers (at the end) cut slowly while sliding your scissors downward.

2. To create more open space at the jawline, deliberately slice-cut in larger strokes on the sides.

3. Gather and gently twist the top portion of the style gently and slice cut in an upward stroke from the center.
*twist at random and not too tightly!

4. For the bangs (usually the portion of your wig which is thinner or shorter), comb them flat over the eyes then slice cut from above in downward strokes.
*If you cut from the center, the balance will be thrown off.

5. Dispense some hard styling wax into the palm of your hand and rub it evenly across both of your palms. Run your product-covered hands throught the wig all over, styling as you go.

(continued in the next post)

01-08-2010, 02:01 AM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Slide Cut (part 2)

6. Use a hard spray to set the wig. Spray all over.

7. Finished!!

Point: Style the wig without any big empty spaces or flat sides for an illusion of extra volume!!

*Cosbon vol. 2

01-08-2010, 02:11 AM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Razor Cut
an arrangement for long hair

1. Begin by placing your razor 15-20 cm below the jawline and then pull it lightly through the hair in a falling motion.
*If you hold the hair at the end, the razor will move through it more smoothly

2. Lightly gather blocks of hair and old them back at a 45 degree angle before using the same falling razor stroke.

3. Run soft wax through the whole wig to help it retain shape.

4. Finished!!

Point: A lighter hand with the razor will give you more body in your finished wig.

*Cosbon vol. 2

01-08-2010, 02:20 AM
Wig Tutorial: Basic Dango
a pretty dumpling arrangement

"By staggering the placement and size between the right and left sides, you can achieve a cute asymmetrical look."

1. Collect hair for the small dango

After slicing and blocking off the hair you want to use, tie it off in a loose, messy ponytail.

*If you don't tie off the ponytail tightly, your dango will fall out!

2. Wrap the loose hair in a spiral around the banded base, twisting lightly as you go.

3. Use bobby pins to hold the hair in place at random points.

4. After slicing and blocking the hair for the big dango, repeat the same process.

Point: Be careful not to bother other Layers when arranging and restyling this one at events.

*Cosbon vol. 2

01-08-2010, 11:42 AM
Omg, this is very helpful! ^^ Thank you so much for the translations!

01-08-2010, 05:50 PM
Wow~ I found these tips and guide quite helpful :D

01-08-2010, 08:05 PM
Thank you so much! This thread is wonderful.

01-08-2010, 08:16 PM
awww, thanks :3

Glad to be of help.

01-08-2010, 08:29 PM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: MAPLE
One of Japan's oldest and most enduring cosplay wig brands, with shops nationwide


This famous shop also has some of the best services out there!!
With wigs for all price ranges, MAPLE has 11 locations across Japan. The shop's original wigs come in over 32 colors and 60 stylesm, so you'll never want for variety! There aren't just full wigs either, you can buy half-wigs, bunces, chingnons, stick-on facial hair and all sorts of other items to make your character costume come to life. Shops reach as far as Fukuoka, so wherever you live, you should be able to visit a real shop and see the products in person before making a purchase. The shops also have present give-aways on their anniversaries, and offer discounts and coupons for special occaisions. People with purchases over 10,000 yen can even get a free Eco-bag (depending on the location). There are lots of great promotions and services, so stop into one of their shops or have a look at their website.

Shop Data (Sapporo Branch)
Address: 札幌市中央区南2条西1丁目5番地 丸大ビル4F
TEL: 011-218-7573
More information (map): http://maple-wig.com/shop/sapporo.html

"Of course full wigs are the best-sellers among cosplayers, but we`ve tried to provide a variety of wig parts and wig-care items as well. Most of our own employees are cosplayers themselves, so if you have trouble choosing a character wig or have any problems, please feel free to consult them. I'm sure you'll be able to find just the right wig for you! I can't wait to see you at the shop!"
-Maeda-san (from the Sapporo branch)

The Sapporo shop is located on the fourth floor of a building full of anime and character shops like Animate and Lashinbang. The store's not just packed with color character wigs. There are plenty of wig-care items for sale there too.

They also have a small studio perfect for shooting against simple backdrops and Western room settings. Up to 16 people can use it at once, so let them know you're coming beforehand and gather your friends for an outing.

Best 3 Maple Wigs

1) MP118-30 Semi-long Straight
4,800 yen (tax-in)
The best-selling wig at MAPLE is this popular short wig. The bands come pre-shortened, so this type can, in many cases, be styled without additional cutting.

2) MP222-DF1 Long Shaggy 80cm
4,800 yen (tax-in)
The next most popular is the versatile long shaggy type. In spite of it's length, it never looks heavy or bulky. The bangs have been left long, so you can cut and/or arrange it in all sorts of ways.

(to be continued in the next post)

01-08-2010, 08:58 PM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: MAPLE (Part 2)

3) MP853 Partial wig
1,800 yen (tax-in)
This wig is designed to extend other wigs. Have you ever found yourself lamenting the lack of length in the back of your gorgeous new wig? "It isn't long enough to do what I wanted after all...!!" Or how about when you screw up? "I cut too much!!" You can use this item to add more volume or length to the back or sides of your wig.

Here are all the MAPLE Shops in the Country
MAPLE has 11 locations in Japan (and even some in other countries!) Check out the shop listing below to find one near you! Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto are their main shops, so photo studios, events and promotions are likely to be more plentiful there. Check the website beforehand for an idea of prices. (Holidays and open hours may also vary by shop).

Sapporo Shop
Address: 札幌市中央区南2条西1丁目5番地 丸大ビル4F
TEL: 011-218-7573
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/sapporo.html

Sendai Shop
Address: 宮城県仙台市青葉区中央二丁目7番30号 角川ビル2F 205号
TEL: 022-268-5129
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/28-1/1
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/sendai.html

Tokyo Shop
Address: 東京都荒川区東日暮里5-52-10 エスポワール日暮里1F
TEL: 03-3803-5129
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/tokyo.html

Yokohama Shop
Address: 横浜市西区南幸2-16-11 二幸ビル4F 401号
TEL: 045-312-8619
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/yokohama.html

Shizuoka Shop
Address: 静岡市葵区鷹匠1丁目4-6
TEL: 054-273-7272
Business Hours: 12am-8pm
Holidays: New Year 12/30-1/3, every Wednesday
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/shizuoka.html

Nagoya Shop
Address: 愛知県名古屋市中村区椿町20-9
TEL: 052-451-5129
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/nagoya.html

Kyoto Headquarters Shop*
(note: LAYERS' Kyoto information is out-of-date, both shops have recently moved to new locations in completely different neighborhoods. Information here is according to new information on the website, not the original magazine)
Address: 京都市南区西九条南田町43番地9
TEL: 075-672-5129
Business Hours: 10am-7pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/index.html

Kawaramachi Shop*
Address: 京都市中京区裏寺町607-2
TEL: 075-255-5129
Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/29-1/2
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/kawaramachi.html

Osaka Shop
Address: 大阪市中央区難波千日前8‐12ショップランナー国際東ビル4F
TEL: 06-6632-2823
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/30-1/1
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/osaka.html

Kanazawa Shop
Address: 金沢市竪町24 BELSEL2F
TEL: 076-216-8225
Business Hours: 11am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 1/1
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/kanazawa.html

Fukuoka Shop
Address:福岡市中央区天神3-16-15 サンヨーパーキングビル3F
TEL: 092-713-6267
Business Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Holidays: New Year ~ 12/30-1/1, every Wednesday
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/fukuoka.html


Shanghai Shop*
(note: this shop isn't included in the original article, but I've included it here because it may be of interest, again... info is from the website, not the magazine)
Address: 上海市張楊路721号
TEL: 86-21-5836-6829
Map: http://maple-wig.com/shop/shanghai.html

What Layers Say About MAPLE:

- "I love their natural human-hair wigs!"
"The wigs at MAPLE look really natural, I use their real-hair wigs all the time. They tolerate high heat and regular hair dryers really well and I like that I can use shampoo and products for real hair without worrying. The quality is very high and starting at 6,000 yen, I think they're really reasonably-priced."

- "There are a lot of hairstyle variations."
"I've always been really clumsy with styling my own wigs so I'm really happy to have so many pre-styled ones to choose from! They have a ton of short styled wigs to use in crossplay and even longer male styles are common. "

- "You can ask the employees all sorts of things."
"I don't have many Layer friends around me so I often find myself at a loss for which wig to use for what character. Luckily the shop nearby has tons of employees who know all about wigs and the characters I want to cosplay! Whenever I have a problem, I feel comfortable asking them anything!"

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-09-2010, 01:37 AM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Zephyr
Reasonable high-quality wigs with great customer service.
(note: Zephyr will ship overseas through Rakuten)


They've got a great line of wig parts as well!!
This popular wig shop sells wigs as cheaply as 3,000 yen. Of course there's a large range of styles for full wigs but they also offer enough half wigs and other partials to make any wig stylist happy. They also sell B-holders (binders for crossplay) and cosplay undergarments so it's convenient to buy cosplay items and wigs in one shop. There aren't just goods either, they offer a variety of other services to their customers. They have a great mail magazine that lists events and promotions too. Every month they give 5 people free wigs on their homepage and they often give away special items to customers who buy a lot!! Because their website is through rakuten, you can get rakuten site points for shopping there and use them wherever you want.

Shop Data: (Asakusabashi)
Address: 東京都台東区柳橋1-13-2 ゼファービル
TEL: 03-3861-0344

"At Zephyr, we've started selling popular heat-resistant wigs and offer a wide selection of original wigs. We also have pre-styled wigs designed for specific characters and often make custom character wigs at our customers' request. So if there's a particular character wig you'd like to see, please let us know! If you have any troubles reaching a decision or styling your wig, please ask Zephyr to help! The staff will do their very best to satisfy!"
-Asakusabashi Shop-Master

There are a variety of wigs sold at the Asakusabashi shop, along with costumes and accessories. They also offer a very popular line of doll wigs!!

There's also a rental studio inside the Asakusabashi shop with a room set up like a classroom, complete with a blackboard! For 3,000 yen an hour, you can enjoy shooting photos with up to ten of your friends.

Best 3 Zephyr Wigs

1. Long Curl / Yellow-gold
3,800 yen (tax-in)
The long curl type is about 80cm long and comes in twenty colors! This style is perfect for characters with subtle waves and gives off a special sort of soft nuance. You can also use it to set natural curls.

2. Heat-resistant fiber Long Straight / Black-Blue Mix
5,800 yen (tax-in)
About 60cm long, this wig is perfectly straight and comes in 17 colors. It's a heat-resistant wig, so it's quite popular for use with hot-curlers and irons.

(to be continued in the next thread)

01-09-2010, 01:44 AM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Zephyr (Part 2)

3. Short Shaggy Straight / Dark Orange
3,800 yen (tax-in)
Zephyr's most popular item! The bangs already have a shaggy cut, so even at first glance this wig looks natural and ready-to-wear. It comes in 26 different color variations.

What Layers Say About Zephyr:

-"I'm glad that I can buy so much for so little."
"I often cosplay mutiple characters at one event, so I have trouble balancing the cost of not just costumes... but wigs too. They have quite a few colors and styles available, including heat resistant types for cheap! They'll even throw in wig nets to match your wig color for free ~ I love that!"

-"I love their easy-to-use website"
"I don't have a shop nearby so I have to use online sites to order wigs. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten wigs from dealers and have thought "...the color's a little different than what was shown on the site."

-"Check out the otaku news in their mail magazine!"
"Zephyr's mail magazine has information about events, auctions, special items and upcoming sales. I can't get enough of it. It also has really easy-to-understand tutorials on how to arrange different Zephyr wigs into styles for popular characters. I recommend it!"

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-09-2010, 04:03 AM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: ACOS and Prichara
All styles are available in 42 colors with rare colors also represented!! You can also buy costumes at this all-purpose shop.


Easy for beginners to use, this shop's lineup is quite popular
Animate's all-purpose cosplay shop is right here. Built on the concept of "simple, easy-access one-stop cosplay shopping", you'll find Prichara wigs, liscenced costumes, boots, cosmetics, and prop weapons. Beginners will be particularly delighted by the selection of easy-to-style, pre-cut wigs and care items. This shop is a great place to ask your cosplay questions and learn new tips, too. Prichara's vividly colored wigs are striking and some colors that aren't offered from other wig brands, like dark green, are available!!

Shop Data: (Ikebukuro Main Shop)
Address: 東京都豊島区東池袋3-13-8
TEL: 03-5979-7471

"At Animate's Costume stores "ACOS", Prichara wigs are some of our main items. You can check out example costumes and wigs in the store, so please feel free to handle the wigs you're thinking of buying. Even if it's your first time wearing a wig, it's okay! The staff will help you out. We're always adding new colors and styles, so look forward to it!
-Ikebukuro's Shop Master

Ikebukuro's main shop has tons of shelves of wigs lined up! Even the costumes are reasonably-priced, with full character sets beginning at 7,000 yen, so you can get everything you need in just one trip.

Other ACOS Shops in Japan

ACOS Sapporo
北海道札幌市中央区南2条西1丁目5番地 丸大ビル5F

ACOS Sendai

ACOS Niigata

ACOS Utsunomiya

ACOS Sattelite Mito
茨城県水戸市南町2-4-43 南町岩崎ビルB1

ACOS Sattelite Akihabara (Tokyo)

ACOS Sattelite Sannomiya (Kobe)

ACOS Sattelite Takamatsu
香川県高松市南新町6-4 池田屋ビル2F

ACOS Sattelite Naha
沖縄県那覇市牧志1-2-1 モルビービル4F

Best 3 ACOS/Prichara Wigs
1. Trance Short / Corn Cream Yellow
3,990 yen (tax-in)
This short wig is perfect for standard male cuts or for active female characters. The bangs are long enough to cover the eyes, so is can either be worn as-is or cut to style. It comes in 23 different colors.

2. Heat-Resistant Bob Layer / Heat-Resistant Silver
4,935 yen (tax-in)
This heat-resistant wig has a bit of length on the trance short. Silver is the most popular shade, it really brings out the brightness in your skin. It comes in 19 colors.

3. Long Straight 70 / Rose Pink
4,410 yen (tax-in)
This straight 70cm wig is perfect for long braids or twintails. It fits pop star or princess characters well. This bright pink is the most popular shade. It comes in 23 colors.

What Layers Say About Zephyr:

-"I like the volume in their wigs"
"I often crossplay male charactes so I've had quite a few times when I've wanted to make hair stand up or spike. Prichara seems to put up with this sort of abuse better than some of the other brands and with pretty heavy coverage, it's more difficult to expose the cap underneath with crazy styles. I like the variety of colors too."

-"Their pre-set wigs help me a ton"
"I always end up buying costumes, shoes and wigs in one go... this place is great for that. This shop also has quite a few wigs that are already set and styled, so you can use them as-is, that saves me a lot of time. You can even get all of your stuff last-minute the day before an event (laugh)."

-"The staff's explanations are easy-to-understand"
"When shopping or trying items the staff always gives me really clear tips and advice! And not just about wigs either, they can help you with just about anything cosplay-related."

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-09-2010, 09:44 PM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Assist Wig
Their beautiful matte colors and soft, straight, heat-resistant wigs are popular


They even sell products to scratch your head through your wig
All of their products are heat-resistant and ever-so-soft to the touch! These wigs tolerate heat up to 180 degrees celcius so they're easy to style with regular dryers, hot curlers and irons. Because of this, they're also easy to reset after styling and style again. This may be the secret to their popularity. Among their many styles are long wigs with 2 different types of parts (line parts and hidden-parts) so it's easy to match the style of your favorite character right down to the last detail. They also carry wig-cases to make transporting your wig more convenient and items to reach those itchy spots without upsetting your wig. They also have great promotions like "buy 2 full wigs, get one half off" and color sample giveaways for their regular customers.

Shop Data: (Akihabara)
Address: 東京都千代田区外神田4丁目4−2 レトロゲームキャンプ内
TEL: 03-6206-9128
Map: http://www.assist-wig.com/free/guide.html#akihabara

"We're here to help you with your every cosplay life need! When it comes to choosing a wig color, styling or anything else at all, our staff is there to support you so please stop by Assist Wig's Akihabara shop. This summer, won't you try on one of Assist's long, smooth wigs?"
-Akihabara shop
Y-san and K-san

The Akihabara Shop is located on the 2nd floor of the game shop "Retro Game Camp". Assist often creates new shades and colors to respond to Layers' requests, so please check the shop often.

This carrying case, designed to keep your styled wig from getting ruined on the way to events, is on sale now! It isn't only great for carrying your wig, but for storing styled wigs too.

Best 3 ACOS/Prichara Wigs

1. Bob Layer / Moon Ash
5,680 yen (tax-in)
This style of wig has no defined part, instead, hair is thickly rooted from the center out for extra volume. Gold and silver mix in this subtle color variation to make this soft shade. The style comes in 54 colors!

2. Medium / Azuki Chocolate
5,980 yen (tax-in)
This unique shade, unknown until recently, was actually named in an in-shop contest by a customer. Cute, isn't it? The style comes in 55 colors.

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01-09-2010, 09:55 PM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Assist Wig (Part 2)

3. Long (no part)/ Blackberry
6,980 yen (tax-in)
This color, between purple and black gives the impression of a very deep, rich purple. It has no obvious part, so it's especially easy to use this style for characters without bangs. It comes in 55 colors.

What Layers Say About Assist Wig:

-"You can find lots of middle shades perfect to match just about any character"
"If you want your cosplay to be as accurate as possible, this is probably the place to go. There are 10 different shades of brown alone to choose from! I love being able to get the color just right. The matte colors are really pretty, especially the purples. I find myself finding excuses to use them."

-"They have light, smooth, soft wigs that don't tangle easily."
"It's hard to argue that smooth, silky wigs aren't awesome! They're resistant to heat, so you can use hot curlers and dryers to get a great curly style then in one wash, use a straightener to put it right back to the way you got it!"

-"Even if they get tangled, you can smooth them right out with your fingers"
"I love the long straight wigs, and I use them for traditional Japanese-styled characters all the time. They almost never tangle! Even if the wind at the event place is blowing hard, a simple run of your hands through your hair can untangle your wig in just a few second! The hair is fine and thick so they look almost like real hair, too."

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01-09-2010, 11:53 PM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Cospatio
Rare colors and false-scalp inclusion for a natural-looking style!
(note: Cospatio will ship some items overseas, please e-mail them to inquire before ordering)


Debuting its original wig line this summer!!
This cosplay brand carries liscenced comic and anime costumes. Cospatio's been serving the community for 14 years and have the know-how to show for it. It's no wonder we're excited about their new original wig line!! There are 36 colors of original wigs, all made by mixing more common colors for a new variety of shades. Wherever you part your wig, no one will be able to see your wig-net either, that's because every Cospatio wig has an artificial scalp, giving your wig that extra natural look. Extentions, bunces, and other wig parts are on sale too, along with heat-resistant wigs. Cospatio has always been popular for their high-quality made-to-order costumes, wigs are the natural next step. Stop in and try one.

Shop Data: (Shibuya Main Shop)
Address: 東京都渋谷区宇田川町4-8 1F
TEL: 03-5428-3482

"COSPATIO isn't just about official costumes, we're always trying to respond to our customer's requests by adding useful original cosplay support items. Our new wig line is an attempt to fufill our costumers' needs by offering as many useful colors and styles as possible. You're always welcome at our Shibuya store or at any of our other locations nationwide, so please come in and have a hands-on look!!"
-Shibuya Main Shop

Shibuya's Main shop is chock full of costumes. Weapons, underwear, props, Lionboard, and all sorts of other useful cosplay items are also sold there.

Or You Can Shop at Cospatio's Other Locations

Address: 宮城県仙台市青葉区中央2-5-5 三経60ビル6F
TEL: 022-722-1680

Address: 千葉県千葉市中央区川崎町51-1 フェスティバルウォーク蘇我 アミューズゾーン2F
TEL: 043-209-1750

Address: 東京都千代田区外神田 3-15-5ジーストア秋葉原
TEL: 03-3526-6877

Address: 愛知県名古屋市中区大須3-11-34
TEL: 052-242-3181

Address: 大阪府大阪市浪速区 日本橋4-15-21 第一天偉ビル1F/2F
TEL: 06-6645-8300

Address: 福岡市中央区天神3-16-1 天神日若ビル5F
TEL: 092-739-2333

Best 3 Cospatio Wigs

1. Straight Short / Ash Blue
5,000 yen (tax-in)
Aqua and grey mix for this easy-on-the-eyes color. The sides are long to cover the face line. The back has a very natural-looking cut. It comes in 32 colors.

2. All Back / Hot Red
5,000 yen (tax-in)
This orangish-reddish brown color goes great with Japanese skin tones. The bangs flow into the rest of the hair for a natural grown-out look. This manly style needs no additional styling! It comes in 32 colors.

3. Wanren Long / Dark Blue
6,500 yen (tax-in)
Black and dark blue are blended to achieve this wonderful, deep color. The grown-out bangs on the 72cm wanren style give off an adult-air. The hair is thick and makes for easy cutting and styling! It comes in 32 colors.

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01-10-2010, 01:05 AM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: airily
An Online Designer Wig Shop that's User-Friendly, Even for Beginners
(Note: airily accepts overseas orders and has a partial site guide in English here (http://airily.jp/html/newpage.html?code=1))


Adorable wigs to compliment your skin
This specialty shop offers quite a few unique colors and variations of heat-resistant wigs. Complimentary shades like "baby pink" (which will make your skin seem whiter) or the darker "blue water" are airily originals and have no equivalents in other brands. The shop has 35 main colors available. The wolf cut and other layered styles are easy to wear even without any styling, so people without a head for wigs should be alright, too. Most of the cuts and styles are quite thoughtful and are designed to be complimentary to most people's features. Just putting them on can be like cosplay in itself! You can place orders via computer or cellphone. Those who do can recieve airily's mail magazine, access to product reviews and points to use for discounts on future purchases!

Shop Data: Online sales only

"At airily, we're doing our best every day to come up with new heat-resistant wigs and styling items to be of use to cosplayers everywhere. We want everyone who puts on our wigs, even total beginners to cosplay, to feel cooler... cuter... and great about themselves when they look in the mirror. The staff will be doing our best from now on to see that that happens!"
-staff, Niko-san

Care items are on sale as well! Since airily wigs are heat-resistant, heat-based styling items like this convenient hair iron (4095 yen tax-in) are quite popular.

Best 3 airily Wigs

1. WS002-022 Wolf Base / Orange-Gold
5,460 yen (tax-in)
This great color is perfect for quite a lot of popular characters, so it's a good seller. The Wolf Base is easy to style and often requires no additional cutting or manipulation to arrange! It comes in 36 colors.

2. WS001-040 Angel Bob / Aqua
5,460 yen (tax-in)
This original color just when on sale this summer. The cut has subtle layers so the faceline is very soft, giving the illusion of a small face while giving your head a lovely sillouette. It comes in 29 colors.

3. WL002-021 Long Layer / Cocoa Brown
6,825 yen (tax-in)
Cocoa bown is a lovely, natural shade suitable for costuming or daily wear. It's a layered style, so it'll compliment your features and make your face look small!! It comes in 32 colors.

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01-10-2010, 01:07 AM
Wig Brand and Shop Guide: Layered.jp / JAIL Wig
Heat resistant wigs and Crazily-stylable wigs are popular

(Note: This shop is a bit strange... it's open only on weekends and holidays and the hours can be erratic. It's important to check their open hours on the website before going all the way out to WTC!!)

It doesn't hurt to open your shop at a cosplay event site!
Jail Wig has a pretty bold catchphrase: "I want to be touched by that person!" It's the house brand of the cosplay event group Layered.jp and boasts a collection of high-quality heat-resistant wigs. Some of their wigs blend multiple colors together for eye-catching and original shades. They also have quite a few discounts and promotions, like "500 yen off for WTC event participants" and "500 yen off for subscribing to the mail magazine." Combining all of their special promotions can get you up to 1500 yen off one wig (and on the day of an event too)! Of course they have other event-related promotions so ask the Layers around you to keep you in the know!

Shop Data: (Osaka WTC shop)
Address: 大阪市住之江区南港北1丁目14番16号
TEL: 06-6690-7580
Map: http://www.layered.jp/wtcshop/index.xml

"You can have confidence in JAIL's heat-resistant wigs. We don't just have straight wigs, but all-backs and twin tails too. We have quite a few variations prepared for you to try out. You can try samples of our wigs at Layered.jp sponsored events or drop into our store for a closer, hands-on look."
-Southport WTC Shop' Katayama-san

The WTC shop is open during events, so it's always right in the middle of the action. Even if you forget to pick your wig up in time for the event, you can buy one right there!

Best 3 Layered.jp / JAIL Wigs

1. All Back Regent Wig / Royal Blonde
6,800 yen (tax in)
This one's great for an all-back hairstyle. The bangs have been combed back and styled beforehand so you can arrange it easily and naturally in any pushed-back style. It comes in 11 colors.

2. Long Curl Wig / Salmon Pink
6,800 yen (tax in)
The long curl type is perfect for feminine characters. Long, loose curls frame the face and give the illusion of smaller features. It comes in 34 colors.

3. Twin tail wig 100cm / Emerald Green
8,900 yen (tax in)
This type has twin tails pre-attatched. This super-long wig falls all the way to the thigh but almost never tangles. The tails are attatched artfully so they look extremely natural! It comes in 29 colors.

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01-10-2010, 04:49 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Common Mistakes

The first step in using a wig is purchasing one! Wig shops stock many different colors, types and styles of wigs, so you may find yourself confused the first few times you visit. It helps a lot to familiarize yourself with wig types, designs, part styles, and materials before you even set foot in the store! Think before you buy and be careful to avoid some of the more common pitfalls.

Be careful!
Watch Out for these Common Wig Buying Mistakes
Almost all of us end up having at least one of these harrowing experiences in our cosplay careers, so do your best to learn from the mistakes of others. In order to avoid mistakes, it's best to decide on your wig style, material, length and cut beforehand.

"The Wig is too Short"
Be sure to check the length of all parts of the wig you intend to buy. Be sure to purchase a wig long enough to use for the longest-part of the style you want to achieve.

"The Real Color is Different than the Picture"
People often make this mistake when buying online. Color examples and photos aren't always the best indicator of a wig's actual look but most shops sell sample swatches or have real stores where you can see the colors in person ~ please use them.

"I Thought I'd Dye it but... it Won't Dye"
Quite a few low-end synthetic wigs can't be dyed with traditional hot-water dying methods. If you want to dye a wig, you ought to buy a heat-resistant wig.

"When I Used a Dryer, the Hair Melts!"
This sad story is all too common when people fail to check the material of their wigs. Regular synthetic wigs melt under high temperatures... please handle them with care and only apply low heat.

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01-10-2010, 05:45 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Wig Types

Full Wig
Japanese: フルウィっグ 
A full wig is worn over the whole head has both bangs and a back-portion. This is the type that most people wear with their costumes. Of all the wigs, this is the most basic and the only one that is commonly used on its own.

Half Wig
Japanese: ハーフウィっグ
Half wigs have no bangs or sidelocks. They're partial wigs that cover only from the crown of the head back. These can be worn under full wigs to create a color gradient or more radical color change.

Japanese: バンス
Vances are bundles of hair gathered onto clips to use with full wigs. With these wig pieces, you can create ponytails and twintails (pigtails).

Japanese: エクステ
Most extensions are designed to fit into the mesh of a full wig. They often have a small comb at the end designed to hold the hair in place.

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01-10-2010, 06:04 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Wig Design

Japanese: ストレート
This is the most standard wig design and as a result, has the most colors and variations. It's easy to alter and can be set into many different styles.

Japanese: レイヤー
This pre-cut wig has several different teirs of length. Compared to a straight wig, layers are lighter and tend to be easier to style without cutting.

Japanese: カール
This wig design comes with loose curls pre-set. The curls are usually pretty strong but most types have bangs and head portions that are left straight.

Japanese: ロール
Roll wigs are curled in spirls much tighter than a "Curl". But be careful, brushing the spirals is likely to get you a horrible frizzy mess.

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01-10-2010, 06:24 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Wig Parting

Line Type
Japanese: I型
This type of part has an I-shaped line in the center where the hair is rooted. It's similar in appearance to a wanren but usually has bangs.

Scalp Type
Japanese: つむじ型
The center portion of this style is the base of a circular rooting pattern meant to mimic the fall of real hair before parting. Hair flows to all sides from the center point, so arranging and cutting bangs of any style or length is easy.

HF Type
Japanese: HF型
This type of wig has more fake skin at the crown of the head than either the Line Type or the Scalp Type, giving you a bit more room to play with interesting parts without exposing your wig-cap or looking too unnatural. No matter how you look at it, your part will appear the most natural with an HF.

Japanese: ワンレン
The wanren is parted from the very front so that the bangs fall long to the right and left as well at the sides. Since a wanren is designed to be parted this way, it's often the best choice to cleanly accomplish a look for characters without short bangs.

Japanese: ツインテール
This type of wig is cleanly parted from top to bottom for a perfectly-portioned pig-tail look. If you part a regular wig this way, your wig net will definately show though, but with this type, you're good to go.

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01-10-2010, 07:09 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Wig Material

Human Hair
Japanese: 人毛
These wigs are made of real human hair. Because of that, they can be treated in exactly the same way you would treat your own hair. They can be permed, dyed, heat treated, etc. Compared to artificial hair, these wigs are rather expensive.

Non-Heat Resistant
Japanese: 非耐熱
These wigs are made of chemically-produced synthetic fiber. They're cheap and light. The only catch is that they don't tolerate high temperatures. When styling wigs of this material, be very careful to only use low heat-settings.

Heat Resistant
Japanese: 耐熱
Though these wigs are also synthetic, they're designed to handle higher temperatures than standard wigs. Thanks to their resistance to heat, they can be styled with hot irons, dryers, curlers, etc. Just be careful, heat-resistant wigs frizz more easily than non.

There's a Color Difference Between Heat Resistant and Non!?

Though the wigs are the same color in name, heat resistant and non heat resistant types have subtle color differences. Comparing the two, heat resistant wigs have a more natural, almost matte finish.

Non Heat-Resistant
On the other hand, non-resistant wigs have more luster and brighter colors more appropriate for many animated characters. It's best to choose between the types on the basis of your character's look.

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01-10-2010, 09:22 AM
Wig Buying Guide: Special Wigs
Check out some of the special wigs you can use!
For styles that are difficult to accomplish on your own, or materials that are particularly difficult to work with, these special wigs might be just the support you need. Cosplayers going for this sort of style get special points for impact and devotion! Can you believe some of these even exist? But hey, we're glad they do.

Punk Style
Japanese: パンクスタイル
This style is designed to stick up toward the heavens. People who have trouble creating spikes in regular wigs may want to opt for one of these.

All Back Style
Japanese: オールバックスタイル
Even if you comb all of the hair in your wig back away from the front, your wig net is bound to be exposed! This style gives you combed-back look with a clean hairline.

All Long Style
Japanese: オールロングスタイル
Those who want to begin cutting and styling their wigs from square 1 will find these wigs very useful. They're the same length 360 degrees around.

Chonmage Style
Japanese: ちょんまげタイプ
Looking for something to fit a period character!? This will give you the illusion of a bald pate without the commitment required for a razor.

Random Style
Japanese: ランダムスタイル
Even without using wax or spray, these wigs can be set with nothing but a finger-comb. You can spike them or set them as all-backs too.

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01-10-2010, 06:12 PM
Wig Buying Guide: At a Shop
Newcomers and those who are struggling to choose a wig can look directly, touch and then choose!
Cosplay beginners, people who aren't quite sure what kind of wig to buy and people who find themselves easily lost in the information sea that is the internet should probably buy their wig directly at a shop. If you bring a character image or sketch, the staff will be able to advise you about which wigs might work and give you other useful advice on your costume in the process. You also have the advantage of seeing colors and styles in real life and the ability to see wigs you want to choose between side-by-side. This method leaves the least room for unexpected mistakes. Shops have hassles though too. Their set holidays might not line up with when you're free and busy people might have trouble finding the time to visit in-person. Using a shop every single time you cosplay probably isn't practical for everyone.

-Bring a character illustration with you.
-If you aren't sure, try it on!
-Go to the shop with plenty of time to spare, don't rush.


-You can handle and compare products in person. Wig colors and styles can be difficult to get a sense for over photographs alone. Buying in person will eliminate misunderstandings.
-You can try products on. If you aren't sure which wig to buy, you can try them both on and see which you prefer. Wearing the wigs yourself can give you a better idea of how they'll work with your costume and character.

You're a slave to store-hours. Of course, all shops have business hours. Unless you can get to a shop during those hours, you can't buy a wig from them, can you? Busy people may find shopping in person a hassle....
Some items are out of stock. There will also be times when the color or style of wig you had hoped to buy isn't in the shop at all. In this case you can't buy what you intended to, in spite of the intentional trip.

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01-10-2010, 06:48 PM
Wig Buying Guide: On the Internet
Don't have the time or a shop available to buy your wig in person? We recommend the net for busy people everywhere.
Net sites are great because you can shop whenever you want, 24 hours a day. That's the charm of the internet. If you're busy and don't have the time to get to a shop, the internet might be just right for you. Unfortunately, you can't see or feel products before you buy them, so you need to be extra-careful. The most important point of caution is to be aware the that color that appears on your monitor isn't always representative of the wig's actual color. Even though a wig is the same color, it may appear darker or brighter on three or four different computer screens. There can be differences in the lighting in photographs taken at the shop too. So be sure to check the store's return policy before you take any chances.

-Look at your color choice on a few different monitors.
-Check the return policy before you order.
-Check online cosplay communities for product and shop reviews.

The internet's best feature is that it's always open<3

-You can buy any time. The internet's open 24 hours a day, so you can shop whenever you have time. Quite a few shops also offer cellphone support, so even when you're on the go, you can find the perfect wig!
-It takes less time than going to the shop in person. Going all the way out to a shop can be an all-day affair, especially if you live in the country. If there isn't a wig shop near you, the internet might be a better choice.

-You can't see items in person. Colors, in particular, are difficult to judge from their appearance on your moniter. Make sure the store you purchase from allows returns.
-Shipping takes time and money. Nearly all shops require additional fees for shipping and handling, so buying online is usually a little more expensive than buying in-person. It might not be the best choice for cosplayers looking to pinch pennies.

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01-10-2010, 06:49 PM
Wig Buying Guide: Auctions and Flea Markets
You can buy wigs under retail price!
This is definately the way to go for people wanting the best possible deal. You can get all sorts of used-items under market-price if you use flea markets and auctions. You can also sometimes get new items from retailers at a discount!

Let's search for buried treasure!

-You can find some great deals. In most cases, you can find just about anything for a better price then you would pay for it retail. If you're willing to take the time to look around, you'll definately find something you need (and will probably save quite a bit of money in the process)
-You can also get pre-styled wigs too. You aren't limited to new items. There are plenty of pre-owned items for sale as well. You may even be able to find a great, unique wig pre-styled for the character you plan to do!  

-"No Return" policies are common. Nearly all sales are final. Even if you end up with the a color a bit different than you'd expected, you probably won't be able to return it.
-Quality varies. Items that end up on auction may be irregular items, damaged items or worn-items with stains or tears. The quality level is difficult to guage for certain the same way you would with a trusted website.

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01-10-2010, 07:12 PM
Wig Buying Guide: At an Event
You choose with your cosplay-friends!
You can also buy wigs at the shops that pop up at events themselves. It can be great fun to browse, in-costume, while talking with your friends. Choosing a character wig this way can be quite a rush.


-You can shop and play. You can go to an event and enjoy yourself and then find yourself shopping in spite of yourself. This sort of shopping doesn't require any extra time or hassle... it just sort of happens!
-You can choose with your friends. You can make your purchase after the input of your friends. Who knows wigs better than another cosplayer?!

-There are only a few choices. It isn't really practical for a retailer to carry their entire stock with them to events, so your choice is limited. Whether they have the wig you want is really a matter of luck.
-Only a few events have shops. Of course, shops don't participate in every event. So you can't really count on being able to buy anything at an event ~ again, it's a matter of luck!

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01-11-2010, 09:38 AM
I just want to thank you very much for your hard work ! very helpful and very details.

01-11-2010, 04:52 PM
No worries. Just wish I had more time to work on it.

Trying to be low-key about cosplay in school! ^^

01-12-2010, 03:04 AM
Tutorial: Wig Tools Primer
If you've got these, you're alright! These are the must-haves of wig-styling and wear.


-Cut Base (カット台)
Cut bases serve as an artificial head on which to place your wig during the cutting and styling process. With a cut base, you can access all parts of a wig even if you're all alone.
(those with the funds may want to opt for styling heads instead)

There are special brushes designed for use with wigs. The ends of the brush are tipped with metal for an anti-static effect.

You'll use this for styling fine points and for things like backcombing. There's no such thing as a "wig comb" per se... a regular comb will do.

This is a must for wearing a wig. You should choose a wig net near to the color of your wig so that it doesn't stand out. It's handy to have an assortment of basic colors on hand.

-Hair pins(ヘアピン)
You can use these to secure your real hair and to hold wig to your head. If you use them to style your wig, try coloring them the same color as your wig with nailpolish beforehand.


-Hair clip(ヘアクリップ)
When cutting your wig, this kind of clip is useful for blocking off hair you don't need to use right away. It's convenient to have a few onhand.

(continued in the next post)

01-12-2010, 03:41 AM
Tutorial: Wig Tools Primer (part 2)

-Cut scissors (カットばさみ)
You should have sharp scissors suitable for cutting hair. Of course, you can cut with regular sharp scissors, but you'll find that scissors made specifically for hair have a longer reach and are easier to manage.

-Thinning scissors (すきばさみ)
These scissors are useful for taking volume out of hair. If you cut with them held serrated side up, you'll have a bit more more control over what you're doing.

-Spray bottle (きりふき)
You'll use this to wet down your wig. Cutting wet hair is easier than cutting dry and with a spray bottle you can proceed at your own pace, re-wetting areas that dry too soon.

-Razor (レザー)
You'll use this for cutting and touching up your wig. Razor work is finer and on a much smaller scale than with scissors, so you'll often find yourself reaching for this last.


-Dryer (ドライヤー)
You can use this to make sure your bangs lie flat or to dry and style wigs with heat. Just be careful not to use the high settings on non heat-resistant wigs!!!

-Curling iron (こて)
You'll use this to create curls. Depending on your desired curl width, you may need to use different sizes of curling irons, so be sure to use the right one for the sort of curls you want. (Again, be very careful using hot-styling items on non heat resistant wigs. If you're unsure, set your wig with rollers instead.)

(continued in the next post)

01-12-2010, 04:26 AM
Tutorial: Wig Tools Primer (part 3)

-Straight Iron
This tool will straighten out curls and waves. But please be careful. More than any other hot-styling item, the straight-iron is a non heat resistant wig killer. Be sure to use a very low setting on a non heat-resistant wig.

-Hair wax
If you're going to use it in the whole wig for general styling, you probably want to choose a soft wax. If you want to use wax to make spikes or crazy waves, you can go for hard types.

-Hard spray
Seperate your sprays by type and function. When you want to make sure your wig is set and won't move an inch, use a very strong super hard spray.


-Oil spray
You'll use this when you first aquire your wig. If you use it along with your brush, it helps remove static and frizz for a soft, smooth finish.

-Shampoo and Conditioner
Generally speaking, most wigs you aquire will handle shampoo and conditioner for human hair just fine. There are also special wig shampoos and conditioners that contain silicon.

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01-12-2010, 05:02 AM
Tutorial: How to Put on a Wig
The first step to your perfect character wig is to master the most basic of techniques!

It's easy, but so important! You really can't get by without learning to put on a wig properly. Depending on how you put on your wig, your sillouette will change. Even if you've styled your wig to perfection, messy wear can ruin your whole look...... what a mess! So read closely and make sure you've got this down!

You'll need
-a net

1) Put on your wig net and adjust it to barely cover your hairline.
Put on your wig net and adjust so that the thick, banded portion covers your hairline completely. Use your fingers to tuck in and cover any stray hairs.

2) Collect your hair in the back and tuck it under the net.
Collect your hair in the back, tucking the base portion into your net and pull the ends up toward the crown of your head, securing it there with hair pins. Flatten your hair to your head as much as possible and secure with pins where it's loose.

3) Unroll the rest of the net over your head.
Roll the extra netting up over your head, twist once at the top and double back over top. This will help flatten and control your hair, especially if you have a lot of it.

4) Put your wig on from the front.
Begin placing your wig from the front. Push the wig open from inside with gently and place it over your head, moving your fingers from the front, back being sure not to upset the placement in front.

(continued in the next post)

01-12-2010, 05:40 AM
Tutorial: How to Put on a Wig (part 2)

5) Make sure the wig covers all of your net.
Manipulate the wig gently, opening and closing it from front to back until the whole wig net has been covered. Check your sides, pinning or gluing them down if you need to. If you can't see your wig net, you're good to go!

In order to keep your wig from looking lumpy, do your best to keep your real hair as close to your head as possible. People with long hair should avoid thick braids and buns as they'll push your wig out in odd places.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-12-2010, 05:54 AM
Tutorial: How to Wash a Wig
Let's get all that wax and spray out of your wig!

Now let's wash out a wig that's been dirtied by styling! If you care for it properly, a wig can stay in great condition for a really long time.

What you need
-A washing bowl
-A towel

1) Mix some shampoo into hot water.
Dispense a small amount of shampoo into a bowl of hot water and mix. Use water suitable for a hot bath, be careful not to boil your wig (and your hands) by using water that's too hot.

2) Gently wash the wig.
Gently wash your wig in the bowl, without rubbing too hard. It's okay to move your fingers through the fiber, but be careful not to yank or scrub. If you're too rough, the wig fibers will break or fall out.

3) Pat dry with a towel.
Rinse your wig free of shampoo then pat dry with a towel. Take out as much water by pressing and patting as you can. After that, leave it in a safe place to dry naturally.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-12-2010, 05:55 AM
Tutorial: How to Detangle a Wig
Let's use fabric softener to troubleshoot.

When your wig has been tangled, frizzed or clumped together try using a bit of fabric softner after washing. Wigs soaked in water mixed with fabric softener soon become soft and manageable again.

What You Need
-oil spray
-a towel
-fabric softener
-a washing bowl

1) Mix some fabric softener with hot water.
Fill the washing bowl with warm water, add 1 capful of fabric softener and mix. You can also use rinse or conditioner, but if the tangles are particularly bad, fabric softener is better.

2) Set your wig in the mixture.
Wash your wig with shampoo and rinse it clean before setting your wig in the mixture you made in #1. If you're only interested in detangling the ends, it's okay just to submerge the ends. Let the wig soak for about 5 minutes.

3) Finish with oil spray
Wash out the fabric softener with water before patting dry with your towel. Spray oil spray on the ends of your wig and finger comb to perfection. It's important to spray only portions you've washed or submerged as multiple applications of spray can make your wig greasy.

*How to LAYERS Wig

01-12-2010, 06:54 AM
Tutorial: How to Prevent Tangling in a Long Wig
If you begin with this easy prevention method, you can have a great straight look with no tangles!
Plenty of people have troubles with their long wigs. But if you treat your wig right from the moment it arrives, you too can have a long, silky wig with no tangles.

What You Need
-a brush
-hard spray

1) Brush the wig out from the tips upwards.
After buying your wig, take it out and put it on a stand. First of all, we're going to brush it out as straight and neat as possible. Begin by brushing out the ends, then progress upwards bit by bit, each time brushing out more of the length of the wig. Be gentle and continue until you've brushed from the crown of the head down.

Spray the whole wig.
Now spray the whole wig with hard hair spray. By spraying your wig down, you can cut down on it's potential to pick up static electricity and to frizz. If you'd like, it's okay to then repeat the brushing process.

Be careful with your second brushing! Brushing huge chunks in big strokes will give you a frizzy mess. Brush slowly, carefully and in small bunches from the bottom, moving up.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-12-2010, 07:13 AM
Tutorial: Storing a Wig Safely
You can be sure your wig is stored safely if it's surrounded by a protective shell!
Once you've done a few cosplays, you'll start to find yourself accumulating wigs and looking for places to put them. With this method, you can store your wigs anywhere without worrying about them getting ruined.

What You Need
-a bag

1) Put your wig in a net.
Enclose your wig completely in the hair net it was originally shipped in. Wrapping your wig in the net will help prevent frizzing and the build up of static electricty.

Use the card paper to surround your wig.
Fold and cut down your card-paper to a size just large enough to fit your wig inside without crushing it. The fit should be tight. If not, your wig will shift in storage, frizzing or tangling.

3) Enclose the contraption you made in #2 in a plastic bag.
Put your wig and the card paper together into a water-resistant bag and seal. Longer wigs may require a wider cut on the card-paper enclosure to seal cleanly.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 02:17 AM
Tutorial: Transporting a Wig
Let's move a wig and keep it styled in the process.
So you've gotten your wig styled prerfectly, great! Now how do you get it to the event in one piece?!?! Worry not, we have a few solutions for you. Choose the one most appropriate for your wig's style.

TYPE 1: a simply-set wig

What you Need
-a bag

1.Turn your wig inside-out.
If you have a simply-set wig with a spikey or messy style, the first step is to turn your wig inside-out. If you begin turning it inside out from the top, the rest will go more smoothly.

2. Put it in a bag, inside-out.
After completing step 1, put it as-is into a bag for transport. If you carry it this way and turn it right-side out when you arrive, you won't end up with a horrible, nappy mess.

(You may want to carry some styling wax to touch up the style when you finally set it to rights.)

(continued in the next post)

01-13-2010, 02:29 AM
Tutorial: Transporting a Wig (part 2)

TYPE 2: a wig with some easily-crushable parts

What you need:
-a shoebox

1) Put the wig in a shoebox.
Put your wig into the box with the most complex and delicate portion on the top. Carry your wig in the box, careful not to up-end it. If you put the box in your cart, make sure you put in a place it won't shift or be crushed by something heavy.


(continued in the next post)

01-13-2010, 02:36 AM
Tutorial: Transporting a Wig (part 3)

TYPE 3: A complicated, easy-to mess-up wig.

What you need:
-a cart
-a box-cutter
(kind of important, but not included in the list ~ a styling head or wig stand)

1) Cut the cardboard to the size of your luggage.
Measure the bottom width and length of the inside of your cart/suitcase when stood on it's side. Measure and trace the same dimensions on your cardboard, cutting along those lines with a box-cutter.

2) Affix a styling head to the cardboard.
Stick your styling head to the center of the cardboard insert (use super-glue if you aren't particularly concerned about the condition of the bottom of the styling-head once it's removed, or something less permanant, like masking tape if you are. A plastic wig/styling stand will also work, though it requires a bit more creativity to secure to the cardboard.) Make sure your wig style will fit into the suitcase with the head in it's placement before attatching. Adjust forward or back if needed.

3) Set the wig, on the head into your luggage for a perfect fit.
Slide the cardboard insert, the styling head and wig into place in your luggage. The fit should be perfect! It's okay to pack costume items and small props in the bottom of the luggage near the front of the styling head or near parts of the wig that won't easily be upset or damaged. If you have room, you can also use cardboard or stiff paper to create a bottom segment under the wig stand for items as well. (packing in the front and side pockets or carrying an additional bag is also an option).

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 03:35 AM
Social Networking for Cosplayers: Cosplayer's Achive
It's a brand-new style of cross-media! Learn the Secrets of Cosplayers Archive!

Hello everyone, it's nice to meet you!

The first social networking site for cosplayers in Japan is proud to present this magazine: "cos-a". But I suppose even among those who are holding this magazine in their hands now, there are a few of you who haven't heard of Cosplayers Archive?

At Cosplayers Archive, you can get 250MB of online photo space, 500 additional MB of space for cosplay photos or photo-diary, and the ability to connect with and follow your fellow Layer friends. It isn't just for Layers either! It can be a useful site for anyone who wants to get into a new SNS. Of course, there's also a place for users to submit their work to "cos-a" for future publication.

So for those of you who don't already have an account, why not get started? It's free to join. Come on, let's make an archiver* out of you!

*a Cosplayers Archive member

Access address: http://www.cosp.jp

Cosplayer's Archive has many different features!
By joining Cosplayers Archive, you'll gain access to all these great perks.


My Page - You can customize and maintain your own main page including a profile, diary, your friendlist and highlight your activities elsewhere on the site.

100 MB of online photo hosting - Every user gets 100 MB of space to host their personal photos. You can upload photos on any subject, not just cosplay. You can also password protect your albums to better control who sees them.

A journal space - You can create a photo diary using your PC or cellphone.

Connections to friends - You can find and follow your personal and cosplay friends on cosplayers archive and set different viewing allowances for friends and strangers.

New friends - You can record new friends to your friends list. Use this function to widen your circle of friends in the cosplay world.

Site messaging - You can use site-mail to send and recieve messages discreetly. You can also set messages to be forwarded to your regular e-mail address.

Union memberships - You can find people who share your interests through a wide selections of user-created unions and communities.

Prizes! - You can enter raffles and promotions to win prizes too!


My Page - You can customize and maintain your own main page including a profile, diary, your friendlist and highlight your activities elsewhere on the site.

100 MB of online photo hosting - Every user gets 100 MB of space to host their personal photos. You can upload photos on any subject, not just cosplay. You can also password protect your albums to better control who sees them.

200 MB of space for cosplay photos - Every cosplayer is allotted an extra 200MB to upload their own cosplay photos. Photos can be uploaded into categories by character and series as well.

A journal space - You can create a photo diary using your PC or cellphone.

Connections to friends - You can find and follow your personal and cosplay friends on cosplayers archive and set different viewing allowances for friends and strangers.

New friends - You can record new friends to your friends list. Use this function to widen your circle of friends in the cosplay world.

Site messaging - You can use site-mail to send and recieve messages discreetly. You can also set messages to be forwarded to your regular e-mail address.

Union memberships - You can find people who share your interests through a wide selections of user-created unions and communities.

Level-up! - As you use Cosplayers Archive, your "cosplayer level" on the site will rise. As you level-up, you can recieve special prizes, discounts, and other site perks.

Prizes! - You can enter raffles and promotions to win prizes too!

*cos-a vol. 1

01-13-2010, 04:21 AM
Wig Tutorial: Straightening a Wig
With a little water and a straightening iron, you can turn a curly wig into a smooth, straight one

Time Required: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1/5 Stars

If you use a straight-iron you can relax a curly wig into a straight one. Just be sure to adjust the temperature of your iron depending on whether you have a heat resistant or non-resistant wig.

You'll need:
-a spray bottle
-a straight-iron

1) Spray the whole wig with water
Use a spray bottle to mist the entire wig with water. Moist hair straightens more easily than it does when dry. If you have any particularly pronounced or difficult curls, you may want to spray them a little more than the others.

2) Straighten the hair with your flat-iron
Gather the hair you want to straighten in small clumps, moving your straight iron from the top down to the tips with the iron closed tight. Be very careful that the iron doesn't get too hot and damage your wig!

Check!! Be careful of the temperature of your iron!
(if it burns your hand, it will likely melt your non-resistant wig)

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 04:22 AM
Wig Tutorial: Stand-up Bangs
You can keep this airy style in place with hard spary

Time Required: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1/5 Stars

You'll need:
-a dryer
-a comb
-hard hairspray

1) Apply heat to the portion you want to stand up.
Using your comb, pull up the piece of hair you want to stand up as-shown. Use your dryer to heat the base and the lower portion of the lifted hair. If your wig is non heat-resistant, be careful not to set your dryer too high.

Harden with spray
Still holding the hair up as you did in #1, spray the part of the hair where you applied heat with hard hairspray.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2
Now repeat steps 1 and 2 to desired effect. You'll get the best results going one small piece at a time and cut down on frizz and tangles. If you want to get creative, you can experiment with height for your own style of stand-out bangs.

*How to LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 04:22 AM
Wig Tutorial: Ahoge (Idiot Hair)
You can move around all you like, this hair will always stay perfectly out of play!

Time Required: 2 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1/5 Stars

It looks easy, but getting one bit of hair to stick up can be a pain. But with a small transparent elastic hair bands, you can get the perfect ahoge in a matter of minutes.

You'll need:
-small-size plastic hair bands(transparent or colored to match your wig)
-hair dryer
-hard hair spray

Tie off the hair with a band
Seperate the piece of hair you want to stick up and wrap it tightly around the very base with a plastic hair band. Transparent bands or bands the color of your wig will stand out less and give you a more natural look.

Harden the base with hairspray
Take the tip of the hair you tied off in #1 between the tips of your fingers and hold it up tight to spray. If the hair doesn't want to stay up with hairspray alone, try a bit of hair wax.

Set with your hair dryer.
While holding the finished hair from #2 together in a slight curve, use your dryer to heat. Once it's finished, you should be able to move around without your ahoge falling down or frizzing!

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 04:23 AM
Wig Tutorial: Zig-Zag Part
You can get a sharp and interesting part if you set your mind to it!

Time Required: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: 2/5 Stars

Here we're going to introduce a way to get an unusual part. Using a similar method, you can make a wanren, a 7-3, and a number of other special parts too.

You'll need:
-spray bottle
-hard hairspray
(not shown, but required: rat-tail comb)

1) Spray the wig down with water.
Comb your wig flat and smooth (including the bangs) before spraying the area you mean to work with from the crown down. You want the area to be completely wet, so for better results, spray in blocks to get the hair underneath too.

2) Make your part with the tip of a rat-tail comb
Draw your part slowly with the end of your comb. It's important to divide the hair little by little working from the crown both forward and back. When you're satisfied with the shape of your part, spray it with hard spray to finish!

CHECK!! Use hard hair-spray to hold your part in place!

*I imagine you'll get much better results with wigs that have larger size false scalps, like Cospatio's custom line (http://cospatio.com/original-wig/). Looking at the images here... they seem to be using one of Cospatio's wigs as an example.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-13-2010, 07:29 AM
Let's Talk About Manners
How about reflecting on our own behavior?

Let's All Think About Cosplay Manners
We've all talked about cosplay manners before. But the logistics of attending events, following venue rules, uploading pictures online and participating in group activities is, of course, up to each individual in the end. But it seems that at every event there are one or two people who ignore the rules and cause trouble for everyone. So from now on, how about minding our manners?

Cosplay manners are important for everyone's enjoyment. We need to regulate our behavior to make a good impression on others. So we should all be careful to learn the ropes as we go. Nowadays, cosplay isn't just limited to studio photo shoots. There are plenty of chances to take pictures and have pictures taken of you in public at events, too. So it's more important than ever to mind your manners and project the best possible image to the rest of the world. What would happen if you ignored the niceities and did whatever you pleased? We asked Layers at real events to fill out a survey about manners. We got all kinds of opinions on how to behave and plenty of complaints about those who can't seem to. Please have a look and level-up your own manners.

Do you really have the same idea of good manners as everyone else?
Cosplay event and photoshoot manners aren't always strictly defined, but we should all try not to do things to others that we wouldn't want done to us. We should also avoid annoying the people around us at all costs. In the end, this is the most fundimental principal of being polite in all aspects of life.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few people who justify bad behavior with thoughts like "everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I?" or "No one's telling me directly that I'm bothering them, so it must be okay!"

Of course, it's important to be familiar with and follow any rules clearly posted about any particular event. But all of us make mistakes from time to time, especially beginners. The most important thing we can do is take care to learn what mistakes we've made and correct them in the future. That way way we'll all have a lot less trouble down the road.

Maybe the first step to enlightenment is reading the responses to this survey?

About costumes
~choose a costume appropriate for the event~

-You should be aware of the event's location and style and choose a costume that's appropriate. If you're attending a public event, like one at an amusement park, you'll likely be sharing space with regular visitors. Keep this in mind. (ie. think before you wear costumes from pornographic media, skimpy clothes, or grotesque costumes)

-If you're wearing platforms or crazy heels, be extra careful when you walk around. Nothing will endear you to the crowd quite like trampling their costumes... and their feet.

-Some venues don't allow fake weapons or oversized props. Before bringing them, make sure they're allowed.

-When borrowing a costume, make sure you wear it carefully and return it in the same condition it was in when you recieved it. Don't cover up accidental damage but be forthcoming and apologize directly.

Don't Bother the People Around You
~Think of others when in public~

-If large groups of Layers ather at the station, talking loudly about events, it's definately going to bug others.

-Never ride public transport in your costume or wig!

-If you're made up, tattooed or have a crazy hairstyle or color for your costume, cover up with a low hat and long-sleeves.

-When riding public transport, don't take out your props and be careful not to block seats, doors or walkways with them.

-Are you seriously thinking about going out afterward in your character makeup? Doing this brings down the image of all Layers, so cut it out!

About venues
~Remember, it's borrowed space!~

-Don't shout or play loud music.

-Don't sit in pathways and talk, blocking other people.

-Don't eat or drink in venues where eating and drinking is prohibited. Don't bring real food items as a prop for your character either.

-Don't roll your eyes when regular guests (especially children) talk to your at public events. Act like the character they idolize and make their day, instead.

-Don't bring or use hair dyes or sprays at events. Aerosols are prohibited, but I still see people using them!

-Don't leave your trash all over the event space. Bring your own garbage home or, if there are trashcans, make sure to use them.

-Don't break or touch things at the event space without permission.

-Don't enter off-limits areas.

In the Changing Room
~Don't loiter: get in and get out~

-If you've finished changing, don't loiter. Please make room for others.

-Some people eat in the changing rooms like they don't care about anyone else!

-Please knock on doors before opening them, someone might be changing inside!

-Don't leave your luggage on the mats people use to change on. Make your luggage take up as little space as possible on the regular floor of the room and keep an eye on it there.

-Don't change in the bathroom. The bathroom is for peeing, dammit!

Taking Pictures
~shooting and being shot~

(to be continued)

*cos-a vol 1

01-13-2010, 04:37 PM
Let's Talk About Manners (part 2)
(because part 1 is stuck in "database-error" land ^^;)

Taking Pictures
~shooting and being shot~

-Don't make people pose against their will.

-Don't jump into others' photo shoots suddenly.

-Don't take too long in any one spot, especially if others are waiting to use it.

-I wish people would stop requesting Boys Love photos at public events... even adults-only ones. That sort of thing should be something you do in private with your personal friends.

-Some of the camera kids seem to get their jollies requesting embarassing or suspicious poses. Quit it, already!

-Use a digital camera if you're going to take pictures, not a cellphone.

-Don't go into off-limits areas to take photos.

-Don't videotape other people's shoots.

-If someone refuses a request for a certain pose, don't push them.

-Don't interrupt shoots to ask if you can take pictures.

~Posting pics without credit or permission is despicable~

-The larger the event, the more creepy dorks show up and just snap away as they please! You should at least say "Can I take a photo?"* first!
*"torase moratte (mo) ii desu ka?"

-Be sure to arrange a shoot with a cosplayer only after an introduction session. This will avoid misunderstandings and miscredit.

-Uploading photos to the web or publishing them in a magazine without permission is something only idiots do. Please ask directly.

~Wait! There are more manners to think about~

-I have a request for the male Layers. Maybe I'm just unromantic, but a cosplay event isn't a pick-up spot. Air your love troubles elsewhere! And no, I don't want to be your girlfriend!

-Please keep the namecards you get at events. There's personal information on them, so if you don't want them, keep them until you get home then cut them up or run them through a shredder.

-Male camera kids shouldn't creep out female Layers.

-Don't gossip. Nothing feels worse than overhearing things like "That costume doesn't suit her at all" or "The ***** is all wrong!"

-Don't agree to meet a group for a shoot or activity and then show up late.

-Don't cosplay or take photos at non-cosplay events or in normal areas on normal days.

-Never drink alcohol at events.

-I don't like it when people walk right up and start chatting with me like my best friend the first time we meet. (There are a lot of overly-friendly camera-kids).

Of course there are other good and bad manners not covered here, so please use your own common sense. It might be a good idea to strike up conversations about manners with your Layer friends too, you never know what else you might learn.

*cos-a vol. 1

(to be continued)

01-15-2010, 03:40 PM
awesome tutorials! the Japanese social networking site sounds great to. to bad it's only japanese ^^

01-15-2010, 07:30 PM
The thread's kind of stuck until the update/database errors are addressed. But thanks :)

I have a cosplayer archive account, though I find myself mostly stumped by how it's actually used in the community (friending people right away is frowned on and usually rejected... people seem to meet in person and message dozens of times before establishing contact). I've had people ask for my number than not add me, give me their number enthusiastically... then not add me :P It's definately not Facebook! I think I have... 2 kameko friends. And that's it ^^/

Ocaisionally I'll get a nice message from someone who likes the look of my costume... but it's really difficult to get any back-and-forth going on.

It intimidates the bejeezus out of me... so I tend to use it very little out of sheer intimidation :P

But if you join, you can always be my friend! :)

01-16-2010, 12:05 AM
100 Questions About Your Cosplay Lifestyle and Manners

There are no right answers to any of these questions. Quite a few can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no", but there are at least three more ways to answer any one of them. Of course, every answer has its reason and every reason has a story. Our goal isn't to pass judgement, but to get you thinking about these questions. If this questionairre starts a dialogue on manners, then we've done our job.

General Cosplay Questions

1) What's the best part of cosplay for you?
2) Do you use the term "kameko" ("camera-kid")?
3) Do you read event catalogs?
4) Do you rsvp to events?
5) Do you want to attend more events? Or are you content to remain in your local area?
6) Do you use color contacts?
7) Do you make your own costumes or do you buy them?
8) Do you stick to one genre?
9) Do you think that when cosplaying, one should stick to the genre of a given event?
10) Does it bother you when people break genre?
11) Does it bother you when people know nothing about the series they're cosplaying?
12) Does it bother you if people only know a little about the series they're cosplaying?
13) Does it bother you if people are familiar with the series, but have no affection for the character they're cosplaying?
14) Does it bother you if someone else is cosplaying the same character you are?
15) Do you like posed shots?
16) Do you like candid shots?
17) Do you think cosplaying characters from adult games or pornographic material is in bad taste?
18) If there's a problem at an event, do you jump to conclusions about the parties involved?
19) How many times do you cosplay in one month?
20) Do you go to photo shoots?
21) Have you ever been included in a cosplay CD-ROM?
22) Is casual cosplay okay?
23) Are you okay with your face appearing on the internet?
24) Do you find yourself thinking people are "too old" for cosplay? How old is too old?
25) Do people who walk around in gothic lolita fashion bug you?
26) Do you think Chinese dresses count as "cosplay"?
27) What bothers you the most about cosplay?
28) Do you think it's important to be "in character"?
29) Does it make you nervous to be eyed by regular visitors at a public event?
30) Do pre-scheduled cosplay appearances by popular cosplayers annoy you?
31) Do you tell other people your best locations for shoots?
32) Do you put on your makeup before your wig or after?
33) Do you know a lot about the series' you cosplay?
34) Do you wear costumes only once or many times?
35) When you've decided what costume to do next, do you share that information with other people?
36) Do you want to be in cosplay magazines?
37) What's the most important part of cosplay for you?

Event Participation Questions

38) How active are you cosplaying in your own community?
39) What do you wear on the day of an event?
40) Do you eat lunch on event days?
41) Do you eat breakfast before attending events?
42) How long does it take you to change?
43) Do you think it looks geeky to attend an event with a big SLR camera?
44) What camera do you use? A compact? An SLR?
45) Are you afraid of cameramen? Are you cool with them?
46) Are you one of the first to line up to get inside?
47) Do you not mind showing up late?
48) Do you have a small after party or a huge get-together?
49) Do you like karaoke?
50) Are you tolerant of bad singers?
51) Do topics unrelated to animation and manga bug you? Or do you think it's okay to talk about anything at all?
52) Do you eat lunch while inside event areas?
53) Can you handle the cold?
54) Do you buy doujinshi at events?
55) Do you make doujinshi to sell at events?
56) Do you have a group that participates in group events?
57) Are you a member of a cosplay circle/club?
58) When the event is over, how late do you stay out?
59) If a new face approaches you at an event and takes up a few minutes of your time, are you annoyed?
60) Do you go to cosplay dance parties?
61) Do you think your Layer status is higher than others is a lot of people want to take your picture? Does it bother you?
62) Do you get jealous of other cosplayers having a lot of pictures taken of them?
63) You're asked for a picture but have something else to do, do you refuse?
64) When you take pictures of people at events, do you give them all copies of the prints?

Photo Shoot Questions

65) (at a studio) Do you give a copy of each photo to all of the participants?
66) How do you approach photo shoots? As a chance to gather with friends and goof off or as a meeting to take nice pictures?
67) Are you particular about how you look in the test shots before the shoot? Do you mind how you look in general?
68) When you take photos, do you prefer shots from the front or odder angles?
69) Are you bothered by recieving lots of photos? Are you happy?
70) When you take photos, do you photograph only people you know personally and like? Or do you look for other people with great costumes to photograph too?
71) Do you wander around to meet people at events or do you keep to your own group?
72) How many photos do you usually take with your own camera?
73) How many photos do you usually take for others?
74) Do you mind if people resize or crop the pictures you've taken to make them look better?
75) Do you crop and resize pictures others have taken for you?
76) Have you ever set up a photo shoot by yourself?
77) Do you check shoot information beforehand?
78) Do you like it when there are a lot of people in the shoot area? Or do you prefer small events?
79) What size (how many people) is the best for a shoot?
80) What time of day do you like to take photos?
81) Do you prefer indoor or outdoor shots?
82) Which do you dislike more - hot weather or cold weather?
83) Do you know any cameramen?
84) Do you eat in the photo area?
85) Do you like taking parts-shots? Or do you dislike them?
86) Do you retouch your photos?
87) Are you annoyed by people who don't retouch their photos?
88) Do you use reflectors?
89) Which is worse ~ breaking the rules and getting great pictures, or following them and getting poor ones?

Friend Questions

90) Why are your friends your friends?
91) If you hang out for one day, do you consider yourselves friends?
92) Do you give copies of your photos to others?
93) Do you want to make more friends?
94) Do you at least remember the names of people you meet at events?
95) Do you find yourself adjusting your behavior to that of the character you're cosplaying when dealing with people dressed as characters your character knows?

Home Page/Websites

96) Do you recieve permission every time you post a photo of someone else online?
97) Do you get angry is a foreign site links to your page? Or are you flattered?
98) Are you happy to get mail from Layers overseas or does it scare you?
99) Do you try to increase your web site? Or doesn't it matter to you?
100) Do you not particularly care who links to you? Or do you ask people not to link without permission?
101) Do you credit the location or studio when posting photo shoot images?

Final Question

What do you think people who have "good cosplay manners" are like?

*cos-a volume 1 in conjuction with cosplayKOBO (http://cosplay-manner.dojin.com/manner/)

01-19-2010, 02:49 AM
Achiver Breakdown

(the following are the results of surveys complete by Cosplayers Archive members and published in the first... and possibly only... issue of cos-a magazine in the 2nd half of 2009. Results may not reflect current trends at the time of reading and should instead be approached as a "snapshot" of Japanese cosplay in mid-2009.)

Question: What do you use as your main camera?
(total respondants: 1,806)

45.6% Digital compact
43.4% Digital SLR
8.4% Cellphone camera
1.1% Other
1% I don't use a camera.
0.6% Traditional film camera

Question: What is your favorite style of event?
(total respondants: 4,129)

47.9% One of the "main" gatherings ~ something huge at a popular venue
30.1% A theme park event ~ somewhere with a lot of different locations for photos
10.4% Small, local events
6.2% Doujinshi "only" events (one series or theme only)
3.9% An adult gathering at a high-quality studio
1.5% Other

Questions: What do you think is the biggest change affecting the cosplay community to happen in the last few years?
(total respondants: 6,409)

21.0% Cosplayers are getting younger.
16.5% The cosplay community is growing.
14.1% Event manners have gotten worse.
9.4% Cosplay events have gotten stricter.
8.2% More people are using wigs and color contacts.
5.7% Blogs and SNSes are popping up everywhere.
5.1% Cosplay photography has gotten better.
4.7% The quality of home-made costumes has gotten better.
4.4% There are more kinds of events.
3.7% There's more information available through magazines and the internet.
3.4% High quality costumes and materials have gotten cheaper.
2.0% There are more studios and locations available for photos.
1.1% Other
0.8% More people are making their own costumes and props.

Question: How often do you participate in events or location shoots?
(total respondants: 4,863)

31.7% About once a month
23.2% Once every two weeks
13.6% Once a week (30~50 times a year)
12.5% Once every 2 months
11.4% A few times a year
2.2% Just about every Saturday and Sunday (50~100 times a year)
2.0% I don't participate
1.7% Other
1.6% I'm lucky to get a chance once a year!
0.2% More than 100 times a year (shhh!)

Question: What do you look for when buying costumes or wigs online?

38.6% Quality
36.8% Value
8.8% The reputation of the shop
7.5% Speed, convenience
2.3% How easy the site is to use
1.5% Service
1.0% Return policy
0.6% I buy things that catch my eye without thinking!
1.5% Other

Question: How long have you cosplayed?
(total respondants: 3,844)

19.9% Less than a year
19.4% 5-10 years
18.2% 3-5 years
18.0% 1-2 years
11.4% 2-3 years
7.0% 10-15 years
3.8% I haven't tried yet!
1.6% Over 15 years!
0.8% I don't cosplay and I have no plans to.

Question: When crossplaying a male character, what are you the most careful with?
(total respondants: 628)

44.1% Male makeup
19.3% Binding
12.1% Male poses
11.9% Resembling a male character
6.4% Adjusting height
6.2% Other

Question: What skill would you most like to improve?
(total respondants: 4,989)

25.1% Sewing/Costume creation
19.3% Cosmetic application
17.8% Camera work
11.6% Wig styling
8.8% Prop-making
7.7% Finding/making money for cosplay
6.6% Making friends/networking with other cosplayers
3.1% Other

*cos-a vol. 1

01-19-2010, 03:30 AM
Union Zoom-In
As of 6/20/09, there are 7,844 different unions (同盟) active on cosplayers archive (http://www.cosp.jp/). Here are just two of them.

Union Name: 好きすぎて声かけれません!! (http://www.cosp.jp/comm.aspx?id=1628)
(I like them so much, I can't talk to them!!)
Created: 7/17/07
Creator: 寺門とんこ (http://www.cosp.jp/prof.aspx?id=4121)
Members: 1,625
Genre: other
Security Level: anyone can read posts
Member Types: cosplayers and users
Invitation Required? No.

"Why is it that the Layer I like the most gives me butterflies in my stomach?! I just can't talk to them!!" Have you ever felt this way? If so, this union was made for people like you.

I'm no chicken, but for some reason, I can't summon the courage to say anything to the Layers I admire the most. What should I do?! I originally began this union to ask others for advice on what to do about it**

Ever felt this way?
- There's a Layer I seriously idolize!!
- Why is it that I can't message this one person?!
- What if they notice me looking at their profile?!
- I want to participate in an event that the Layer I like is participating in. Should I?!
- They've noticed me by chance!! W-W-What do I d-d-do?!?!?!
- If I were anywhere near as popular as they were, it would be so much easier just to message them...

There are probably a lot of people out there who can relate. The people here will know where you're coming from. Your secret's safe with them!

Union Survey

Question: You find a person you photographed at an event by chance on cosplayers archive!! What do you do?
(total respondants: 100)

36.0% First, worry about it awhile!
26.0% I have to send them a message!
21.0% It's cool to see them, but it can't do anything!
14.0% What do I do?! What do I do?!
3.0% Send a friend request.

Question: You find an awesome Layer at an event!! What do you do?
total respondants: 100

43.0% Stare
32.0% Run to get a picture
21.0% Exchange namecards and get a photo
3.0% Talk to them
1.0% Take photos with them

Question: Someone talks to you at an event. You've been asked for a picture. What do you do?
total respondants: 150 polled

69.1% Wonder why they would want your photo.
11.3% Do your best!
9.3% Well, they came up to you first... exchange name cards!
5.3% Go silent from shock
3.3% Other
2.7% Pose like crazy

Question: You happen to see a great Layer you've photographed before and have wanted to friend in the event hall. What do you do?
(total respondants: 200)

49.5% Go ask for a picture
30.5% Stare
9.5% Talk to them
6.0% Introduce yourself
4.5% Confess all

Question: Someone awesome is looking at your page. What do you do?
(respondants: 200)

69.0% Look at theirs! Turnabout is fair game.
20.5% No way.... must level-up first!
5.5% Just stare at the notice that they've viewed your page
5.0% Send them a message!

Question: You're poking around archive when you find someone awesome! What do you do?
(total respondants: 300)

55.3% Check their profile
34.3% Look at that picture (only)
7.7% Send a message
3.7% Other
1.0% Send a friend request

Union Name: 雰囲気写真が好きだ (http://www.cosp.jp/comm.aspx?id=423)
(I like pictures with atmosphere!)
Created: 11/15/06
Creator: まめはなこ (http://www.cosp.jp/prof.aspx?id=55764)
Members: 4,053
Genre: Art
Security Level: only members of cosplayers archive can read posts
Member Types: cosplayers and users
Invitation Required? No.

This is a union for fans of crazy poses, indirect eyelines and awesome locations. Even people who've never taken an artistic shot in their lives are welcome to join and try their hands at it.

-Do you plan poses ahead of time?
-Do you like negative space and backgrounds?
-Do you prefer indirect eyelines?
-You know it's about the costume... but do you find yourself taking pictures that don't show it at all?
-Are you always thinking of interesting composition?
-Do you find backlighting exciting?
-Does shooting people from behind turn you on?
-Do you find yourself trying to capture characters' personalities with nothing but shots of hands and feet?
-Do you want to transmit character images around the world?
-Do you think that intertwined hands are a wonderful way to show love or friendship?
-Do you want to find great new locations for shots?
-Do you want to learn to divert your eyes, embrace space and let the location move you?

Join up!

*cos-a vol 1

01-19-2010, 04:39 AM
Blocking Bangs With Wax
You can change the feeling of your bangs without a single cut!

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: 1/5 stars

Blocking your bangs is important for achieving an accurate character look. Good thing you can use hair wax to get the look you want.

You'll need:
-hair wax
-hard hairspray

1) Massage in wax.
Take a generous amount of hair wax with your fingertips and massage it into the whole wig. Prepping the whole wig with wax will give you an easier time of general styling later too.

2) Collect and block your bangs.
Collect the bangs (or other portion of hair that you want to bring to a point) and pinch them together at the tip with your fingers. Smooth the hair into your desired shape and then spray with hard hairspray to harden.

The wax helps you create the style, but it's your hairspray that holds it!

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-19-2010, 04:44 AM
Creating Volume with Backcombing
With this one easy trick, you can create the illusion of twice as much hair!

Time required: 15 minutes
Difficulty level: 2/5 stars

Backcombing is the most basic volume-up technique there is. It isn't only good for creating volume in the whole wig but can be used just in the bangs or for creating thicker bases for spikes.

You'll need:
-hard hairspray
-a comb
-hair wax

Spray your wig with hard hairspray beforehand.

1) Use your comb to tease hair.
Spray your whole wig once with hard spray, then take the portion you want to volumize in your fingers. Comb backwards from the tip toward the scalp. Repeat to desired effect.

2) Massage wax into the wig.
After you've achieved your desired volume, massage wax into the wig for a smoother look and more control in styling.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-19-2010, 04:54 AM
Adding point extensions
Lacking length in only one area? This is the trick for you!

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: 2/5 stars

When you need to add length to only a very small part of your wig, you can use seperately-sold extensions! It's far less of a hassle than cutting a long wig down for only a few long pieces.

You'll need:
-thinning scissors
-styling scissors
-a needle

1) Cut away any hair you don't need.
Check that your extensions and base wig are going to match, then cut the extension base to the width desired. If you need narrow extensions -- you may be able to use two portions of a single wide weft.

2) Sew the weft(s) securely into your wig.
Take the pieces you cut in #1 and sew them into your wig cap. If you don't sew them securely, they may come out when you style the wig afterward, so be careful.

3) Cut and style.
Cut the secured extensions and step back to see how balanced the cut looks. If you have lopsided tails or too much volume, use your styling and thinning scissors to cut bit by bit until your wig looks perfect.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-19-2010, 04:56 AM
Using Your Own Hair to Volumize a Wig
You can use this trick if your own hair-color is similar to the color of your wig.

Time required: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1/5 stars

Now we're going to introduce a trick for those whose natural hair color isn't too far from the color of their wig! This is an easy way to boost the volume in a natural-color wig without teasing.

You'll need:
-a clip
-hair wax
-a comb

1) Put on your wig without a net.
Normally you'd put on a wig net or swim cap before putting on your wig, but this time, we're going to do without. If your hair is long, tie it back with a hair tie and tuck it in.

2) Pull your own hair through bit by bit.
Clip the upper portion of the wig back and begin to pull small bits of your own hair through the gaps in the wig-cap. You can use the end of a rat-tail comb to pull the hair through, but a little goes a long way. (This will only work if your own hair is shorter than that of your wig.)

To finish, massage wax into the wig and style.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-19-2010, 04:22 PM
Framing Your Face with Bangs
You can relax with this framing method, it hardly looks like a wig at all.

Time required: 5 minutes
Difficulty level: 1/5 stars

When cosplaying characters with long side-pieces or bangs, try gluing the sides of your wig to your cheeks with eyelash-adhesive. It compliments your features and makes your face appear smaller.

You'll need:
-hair pins
-a wig net
-eyelash adhesive

1) Apply eyelash adhesive.
Apply eyelash glue the inside portion of the side pieces. Be sure to test placement beforehand so they fall in the right place when glued.

In order to avoid clumpy, hard hair... apply the glue in light strokes (you can always reapply if you need more).

2) Push the hair firmly against your cheek with your fingers.
Be sure to use transparent eyelash glue and look at yourself in the mirror while you place the hair for the best results. When done well, this can make your wig look more natural and change the overall impression of your face in the process.

*How To LAYERS Wig

01-21-2010, 01:59 AM
Wig Tutorial: Kagamine Len (Vocaloid)
Here we'll introduce Len's spikey hairstyle! You'll need to backcomb and spray hard hairspray over and over for a good set of spikes, but it isn't impossible! Give it a try.
(for a more detailed tutorial, check out page 42 of the "How To Layers" wig book)

You'll Need:
wig ~ short shaggy straight in light gold (http://item.rakuten.co.jp/zephyr1/3342-87/)
3,800 yen (tax-in) at Zephyr (http://www.rakuten.co.jp/zephyr1/)

1) Cut the back
Block off the front and top of your wig, then give the back a shaggy cut. It's easiest if you hold the scissors straight out.

2) Make a ponytail
After applying some wax for control, collect some hair for the ponytail. Tie it off, cut it, and spray with hard hair spray until stiff.

3) Cut the bangs and sides
Now let's cut the bangs and sides. You want to make a few spikes in the center, so be sure to leave enough hair long for that.

4) Style the back of the head
It's likely to be a bit bare where you've tied up the ponytail, so use your spray to stiffen the hair just underneath and backcomb to hide any exposed pieces of wig net.

5) Style the spikes
Using your spray and backcombing, make your spikes one by one. When you're happy with the look, cover the whole wig with hard hair spray to finish.

If you style and spray it well, you should even be able to go dancing!

*August 2009

01-21-2010, 02:25 AM
Wig Tutorial: Anya (Code Geass)
Here we'll introduce a method for creating Anya's voluminous hairstyle. It's difficult to get enough volume for styles like this from just one wig ~ so we're going to use two! This trick can be used to make a wig for any character with a heavy ponytail.

You'll Need:
-MP202-F1 from MAPLE (http://maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=312)
(4,800 yen)
-MP202LF-F1 from MAPLE (http://http://maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=1463)
(4,800 yen)
-hair pins
-a brush
-a comb

1) Backcomb the hair of the first wig with your brush
Put the shorter wig into a ponytail, then back-comb the tail. Using a brush will probably give you the best results.

2) Make a huge, poofy dango
Gather the backcombed hair into a bun and use pins to secure it. Don't worry about making it look neat, just make sure it's going to stay in.

3) Add the second wig!
Place the 2nd wig over top of the dange and use pins to secure it into place. Fold the bangs of the wig in at the front of the ponytail to hide them.

4) Now use a comb to backcomb the ponytail
Part the hair lightly to the right and left, then back-comb each side for volume in the back. Leave some of the hair smoother in the front for a more polished look head-on.

The 2nd wig will give you more than enough volume!

*August 2009

01-21-2010, 02:55 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - ACOS
A shop for all of your general cosplay needs


Of course they offer costumes, but also wigs, weapons and other cosplay goods. It's an animate group brand, so you can use your animate card to get points there too. If you gather enough, you may be able to trade them for an exclusive present!

(notes ~ ACOS, like nearly all costume shops in Japan, rotate stock quickly to match demand for items from currently popular series'. Trends...and as a result, goods, dissappear much faster in Japan than we might be used to elsewhere in the world. It's very likely that not all of these items will still be available when you view this post and it's even more likely, as time stretches on, that ACOS will have replaced their stock completely. For their most current offerings, your best bet is to visit their website and poke around yourself.)

Macross F

Sheryl's Stage Costume
-on sale now
-13,440 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: hat, jacket, belt, pants, hotpants, gloves

Ranka Lee's Stage Costume
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: blouse, arm covers, skirt, hair ribbons, wristbands, knee socks, boot ribbons

Sheryl's School Uniform
-on sale now
-8,925 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: hat, blouse, shirt, ribbon, skirt, badge

Ranka Lee's School Uniform
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: blouse, shirt, skirt, ribbon, pin badge

Alto's School Uniform
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: suit shirt, tank top, pants, necktie, hair tie

Code Geass

Zero's Costume
-on sale now
-8,925 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: cape, jacket, pants, scarf, gloves

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 03:06 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - ACOS (part 2)

Suzaku's Costume
-on sale now
-8,925 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: cape, jacket, pants, shirt, gloves

C.C.'s Rebellion Costume
-on sale now
-14,990 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: coat, shirt, shorts, arm covers, boot covers, arm belt, waist belts

Kallen's Rebellion Costume ver. 2
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, hotpants, hat

Ashford Girls' Uniform
-on sale now
-10,290yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, skirt, blouse, belt, necktie

Ashford Boys' Uniform
-on sale now
-9,240yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, pants, belt

Kurogane no Rainbareru

Girls' School Uniform
-on sale now
-7,140yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: dress, shirt, ribbon

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 03:17 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - ACOS (part 3)

Which Witch?

2nd Grade Girls' Uniform (red)
-on sale now
-9,975 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: hat, poncho, ribbon, blouse, boustier, skirt, gloves


Girls' School Uniform (Winter)
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, skirt, ribbon, blouse

Lucky Star

Girls' School Uniform (Summer)
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: sailor blouse, skirt, ribbon


Nagi's Costume
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: sleeveless top, skirt, ties, hair tie, brooch

Tsugumi's Costume
-on sale now
-7,140 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jumper, blouse, ribbon

Gundam Seed Destiny

ZAFT Mens' Uniform (White)
-on sale now
-9,240 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, belt, pants, boot covers

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 04:20 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - ACOS (part 4)

ZAFT Mens' Uniform (Red)
-on sale now
-9,240 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, belt, pants, boot covers

ACOS Ikebukuro Main Shop
ACOS has 9 sattelite shops nationwide. They're always adding new costumes, wigs and support items, so it's easy to end up stopping in to browse even when you didn't intend to.

Address: 東京都豊島区東池袋3-13-8
TEL: 03-5979-7471

Staff Voice
"We here at ACOS will keep doing our best to bring you great new costumes! And not just costumes, we also have a lot of great cosplay support items coming out! So look forward to them!"
-A COS's Ishii-san

*August 2009

01-21-2010, 04:31 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - Cospatio
Their customer service is amazing!! Cospatio is the leading maker of high-quality costumes.


These costumes are accurate to the very last detail. Our cover model this month, Nakamura, was actually outfitted by the people at Cospatio. They sell undergarments, wig heads and other support items too. They also share a point system with the liscenced clothing and goods shop, COSPA.

(notes ~ Cospatio, like nearly all costume shops in Japan, rotate stock quickly to match demand for items from currently popular series'. Trends...and as a result, goods, dissappear much faster in Japan than we might be used to elsewhere in the world. It's very likely that not all of these items will still be available when you view this post and it's even more likely, as time stretches on, that Cospatio will have replaced their stock completely. For their most current offerings, your best bet is to visit their website and poke around yourself.)

Macross F

Sheryl's Stage Dress
-on sale now
-63,000 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: boustier, skirt ribbon, ribbon mount, skirt, flowered choker, bracelet, anklets, and hair accessory

Ranka Lee's Stage Dress
-on sale now
-44,100 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: camisole, skirt, arm pieces, petticoat, hair ribbon, back-ribbon, mike ribbon, armlets, ribbons for boots

Boy's Uniform Pants
-on sale now
-11,550 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L
-includes: pants

Boy's Uniform Top
-on sale now
-10,290 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L
-includes: shirt, pin, necktie
Nicktie (seperately)
-on sale now
-4,935 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: 140cm x 8 cm
-includes: necktie (red or blue)

Girls' Uniform
-on sale now
-29,400 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: shirt, blouse, skirt, ribbon
Skirt (sold seperately)
-on sale now
-13,650 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: skirt

Ranka Lee's Waitress Uniform
-on sale now
-28,350 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: chinese dress, apron, boot decorations
apron (sold seperately)
-on sale now
-5,985 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: apron

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 05:30 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - Cospatio (part 2)

Gundam 00

Celesital Being Uniform Jacket
-on sale now
-33,600 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L
-includes: jacket, undershirt (versions. Setsuna, Lockon, Allelluiah, Tieria)

Celesital Being Uniform Pants
-on sale now
-12,600 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L
-includes: pants

Celesital Being Uniform Belt
-on sale now
-5,040 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: M/L
-includes: belt w/buckle


Girls' School Uniform Top
-on sale now
-37,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, shirt, necktie, (skirt sold seperately)

Boys' School Uniform Top
-on sale now
-42,000 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L
-includes: jacket, shirt, necktie (pants sold seperately)

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 05:46 AM
Shop Guide: Costumes - Cospatio (part 3)

Hatsukoi Limited

Junior High Girls' Uniform Jacket
-on sale now
-19,958 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: sailor jacket, ribbon (skirt sold seperately)

High School Girls' Uniform Jacket
-on sale now
-18,900 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: blouse, necktie (skirt sold seperately)


Lina Inverse Costume Set
-on sale now
-77,700 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, tubetop, spats, shorts, belts, choker, etc. (cape sold seperately)

Maria Horikku

Shinoji Matsurika Maid Set
-on sale now
-59,850 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: dress, tie and collar, apron, headdress, bloomers

Ama no Kisaki Girls' School Uniform Jacket Set
-on sale now
-35,700 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: jacket, blouse, ribbon (2nd year ~ red) (skirt sold seperately)

Ama no Kisaki Girls' School Uniform Vest Set
-on sale now
-29,400 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-includes: vest, blouse, ribbon (1st year ~ blue) (skirt sold seperately)

Cospatio Shibuya Main Shop
Every month their stock changes, so check often. You can try on any item you like and can get a polaroid preview of how the costume will look on you. You can also have items tailored and order-made!

address:東京都渋谷区宇田川町4-8 1F

Staff Voice
"Cospatio takes pride in our accuracy. We put all of our resources into the creation of costumes to bring characters to life. The result is expensive, but we've tried to keep prices down as much as possible. Please forgive our extravagance. Our sister brand "Tantrip" may offer something easier on the wallet."
-Cospatio's Ooto-san

*August 2009

01-21-2010, 06:47 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Sheryl (Macross F)
Capture charismatic eyes!!

Let's give makeup fit for a gorgeous pop-princess a shot! Sheryl's main point is her big, soulful eyes!! Using regular eye makeup and fake eyelashes, you can bring out the hidden power in your own*

You'll Need:
1) Concealer
2) Eyeshadow
3) Pencil eyeliner
4) Liquid eyeliner
5) false eyelashes (top and bottom)
6) eyebrow pencil
7) blush
8) highlighter
9) lip gloss

1) Apply makeup base
Apply base and foundation as usual and cover dark circles and blemishes with concealer.

2) Apply eyeshadow base
Use a large brush to apply a light, pearlescent eyeshadow to the eye from the brow downward. Don't coat the brush too heavily.

3) Apply eyeliner
Using your pencil liner, draw a line completely enclosing your eyes. Draw a slightly heavier line on the top/outer 1/3rd of the lid.

4) Apply eyeshadow
Begin your stroke where you drew the thicker eyeline and accent only the outer eye with brown or purple shadow. Apply a bit of pink on the lower lid as well.

5) Strengthen your eyeline
Using your liquid eyeliner, draw a thicker, more defined line around your eyes. Be sure to use only a thin line around the inner eye.

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 07:12 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Sheryl (Macross F) (part 2)

6) Affix false lashes
Apply maschera to your lashes, then lay the false lashes on top of your real ones. Begin securing the lashes at the center then move outward to avoid mistakes.

7) Draw your eyebrows
Draw your eyebrows in with brown eyeshadow. Highlight with pink shadow to create a more seamless look with your wig.

8) Apply blush
Sweep your brush as if you were drawing a "ku"(く) along your cheekbone and back toward the bottom of your ear. Use a shade that will compliment the shadow you've used on your eyes.

9) Add shadow to the nose
To make your nose appear longer, use brown eyeshadow. Draw a natural, muted line from the end of your eyebrows to the nostril area, highlighting the bridge of your nose in the process.

10) Highlight
Use a pale eyeshadow or powder to lighten the areas above your eyes, the T-zone and the jaw. This will give your face a more defined and sculpted appearance.

11) Apply Lip Gloss
Use a pale, reflective orange-tinted pink gloss. Begin application from the center and move outward.

(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 07:37 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Sheryl (Macross F) (part 3)


From every angle, the face of an intergalactic sprite <3

*August 2009

01-21-2010, 04:03 PM
Reference Source: Piapro (Vocaloid)
For your every Vocaloid need!

This new collaboration site mixes all sorts of media to bring visitors a huge collection of music, lyrics, illustrations, and novels. It also has CG models, including all 22 costume designs from "Hatsune Miku - Project DIVA -"!! With so many VOCALOID references gathered in one place, Piapro is the place to check before undertaking any VOCALOID project. Have a look!


*August 2009

01-21-2010, 04:12 PM
Shop Guide: Other Shops

(The following is a collection of new-item profiles from the pages of LAYERS and cos-a, they aren't terribly useful in the long-term since items often rotate/update but they can give you an idea of what sort of work each shop does and what services/prices they offer. As usual, if you want the most current information on any given shop ~ go to their website in person and poke around.)

Iena Clothing

Series: Million Knights Vermillion (game)
-on sale now
-26,000 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: kimono, skirt, chest-piece, obi set, panties, foot-covers

Series: Valkyria Chronicles (game)
-on sale now
-35,000 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: jacket, shirt, pants, tie, hat, belt, headband, gloves, mapcase



Series: Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo (PC game)
-on sale now
-33,600 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: shirt, vest, necktie-ribbon, skirt

Series: Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo (PC game)
-on sale now
-37,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: hat, shirt, bolero, boustier, skirt

Series: Kitto, Sumiwataru Asairo Yori Mo (PC game)
-on sale now
-37,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: nurse cap, collar, dress, armband



Series: ANGEL NAVIGATE (PC game)
-on sale now
-18,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: S/M/L/XL
-included: shirt, skirt, ribbon


(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 04:48 PM
Shop Guide: Other Shops (part 2)


Inner Top (for crossdressing MtF)
-on sale now
-3,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: M/L
-included: binding top

Kawaii! JeNny costume
-on sale now
-17,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: XS/S/M/L/XL
-included: skirt, top, ribbon

Control Panties
-on sale now
-1,050 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: various sizes and cuts
-included: panties

Gintama: Kagura's Hair Ornaments
-on sale now
-4,200 yen (tax-in)
-included: 2 hair ornaments



"Long Shaggy" (80 cm)
-on sale now
-4,800 yen (tax-in)

"Semi-Long Wave"
-on sale now
-4,800 yen (tax-in)


(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 04:55 PM
Shop Guide: Other Shops (part 3)


B-Holder & B-Holder Naked (for crossdressing MtF)
-on sale now
-3,600 yen (naked - 5,145) (tax-in)
-sizes: various
-included: binding top

Long Bob
-on sale now
-3,800 yen (tax-in)
-size: 60 cm

K-on Stage Costumes
-on sale now
-9,450 yen (each) (tax-in)
-sizes: Medium
-included: items shown


(continued in the next post)

01-21-2010, 04:56 PM
Shop Guide: Other Shops (part 4)


130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ Shaggy Short (Violet Blue)
-on sale now
-4,515 yen (tax-in)
-18 colors available

130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ 65 cm Long (Light Brown/Pink)
-on sale now
-5,985 yen (tax-in)
-size: 65 cm
-24 colors available

130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ Short Bob
-on sale now
-4,515 yen (tax-in)
-12 colors available

Cosplayer's Boots
-on sale now
- 9,800-12,800 yen (tax-in)
-sizes: 5-11inch heels, various styles and sizes



Heat-Resistant Bob Layer (Apricot Orange)
-on sale now
-4,935 yen (tax-in)

Heat Resistant Bob Layer (Milky Gold)
-on sale now
-4,935 yen (tax-in)


(continued in the next post)

01-23-2010, 06:17 AM
Shop Guide: Other Shops (part 5)

Assist Wig

130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ Shaggy Short (Violet Blue)
-on sale now
-4,515 yen (tax-in)
-18 colors available

130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ Shaggy Short (Violet Blue)
-on sale now
-4,515 yen (tax-in)
-18 colors available

130 Degrees Heat Resistant "Flair" Series ~ Shaggy Short (Violet Blue)
-on sale now
-4,515 yen (tax-in)
-18 colors available

Rachel Scissors
-on sale now
-4,990-15,980 yen (tax-in)
-3 types of professional cut and styling scissors are available, with or without individual storage/carrying cases. They can be purchased individually or in sets of all three.



Heat resistant ~ All back (Royal Blonde)
-on sale now
-6,800 yen (tax-in)

Heat resistant ~ Spikey (ツンハネ) Short
-on sale now
-6,800 yen (tax-in)


(continued in the next post)

01-23-2010, 06:22 AM
Shop Guide: Other Shops (part 6)

Color Para

Venus Eyes: Edge Wine Red
-on sale now
-4,980 yen (tax-in) for a pair

Venus Eyes: Edge Red
-on sale now
-4,980 yen (tax-in) for a pair

Venus Eyes: Royal Red
-on sale now
-4,980 yen (tax-in) for a pair

Venus Eyes: Red Panzer
-on sale now
-4,980 yen (tax-in) for a pair


*cos-a vol 1, Layers vol 26-28

01-24-2010, 02:42 PM
Your posting is very useful. I wonder color astigmatic contact lenses is available?

01-24-2010, 03:48 PM
Your posting is very useful. I wonder color astigmatic contact lenses is available?

Some lens brands offer corrective lenses through mailorder, though I have no idea if they would be able to provide custom lenses for astigmatism at an online shop like this one. Your best bet for this is probably to see an eye-doctor in the country where you're living and inquire about color lenses there. Your choices may be more muted and limited, but certainly better for your eyes!

01-26-2010, 05:53 AM
Posing Tutorial: Poses for Two
When cosplaying members of a team or good friends it's only natural to join forces in your pictures too! Here we'll give you some ideas to increase your 2-shot repetoire. If there are two of you, you may as well take the opportunity to try some unique poses that can't be done alone. With a little practice, you'll be able to get results just as good as HeroC and OnoD<3

Side to side with arms extended ~ illustration pose
For this pose, taken straight from an official illustration, stand with your shoulders and feet touching. Extend your arms toward the camera between you in V-signs.

Trade off in foreground and background shots
With two-shots, it's easy to fall into the same few full-body pair shots ~ but remember, everyone needs their own moment in the spotlight. Don't be too proud to act as a temporary set-piece... or to ask someone else to be yours in return.

Want a Cool Variation? Move apart before striking a practiced pose
Making a bit of space between the two of you can create a deeper field of depth and make your pictures a bit more eye-catching. Put on your your best rehearsed "cool" faces and dvert your eyes a bit for a great 2-shot!

Try high-angle shots for smaller faces ~ spice them up with props!
Try some high-angle shots with a stool or chair. You'll be surprised how much just sitting in different ways can change the feeling of your pictures. Don't be afraid to play with props either!

Combine front and back poses for a cool, aloof look
While posing appropriately for your own characters, switch off with full-on shots and back shots. It looks nice if the person posing toward the back turns slightly to either side too.

Shots from below give you the illusion of longer legs
Set your camera just a bit off the ground and shoot upward to make your legs appear longer and add a new spin to even the most orthodox poses.

Smile with energy and enjoy yourselves together ~ it's bound to come through in your pictures!

*October 2008

01-26-2010, 06:20 AM
Wig Tutorial: Cian (Lucky Dog)
Let's make a shaggy wig!
~for an airy feeling and volume in select places~

In the game, Cian is often praised for his gorgeous blonde hair. We're going to introduce one way to replicate his hairstyle here, so why not give it a try?

You'll need:
-a wig
MP117-L24 from MAPLE (http://www.maple-wig.com/shopping/goods_detail.php?gid=1684)
4,800 yen (tax-in)
-scissors (cut and thinning)
-hair wax

1) Lighten the hair on the top
The first order or business is to thin out the whole surface of the wig to remove extra weight. Be careful not to cut too much or all at once.

2) Use a light wax to sweep the hair toward the back
After covering the whole wig with wax, sweep all of the hair toward the back with a finger-comb. Pull the bangs back a bit higher over the top.

3) Back-comb from the top
Use a comb to back-comb a spike. At this point, trim any hair too long to manage with your desired style.

4) Spray the base of your spikes
Spray the roots of backcombed spikes to keep them together, the tips should remain free to move.

5) Make as many spikes as you want
Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make as many loose spikes as you want.

(continued in the next post)

01-26-2010, 04:13 PM
Wig Tutorial: Cian (Lucky Dog) (part 2)

6) Manipulate the ends of your spikes to flow like Cian's
(Using a reference photo) take the tips of the hair in the front and pull them back over the rest of the hair (before spraying to place). Pulling the hair on the left side back this way is a great accent.

7) Pull the hair by the neck down for better balance
Bring the very bottom layer of hair in the back down and slightly to the front so that it can fall over the neck.

Show off your natural spikes for a charmingly artless hairstyle!

*October 2009

01-27-2010, 02:23 AM
Monthly Poll: Male or Female Characters?

Question: Which do you cosplay more: male or female characters?

We used the community site "Gocco", questionaires and postcards to collect your answers, and it seems that male characters win the contest by far! Could it be the "Hetalia" and BL game boom are contributing to all of this gender confusion?!

56% male characters
25% female characters
19% both equally

(a note on context: cosplay is a female-dominated hobby in Japan... so much so that men often feel intimidated participating. LAYERS makes the assumption that nearly everyone who answered this survey is female...)

*August 2009

01-27-2010, 02:28 AM
Diet Advice: Limpa Massage
There's only one week to the summer event! It's time to turn to the "Layer Diet"

It's summer, and as the heat and humidity rise ~ the costume-coverage decreases! Need to fit into that bikini in a few days? Want results in a short period of time? This one's for you ~

"It's really okay to do it the day before?!"
"Actually, you should do it the day before!"

Massage for Beautiful Legs
This massage technique is great for a slimming effect when done the day before an event. Give it a try, for legs that look (and feel) great <3

"I don't have time for anything that takes a week or even a month to start showing results! I need something NOW!!" Well in that case, we recommend a limpa massage the night before. This massage technique targets swelling in the extremities, especially the legs. If you let swelling lings, over time it can actually contribute to building cellulite, so be careful!!

We were curious what sort of problems Layers were having with their figures and self-confidence, so we asked our readers to cooperate by providing answers to a short survey on a variety of related-topics. What we found is that even the usually-slim-and-trim Layer community has trouble with swelling! Let's see what they had to say.

Question: Do you ever feel that you have irregular or chubby-looking areas on account swelling?

47% - all the time
30% - sometimes
10% - every once in awhile
10% - unsure
3% - not at all

97%, ie. almost all of the Layers surveyed, seem to have experienced at least some leg-swelling. Out of those, 47% have chronic problems. Others, it seems, had quite a few days with no problems at all.

Question: Where do you most often experience swelling?

33% legs
25% face
23% arms, fingers
15% stomach
9% other

33% has troubles with their legs, where fat and fluid tends to accumulate. #2 is the face ~ especially places like the eyelids. #3 is the fingers, with people expressing difficulty with things like putting on and removing rings.

Question: Have you ever tried removing this swelling?

47% No, but I want to
23% Yes
21% Yes, but to no avail
9% Other

About half of all Layers surveyed had no idea what to do about swelling. Quite a lot of people had tried hot baths, showers and time in a sauna ~ all of which seemed to get most people at least some result. A few had tried these methods but still experienced no improvement.

SELF-CHECK: Are Your Legs Prone to Swelling?
In order to get rid of swelling, you really need to adjust your lifestyle. Just be answering these questions, you can check yourself for the likelihood of swelling.

If you check more than three of the following, there's a high chance you experience swelling!!

01 Generally speaking, I avoid excersize. I don't move around much during the day.

02 I spend a long time sitting in one place every day. (a desk job, for example)

03 I often use the air conditioner (or heater) in my room.

04 I often wear platforms, high heels or boots that restrict my calves.

05 I love alcohol, snacks and instant foods!

06 I often cross my legs.

07 I feel I'm stressed by my daily schedule.

08 I don't get enough sleep.

Let's check one of the areas where fluid is most likely to build up: the area beneath your knees.

1) Press firmly on the widest part of your calf.
Encircle your calf with both hands, pressing hard with the pads of your thumbs into the thickest part. Hold this position for a few seconds.

2) Check where you pressed.
Now try taking your fingers away. If there are indents where your thumbs were or any part of your calf is taking a few moments to spring back into shape - you have swelling.

Goodbye swelling! Let's try~

Limpa Massage
Swelling occurs when fluid in the body builds up in certain places. One way to reduce swelling is to encourage a more smooth distribution and flow of these fluids to return to the body. Since many of our readers have expressed dismay over the problem of swelling, we've decided to introduce this massage technique in simple terms. Don't just focus on your trouble spots: try all three types to look and feel great!

If you sabotage your massage with the following, your results will be affected. You may even end up with more swelling! So remember them and avoid them, okay?

-Don't abuse your AC
Having a room that's too cold or too hot leads to poor circulation and makes your massage meaningless. So try to keep your AC in check.

-Don't skimp on the lotion
Before any massage, be sure to apply oil or cream the area you're about to work with. Any strong movement or manipulation can do a number on your skin, so be sure to protect it! If you feel any rubbing or resistance during your massage, stop and reapply before continuing.

-Don't massage right after eating
After a meal, circulation centers in the area of the stomach and your body undergoes normal changes related to digestion. In order to make sure you don't feel sick or undo your results, you should begin your massage 2 hours after your last meal for the day.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 03:26 AM
Diet Advice: Limpa Massage (part 2)

Let's begin with the most extreme!

Limpa Massage: Ankles
"After a day out in sandals, the strap has sometimes eaten into by my swollen ankles!!" If you have problems like this one, be sure to take care of swelling in this area. It's a common trouble spot.

1) Move fluid from the top of your soles downward
Using the back of your fingers, massage the bottom of your feet from the pads of your feet downward.

2) Move the fluid from the back of your heel upward
Using the same motion, push fluid that has accumulated in the lower heels back up toward the leg.

3) Move fluid from the top of the foot upward
Use the same motion to push fluid from the top of your feet back toward the ankle!

4) Press the back of the ankle firmly in
Use the thumb-side portion of your fists to press down very firmly on both sides of the back of your ankle for about 3 seconds.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:00 AM
Diet Advice: Limpa Massage (part 3)

Let's get everything back up where it ought to be!

Limpa Massage: Calf Massage
"In the evening my calves are so swollen that I can't stuff them into my boots anymore!" If that sounds like you, you've got swelling here. But a bit of care can keep your calves slim and smooth.

1) Pinch the calves upward
Using both hands, use a pinching motion to massage from the bottom of each calf from the ankle to the back of the knee.

2) Massage the calf as if wringing out a washcloth
Grab the calf as you would a towel about to be wrung out and massage in a twisting motion from the ankle to the knee.

3) Move fluid from the back of the knee upward
Shifting your hands so that your thumbs are behind the knee, press firmly and push the fluid slowly upward.

4) Press into the back of the knee
Make a fist and press it tightly into the hollow of the back of each knee for 3 seconds.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:14 AM
Diet Advice: Limpa Massage (part 4)

Let's get that fluid back to your body!

Limpa Massage: Thighs
"The thighs of my jeans get tighter all of a sudden!" If that happens to you, this may be your trouble spot. If you target your legs, your whole sillouette will improve.

1) Pat down your thighs
Moving from above to below, use the palm of your hand to strike your thighs. Move from the outside, inward.

2) Massage the thighs from the inside, out
Use both hands in a wringing motion to massage the thighs, moving from the top, down and from the inner thigh to the outer thigh.

3) Press down at the place where your thigh begins
Make a fist and press it into the base of the each thigh. Press firmly with the image of pushing the fluid gathered there out to the rest of your body.

With this, your summer cosplay will be perfect!

*August 2009

01-27-2010, 04:30 AM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine

Just seven days before an event, your character's amazing body is just a dream right?! Maybe so... but let's give it one more go!

The One Week Collection: Easy Excersizes
Here are some easy excersizes you can begin as little as one week before an event. If you do them every day with dilligence and mind your diet, you might just size down by Day 0 <3 Let's start now, toward the character-body of your dreams!!

If you concentrate your efforts, you can see results in a week! Even if continuing an excersize routine for several months is difficult for you, do you think you can keep it up for at least a week!? If you think you can take it, we've got three sets of excersizes for you to try. This routine is designed around the concept of a 7-day cram-course, with new excesizes being added to your routine on the 3rd and 5th days, but if you have more time ~ all the better! Feel free to adjust excersizes to fit your own level and schedule. We're almost certain you'll see some results by the day of the event. If you have all the time in the world, this is great as a part of long-term training too.

Layers Excersize Survey
We asked Layers about their diet regiment to gather the information and tips we used in developing this routine. Why not check out a few of their answers in more detail?

Question: Generally speaking, do you worry about your shape?

59% - Yes
17% - No
24% - Just a little

As expected, quite a lot of Layers stuggle with their weight and appearance. 80% of respondants reported dieting at least once in the last year. Among them, a surprisingly large chunk only thought of their weight as an issue "a day or two before an event".

Check! Common Layer Diets
"This is what I do"

Quite a lot of Layers responded that they watch their figures and shared their secrets with us. What is it that they do to stay in shape?

-"I'm into inline skating and survival games, so I make time in my schedule to enjoy active hobbies!"
-"I try to bike everywhere ~ especially if it seems a little too far for comfort."
-"I always walk one train or bus stop before getting on public transport on my way home from work."
-"I try to keep up and excersize regimen.... at least for my abs."
-"Cosplay is the only all-season sport that doesn't require getting dirty (lol)"

Question: Do you excersize or play sports to watch your figure?

45% - sometimes
32% - all the time
23% - never

Oddly enough, most Layers aren't involved in regular sports or physical activity, and about 30% said things like "I start on an excersize routine, but I soon give up on it!"

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:51 AM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 2)

7 Days Before: The Strict Course
Use this routine for one full week and both tummy and thigh trouble areas should trim up.


1) Lay flat on your back
Lie flat on your back with your palms face down on the floor. Relax your body and look straight up at the ceiling.

Slowly raise your legs
While breathing in, lift both legs in a 4-count until they form a 90 degree angle with yout body. Don't bend your knees!

Lower them almost to the floor
From the position shown in #2, 4-count while breathing out and lower your legs to a point just above the floor.

Lift again
From #3, raise both legs in unison again, repeating steps 2 and 3. Repeat 8 times. This excersize is great for building muscle in your lower abdomen.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:22 PM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 3)

Outer Thighs and Butt

Lie on your stomach and raise one leg slightly
Lie on your stomach and raise one leg slightly above the other. Keep your legs straight and be careful not to bend your knee. Keep the other leg on the ground.

Raise the Leg
While breathing in, raise the leg slowly on a 4 count, then breathe out and lower on another 4-count. Repeat 8 times with each leg.

Inner Thighs

Bend your body to one side
Spread your legs apart, and on a 4-count, breathe in while bending to one side. Bend until you can feel the pull on your inner thighs.

Slowly return to an upright position
While breathing out, straighten up slowly on a 4 count. Repeat steps 1 and 2 eight times.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:33 PM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 4)

5 Days Before: The In-A-Hurry Course
Let's address areas that might have grown a bit since you put in those zippers ^^; The back and bust matter most for a good fit and are easy to notice in a tight costume!

Arms and Underbust

Raise both hands to meet over your head
Put both hands straight above your head so that they meet at the palms. Your inner elbows should be touching your head.

Move your hands backward to touch your shoulderblades
With your hands and arms held this way, turn only your elbows outward and lower your arms slowly backward to touch your shoulderblades. You should feel some stretching in your upper arms.

Cross your arms
Cross your forearms behind your head and read for your shoulderblades again. This movement will affect your underbust.

Move back to your shoulder blades
Move your hands back to pose #2. Repeat 2 and 3 eight times. Look straight ahead and don't lower your head for the best results.

(continued in the next post)

01-27-2010, 04:45 PM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 5)


1) Get on all fours with one arm and one leg raised.
Without lowering your head, stand on all fours with your back straight. Raise your right arm and your left leg slightly off the ground.

2) Raise them as high as you can
While breathing in, raise both limbs as far as they will go, then return to pose 1. Repeat eight times, then switch sides and repeat eight more times.

Back and Bust

1) Lie on your stomach with your arms bent
Lie down on your stomach with both arms bent at your sides. Raise your upper body just a bit without putting too much tension in your hands.

Raise your upper body as far as it will go
While breathing in, pull your upper body up as far as you can, then return to the position in #1. Keep your hangs and arms lax ~ you want your back to do the work.

(continued in the next post)

01-28-2010, 03:44 AM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 6)

3 Days Before: The Super-Last-Minute Course
Maybe some of you don't even have a week?! Well try these for results in the calves, waist and bust in only a few days!


Tippy Toes
Stand up on your toes from a heels-slightly-off-the-floor position. Raise up as high as you can and then lower, without letting your heels touch the ground. Repeat eight times.

The Rabbit Stretch
Stand up and clasp your hands behind your back, then lower yourself into a squat. Go as low as you can before straightening up again. Repeat eight times.


Stand with your hands on your hips, then collapse your body to one side as far as it will go. Slowly return to a standing position. Repeat eight times on each side.

The Twist
Stand up straight with your hands on your hips. Lock your hips in place and instead, twist your waist, bust and shoulders to the side. Repeat eight times on each side.

(continued in the next post)

01-28-2010, 04:02 AM
Diet Advice: One Week Excersize Routine (part 7)


Arms Back
Grasp your hands behind your back and raise your shoulder blades as high as they will go. This excersize increases circulation in your bust... there are rumors it may even make it bigger O-O

Hands Together
Extend both arms in front of you and place the palms of your hands together as-shown. Intertwine your hands, then pull your arms apart as hard as you can for three seconds.

POINT! Work at your own pace!!
Don't push yourself too hard, okay? You should enjoy yourself!
The excersizes introduced here are at their most basic, in sets of 8 reps with 4 counts. Even so, feel free to adjust them to meet your own fitness level. The most important thing in any excersize regimen is to enjoy yourself and find a pace that you can stick with.

*August 2009

01-28-2010, 04:21 AM
Diet Advice: Cosplay and Calories

You can burn calories while you're burning with your passion for cosplay!!

Walking around an event, working your fingers to the bone on a costume, walking around in seach of the perfect accessories... Just being a Layer is a kind of diet in itself. Of course, excersize is still important to build muscle and improve your overall health, but combined with regular physical activity, things you love doing might actually do wonders for your shape!

In this article, we've collected a number of common scenes from Cosplay-life and have ranked them by calories-burned. You might be surprised how efficient some of your favorite hobbies are at calorie-control.

We've also included a chart with calorie breakdowns of the most common snacks Layers fall prey to at events ~ potato chips, cookies, etc. Remember, a high calorie intake is the enemy of all diets. Let's adjust our menus accordingly and enjoy cosplaying while dieting.

The Ranking Doesn't Lie
Events burn a ton of calories!

Our top 3 calorie-burners are all event-related! Just walking around a large event hall all day can get big results! And in just one hour, a dance party can get your blood flowing and the fat melting away. Things like talking at a family restaurant might burn calories too, but you need to think about how many are in that pizza you always order!!


#1 - Participating in an Event
Calories burned: 630 (in 6 hours)
Hourly rate: about 105 (#2 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 3/4 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: If you attend large events with many areas and rooms, you can burn up to 129 calories!! Walking around in platforms will help tone your thighs and calves too.

#2 - Participating in a Photo Shoot
Calories burned: 384 (in 6 hours)
Hourly rate: about 64 (#8 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 2 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: If you're shooting in a small studio space, your calorie count is going to be restricted too... So why not try participating in outdoor shoots and events. Under certain circumstances, scouting for new spots can give you a huge boost.

#3 - Dancing at a Dance Party!!
Calories burned: 377 (in 2 hours)
Hourly rate: about 188 (#1 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 2 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: You can get much better results from this if, instead of casual dancing, you throw yourself into routines or continue dancing the whole time. Just be careful not to embarass yourself or bother anyone else in the process!


#4 - Making your costume
Calories burned: about 375 (in 5 hours)
Hourly rate: about 75 (#5 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 2 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: Naturally, a more complicated costume requires more fussing and is likely to burn more calories in the process. If you want to make the most of this time and avoid stiffness, throw in a few stretches here and there to stay limber and reduce stress.

#5 - Shopping
Calories burned: about 309 (in 3 hours)
Hourly rate: about 103 (#3 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 1.6 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: If you walk around carrying cloth or other tools, you're likely to get a bigger benefit and build some muscle in your arms as well. Could it even count as part of your diet!? If you want an extra boost, avoid elevators and instead use the stairs. Highrise buildings like Ikebukuro's Animate are great!!


#6 - Enjoying DVDs and games
Calories burned: about 219 (in 3 hours)
Hourly rate: about 73 (#6 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 1.2 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: When choosing DVDs and games, make selections to get you in the mood to move. You might not burn much watching or playing them ~ but they'll help increase your motivation and avoid hunger-inducing boredom.

(continued in the next post)

01-28-2010, 05:05 AM
Diet Advice: Cosplay and Calories (part 2)

#7 - Kareoke ~ anime songs
Calories burned: about 200 (in 2 hours)
Hourly rate: about 100 (#4 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 1.1 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: Sitting in one spot won't help your diet much.... and it isn't nearly as fun! Choose up-tempo songs and get into character while singing!! Stand up and rock the room.

#8 - Talking in a Family Restaurant
Calories burned: about 140 (in 2 hours)
Hourly rate: about 70 (#7 by hourly rate)
Equivalent to: 0.7 bowls of rice
Making it more efficient: Yes, you even burn calories just sitting in a family restaurant after an event. But you should really do something else afterward to follow through after all that time sitting down. Why don't you try calling to the wait staff with crazy, overdramatic character poses? (On second thought, how about going bowling instead? ^^;;; )

You can't have a cosplayer without
A calorie chart
With costume making, changing, prep and photo shoots it can be hard to find the time to eat! At times like this, snacks are our greatest friends... and worst enemies. Check this chart before snacking to see what you're getting yourself into. Watch out for suragy and oily snacks like potato chips, breads and baked goods!! Snack healthier for a slimmer tomorrow <3

potato chips 1 bag (90g) 501 calories

cookie 1 25 calories

chocolate bar 1 395 calories

senbei 1 85 calories

ice cream 1 scoop/cup 270 calories

kinako ice 1 bar 70 calories

sweet chestnut 100 g 249 calories

candy 1 17 calories

caramel 1 21 calories

waffle 1 187 calories

dorayaki 1 230 calories

onigiri 1 170 calories

sandwich 2 slices 332 calories

kinako bread 1 295 calories

nikuman 1 254 calories

donut 1 215 calories

muffin 1 272 calories

hamburger 1 251 calories

french fries 100 g 270 calories

fried chicken 5 small pieces 266 calories

cup noodle 1 365 calories

harusame soup 1 100 calories

*August 2009

01-28-2010, 04:24 PM
Diet Advice / Posing Tutorial: Slim Posing

With just this, you can be a supermodel
Slim Posing

Naturally, a great body is important too, but at least as essential is the way you pose for photogrphs!! With just one pose, you can change the whole feel of a photo. Here we'll introduce some poses to emphasize your assets and play down your trouble areas.

It can be a harrowing experience to make the pefect costume of your favorite character and then realize after the fact that every photo you've had taken is unflattering. Your face might look too wide, your legs might seem short, etc... I'm sure plenty of Layers can relate. But don't get too down on yourself! It might just be a problem with your posing. Here you'll find tips to hide 4 problems that most Layers struggle with at one time or another.

The Illusion of a Small Face
You can have a cute face just like your character!

Sometimes when you wear a volumnous wig, your face looks bigger than it is. But with a few small adjustments to your poses, you can have the small face you've always wanted.

If you look at the camera straight-on, it's no good.
When photographed straight-on, your face will look huge.

Fix A: Put your hand or a weapon toward the camera!
Moving your hand or a prop toward the camera will give you a feeling of depth. Compared to the size of the item in the foreground, your face appears smaller!!

Fix B: Try twisting your body to the left or right
Even just a slight turn to one side can make your face look much smaller. Use a mirror to practice your favorite sideways glances.

A Flattering Trick: The High Shot
Shoot from above for a slimming effect!
Shots from above obscure most of the neck and jawline, making your face appear thinner than it does in headlong shots. It's a good idea to have a cute canned pose prepared for just this sort of angled shot.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 02:27 AM
Diet Advice / Posing Tutorial: Slim Posing (part 2)

Thinner Arms
Let's try to draw the eye away from underarm trouble spots.

Sleeveless dresses and tank tops leave the arms exposed. Unfortunately, we haven't all got perfect arms, so it's important to know how to place your arms if you want them to look thin.

Even if you want to show off your strength... this is no good.
Watch out! Any shot that brings the arm in front of the body can easily make it look flabby!!

Fix A: Extend your arms to the right and/or left
You can use poses with your arms extended to either side both for an interesting look and to accentuate your breasts. As long as your arms are the same distance from the camera as your torso, they won't look fat by comparison.

Fix B: Place your arms behind your body
If you set your shoulders back a bit further than usual, you can place your arms a little bit behind your body. The perspective will make your arms appear thinner.

A Flattering Trick: Pull Back
A wider shot will bring fewer flaws into focus.
If you pull away from the subject, everything will appear smaller. This way you can take the focus away from individual flaws and turn it to the whole picture.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 02:37 AM
Diet Advice / Posing Tutorial: Slim Posing (part 3)

Go for curvy, girlish lines!!

A thinner waist is a common pipe dream for women everywhere, but with a change in posture, you can create a curvier figure in an instant.

If you're shot from straight on... it's no good.
If you stand stock still straight in front of the camera, none of your curves will stand out. Let's try to put some rounder edges on that pose by moving the camera to one side.

Fix A: Make an S with your body.
Imagine you're an S. Stick your bust out with your shoulders back and make a curvy line with your leg. It will make your waist look smaller and create a more girlish sillouette.

Fix B: Twist your body to the side.
A side shot can make your body appear thinner. Just a little twist of the hips to one side can give you big results.

A Flattering Trick: Shoot from below
Your subject's body will appear longer and curvier.
When photographed from below, the lower body appears lengthier and slimmer.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 02:56 AM
Diet Advice / Posing Tutorial: Slim Posing (part 4)

Nice Legs
For the long, beautiful legs you've always dreamed of...

No matter the character, we want to give them long, awesome legs, right? By playing wit leg placement we can find poses that are both flattering and character-appropriate!!

If there's no movement in your pose, it's no good.
Standing with both feet parallel on the floor while shot straight-on will give you the illusion of short, blocky legs.

Fix A: Put your best foot forward...
Moving either foot one step toward the camera increases the field of depth in the shot and makes the leg placed toward the camera look longer.

Fix B: Tilt your body back.
Creating some weight in one shoulder or twisting one arm back can create even more movement in your picture with the same lengthening effect on your legs.

A Flattering Trick: Use solid backgrounds
Create some distance and pop!
Solid backdrops help create a feeling of distance and make subjects pop. In some cases, they can also accentuate the length of limbs, making them appear longer and your face smaller than in photos with busier backgrounds.

*August 2009

01-29-2010, 03:21 AM
Monthly Poll: Is it okay to camp a photo spot?

Question: Is it okay or no good to set up camp at a good photo-spot during an event?

We used the community site "Gocco", questionaires and postcards to collect your answers. This time about 3/5th of respondants were totally against the practice. Among those who were anti-camping, complaints about the behavior of the campers was common, "They don't even always take pictures... they just sit around eating snacks and talking! That's totally rude to everyone else." Everyone shares the same spaces, so when you're done taking pictures, move on and let someone else use the place, alright? Next time we'll be polling you guys about even more manners, so look forward to it, okay?

64% No Good
28% Other
8% It's OK

*October 2009

01-29-2010, 03:29 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Japan (Hetalia)

Aim for a natural-feeling!
Japan's Heavy-Lidded Makeup
Today's subject is the heavily-cosplayed Japan! In order to get the perfect Japan look, we're going to teach you a great natural-looking makeup application. Be careful not to go too heavy or too dark ~ we want a natural, balanced and classy look!

You'll need:
-eye liner
-false eyelashes
-eyebrow pencil

1) Apply eyeshadow to the point of the eye
Use a brown shadow to accent the outer corners of the eyes.

2) Draw a thin eyeline
Taking care not to use too heavy a line, apply your eyeliner. Apply slightly lower than usual on the outer lower corner to make the eyes appear to be downturned.

3) Go heaviest on the maschera on the outer eye too!
We're going for a down-turned, almond eye, so it's important to apply maschera most heavily on the outer, lower part of the eye to give it the illusion of weight.

4) Apply short, natural-looking false lashes
Short, straight lashes will give your eyes a bit of pop without looking too flamboyant.

5) Redden the area around the eye with blush
Use a light shade of blush to gently color the area around the eyes. It gives you a cute look.

6) Put on your wig before drawing brows
If you put on your wig before drawing your brows, it's easier to get the perfect placement, color and balance.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 03:39 AM
Makeup Tutorial: Japan (Hetalia) (part 2)

7) Draw your eyebrows to peek through your bangs
In order to get the perfect browline, use your bangs as a reference. If the brows are applied with in a straight line in a slight upward motion, you get a really nice effect.

Your shy and natural Japan look is complete <3

*October 2009

01-29-2010, 03:49 AM
Remaking a Suit into a Tails Jacket Tsukijima Juurokuya(Miracle Train)

Just by remaking a store-bought suit, you can make the jacket that Tsukishima Izayoi wears in "Miracle Train". Most premade suits are black, but for this one we'll need to find a grey one!

You'll need:
1) a suit (top and bottom)
2) biasing
3) biasing tape (red)
4) kurumi buttons
5) lining (black)
6) thread (grey and red)
7) guideline tape

The contacts and wig on our model:
Contacts: Wine Red from Venus Eyes 4,980 yen

Wig: Bob Layer in Ivy Green NGDO-17 from Assist Wig 5,680 yen

1) Use guideline tape to mark the new shape
In order to cut your suit to a more fitting shape, use the guideline tape to mark your new lines and cut away some of the excess fabric to make it easier to manuever.

2) Carefully cut open the pants
Cut the thread holding the pants together to seperate the pieces of cloth they're made from. Once the pants have been opened, iron the pieces of fabric flat.

3) Cut the tails from the pant-fabric
Cut triangular pieces from the pant-fabric to attatch to the main jacket as tails.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 03:50 AM
Remaking a Suit into a Tails Jacket (part 2)

4) Attatch fuseable interfacing
Attatch fuseable interfacing to the back-side of your cut fabric.

5) Sew on your lining
This jacket has a visable lining, so don't forget to add a lining material as well. After attatching your base fabric pieces, interface and lining, sew all of the pieces together (both pieces should be inside out when you begin sewing, with your interfacing pointed outward on the bottom and your lining backside-up on the top ~ sew the points first, leaving the top/base and center line open). When you've finished sewing on the lining, turn your tails inside out, sew the center piece together and iron the finished piece flat.

6) Attatch the tails to the suit jacket
Line the base of the tails up with the original center line of the suit. Sew the pieces securely together.

7) Finish the suit with a matsuri stitch
Finish the new lines you cut in #1 with a matsuri (blind) stitch (http://yousai.net/nui/tenui/a.htm).

8) Make the belt and kurumi buttons with extra fabric
Use leftover fabric from step #3 to make the back belt and cover the kurumi buttons. Balance them on the back of the suit and sew on.

(continued in the next post)

01-29-2010, 03:50 AM
Remaking a Suit into a Tails Jacket (part 3)

9) Make a dummy pocket with tape
Make a line with your biasing tape to use as a dummy pocket and sew it on with a blind stitch.

10) Add trim and buttons to the sleeves to finish
The sleeve line can also be made from biasing tape. Adding three slightly smaller covered kurumi buttons to each sleeve will give you your finished look.

*And this obviously isn't it!!! Nice try Layers!! The suit in the photo isn't the same remade suit at all, but a completely recut one in satin >~<;

*October 2009

01-31-2010, 03:00 PM
I ordered Layers for the Len patterns (Delivery cost 5x the price of the magazine D: )

Anywho, I can't read the size guide, and was wondering (if it's not too much trouble) if you could tell me which measurement is which on it?

Great job on the translations btw, very helpful =]

01-31-2010, 04:08 PM
Size, bust, waist, hip, height/body length (from left to right)

01-31-2010, 07:40 PM
Official Character References: Hetalia (part 1)

The series the entire nation can't tear their eyes away from!

General Information:
Series: Hetalia Axis Powers
Genre: Mobile phone anime
Airs: on Mobile Animate uploaded every Friday at about 4pm, on Animate TV every Monday at about 4pm

This country-turned-human comedy animation is, of course, all the rage in the cosplay community! The series is always adding more great clothes, so we're giving you 7 pages of references and introductions. So go ahead and find a costume you like, okay?

http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/thumbsizeitaly.jpg (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/fullsizeitaly.jpg)
Italy (click for fullsize)

Italy Notes:
The wussy, crybaby Pasta-Angel
Italy is the sunny, but none-to-bright main character. He's a nice guy, so he doesn't much care for fighting. His brown hair falls like macaroni.

-Cute, curling ahoge (idiot-hair) ~ the curly ahoge that pokes out by his ear is one of Italy's trademarks. Using our tutorial on p. 33, you can get it just right.

-Using pre-made clothing ~ "Gakuen Hetalia"s costume is more or less a uniform shirt and pants combo that you can easily make out of store-bought pieces. By arranging items you can buy anywhere, you can get a simple, and reasonable cosplay costume.

-Watch the ribbon ~ This frilly little number makes for an adorable girly look <3 But be careful when tying the back ribbon to get the shape shown here. Don't forget the frills on the skirt and apron either!

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France, Germany, Japan (click for fullsize)

France Notes:
Lover of Beauty
France is a laid-back romantic with no shame. His default costume is cut almost like a pair of suit-tails in the back.

-A rose at the lapel ~ An iron-on print is okay. But a fake (or real) rose tucked in your shirt pocket can be a great prop for photo shoots.

Germany Notes:
Italy's Stern Protector
Germany is a straightforward, blue-eyed, beer-loving youth. He's always fussing over Italy. He's tall and has backcombed blonde hair.

-Under-rim glasses ~ When Germany wears a school uniform or a suit, he also wears glasses. They're underrims, so be careful during photo shoots not to obscure or distort your eyes with the frameless part.

Japan Notes:
An honest and artless perfectionist
A small young man with dark hair and eyes. He has trouble with people who don't observe strict decorum. He's pretty practical and strict, so whatever you wear, make sure it's pressed and perfect.

-A baggy sillouette ~ In winter, Japan has an overlong muffler and coat with a straight cut. The coat sleeves are large, like those for a kimono.

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America / England (click for fullsize)

America Notes:
An energetic hero
Italy is the sunny, but none-to-bright main character. He's a nice guy, so he doesn't much care for fighting. His brown hair falls like macaroni.

-Aviator goggles are cool too ~ Just combining some goggles from another costume with the right hat can give you a great America prop. Don't forget to leave not just your bangs out of the hat, but your ahoge too!

England Notes:
A sharp-tongued, but good-hearted gentleman
England has a foul mouth and for whatever reason, can't seem to express himself in a poisitive manner, but he's not a bad guy. His soft blonde hair and deep green eyes are his charm points.

-Thick eyebrows for a gentlemanly look ~ When you say "England", the first thing anyone thinks of are his massive eyebrows. "There's something gentlemanly about them" right? Be sure to use concealer or powder to cover your own eyebrows before drawing on these monsters and your Englishness will go up!

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Austria, Russia, China, Lichtenstein, Switzerland (click for fullsize)

Austria Notes:
Refined older-brother figure
Austria is a bit overprivaledged and loves music more than anything. He might look gaudy, but he's actually pretty straight-laced. His clothes are well-tailored and accented with his signature scarf.

-Don't forget the mole ~ Austria has a mole under his mouth on the left side. One of his signature marks, there's something a little... sexy about it <3 Don't forget it!

Russia Notes:
What's that smile covering up!?
Russia doesn't beat around the bush and quite a few of the things that come out of his mouth shock everyone around him. He bundles up his tall-figure in a beige long-coat and pink scarf.

-Enhance your height with platforms ~ When it comes to height, Russia is #1 or 2. Wearing platform boots can give you a height boost for extra accuracy.

China Notes:
An old geezer, though you'd never know it by looking
Of all the characters, long-haired China is the oldest. He has no bangs and his hair is a little scruffy on the side. He's extremely flexible but has trouble remaining calm.

-Panda prop! ~ China often travels with his pet panda. If you use a panda plushie for a prop, your photo shoots will be extra cute.

Switzerland Notes:
Economical genius and staunch nuetral
Switzerland is a cool guy, easily swayed only for the sake of his little sister. His military uniform is forest green and of an unusual, characteristic design.

-Random sidelocks ~ Switzerland has lovely, if messy blonde hair. His bangs don't quite reach his eyebrows, but his sidelocks are longer and fall around his face randomly. If you cut into the hair on your wig in a light choppy motion at the ends, it's easily to replicate.

Lichtenstein Notes:
A girl who loves her brusque older brother
Lichtenstein is a sweet girl, always neaby to help her "oniisama" Switzerland when he loses his way. She's adorable in pleated skirts.

-The ribbons go on the side! ~ Lichetenstein's most common accent are ribbons tied into her hair on the side. Tying them plainly into the hair makes them easy to get tangled or fall out, so be sure to secure them with rubber bands and/or pins. Choose a ribbon that will compliment the dress you've chosen, okay?

(continued in the next post)

01-31-2010, 09:27 PM
Official Character References: Hetalia (part 2)

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Prussia, Canada, Romano, Finland, Spain, Belgium (click for fullsize)

Prussia Notes:
Alone, but not lonely!
Germany's big brother, Prussia is called "Oniisan" by him. He has a deep indigo military uniform and a black suit shirt. He and Russia have similar belt designs.

-Upturned eyebrows ~ Prussia has an ironic sense of humor, and you can see it in his eyebrows. If you draw his eyebrows well, there'll be no mistaking your character.

Canada Notes:
Softspoken and lazy
He and America may look almost completely alike, but their personalities couldn't be any more shockingly different. He has downturned eyebrows and blue eyes that convey his gentle personality.

-Wavy hair ~ Canada and America have similar hair, but Canada's style reflects his easy-going personality. Twist the ends with a bit of wax and hand-curl to get a wavy look.

"Romano" Notes:
A nervous bundle of complexes
Often embarassed by his little brother, Italy, Romano takes the blame for quite a few of Italy's foibles. He's a bit manlier and more respectable than his sibling.

-His ahoge is at the top ~ Opposite of Italy, Romano's ahoge is at the very top of his head and curls upward. Use wire to get the same effect.

Belgium Notes:
A tall babe
A lovely girl whose shoulder-length blonde hair is bound in an ash-blue hairband. Her dress, designed after those of Belgian royalty, includes a bolero in the same color.

Spain Notes:
Loves Romano
Spain is quite fond of the Italy brothers, especially the eldest. He's taken quite a shine to Romano. Be sure to choose a shirt that's a bit too big.

Finland Notes:
An energetic guy who never loses to the cold
A boy who brings presents to everyone from the sky. He's incredibly strong to the cold. His bangs are long and sweep from the left to the right.

-downward tilting eyebrows ~ Finland is a warm soul and his downward tilting eyebrows have a sculpted shape almost like a woman's. They're one of his trademarks.

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Greece, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia (click for fullsize)

Greece Notes:
A laid-back cat-lover
This guy's almost always lazing around with a cat or two. His shirt collar is unkempt and stands up and his shirt is open to bare quite a lot of his chest. On the right side of his head, he has some stray hairs that make ahoge almost in the shape of a plant sprouting.

Lithuania Notes:
A naieve guy
He's a bit introverted but he's a very agreeable young man. He wears a light green sweater and has a necktie in a darker shade of the same color. His clothes are well-tailored and should be worn with care.

Estonia Notes:
The Honor-Student of the Baltics
A studious person with a special talent with Information Technology. He has glasses with square-shaped lenses and and short-cropped hair for the ultimate honor-student look!

Belarus Notes:
These feelings, convey them to niisan!
A girl who longs for her "niisan", Russia and calls Ukraine "oneesan". With a ribbon right in the middle of your forehead, you'll be able to pull her off for sure.

Ukraine Notes:
The eldest sister, doing her best at farming
Not one to lose in agriculture, she's quite a kindhearted older sister. Her costumes are designed to accent her ginormous breasts. Be careful to line up the buttons on her shirt and pants.

Poland Notes:
Honest and shy
Kind, self-centered and a little shy, Poland is Latvia's best friend. He has platinum blonde hair parted in the center. He wears his pants tucked into his boots with a bit of overflow at top.

Latvia Notes:
If only he were just a little more clued-in...
A clumsy boy who is always angering Russia by saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. He wears a long sweater with the extra cloth bundled around his waist.

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Chibitalia: France, Hungary, Spain, Roma, Switzerland, Austria, Italy (click for fullsize)

Chibi-France Notes:
Younger-Frane can be a bully when it comes to getting what he wants. Both his violet mantle and hat are trimmed in gold.

Chibi-Hungary Notes:
An oneesan who loves Chibitalia. She's always toying with him like a doll, dressing him up in her own clothes and things like that. Be careful with the embroidery on her apron!

Chibi-Spain Notes:
Fundimentally cheerful but a little hard on himself, Spain steps into the older-brother role on his own. If you use a wrinkly material for his puff-sleeve shirt, you'll look even more Spain-ly.

Holy Roma
A pure little boy who loves Chibitalia so much he can hardly stand it. His wide Napoleon-style hat and his sideburns are his trademarks.

Chibi Switzerland and Chibi Austria
These two were good friends when they were small. Don't forget the crosses on the shoulders of Switzerland's jacket! Be careful of chibi-Austria's hair-part too.

Italy was a clingy child who loved drawing pictures. His long robe matches his cape. Be sure to use a lot of volume for the hat.

*February 2010

02-01-2010, 01:07 AM
Wig Tutorial: Italy (Hetalia)
This curly ahoge is so pretty!!
Italy's charm point is his epic, curly ahoge. It's really his most signature feature, isn't it? So here's a method to get the ahoge of your dreams using wire and some wig parts! This particular method is really solid and doesn't frizz or fall down ~ so give it a shot!

You'll Need:
-a wig (in this tutorial: Trance Short in Red-Brown from Prichara (http://www.prichara.com/site/index.html))
-wig weft (毛束) (in this tutorial: Red-Brown from Prichara (http://www.prichara.com/site/index.html))
-Wire (brown)
-single pin

1) Cut the weft
Cut your weft. Make sure the length is about twice that of your wire.

2) Cut and shape the wire
Cut the wire to whatever length and shape as you like, we recommend a rather thick wire (over 2mm) in order for it to stand out in photos.

3) Wrap the wire with your weft
Adding glue bit by bit, tightly wrap the wire with the wig weft. Be sure to hold both ends tightly.

4) Wrap the weft to the base
Use glue and the same wrapping method to secure the top of the wire as well, leaving a bit of wire and the very base of the weft free.

5) Finish Wrapping and Cut
Wrap the portion of the wire still bare, then cut the excess hair about 5cm after the endpoint.

6) Harden the tip
Cut the end in the shape you like then spray with hairspray while twisting to harden.

(continued in the next post)

02-01-2010, 01:07 AM
Wig Tutorial: Italy (Hetalia) (part 2)

7) Attatch your Ahoge
Attatch your ahoge to the wig net with the leftover end-wire, be sure to tuck it in securely.

With this cute ahoge, you'll make a great Italy!

*February 2010

02-01-2010, 01:49 AM
Prop Tutorial: Tachikawa Rune's Shoulder-pads (Miracle Train)
Let's make easy shoulder pads for any military-style character!


The station boys of Miracle Train all have their own distinct look. Today we're going to work on Tachikawa Rune's military-style uniform. This time it's the uniform's most standout feature ~ the ornate shoulder-guards. These gorgeous pads really make for a great accent to any military costume, so give them a try!

You'll Need:
-glue gun (with transparent glue sticks)
-metallic faux leather
-trim/fringe (2 kinds)

1) Cut the lionboard
Cut rectangles large enough to match your own shoulders out of the lionboard.

2) Heat the Lionboard
Heat the shape you cut in #1 with a lighter. Be very careful not to burn or damage the lionboard.

3) Mold the Lionboard
Use a curved bottle or can to mold your heated lionboard into a curved shape.

4) Stick on your faux leather
Use G-bond to stick your faux leather onto both sides of the lionboard.

(continued in the next post)

02-01-2010, 01:52 AM
Prop Tutorial: Tachikawa Rune's Shoulder-pads (Miracle Train) (part 2)

5) Draw designs on the faux leather
Use transparent glue sticks in your gluegun and draw on your faux leather with the glue, careful not to slip. This creates a nice raised, transparent effect.

6) Attatch the fringe
Attatch the trim with the longer fringe to the sides of your pads with glue first. Spread glue on both the pad and the fringe.

7) Hide the glued part with your smaller trim
In order to hide the point where you attatched the fringe in #6, lay a second, smaller trim over the crease and secure it there with glue. You're all done!

Gorgeous, frilly and elegant!

*February 2010

02-01-2010, 02:58 AM
Wig Tutorial: Tokaido Shinkansen (Aoharutetsudo)
Using aluminum foil for a sculpted spike


How to make a unique ahoge that won't frizz or come undone*
Tokaido Shinkansen has a style that reaches for the sky and swoops off into a sharp point. Now we're going to show you how to get an ahoge just as epic. In order to create the base shape, we'll be using a light aluminum foil and some sculpting clay. If you try this method, you're sure to get a good result, too!

You'll Need:
-a wig (in this tutorial ~ Heat resistant Veryvery Short in Black (PRICHARA (http://www.prichara.com/site/index.html)))
-wig weft (in this tutorial ~ heat resistant black (PRICHARA (http://www.prichara.com/site/index.html)))
-aluminum foil
-black sculpting/modelling clay

1) Make the base
Use aluminum foil to create the basic shape of the bottom-most part of your ahoge. A little goes a long way.

2) Cover your base in black sculpting clay
Cover the base shape you made in #1 with a thin layers of black modelling clay. Try to make the clay covering as thin as possible to keep the base from being too heavy.

3) Cut hair from the weft
Cut hair from the end of the weft. Cut a bit more than you need to cover the base piece.

4) Glue on the hair
Coat the hair and base very lightly with glue and attatch the hair securely all around the base. Bring the extra hair to a point. Be sure to leave some hair at the bottom on all sides, you'll be using this part to affix the piece to your wig later.

(continued in the next post)

02-01-2010, 03:38 PM
Wig Tutorial: Tokaido Shinkansen (Aoharutetsudo) (part 2)

5) Cut the tip to size
Cut the hair you affixed in #4 to size. Cut with a slide-cut motion from the bottom upward to make a clean point.

6) Secure to the wig
Use hairpins to secure the new piece to a pre-cut/styled wig and you're done!

Use hairspray to finalize the look and your no-frizz ahoge is finished!

*February 2010

02-01-2010, 03:55 PM
Monthly Poll: "I dunno who you are, but I want your photo!"

Question: Is it okay to ask for a photo even if you don't know what character they're cosplaying?
According to respondants, it seems that a great costume is enough to inspire people to want your photo, even if they don't know what your costume is from.

86% It's okay
14% It's not okay

Comment: It's okay, it seems! Of course, seeing any awesome cosplayer is enough to set the shutter-finger itching. "As long as you look up the character afterward, it's totally cool!" "If the costume rocks, I want a picture anyway!" "Even if they don't know your character, people might just be interested in the quality of your costume. I think it's alright."

*February 2010

02-02-2010, 03:16 AM
Prop Tutorial: Ciel's Cane (Kuroshitsuji)

You can make Ciel Phantomhive's "stick" out of a regular cane!!
Here's an item every Ciel Phantomhive needs: his gorgeous cane! Just by remaking a standard cane, you can achieve a great high-class look. It's much easier than you might think! It takes 2-3 hours to make, so it's great even as a last-minute addition the night before an event. If you can find a folding or collapseable cane, you'll have a much easier time transporting it to and from events.

You'll Need:
1) a cane
2) a glue gun
3) Freeplastic (moldable plastic)
4) A box-cutter/cutter-pen
5) sandpaper
6) masking tape
7) spraypaint (gold)
8) skewers/toothpicks
9) gemstone adhesive
10) rhinestones

1) Draw a design on the handle
Using a gluegun, make a raised design on the handle. Keep your lines curved, almost like the letter "S".

2) Draw on the endpiece as well.
Draw a similar design on the cane's endpiece. We've used white glue in the pictures to make it easier to see, but clear glue will actually stand out less when painted.

3) Soften the freeplastic
Fill a bowl with hot water and use it to soften some freeplastic. When it's soft enough, scoop it out with chopsticks or the skewers, be careful not to burn yourself!

Wrap the freeplastic around the cane
Wrap the freeplastic around the cane just under the handle and mold it into a cyllindrical shape. If you make a mistake, don't worry, just take it off and re-soften it before starting again.

(continued in the next post)

02-02-2010, 03:25 AM
Prop Tutorial: Ciel's Cane (Kuroshitsuji) (part 2)

5) Harden the Freeplastic
Give the freeplastic a bit of time to set. If you want to continue right away, using a hair-dryer on the cool setting is okay too.

6) Use a cutter to clean up your design
Now use your cutter-pen to clean up any areas of glue which have run or smudged. The thinner your cutter-pen, the more detailed your fixes can be.

7) Sand down your freeplastic
In order to get a nice smooth finish, you're going to want to even out the surface of the freeplastic with sandpaper. When you've finished, it will have an extra high-quality, polished look.

8) Fix the freeplastic
If you experience any chips or other troubles with the freeplastic when sanding, they're easy enough to fix. Just use the hot setting on your hairdryer to soften the trouble-spot long enough for a repair.

9) Cover the cane with masking tape
Cover all areas of the cane that you don't want to be gold with masking tape. 30 cm tape works well for this.

10) Spray Paint the cane
Lay down newspaper in a well-ventilated area then spray down your cane several times. Let it dry naturally for awhile.

(continued in the next post)

02-02-2010, 03:45 AM
Prop Tutorial: Ciel's Cane (Kuroshitsuji) (part 3)

11) Finishing Touches
When the cane has completely dried, remove the masking tape from the center. Use your gem adhesive and toothpicks or skewers to attatch rhinestone accents to the handle. Work from the top down to avoid making a mess of the work you've already done.

All done!

*October 2009

02-02-2010, 04:17 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Color-Contacts
Up your manliness from the eyes-outward with color contacts from Venus Eyes!!


Just putting in color contacts makes for a bit image change and they're a total necessity when crossplaying. There are all sorts of colors and types, but "Colorpara007"s "Venus Eyes" series is one of our favorites. You're sure to find a color perfect for your costume.

Awesome colors and designs to fit every character
If you want to embody your favorite male character to the last detail, your wig and color contacts are essential items!! So we're going to introduce the business who outfits the Layers we use for models in this magazine with their contacts.

Color contacts come in all sorts of designs and colors, so it's easy to get confused when looking to buy some, but "Venus Eyes" are some of the best. The brand is even used by professionals in movies and dramas! They work great for photoshoots and events too. If you're a color-contact beginner, you can't possibly go wrong choosing your first pair of these.

Each color and design gives quite a different impression when worn. Below we've introduced just one type of each of the colors most often worn by cosplayers: red, blue, violet, brown and green and have compared the impact of each.  Be sure to check different designs of each color before choosing too. Combined with great eye-makeup, the right color contacts can make you into a pretty hot guy.

Layers' Color-Contact Tips

-Try to match your character's image to a number of the same color and style of contacts
For example, when looking for a pair of red lenses, there are a number of different shades and designs ~ a bright red will give you an energetic feelin, while a dark red may look sinister. Keep your character's personality and design in mind when choosing.

-Choose a color that will compliment your wig
Color contacts in gaudy colors and designs may overpower your wig or clash horribly with it. Keep in mind that you're going to be wearing a wig with the contacts and choose accordingly. Getting the same type of color or shade of contact as your wig looks more natural.

-There are all kinds of styles ~ know what you're ordering!
Lenses come in all sorts of types, like "edge" lenses, which are designed to outline and enhance the iris and lenses that only color the very outside of the irises. Check out the 5 types shown here and keep in mind that many others also exist.

Venus Eyes ~ color collection
This line of color contacts is especially good for costuming and has a great lineup of styles and colors to match just about any character you want to cosplay <3 Here we've included our own impressions of just 5 of the colors they offer ~ red, blue, green, brown and violet. There are other colors, of course and quite a few special designs like the "edge" lenses we've shown. All of them give your eyes quite a different look, so be sure to compare.

if you're a dark or glam character...
A mysterious and sexy color, if you go for the "edge" type, your eyes get an extra bit of definition, standing out all the more.
Edge Red
(no prescription, pack of 2)
4,980 yen

if you're a caucasian character...
These contacts can give you the look of someone from America or Europe. If you choose this gradation style, the effect is a little less startling and you can keep the impression of being Japanese as well.
Blend Blue
(no prescription, pack of 2)
4,980 yen

(continued in the next post)

02-02-2010, 05:04 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Color-Contacts (part 2)

if you're a member of royalty...
This cool, noble green can give you a regal bearing. Using the edge type will make your eyes stand out and your gaze more direct.
Edge Green
(no prescription, pack of 2)
4,980 yen

if you're an Asian character...
This color can give you an exotic edge. This type has a transparent element as well, so you real eyecolor will shine through too.
Candy Brown
(no prescription, pack of 2)
4,980 yen

(continued in the next post)

02-02-2010, 05:12 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Color-Contacts (part 3)

if you're a cool character...
Violet eyes can give you the impression of being laid-back, calm or even cold. Your real eye-color peeks through the center, so the effect is almost ringlike and adds depth to your pupils.
Cute Violet
(no prescription, pack of 2)
4,980 yen

Shop conveniently and safely at Colorpara 007
All items sold on the Colorpara 007 site can be returned within 10 days of delivery!! Shipping nationwide is just 735 yen (I think this is quite a lot, really! But it is ridiculously fast) Their dial-order staff is quite helpful and can help you figure out what lenses you should use for just the right character look (try out their "consultation room" at 0120-800-491, open from 9am to 9pm). You can also make e-mail inquiries at info@007s.jp

0120-5440804 (open from 9:00am - 9:00pm, Japanese only)
Homepage (007 Delivery Contacts)

*October 2010

02-02-2010, 03:53 PM
Crossplay Tutorial: Binding and Padding
4 points for a cool and slender male sillouette


The very first order of business when attempting to appear male is to cover all of your telltale "girlish" points! If you can manage to target 4 key points, it's easy to approximate male form. Master the making of a male sillouette and you'll be well on your way to crossplay perfection.

Aim for square, muscular-looking shoulders!
If you can manage to widen your shoulders, your appearance becomes much more masculine!

Hide the roundness for a flat look!
Using techniques to bind or shape your butt, create as flat a shape in the hips and butt that you can.

Let's go for a chest flat as a board!
If you can erase the curves in your butt and chest, suddenly you're in the zone.

Use all the tricks you can for that extra boost!
Height is important! Not only will it make you appear taller in relation to other cosplayers, but it also makes you appear more slender.

Shoulder Tips
Use shoulder pads to boost your shoulders!
Shoulders are fundimental to achieving a more masculine shape! Just putting in shoulder pads can make your upper body look much bulkier and tone down your other curves in the process, giving you a more masculine sillouette.

Add your shoulder pads to your clothing before you put it on, this way your shoulder lines will match the look you're going for with your costume, even if they may set a bit wider than your own shoulders.

Awesome manly shoulders perfected!

This can fix sloping shoulders too!
With a bit of creativity, you can deconstruct, reconstruct and even stack shoulder pads for different effects. Here are just two.
People with sloping shoulders can stack shoulder pads or apply them in reverse (with the heavier sides out) for a more muscular or boxy appearance.
People with "cat back" (an arching back/shoulders that lean to the front) can tilt their pads farther back to compensate for the imbalance.

(to be continued)

02-03-2010, 05:07 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Binding and Padding (part 2)
Wrapping your butt tightly with a sash or towel can give you a straighter profile!
In order to make a straighter line from your back to your butt, it's best to bind here as well. It will reduce the volume of your butt and create a straighter, more manly sillouette.

Using a sarashi (a long strip of linen often worn as an undergarment with Japanese-style clothing or by pregnant women for extra support/warmth), bind your hips and the upper half of your butt tightly in two or three wraps. It will loosen a bit as you walk, so tighter is better.

A straighter torso will give you a more manly figure.

Pay attention to your standing style cool masculine poses!
Even if you've gone through the trouble to bind your behind, if you're not careful you might never get the chance to show it off. So quit standing in ways that hide your butt entirely ~ show it off!

If you put your hand on your hips with your elbow out, your butt tends to stick out too and look rounder. Add this to your list of girly-pose no-nos.

If you lower your hand to pocket-level and keep your wrist relaxed, your arm actually has the effect of hiding the curves in your butt. Point your feet outward (bowlegs and turned-in feet are signs of femininity in Japan) and consider tensing your shoulders or using your other arm to show off your padded shoulders.

(continued in the next post)

02-03-2010, 05:37 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Binding and Padding (part 3)

You can use a variety of different items and methods to flatten your chest!
"There are all these different support items designed to flatten your chest, but I don't know what the difference is!!" Have you found yourself worrying over the same thing? Well, in this article we're going to introduce the three most common binding items and how to use them. If you choose a method appropriate to the style of costume you intend to wear, your costume can really level-up!! So let's find one that fits your character to a T!

Method A: Taping
Get a very flat bind without anything to show through your costume!
When wearing clothes that fit tightly to your body sape, sports-taping is your best bet. Tapes designed for sports injuries are flexible, so you can achieve a the tightest bind possible without restricting your breathing.

Step 1: Pull the tape taught and begin wrapping
To avoid irritating your skin, wear a form-fitting undershirt to tape over. Begin at the center of the chest (at the top of your breasts) and hold the end of the tape down there as you begin to wrap. To make sure your breasts don't just shift to each side, press and wrap the sides tightly as well.

Step 2: Tape from the top, down
Continue taping around the body from the top, down. When you finish a solid wrap, cut off the tape in the back and stick it down firmly.


If you've done any binding method well it shouldn't hurt! (If you're in pain, something's wrong ~ start over. No costume is worth potentially hurting yourself.)

(continued in the next post)

02-03-2010, 06:19 PM
I just found this and I'm so excited!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to translate all of these magazines, there's a lot of helpful things in them that can't just be explained with the photos. Thank you!!!

02-04-2010, 01:48 AM
You're totally welcome :3 If you want to help, keep teasing site admin for a fix for the database so I can actually keep it sorted out ^^;

02-04-2010, 02:17 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Binding and Padding (part 4)

Method B: A Binder
A binder is a lightweight, simple-to-use and incredibly convenient crossplay item!
If you want to flatten your chest with just one item of clothing, then this is a great piece to have. It's sold at nearly all shops that sell costumes and support items for cosplay.

Step 1 ~ First hook the binder into place
While sucking in, wrap the supporter around yourself and snap the hooks into place, working from the top, down.

Step 2 ~ Zip up the zipper
Check to make sure that all of the hooks are secure, then slowly lift the zipper to close your binder.

Step 3 ~ Adjust
Use your hands to adjust the lay of your breasts under the binder. It's helpful to slide one hand from one side to the other just to make sure everything is pressed downward. When you're satisfied with the fit, your bind is complete!!



Binders are often more comfortable than wrapping methods, especially for people with larger breasts!

(continued in the next post)

02-04-2010, 02:50 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Binding and Padding (part 5)

Method C: A sarashi
Perfect for traditional Japanese styles, including kimono and yukata!
There's no elasticity in a sarashi, so if you pull tight you can get a very straight sillouette. When wearing this style of binding with Japanese traditional clothing, it's okay to reveal the binding itself under your costume (just leave out the undershirt)!!

Step 1: When you begin binding, be sure the sarashi is pulled tightly across the breasts!
The most important thing with sarashi is to get a good start on your bind. Hold the very center of the srashi (the part which falls over the swell of your breasts) tightly on your side with the fingers of one hand. Then begin to wrap.

Step 2: Wrap tightly and slowly to avoid wrinkles!
With such a large piece of fabric, it's important to wrap it around yourself with care. Having a friend help you wrap will give you even better results.


This method of binding will give you a great shape for Japanese-style clothing!

A Tip for Larger Breasts:
When binding larger breasts, there's bound to be some swell. In order to offset this effect, try wrapping a towel under your breasts. This will give you a flatter look and a straighter shape!

*October 2009

02-04-2010, 10:26 AM
This is wonderfully convienient. :D

02-05-2010, 08:22 PM
Crossplay Tutorial: Adjusting Height
You can use all sorts of tricks with your shoes to appear taller!
In order to pull off a manly look, height is really the most striking change that can be made. Platforms are great, of course, but with a little work, you can create the same effect inside your shoes, totally hidden from the naked eye! So let's master inserts!

Platform Shoes
Platform shoes can boost your height but there are limits to what you can do with them because of very few different styles and colors.

Inserts + Shoes
In order to use your own choice of shoes, you can use inserts to adjust your height from inside. The look is also incredibly natural.

Method A: Layering store-bought inserts
Give your height a small boost!
If you're only after a bit of extra height, you can purchase regular shoe inserts or liners at any shop and layer them for extra effect. This method is the most comfortable and the inserts can be added or removed at any time without much hassle.

Step 1 ~ Layer your inserts for height
Buy a few sets of the same type of insert and stick them to one another until you've got the height you're going for.

Step 2 ~ Put them in your shoes!
Now stick them in your shoes!! If they don't fit quite right or are buckling inside, trim them to fit your own shoes perfectly.

Method B: Layering heel inserts
Give yourself a boost of several cm with no hassle!
For a boost similar to the effect of low platform shoes, try layering heel cushions. These wedges come in heights from 1 to 5cms, so choose ones to fit your needs and comfort level.

Step 1 ~ Layer your heel inserts
Use glue to secure the heel inserts to one another and dry them completely to make sure that don't slide or separate.

Step 2 ~ Put them in your shoes!
Just by putting these in the heel of your shoes, you'll have you'll have your own pair of secret shoes!!

(continued in the next post)

02-05-2010, 08:51 PM
Crossplay Tutorial: Adjusting Height (part 2)

Method C: Making your own inserts from Lionboard
For the most control over height and fit, try making your own custom inserts!
If you find that pre-made inserts aren't giving you the height you'd like, how about making your own custom inserts from Lionboard?! It's easier than you probably think, so give it a try, ok?!

Step 1 ~ Trace a heel insert on your Lionboard
Use a regular heel insert to trace the shape of an insert onto your Lionboard.

Step 2 ~ Cut the shape out of your lionboard
Once you're drawn the pattern a few times, cut the traced shapes out of the Lionboard. Hold it tightly and cut deliberately to make sure the Lionboard doesn't slip.

Step 3 ~ It's okay to layer as much as you like!
Stick your layers of Lionboard together to achieve your desired height. Once the lionboard is as high as you want it, you're finished. (They seem to have glued the regular insert to the cutom piece as well in the following picture).

Step 4 ~ Put your insert into the back of your shoe
Install your insert with the Lionboard down and your store-bought insert up. This way your fit will be more comfortable.

POINT! Inserts won't work with every shoe! Be sure to choose a shoe that will work!
Generally speaking, in order to fit a shoe with inserts, you'll need at least one size larger than you usually wear. But in addition, you should be careful of the shoe's shape. Not all shoes take inserts well.

No Good
Inserts won't work in lowrise shoes or shoes that already have obvious heels. Shoes that fit tightly in the toe are likely to cause you discomfort as well, so be careful!!

High-top sneakers and boots with laces and wide fits are ideal for inserts. You should be able to get quite a bit of height without sacrificing comfort or fit.

*October 2009

02-07-2010, 02:10 AM
Crossplay Tips

Interview About FtM Crossplay Tips
We've asked some of the best FtM Layers!
You've asked 6 different currently-active crossplayers our questions about crossplay! Maybe their advice can help you with your own crossplay adventures!

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I'm really careful with eyes, eyebrows and makeup. If you do a good job on the eyes and in drawing your eyebrows, you can really get a great effect. I love brown and black eye makeup.
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
I have to be careful with makeup, posture and posing or I can look really girly. You need to ~think~ like a guy and then act like one.
Q3. How do you bind?
I used to use gum-tape, but now I use a binder I bought on the internet.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
I think it's really a matter of makeup, posture and posing! The angle from which you're shot in photos can make a big difference too, so it's important to think about that as a photographer and as a cosplayer.
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
Once at an amusement park event, I went into the ladies' room and nearly everyone inside thought I had made a mistake (laughs). I was really embarassed.
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
I think it's that you can become another version of yourself. There are so many great things about it, it's really hard to pick just one.

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I spend a lot of time creating balance in a costume. I especially spend a lot of time on makeup, doing my best to resemble the character as much as possible. I'm also really careful with skincare and my base makeup.
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
It's important to hold yourself like your character and like a man.
Q3. How do you bind?
I use a B-holder binder.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
I'm pretty sure there are cute characters who "manly" don't apply to, but it's important to do your best to embody the character. Whoever he is, try to understand him.
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
I have trouble going to the ladies' room. Though Layers and Camera kids aren't usually bothered by me at events... I'm still nervous about it.
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
Becoming a character you love! It's fun talking to new people about shared passions too.

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I worry a lot about shoulder pads and adjusting my physical appearance to achieve a more masculine line. When putting on makeup, I avoid fake lashes and use a lot of concealer for cancelling and highlighting. I use nose-shadow too.
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
When I'm cosplaying a little boy, I try to appear youthful. When going for older men, I tend to turn my neck a bit to get a narrower look about my face.
Q3. How do you bind?
I use gum-tape or flesh-colored taping.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
Posing to make yourself appear bigger than you are and being cautious about where you point your shoes is important, I think.
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
I'm short, so posing with Layers dressed as girls can be humiliating... I'm almost always shorter.
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
I enjoy getting away with poses and expressions that I can't usually get away with as a woman.

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I make sure my costumes fit well. I avoid heavy makeup and false eyelashes in favor of light shadows in black and browns. I also line only the edge of my eyes. It's important to conceal blemishes too.
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
I try to pull my chest back out of pictures if possible. I also try to pull character-appropriate poses and expressions.
Q3. How do you bind?
I use gum tape or athletic support-tape to bind.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
I think putting your heart into anything changes the whole game. You need to think "I'm a guy now!" with your whole heart (laughs).
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
I have problems walking. The sheer act of not killing myself in those platforms tires me out..........
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
Being able to dazzle yourself! I think it's fun, when taking photos, to think about what the character would do in this situation.

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
I try to bind my chest as tightly as possible. When cosplaying Japanese characters, I go really light on makeup and tricks ~ natural is best. When I'm doing a foreign character I go kind of crazy in the opposite direction: makeup, eyelashes, and wider eyes ~ the works!
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
I try to keep my legs clos together so that I don't end up looking short or stubby. I also try to hide my "girly bits" with my posing as much as I can. Approximating the character's movements and trying to pose like a guy in general is really important too.
Q3. How do you bind?
I use a full-cover back supporter designed for guys. If I'm doing open-shirt cosplay, I use athletic support tape to pull my breasts to the side.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
I think it's how you stand, the expression you wear and the atmosphere you give off.
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
I end up posing or doing masculine expressions even when I'm dressed as a female character.
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
The same thing I love about cosplay in general ~ the ability to live a fantasy. Isn't being a guy for a day a pretty interesting experience?

Q1. What do you take the most care in when putting together male costumes?
The whole sillouette of a costume matters a great deal, so I make every part in mind of a male balance. The shape of eyeliner and your eyebrows when doing makeup is also really important. I'm always careful to remember to add a double-fold to my eyelid and fake lashes if I need them, too.
Q2. What are you most cautious about when in a photoshoot as a male character?
I guess I'm most careful not to appear soft! Standing and sitting in shoots need to be done in-character ~ think like the character: sit like the character. Every character is different....
Q3. How do you bind?
I use a B-holder binder. The nude type is really convenient.
Q4. What do you think is the key point in looking "manly"?
I think it's erasing the color in your mouth. Though shoulderpads and eyebrow shape are close runners up.
Q5. Have you ever had trouble crossplaying?
Sometimes, if I'm not careful, I'll end up doing crossplay-esque makeup for my everyday life. I can have really scary eyebrows! (laughs)
Q6. What do you love about crossplay?
I can meet lots of cute Layers and flirt with them to my heart's content!

*October 2009

02-07-2010, 03:40 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog
Posing Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog

Crossplay Posing Catalog
Not sure what to do when you face the camera? Well, depending on your character, appropriate poses differ quite a lot. An energetic little boy and a cool secretive man are as different as night and day. Here we'll introduce a few different poses to communicate a few different types.

Be proactive with the camera!
When you want your own best shot, give all sorts of different poses a try. You never know which of these four patterns will suit you the best until you give them a go!!

Being Energetic ~ The Naughty Little Boy
There's a secret to this particular character type: to be totally crazy! Just moving around and putting some energy and humor into your poses can give you a great look for a young, energetic character with a penchant for mischief. Moving around and trying different things is the key to this character-type and will bring your photos to the next level.

Bust Shot

With this, you're the textbook energetic kid!!
Link both hands behind your head. Lift your head a bit and turn a bit to the side, with only your eyes looking straight at the camera*

An artless look to make your heart skip a beat<3
Curl the fingers of your right hand as shown, and touch your cheek ever-so gently. Your other hand should be kept solidly on your hip.

Raw Spirit
Make casual hook with your left arm for a carefree feeling
Put one hand lightly behind your head. The other should go on your hip. Try a few different expressions for a different feel.

Our Best Recommendation!!
A sly wink for a confident look
Make a peace sign with your fingers and place it near your head while smiling your most natural and charming smile. Smiling in photoshoots can be difficult, but give it a try, okay?

(continued in the next post)

02-07-2010, 03:59 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 2)
Posing Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 2)

Full Body Poses
Put your best foot forward, forward*
When portraying an energetic character, we recommend putting one foot a bit farther forward than the other and facing the camera full-on. This gives the illusion of aggression, confidence and/or activity.

Give it your best knockout smile
Put your hands on your hips and look forward at the camera. Then put your foot forward, spread out your arms or cross them lightly behind your back for a great straight-on shot.

If you reach toward the camera, it's Neo-Romance<3
Put one hand on your hip and stretch the other out toward the camera. Pulling one foot back behind the other looks especially nice.

Looking down on others unconsciously!?
Cross your arms and point one foot outward and away from your body. Tilt your head a bit toward the camera for a look of impatience.

Our Best Recommendation!!
A dynamic and manly sitting style*
This pose is great for people who can't choose angles. It looks nice shot from every side<3 Be sure to try low angles and wide angles too!

(continued in the next post)

02-07-2010, 05:39 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 3)
Posing Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 3)

Which are you? Cool or Energetic?

Cool characters need a variety of poses, they're never at a loss..... that's part of the "cool" gig. Don't worry!! Pick up some of these and you'll be making the fangirls swoon in no time!


Use your eyes to capture the mood
Laid-back, cool characters prefer using their eyes to communicate their feelings over all that unnecessary movement. Try changing the tilt of your face, the way you look at the camera, the set of your shoulders to get a variety of more subtle atmosphere changes.

Bust Shots

Rest one arm on the other for a slim look
Cross your arms, then put one at your chin. Your arms breaking up the bulk of your body will make you appear slim! It also brings a bit of attention to your face.

Curved lines make your face appear sharper!
Hold both arms as though giving yourself a loose hug and lift your face, looking down with your eyes at the camera. Be careful of the line of your neck from the shoulder ~ you want it to be long and beautiful.

An Invincible Gaze
Place one hand on your chest and the other on your hip. Like this, turn your face enough to move your eyes to look directly at the camera. Try subtle movements with the same basic pose for different effects.

Our best recommendation!!
Too cool to look right at the camera!?
Turn your body 45 degrees away from the camera then turn your head ever so slightly to look at the camera! This will give you the feeling of a portrait more than a straight-on casual shot!!

(to be continued)

02-07-2010, 04:35 PM
Crossplay Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 4)
Posing Tutorial: Male Pose Catalog (part 4)

Full Body
Cool characters only move around a bit!! It's best to have a repetoire of solid, sculpted poses to rely on and play instead, with the angle in which your eyes meet the camera!

A hand under the chin is perfect for a young heartbreaker
Put your feet together, but facing outward at an angle. Cross your arms with relaxed shoulders, then raise one fist to rest under your chin.

The Adventurer
Just the fingertips curled in invitation
Place one leg lightly forward toward the camera and set the other back. This pose might fit a guardian or adventurer to a tee.

The Narcisist
Look on my beauty and dispair...
It's important to capture the atmosphere. Brush your right hand gently across your face and give your eyes a far-off look for the perfect self-absorbed beauty<3

Our Best Recommendation!!
With this you can create a lovely sillouette in any crossplay costume<3
The most fundimental part of any cool pose is creating a strong, but casual eyeline. Tilt your head up, down, all around... but never stare straight into the camera full-on.

*October 2009

02-08-2010, 03:29 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Cool Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Cool Masculine Makeup

Become the sort of man people will fall in love with
With just a few different application tricks, you can show the world your male-self! Gather all eyes on you with these natural, cool makeup techniques.

The Cool Guy


Eyebrows & the Area Around the Eye

Step 1
To create a cool eye-shape, it's imporant to take care with the edges of the eyes and the brows! Use a thin pencil to draw an eyebrow line similar in shape to the rise and fall of your eye. When you reach the peak, begin to lighten your line and pull up a bit in a straight, gently sloping line.

Step 2
When you've finished pencilling in the brow shape use a bit of powder on a small brush to thicken and define the browline! As you approach the outer side of the brow, turn your brush to the side and slowly take off pressure for a light, trailing effect toward the end. Take care with the shape.

Step 3
When you finish drawing your brows, apply nose shadow from the inner points of your eyes down to the top of the nostril along both sides of your nose. This will give you the illusion of a sharper nose and a more angular face in general. Take care not to overdo it. Your makeup should always blend naturally with your own skin-tone.


(continued in the next post)

02-08-2010, 03:40 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Cool Character Makeup (part 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Cool Masculine Makeup (part 2)

A long eyeline and emphasis on the outer edge of the eye give the impression of longer, narrower eyes

Step 1
A long, defined eyeline is the defining trait of most cool characters! First, begin by lengthening the eye area with a grey or black eyeshadow, applied heaviest and thickest at the outer corner of the eye.

Step 2
Continue by applying your eyeliner. Apply only a very thin line near the tear ducts and again, go heaviest on the outer eye. Extend your eyeline past your eye for a cat's eye effect. When lining the lower eye, drop your drawn line lower than your natural eyeline for the illusion of a downward tilt.

Step 3
Eyelashes are important too! Apply only half of a top lash to the outer edge of each eye to further reinforce the illusion of length. If you use lashes that are too long, you'll look femenine, so be careful to check beforehand.


(continued in the next post)

02-08-2010, 03:43 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Cool Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Cool Masculine Makeup (part 3)

For a subdued lip, tone down color with a powder foundation!!

Step 1
Apply concealer to the lips to remove all redness, coloring your lips the same color as your own tone. Use a brush for applying lipstick to better fill the cracks and creases in the lip area.

Step 2
Using powder foundation, pat down the lips from the top, down. It will tone down the concealer and give your lips a more natural finish. Suddenly your lips will have a cooler cast and appear much more masculine as well.


Using Eye-Shadow to Make Upturned Eyes
With one small tweak, the same look can be adapted for upturned eyes. All you need is a bit of eyeshadow!
When you finish with the basic application, add a touch of red eyeshadow beneath the outer corner of the eye. It's best to apply heavily if you want a strong effect. Then, using a Q-tip, mute the shadow you've just applied. It's best to look in the mirror while carefully proceeding until you achieve a color and effect you like.


*October 2009

02-08-2010, 05:32 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Visual Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Visual Masculine Makeup

Devilishly Natural ~ Boldly lined eyes for a Visual Look

Eyebrows and the Nose Area
Let's draw straight, sharp eyebrows.

Step 1
Using a brown pencil, draw your eyebrow line in a straight, downward tilting line. Drawing the browline a bit closer to the eye than usual, especially at the center, looks pretty cool too.

Step 2
Using a cream-type eyeshadow, apply color to your eyebrow with a narrow brush. You want a pretty heavy application so the color will show through. When you finish, cover the whole brow from top to bottom with face powder to be sure the color won't run or smudge.

Step 3
Using a brown eyeshadow, shadow the area from the inner brow to the bottom of the eye and use a fingertip to blend until it appears to be natural. Apply shadow little by little until you achieve the desired effect, not all at once. If the shadows are too strong, it's no good.


(continued in the next post)

02-08-2010, 06:16 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Visual Character Makeup (page 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Visual Masculine Makeup (page 2)

Let's create an elegant, curved eyeline to completely enclose the eye

Step 1
Using a liberal dusting of eyeshadow on an eyeshadow brush, shadow in the area around the eye. Application should be thickest at the outer corner of the eye. Use a thinner brush to blend.

Step 2
Use liquid eyeliner to draw thick lines on the top and bottom of the eye, Create a natural appearing tip at the outer eye. The effect should be one of the eyeliner blending almost seamlessly into the darkest application of shadow. The bottom line is easy to smudge, so be sure it's completely dry before blinking.

Step 3
Use an eyelash curler to curl your own lashes, then apply your false lashes about 2mm under your eyeline. After the lashes are secure, apply maschera.


(continued in the next post)

02-08-2010, 06:18 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Visual Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Visual Masculine Makeup (part 3)

With just the lips, you begin to give off a much stronger impression. Be sure to use the usual trick to erase color and keep in mind a thinner line when redrawing.

Step 1
First, use concealer to erase all redness in the lips. Be especially careful at the bottom of the lips. Use the tip of your finger to stipple concealer at the base of the lips with the aim to hide, as well as possible, the line where they begin. When you finish, apply lip cream to moisturize.

Step 2
Use a cream shadow to apply color to the lips. Color your lips from the center outward, careful to draw a narrower bottom lip than usual. If you begin with an outline and then fill in, it's more difficult to make a mistake. Be sure to choose a color that suits your character.


Plus 1 Technique ~ Making your eyes appear narrower
There's one more trick that you can use to adapt this style. With this, your closeups will become even more effective!! Be careful to master it.

Step 1
After your basic application, use a liquid eyeliner draw a smooth finishing line from the center to the corner of the bottom lip, depending on your character, feel free to shape this line to suit your character.

Step 2
Using the same eyeliner, draw a sharp "く" all the way around the tear duct, extend this line to the very base of your nose. Then highlight the area around your eyes.


*October 2009

02-08-2010, 11:18 AM
Can you pleassssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee translate this!
If you do I will love you til the day I die!!!

02-08-2010, 04:25 PM
If you get me a better copy, I can try... But with the current quality, it's difficult to make out all of the kanji.

02-09-2010, 04:34 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Princely Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Princely Masculine Makeup

Sweet Princely Makeup


Let's make eyebrows to frame round, kind eyes

Step 1
We're aiming for a round brow, so use powder to continue your natural browline in a gentle curve. Be careful not to draw too-harsh a line. It helps to use a gentle, muted color in a shade or two darker than your wig.

Step 2
In order to make the browline you've just drawn appear more natural, brush it gently in an upward motion. This will blend in any harsh spots and create a texture more like your own eyebrow hair.

Step 3
The final step is to take a very light coating of maschera in a color very close to that of your wig and lightly brush it onto your brows against the grain. This will create a subtle accent/highlight. Be sure to apply carefully and lightly to avoid smudges and clumps.


(continued in the next post)

02-09-2010, 04:46 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Princely Character Makeup (part 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Princely Masculine Makeup (part 2)

The key is adding straight, false lashes to only the top lid!


Step 1
Shadow the eye with a bright, warm color like orange or beige. We want to emphasize the shape of the eye socket, so go heaviest in the area above the largest portion of the eye and the outer corner.

Step 2
Continue by adding eyeliner to the top and bottom. It's best to use a liquid liner to get a clean, thin line that won't smudge. Strongly border the top lid and the outer 1/3rd of the bottom lid while lining very lightly on the rest. Let's try to create the illusion of roundness!

Step 3
Finally, apply maschera and add straight-style false lashes to the top lid. The lashes should be cut to fit your own eyes perfectly.


(continued in the next post)

02-09-2010, 04:49 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Princely Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Princely Masculine Makeup (part 3)


Let's remove some of the redness in our lips to create a dainty, pure mouth-shape.

Step 1
Use a fine brush to apply concealer to the edge of the lips in the frame of your desired mouth-shape. Use the same brush to color in the negative areas you want to blend into your skin. Be very careful not to smudge the new shape.

Step 2
Use a sponge to gently to stipple the concealer on the edges. The area left with your natural color will create a sweet, adorable mouth. (Gloss and/or apply a neutral lipstick to the new mouth-shape for the effect shown here)


Plus One Technique: Using Eye Glue for a Double-Fold
If you have tightly drawn lids and want a wider-eyed look, try using eye-glue. You can find pre-set lines in the store to match your own eye-shape and size for the best possible effect!

Step 1
First, check the fit. Those with small eyes will want to go for a 3rd day moon-shape while those with wider eyes and wider-set eyebrows might want to opt for something wider.

Step 2
Using fiber-type eye glue, create your line. Be sure to stick the glue to your eyelids from the center outward to avoid mistakes. Both sides need to be glued securely.


*October 2009

02-10-2010, 03:12 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Masculine Makeup

Warm Down-turned Eyes


Let's create a gentle, curved line with powder!

Step 1
Take some eyebrow powder onto a narrow brush and draw a gently sloping, round eyebrow shape! The curved line will give your makeup (and your character) a softer feeling.

Step 2
When you finish with your powder, take a brighter-colored eyebrow pencil and shadow/define the lower line! If you use a thin pencil, the result will be sharper and more striking.

Step 3
When you finish both brows, run a brush over them to blend. Add a bit of nose shadow to the area between the inner brow and your nostrils for the finishing touch!


(continued in the next post)

02-10-2010, 03:21 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Character Makeup (part 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Masculine Makeup (part 2)

The key is to use your eyeliner for that cute downturned look!

Step 1
Using eyeshadow in a shade of brown, emphasize the outer part of the eye-socket with a heavy application while softly shadowing the whole eye. Go for a round look. In order to keep the affect from being too drastic, use a clean brush to blend the shadow when you finish.

Step 2
Use a black eyeliner to line the top lid, drawing an especially thick line for a heavy-lidded look. On the outer edge and bottom lid, line the eye under your natural eyeline, creating the illusion of lower, larger eyes.

Step 3
Finally, fit false lower lashes to your new, false eyeline. Stick the lashes securely to the skin beneath your eye ~ see the "plus one technique" in this article for tips on how to do it well.


(continued in the next post)

02-10-2010, 03:40 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Down-Turned Eyes Masculine Makeup (part 3)

Full points for adorable lips! Pink-beige is a great color for a gentle impression.

Step 1
Use a concealer similar in tone to your own skin to erase the color in the outer ring of your lips. Use a sponge to stipple the edges for a more natural finish.

Step 2
Use lip gloss on a brush to apply gloss to the entire lip. If you want to opt for a soft coloring, use gloss in a muted beige-pink shade for the best effect!


Plus One Technique: Applying Eyelashes under the Eye
The main point in this style is to apply false lashes under the natural lash line. The following can show you how to do so more smoothly.

Step 1
First spread glue on the lashes, then line the lashes up with the new eyeline you've drawn, setting only the outermost portion against the skin.

Step 2
Using the point you stuck first as a guide, hold that end of the lashes steady and curve the lashes to fit the false-eyeline, setting them on the skin from the outside, in.


*October 2009

02-10-2010, 04:49 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Masculine Makeup

Play up your nose for a more sculpted, elegant look


Nose shadow for a sculpted face and gently sloping eyebrows are the key!!

Step 1
Choose a powder in a shade to compliment your wig (one or two shades darker) and draw long, natural arches. If you use a thin brush, you'll get a more precise look. Adjust the thickness of your brows to fit your character.

Step 2
From the inner edge of your eyebrows draw a line in brown shadow to the side of the tip of your nose on each side. In order to create a gradient effect, blend the area with your fingertip until it looks natural. This line will help make your nose appear straighter and longer.

Step 3
To further define and emphasize your nose, shade the base of each nostril with a brown shadow. This will make small noses appear a bit larger and more defined. Try to blend this line in with the shadowing you've done on the side of your nose a little too!


(continued in the next post)

02-10-2010, 04:56 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Character Makeup (part 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Masculine Makeup (part 2)

Use color contacts to get a lovely foreign look and draw double-line to accent!

Step 1
Apply a bit of eyeglue to the lowest portion of the upper eyelid then shadow with a shade twice as deep as your base shadow to get deep, heavy shadowing effect at the base of the eye. Then dust the entire eye socket with a gold-brown shadow before highlighting the top of the eye and tearduct in white.

Step 2
Just above where the eyeball sits behind your lid, draw a deep, dark line in brown shadow with a narrow brush. Blend the very edges of this line into the shadow at the base of the nose and the outer edge of the eye for a more natural look.

Step 3
Use liquid eyeliner to line the upper lid and the outermost 1/3rd of the bottom lid. This will give you the illusion of wider eyes. Curl your false eyelashes and cut them to fit the outer 2/3rds of the top lid and 2/5th of the bottom. Apply to finish.


(continued in the next post)

02-10-2010, 04:59 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Noble Caucasian Masculine Makeup (part 3)

Lips everyone will subconsciously want to touch. Subtle makeup for a glamorous and refined look.

Step 1
Use concealer to remove the redness in the outermost ring of your lips. Then use lip-liner to draw a new lip outline that adds a bit more area on the outer top lip and bottom lip for the illusion of fullness and length. You should choose a pencil in a color that will suit your character.

Step 2
Use orange-beige lipcolor to fill in the area inside your guideline. You can get an even more precise look if you avoid applying it directly from the tube, but instead apply it bit-by-bit with a makeup brush.


Plus 1 Technique ~ Applying facial hair
A moustache..... Talk about a challenge for any crossplayer!! It's definately not the same if you just draw it on with a pen, right!? Here we'll show you how to apply a false-hair moustache!!

Step 1
Line your false facial hair up with the area you'd like to apply it to for sizing purposes. Cut off any extra pieces tentatively. You can refit as many times as you need, so don't do anything hasty. Eyebrow hair scissors are the easiest to use to cut.

Step 2
When you're moustache is ready, apply glue to the piece just as you would to false lashes and stick only the center bit at first, smoothing out on either side only after the center is firmly in place. Some fake facial hair comes with it's own glue but if it doesn't, eyelash glue should work just fine!


*October 2009

02-10-2010, 12:28 PM
If you get me a better copy, I can try... But with the current quality, it's difficult to make out all of the kanji.

I deffo will try!
Thanks loadz!!!! :DDDDDDD

02-11-2010, 01:35 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Sporty Male Character Makeup
Makeup Tutorial: Sporty Masculine Makeup

A very light makeup application designed to give you the most natural look possible!!


Eyebrows and Nose
Draw sharp lines arching to the peak of the eye for a cool look!

Step 1
Use your natural browline as a guide and begin at the peak of your natural arch. Draw a short slope downward following the curve of your eye beneath! For the thicker part of the brow, coat your brush with a brown shade of powder and gently shade in the negative spaces in your own browline while correcting the shape.

Step 2
Choose an earthy toned powder a shade or two darker than your own skin tone and use it to shadow the area between the inner tips of your eyebrows and the bridge of your nose. Be careful not to shade too darkly.

Step 3
Using a pencil, define the final shape of your brows! Use a thin, falling line on the outside to finish each brow. With this, your cool, natural-looking brows are complete!!


(continued in the next post)

02-11-2010, 06:33 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Sporty Male Character Makeup (part 2)
Makeup Tutorial: Sporty Masculine Makeup (part 2)

Using beiges and browns, let's create a natural base to frame the eye!

Step 1
Use a beige eye shadow near to your own skin tone to shade the eye. In order to emphasize the outer eye, use a slightly darker brown shadow as an accent.

Step 2
Use a pencil eyeliner to line the eyes. Be careful to draw a very thin, regular line! For an even more natural look, try a brown liner instead of black.

Step 3
Use liquid liner to lightly line your eyes over the pencil to create a more finished look. You can use eyebrow liquid if you want a more muted look.


(in progress)
(continued in the next post)

02-11-2010, 07:02 AM
Crossplay Tutorial: Sporty Male Character Makeup (part 3)
Makeup Tutorial: Sporty Masculine Makeup (part 3)

Use a lipstick very close to your own skin-tone for the most natural look.

Step 1
Use a brush to apply concealer to the perimeter of your lips. Use a color similar to your own skin tone. This will remove some of the redness from your lips for a more natural, masculine look.

Step 2
Use a sponge to stipple the concealer on the edges to blend more seamlessly with your skin, then apply a powder foundation to give the look a matte finish.


Plus One Technique ~ Dry lips?
Dry or cracking lips look terrible in photos. So before applying any makeup to your lips, be sure to apply chapstick and/or a moisturizing lip base!

Step 1
Go heavy on the application, it's going to need to hold up all day! It's best to choose transparent products.

Step 2
Wait a few minutes, then gently pat any excess away with a tissue before applying your makeup.


*October 2009

02-15-2010, 02:37 AM
Wig Tutorial: Creating the Illusion of a Hairline

Time Reqired: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: 2/5 stars

Wanren and all-back wigs can leave you feeling a bit insecure about your hairline and the appearance of your wig. But with just one little makeup trick, you can add just a touch of versimilitude. It looks really great, especially in long-shots.

You'll Need:
-color eyeliner or pencil shadow
-a wig net

Step 1 - Use a colored liner close to your wig
Put on your wig cap and use a liner pencil the same color as your own wig and use it to color in a false hairline at the edge of your wig cap. Draw in strokes to create the illusion on hair.

Step 2 ~ Touch up
Try your wig on over your work and see how it looks. Then remove your wig and make any neccessary adjustments or additions.

Step 3 ~ Put on your Wig
Dust the finished hairline with powder so it won't run or fade as easily, then put on your wig. The hairline is extremely easy to rub off, so be careful of it when putting your wig on and adjusting it.

*How To Layers Wig

02-15-2010, 04:08 AM
Summer Comiket - A Survival Guide

The biggest highlight of nearly every cosplayer's summer is "natsukomi" and this year'S is just around the corner. For three days, the geek community gathers from all corners of Japan to play. But where to stay? What to bring? And how do you survive the terrible heat?!

We can help!


get your hands on materials to orient yourself beforehand

Well before going to summer Comiket, you should get your hands on a catalog. The official event catalog is titled "コミックマーケット" along with the number of this year's event. There is a print version and a cd rom version too. Of course, you can buy a catalog directly from the Comic Market website, but copies are sold at nearly all major comic and anime-centric book sellers in the month before the event.

The catalog will tell you what circles are participating on each day, where you can find them and what genres they'll be offering. There are also pull-out floor-maps for each day of the event, so you can pre-plan your assault in full. Also included is a full list of event rules and a handful of interesting articles and reviews. It's a definate must!

Comic Market's Website

Bus Tour Packages
(note: this is from an article about 2009 Comiket, so these tours are out-of-date. Please check websites for current availability.)


World Tour System
Tour: Kansai Comic Express
Plans: Hotel (2 nights), night-bus (2 nights); Hotel (1 night), night-bus (2 nights); night-bus (2 nights); one-way tickets are also available
Pricing: between 7,000 and 29,000 yen
Tel: 06-6626-2662

You'll arrive at Big Site earlier by bus than by train and all of your luggage can be dropped off right on the doorstep. If you don't want to return right away after the event, there are hotel plans too. Of course, the bus will take you to and from the hotel for free. There is also a free shuttle bus to and from Tokyo Station. For an extra 500 yen, you can even catch a super-early 4am shuttle bus and be one of the very first in line at the venue.

Meitetsu Kankou Service
Tour: Comic Bus Tour
Plans: a 2 day course, a 3 day no-hotel course, a 3 day hotel course, and a 4 nights "relax" course
Pricing: 10,400 ~ 37,700 yen
Tel: 03-5759-8400

Some people need to get back to the office and want to enjoy just a day or two of the event, others want to take it easy and enjoy some down-time shopping or sightseeing. This tour has plans for both types! There are several different busses leaving from the Tokaido region and Kansai, so you have a pretty good chance of being able to find a local departure.


Beating the Heat

1) Hydrate
Bring drinks with you in PET bottles. If you aren't hydrated, you might get sick from the heat. We recommend sports drinks.

2) Bring Salty Snacks
Did you know that sweating makes your body lose water and salt? Having a salty snack or two can help refresh you.

3) Bring a Towel
There are hundreds of thousands of people at comiket and they can overwhelm even air-conditioned areas. You will sweat... maybe even rivers of it. A towel works better for damage control than a handkercheif.

4) Have a Fan
If you end up in a windless spot, you'll feel the pain in seconds. A paper fan isn't a bad choice either, but one of those little battery-powered fans feels like heaven!

5) Sunscreen
UV rays are at their peak in the summer months and if you're outside in the cosplay area for long, your skin can take a beating. Be sure to protect yourself with sunscreen.

6) Wear a Hat and Long-Sleeves
(notes: there is a bit of a Japanese obsession with pale-skin, I suspect this tip have more to do with vainity than practical advice... if you wear a long-sleeved shirt to Comiket, I guarantee you'll soon regret it!)
Lining up to get into the event takes time. You'll be out in the sun for as much as 2 or 3 hours. Protect your skin and eyes with a hat, long-sleeves and sunglasses. If you choose clothing in dark colors, the protection is even stronger.

7) Be Mindful of Food
In this kind of heat, fresh foods spoil quickly. Your yummy hand-made bentou can be a mushy, stinky mess by lunch-time. It's best to opt for non-perishable snacks... and if you have something that looks bad, don't risk it!!!

8) Power-up with Power Bars
Power bars, granola bars and other portable energy snacks can keep your body fueled and help you resist the urge to collapse in a heap in the heat.

9) Cooling sheets!!!
With the crowds and heat, you'Re going to feel hot, sticky ad gross. The perfect remedy might be a cooling sheet. (You can buy them in the skin care section of the drug store.)

10) Dress for the Heat
Be smart from the moment you wake up! Choose lightweight, breatheable and comfortable clothes. Bring an extra outfit to cange into when you change out of your costume to avoid getting back into smelly, sweaty gear.

Hotel Plans

Meitetsu Kankou Service
Tour: Comic Lodging Plan
Plans: single 7,000yen; twin 6,600yen; triple 6,00yen
Tel: 03-5759-8400

Hotels are popular around Comic Market too, so it can be hard to find a place to stay on your own. If you're not great with public transportation, this hotel plan's for you. It includes all kinds of hotels close to the event space.

Tabi Capital

Tour: 2009 Summer Comiket Lodging Pack
Plans: Cosplay Izakaya Course 14,500~15,000 (7,000 a night)
Tel: 03-3457-6696 (from 9am to 9pm)

It can be difficult to get reservations for "Little BSD" year-round, but around Comiket, it's impossible! "Little BSD" is a popular Akihabara cosplay izakaya and it's the perfect place for your Comiket after-celebration! This package includes an "enkai" there. The hotel has a shuttle-bus to Tokyo Big Site too, just ask the hotel staff to reserve you a spot.
*This tour is for ages 20 and over only ~ alcohol will be served

Other Events Nearby

Summer Cosplay Heaven in difaa yuumei
8/14-8/15 (2009)
@Difaa Yuumei
from 8pm to 8am

There are a ton of other nearby events too. To find them all, check out the Cosplayers' Archive home page!

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02-16-2010, 02:45 AM
Creating an All-Back No-Part Wig ("Lazy Lacefronting")
Don't want to limit yourself to characters with bangs? Add this technique to your arsenal!

*apologies for the brightness/contrast on this set of photos... my scanner is having a lot of trouble with this shade of green.

Time Required: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: 3/5 stars

Pre-purchased all-backs look great, but sometimes the wig cap shows on the hairline. Quite a few people seem to want to know how to hide the hairline or make it appear more natural. Others want to know how to recycle their own regular costume wigs but want to convert them to all-backs. Here we'll show you a method that can kill both of those birds with one stone! It will hide exposed wig-cap at the front of your all-back and can help you to create an all-back from any medium-long wig.

You'll Need:
-glue (should dry transparent) *the photos use an opaque glue so that you can see the strip, but results are much better with transparent glue
-a clear file
-a hair dryer
-hair wax
-hard hairspray
(not shown) a weft that matches your wig

1) Comb Back the Bangs and Spray
Use your hairdryer and the hard spray to set your wig in an all-back style. If the bangs are being stubborn, work to move them back in small pieces one at a time, moving on to the next only after the last has become cooperative. This way you'll get a nicer, more uniform style.

2) Spread out a Line of Glue
Lay out your clearfile and spread a ribbon of glue out onto it, about the same width as a piece of scotch tape. Spread it as thinly as possible and as quickly as you can. It's best to use a lightweight glue that dries transparent.

3) Stick Weft Pieces to the Glue
Using a weft that matches your own wig (or pieces cut from harder-to-notice areas of your wig), create a custom hairpiece by arranging and sticking bits of hair to the ribbon of glue. After you finish sticking the hair to the ribbon, style the pieces that will protrude from the hairline into triangles, curls, or spikes with your styling wax.

CHECK!! Use wax to style the ends of your weft pieces

4) Remove the Hairpiece from the File
When the glue has dried completely (you can use your hairdryer to speed it along), gently remove the home-made hairpiece by peeling it off of the file. Be sure to be careful not to break or stretch the glue strip.

(to be continued)

02-16-2010, 02:54 AM
Creating an All-Back No-Part Wig (part 2)

5) Stick the Hairpiece to Your Wig
Glue the hairpiece you made in #4 to the hairline of your all-back wig. The styled ends should fall to cover the very top of the forehead, obscuring the wig-cap and your hair-net when worn. Adjust the new hairline for the most coverage and to match your desired style.

6) Comb the New Pieces into the Rest of Your Wig
When the piece has dried in place, use your fingers to hold the new hairline in-place while gently brushing the new pieces into place in the rest of the wig. Finish with a full coat of hard-spray and your home-made all-back is complete!

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02-16-2010, 04:56 AM
Cutting Basic Bangs
Use scissors to cut into the grain of the hair for a bangs-trim or to add bangs to a wig without any
You're bought the perfect wig... but the bangs are too long as-is. Let's try cutting them down for a great natural look.

You'll Need:
-a comb

1) Pull the Hair Out Toward You
Lay out some newspaper beneath your workspace to catch any of the hair you trim off. Pull the bangs you want to work with out and away from the rest of the wig. Don't pull too tight, be sure to allow a small portion at the top to bend to the form of the forehead.

2) Point Your Scissors Into the Grain of the Hair to Cut
Point your scissors into the wig and cut in a slightly tilted upward motion. Be very careful and cut slowly, one small bit at a time. Your scissors should only penetrate the wig as far as you want your final bangs to fall. As you get closer to your goal, cut with a smaller portion of the scissors for greater control. Comb the bangs out several times and check/repair the balance before finishing.

Check!! Be careful to maintain balance with the whole wig

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02-16-2010, 04:57 AM
Basic Thinning Cut

Using thinning scissors to tame a bushy or heavy wig

Time Required: 10 minutes
Difficulty Level: 1/5 stars

For wigs with a great deal of fibers or unmanageable volume, let's use thinning scissors. If you change the angle of your scissors when thinning, the feeling of the look can change too.

You'll Need:
-thinning scissors
-a comb
-a hair clip

1) Block the Wig
Divide the wig into three blocks ~ top, center and bottom. Use your hair clip to hold up all but the lowermost block while you cut. Make sure the hair is secure so that it won't get in your way.

2) Hold the end of the hair straight
Comb out the wig until the hair is smooth and straight, then pull the ends straight before lightly cutting into the wig with your thinning scissors. If you thin too much, the wig will get scraggly and the wig net will show through, so be careful not to overdo it.

3) Thin the Whole Wig
When you finish with the bottom layer, let down the center layer over the top and clip up the top-most. Repeat step 2 with the new layer, then again after releasing the top. When all 3 layers have been thinned seperately, do one last run after combing the layers together. If you leave more hair on the top, most styles work much more smoothly ~ so it'S a good idea to do the bulk of your thinning on lower, hidden layers.

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02-17-2010, 05:17 AM
Shaggy Slide Cut

Characters Who Use This Style:
- Hiiragi (Harukanaru Toki Sora no Naka De 4)
- Lune (Neo Angelique)

A shaggy cut achieved with downward-pointed scissors

Time Required: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: 3/5 stars

This shaggy style is great for a gently cascading wig or to frame your face for a more dramatic look. If you remember how to hold the scissors, you can get the hang of a slide cut in no time. Don't go for big chunks at a time, or you'll end up with a big mess. The secret of cutting all wigs is to go slowly and take it a little at a time. Be sure to use sharp scissors too, so as not to damage or chew up the hair of your wig.

You'll need:
-cutting scissors
-hair spray
-a long wig (this one is rose pink by assist wig)

1) Hold the Hair Beneath Where you Want to Cut
Decide which part of the wig you're going to shag. For the purposes of our tutorial, we're going to frame the face. Use your fingers to hold out the hair just under the point you want to begin your shag. Be sure not to work with too much hair at once.

2) Face the Scissors Down
With the hair held out like we instructed in step one, position your scissors with the flow of wig. You'll be cutting toward your fingers, so be very careful not to hurt yourself in the process.

3) Move the Scissors Downward as You Cut
Slide your scissors, and your hand downward slowly as you cut. Avoid making large cuts or you'll get an unattractive, chunky look. Work with a little bit at a time (you can always go back for more). Repeat this step at different points to achieve your desired look.

4) Style the Pieces to Frame Your Face
When you're satisfied with your cut, check that the length on the right and left is just about even. If you want to finish the sides to frame the face, pull the hair gently outward with your fingers and spray with hairspray to finish.

As with any style that requires cutting ~ your scissors can make all the difference. If you work with blunt or cheap scissors, you may end up with slips or chewed up fibers. Wig fiber can dull scissors quickly, so make sure you're using a sharp pair each and every time. If you're shagging large pieces or a whole wig, you may want to have thinning scissors on hand as well.


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02-18-2010, 03:53 AM
Chop Cut Random

Characters Who Use This Style:
- Tidus (Final Fantasy Series)
- Harada Sanosuke (Hakuoki)

All this style takes is mastery of a simple kind of scissor stroke

Time Required: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: 3/5 stars

This look has a lot of movement and is great for crossplay or active female characters. With diagonal strokes into the grain of the hair, you can easily create a random-length look. When cutting, move from the bottom of the wig to the top in order to achieve the best final balance.

You'll Need:
-hair clip
-a comb
-a wig (this one is a "soft random" in dark orange by Zephyr)

1) Block the Hair Above the Ears
First, block off the hair above your ears (the lines in your wig will help you seperate the layers evenly) and clip it out of your way.

2) Pull the Hair Out to Your Desired Length
Comb out the hair in the portion that's still down and take the hair out between your fingers to your desired length. It's important to work with a straight wig securely fitted to a wigform or someone's head and to pull the hair back straight. Otherwise you could end up with a bit mess when it's finally worn.


3) Cut With Your Scissors Held Diagonally Into the Wig
Aim your scissors diagonally into the piece of hair you're isolated and cut small pieces off at similar, but random lengths. Be sure not to cut more than your final desired length at any one point and progress slowly, so as not to cut more than you'd intended.

4) Cut the Hair on the Top of the Head
When you finish with the bottom, let down the hair on the top of the head and slowly cut that as well. We suggest being especially careful (and restrained) with the top of the head, as mistakes here will stand out much more than mistakes on the lower layers. For the look we're going for here, the top is a bit shorter than the rest.

How can you cut a wig in a balanced way? Well, with this look, the diagonal scissors are key. Not only will they give you the cut you're after, but they can guage the balance of your wig as well. Try to guage visually how far the hair reaches on your scissors each time. (If you need help getting the same length all over, try putting a small line in duct tape on your scissors on your first cut and using it to approximate the depth to which you should cut the rest.)


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02-18-2010, 05:26 AM
Straight Cut

Characters Who Use This Style:
- Yzak (Gundam SEED)
- Akira (Hikaru no Go)

A lovely straight shape from a precise and careful cut

Time Required: 40 minutes
Difficulty Level: 4/5 stars

This straight style suits quite a few traditional Japanese and Oriental characters. It looks simple at first glance but if you just saw away in one go, you'll end up with a big mess! Start at the bottom and carefully cut each layer for the best result. Cut mindful of the wig's flow for a really lovely straight cut.

You'll Need:
-a hair clip
-a comb
-a wig (this one is a medium in silver from Assist Wig)

1) Block the Hair
Isolate the bottom 3 or 4 lines of your wig's net and clip the rest out of the way with your hair clip. In order to keep the hair on both sides out of your way, clip those lightly aside as well.

2) Cut the Back of your Wig from the Center
Comb out the loose portion of hair and then, with your comb, pull the centermost piece down straight and cut to your desired length. Continue to cut the loose potions of hair in turn by lining them up with this already-cut center piece.

3) Cut the Next Line Using the Last as a Guide
Let down another layer of hair from your blocked off section (2 or 3 lines of netting-worth) then use the already-cut pieces as a guide to guage length before cutting. Again, begin from the center and move outward, careful to line the hair up with the hair in the layer behind. Continue with each layer in the back until it's complete.

4) Use the Finished Back as a Guideline for the Sides
Now comb out the sides and, lining them up with the hair you're cut in the back, slowly cut them to match. It's best to approach this in at least two blocks ~ one below the ears and one above, cutting each slowly and carefully while combing the hair straight.

We recommend that beginners attempt this style with a damp wig and have a spray bottle on hand to re-wet the wig as you go. We also recommend leaving the front sides slightly longer than the back, this will create the illusion of a smoother cut in head-on photos.


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02-18-2010, 04:51 PM
Wispy Razor Cut

Characters Who Use This Style:
- Tsubasa (Vitamin X)

An artless, natural look untouched by scissors...

Time Required: 30 minutes
Difficulty Level: 2/5 stars

For a soft look quite different from the one you get with scissors, a razor cut is just the thing! Wigs with too much volume can be thinned out with diagonal cuts and hair can later be styled for a more random look. Try to move the razor away from the roots toward the tip, but be careful not to cut yourself in the process.

You'll Need:
-a razor
-a comb
-a wig (this one is Assist Wig's "short bob" in ray blue)

1) Take Some Hair and Pull it Straight
Begin at the top of the head and grab a small piece of hair between your fingers. Hold it out taught so the razor won't slip when you go to make a cut.

2) Move the Razor Toward the Tip
Following the flow of the wig hair, move the razor toward the tip, taking off a bit of hair as you go. Be very careful! If you put too much pressure behind the razor, you'll lop off the whole lock in one go! Easy does it. After finishing the pieces at the top, check the length on the right and left side before moving on.

3) Twist the Hair Before Cutting
Now, for the rest of the wig, we're going to use the same method as before, but this time, we'll twist the hair gently. This will give you a nice, random length effect. Be patient and gentle so you aren't sawing through your wig to disaster.

4) Let's Cut Some Bangs
Lastly, let's use a razor to cut some bangs. Unlike the back and sides, if you start too high with the razor here, you'll get a noticeable, thin look. Cut slowly, a bit at a time for the best results.

A razor is really convenience once you've gotten used to using it. A razor will give you more control over the fall of hair and a softer look than other cutting tools. The key is to be gentle and move your razor lightly over the hair, taking off just a little at a time.


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02-22-2010, 04:34 AM
Easy Intro to Prop-Making

"I can't make that by myself! That's crazy!" You'd be surprised what you can do if you set your mind to it. You just gotta believe! This set of basic tutorials is designed for you, ye of little faith. Have a look, roll up your sleeves and give it a try. We might make a prop-maker out of you yet.


Quite a lot of props fall under the umbrella of "weapons" or could cause harm to others when constructed or handled carelessly. It's important to remember that props can cross the line into real weapons if certain materials are utilized. You may find your props banned from events or shoots if they're too long, heavy, or sharp. Be sure to know what's allowed at the event where you plan to use your prop and construct it accordingly.

It's equally important to be mindful of those around you when posing with or transporting props. Improper handling of even fake weaponry can cause real injuries. A good question to keep in mind when designing props is this:

"If I hit someone with this ~ will it hurt them?"


There are quite a few templates for different props, but it's important not to limit yourself to how others have accomplished the same goal. If you put your time, effort and love into your craft, you can manage with even the most limited skills and funds! It's a waste to give up on something before you've even tried just because it looks too difficult! Mistakes can only add to your experience and make you a better prop-maker in the future ^^


Lately you can purchase quite a few essentials without setting foot in a hardware store. The 100 yen shop has quite a lot of what you need. Just don't assume that 100 yen is the best price you can get. You can find great deals in the hardware store too, especially if you purchase in bulk or look for small items like sandpaper and glue. Check both kinds of shops before making any purchases to save the most money on your props.


When if comes to props and fake weapons, all sorts of quality and skill levels are represented at any given event. Some Layers produce props for a living or buy them professionally-made. Others have years of experience to draw on. What's most important isn't how your props compare to those of others, but whether you, personally, are satisfied with your work. The first step in becoming skilled at anything is to give it a try.

So, how about it?

The Essentials: Prop-Making Tools

The old adage "you get what you pay for" often applies to construction materials. Cheaper materials may yeild less stellar results than more expensive ones, especially when it comes to tools which you'll very likely be using often over a long period of time. There are plenty of other items used in building more elaborate props too ~ but here we're working on the basics. So without further ado ~ a list of the most basic items in their very cheapest incarnations:

(100~300 yen)
There are quite a few different kinds of glue ~ glue for wood, glue for polystyrene, glue for paper, glue for rubber, etc. For most basic construction projects, we recommend the type for polystyrene. If you plan to work with faux leather, enamel, rarissa or lionboard, you'll get the best results with G17 glue (it's a bit lighter).

A Cutter Knife
(300~500 yen)
With a cutter knife you can create clean curves and make short work of pretty much every light craft material but polystyrene.

A Glue Gun
(100 yen)
This tool melts sticks of plastic glue and has plenty of uses beyond adhesive application. It's great for adding detail, decoration and writing to just about anything you might need to make.

A Polystyrene Cutter
(100 yen for the tool, battery sold seperately)
A polystyrene cutter will heat up to cut polystyrene more cleanly. You should be able to find one at the 100 yen shop.

Acrylic Paint
(300~700 yen)
This paint works great on polystyrene, styrofoam and laquer so it's really convenient to have. It won't run when wet and won't rub off on your costume either.

(300~500 yen for a tube, 1,000 yen for a big one)
Useful in crafting blades or other items that require distinct ridges or corners. Unmixed types are also available, but the type shown here is pre-mixed. It's ready to use and doesn't have much of a distinct smell.

(to be continued)

02-22-2010, 05:18 AM
Easy Intro to Prop-Making (part 2)

Spray Paint
(400~800 yen)
Convenient if you want to apply one basic color to a large area in a short time. Just be careful not to spray other things and to use it in a well-ventilated area. The fumes can be dangerous.

(60~80 yen)
This is useful for smoothing edges on wood and polystyrene. It's a bit of a pain to finish pieces by sanding, but if you do, they'll have a clean, finished look and feel.

Simple Prop Tutorials Included in This Feature
-spear (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3333183&postcount=212)
-sword (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/playsword1.jpg)
-Basara weapon 1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3337573&postcount=214) 2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3337575&postcount=215)
-Vocaloid headset 1 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3337579&postcount=216) 2 (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3337579&postcount=216)
-decorative buttons (http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3337584&postcount=218)

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02-22-2010, 05:43 AM
Basic Prop Tutorial: Collapseable Spear

-three lengths of plastic pipe
-3cm push screws (2)
-3 cm bolts (2, round)
*the screws and bolts should fit together and both should fit inside the pipe
-balsa wood board (50cm)
-wood putty
-spray paint, laquer finish in red, black and silver
-gold tape

Step 1:
Apply glue to every side of the bolts and press them each into one side of two of the pipes. Do the same with the screws on the corresponding sides of pipe (you want them all to fit together into one pole when you're finished). Let the pieces dry completely before continuing.

Step 2:
Trace or draw the spearhead shape onto the end of the balsa wood and cut away the extra pieces. On the other side, cut away all but a tab the width of the inside diameter or your pipe (about 3cm). Note: balsa wood will cut with scissors! A box cutter will still give you the most control, but scissors will compress the edges of the wood as you cut, giving you a smoother, almost folded finish.

Step 3:
Cover the balse wood blade with wood putty, covering one side very, very thinly in one stroke and the other in two with a small ridge in the center. If you put too much putty on, the blade will quickly become heavy and will stress or snap the piping that makes up the pole.

Step 4:
Spread out some newspaper and seperate the pieces by desired color - 2 poles in red, 1 in black, the blade in silver. Spray the pieces and let them dry completely.

Step 5:
Add some trim to the bolt/screw end of the black pole by wrapping it with gold tape.


The finished product is here (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/spear1.jpg).

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02-24-2010, 04:24 PM
Basic Prop Tutorial: Repainting a Toy Sword

-toy sword (100 yen shop)
-acrylic or spray-acrylic paint (silver, gold, black)

Step 1 Take apart the pieces of the sword

Step 2 Paint the sword blade silver (spray paint works too -- just tape up the parts you don't want painted with masking tape first)

Step 3 Paint the scabbard black. If you're hand-painting, try using a 500ml PET bottle as a stand. It'll keep your fingertips from getting covered in paint.

Step 4 Paint the hilt in gold ~ choose the most metallic paint you can find for the nicest effect.

Step 5 Finished! Try wrapping the hilt with strips of cloth for a more authentic look.

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02-24-2010, 04:38 PM
Basara weapon

3-Bladed Weapon (Sengoku Basara)

-drafting (architectural) paper
-PP sheeting
-veneer tape/duct tape

Step 1
Use your drafting paper to make patterns for four different parts: the center piece, the handle, the blade-base, and the blade. Use the patterns cut from your drafting paper to cut a center piece, 3 blades and 3 blade-bases from styrofoam.

Step 2
Use the handle pattern to cut 3 handle pieces from the PP sheeting.
(the pieces shown have already undergone step 4 for some reason...)

Step 3
Use a pen-knife and sand-paper to remove excess and smooth the edges of the styrofoam peices, for a cleaner, more finished look.

Step 4
Use the glue gun to attatch two skewers to the ends of each handle piece (as shown in the photo for step 2). If one end of the skewers is blunt, point it inward, you want the pointy-bits facing out.

Step 5
When the glue has set, sandwich the skewers with your drafting paper pattern (this sort of paper is nearly always card-stock in Japan... if you're working with softer paper, please use it to draw a new piece out of card-stock) then wrap the handle all the way around in a spiraling motion until your handle-shape is complete.

(continued in the next post)

02-24-2010, 04:38 PM
Basara weapon (part 2)

Step 6
Use the skewers to attatch the styrofoam bases and blades. If the skewers are too long, cut them to size so they won't pierce the surface of the weapon when set.

Step 7
Attatch the handles to the center piece with the protruding skewers.

Step 8
Use a cutter-knife to open a groove in the blade base just large enough for the handle base to cover. Using this groove as a guide, attatch the blades with the protruding skewers on the end of each handle.

Step 9
Use the glue gun to secure the ends of the different pieces where they meet. Create the illusion of "bolts" with dollops of glue on the inner ring of the center piece. Let all of this dry completely before continuing.

Step 10
Paint the blades and center piece silver and the blade-bases black.

Step 11
Be done :3

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02-24-2010, 04:40 PM
Vocaloid headset (polystyrene)


-white acrylic paint or spray paint
-EVA board (yellow and gray)
*this is a soft craft-board that you can find at the 100 yen shop
-Polystyrene foam (3 cm thick)
-wire (white)
-drafting paper (card stock)
*milk cartons will work too!

Step 1
Use the drafting paper to draw the basic headset pattern. It should be the right size for your own face and wig. Cut the shapes out with a pen-knife. These will be your patterns.

Step 2
Using the basic card stock pattern, trace four copies of the basic outer shape onto polystyrene.

Step 3
Use a polystyrene cutter to cut out the shapes.

Step 4
Draw the more fetailed inner pattern onto 2 of the four polystyrene pieces.

Step 5
Use a cutter-knife to hollow out the pattern pieces in two of the polystyrene pieces.

(continued in the next post)

02-24-2010, 04:42 PM
Vocaloid headset (polystyrene) (part 2)

Step 6
Sand down any rough edges, then use polystyrene glue to glue one of each piece together into two basic headphone pieces. Sand away any inconsistant edges after gluing.

Step 7
Attatch a hairband to each side of the headphones by pushing it into the more solid of the two pieces. Try to line up both sides as evenly as possible. Glue to secure.

Step 8
Use some extra polystyrene and the white wire to create a microphone and (ridiculous phrasing due to weird cosplay.com bug) stick it in the undermostpart of lefthand-side of the headset. Use spray paint or acrylic paint to paint all of the newly-assembled headset white.

Step 9
Cut EVA board pieces to fit the hollows of the dried headset and pop them into the gaps to finish.

Step 10
Adjust your mike and you're all done!

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02-24-2010, 04:44 PM
Basic Prop Tutorial: Decorative Buttons

-a big button
-a glue gun
-silver spray paint

Step 1
Buy large buttons from the 100 yen shop or craft store. It doesn't matter if there's already a design on it, you'll only be using it as a base. First, use your glue gun to make a mountain of glue on the button ~ this will be the new surface.

Step 2
When it dries, use the glue gun to draw any design you like. If you're unsure of yourself ~ use a magic marker to sketch out the design then trace over the top of it with glue.

Step 3
Dry completely then spray paint.

Step 4

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02-26-2010, 02:35 AM
Photo Studio Guide ~ School Settings

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.


Area: Tokyo
Address: 202-0014 東京都西東京市富士町1-15-23 マック東伏見コート104・105 (Studios 1, 2 and 5) 202-0014 東京都西東京市富士町4-14-12 ルミエール東伏見202 (Studios 3 and 4)
TEL: 042-450-5602
Hours: 11:00 ~ 23:00 (weekdays), 10:00~22:00 (weekends)
Pricing: 2,500~3,500 yen/hr


A popular studio with thoughtfully-designed sets that look great from every angle
Their classroom set has 12 desks, so even long shots have a great authentic balance. The classroom set alone has hosted over 1,000 shoots, so it's very popular. You can even take pictures with a kyuushoku-style bread and pudding set (free).

For 1,900 yen, ladies can participate in popular weekday "mini mini cosplay events." Open to individuals, these shoots are a great way to meet new people and take photos at a discount. There's a big changing room and a room for makeup too.

"It looks small from the outside, but it's a source of some really great pictures. You get great results for the price and can take school shots and casual shots all in one place."


Area: Tokyo
TEL: 03-5829-9366
Hours: 9:00 ~ 22:00
Pricing: 3,500 yen/hr (2 hour minimum)

Three Types of Walls and a Classroom Setup
The main studio is set up like a classroom with a blackboard and desks. There are also three different wall backdrops ~ red brick, concrete and wood. This studio is perfect for classroom situation shots. There's also a regular set of white and brown studio rooms. You can change studios between hours too. So find a plan that fits your needs and enjoy!


Rental Photo Studio Whip Cream

Area: Osaka
Address: 大阪府大阪市浪速区日本橋5-18-24 日本橋第5ビル8階
TEL: 06-6646-0166
Hours: 1am-11pm
Pricing: 4,000 yen/hr (2 hour minimum)


Long hours make this one great for career people
This popular hole-in-the-wall studio has a small classroom setup with a blackboard and desks. It also has narrow, stylish shooting-spaces in both black and white with adjustable lighting. You're free to move the classroom props around as you like, so how about getting creative? You can also rent boys' school uniforms, maid outfits, and gym costumes for free ~ so how about bringing a friend or two along for a first-experience?

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02-26-2010, 03:56 AM
Photo Studio Guide ~ Natural Settings

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

Southern Cross Koriyama Studio


Area: Fukushima
Address: 福島県郡山市日和田町八丁目字葭池20番地
TEL: 03-3866-4450
Hours: 8:00~24:00
Pricing: 6,000~7,000 yen/hr

*there are Southern Cross studio branches all over Japan ~ check here (http://www.burnam.co.jp/s-cross/studio.htm) for others.

Great for green pictures on a fine day
Just opened in March of 2009, Southern Cross is a pretty new studio. Layers who want to be shot surrounded by green should check out the forest nearby the studio. It's a great chance to feel surrounded by nature. In the house studio, the first floor has tons of backdrop papers and the second has Japanese and Western-style rooms. Props and equipment can be rented for a song, so try some out with your friends!

Studio SEALS


Area: Chiba
Address: 千葉県千葉市若葉区若葉区小倉町1336番地
TEL: 03-6712-0231
Hours: 24 hours (with a booking)
Pricing: 12,000/hr (5 hours and up)


Did you know that you can take pictures on survival game fields?
This huge space in the center of a forest is rented out for use in survival games. There are functional forts, bridges, barrels and barricades to use in your photos and tons of places to explore. The price is so high because it's usually rented out to survival game clubs, but if you can afford to splurge or can gather a large enough group, it might just be worth it.

Studio Asian Dragon


Area: Kanagawa
Address: (see website)
TEL: 03-5485-8983 / (mobile) 090-1812-8983
Hours: 9:00~19:00
Pricing: 15,000/hr (6 hour minimum)


Asian plants make for a lush setting in all four seasons
Asian Dragon grows asian plants in a large greenhouse all year long. The house studio and attatched garden are home to many rare plants and flowers, bamboo groves and other surprises. The natural light from the skylights makes for great photos indoors and out. There's plenty of asian furniture to use too. If you want to take lush, green photos, this might be the place!

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02-26-2010, 04:29 AM
Photo Studio Guide ~ Luxury Style

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

Opera House no Mahoutsukai


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都豊島区南池袋2-16-8 藤久ビル東3号館B1
TEL: 03-3985-2193
Hours: 17:00~24:00 (Mon~Thurs), 17:00~4:00 (Fri~Sat), 17:00~23:30 (Sun/holidays)
Pricing: 200,000 yen (drinks and food available)


A gorgeous space just dripping with luxury

"Opera House no Mahoutsukai"'s concept is, shockingly enough, that of a casual Italian restaurant. But the instant you step inside, anyone would be dazzled by the lush lighting and sparkling chandeliers. A brick tunnel opens into a series of new worlds: themed dining rooms with names like "on stage", "the green room", "the royal box", and "the balcony". There's something to photograph around every corner. There's even an amazing bar space surrounded by well-kept aquariums called "Dragon Temple Door".

"This place costs a small fortune to rent, so beware. If you can muster the fee, 'Dragon Temple Door' alone is really an experience like no other: it's almost like stepping into outer-space."

(translator's note: Mahoutsukai is a popular, operating restaurant. To use it for a photo shoot you need to rent out the entire space you plan to use well in-advance. Showing up in costume for a meal is ~NOT~ okay.)

Studio Get Crazy


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都豊島区池袋本町4-12-8 1F/B1F
TEL: 080-6574-6323
Hours: 8:30~23:30 (weekends and holidays)
Pricing: 8,000 yen/hr (4 hour minimum)


Wide spaces with various rococo furnishings

The basement studio is a little bit of France, with a Rococo sofa and replicas of famous European paintings. The huge antique Italian clock gives off quite an impression too. On the first floor, you can shoot against brick, stone and concrete walls.

Christon Cafe Tokyo


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都新宿区新宿5-17-13 オリエンタルウェーブ(東京大飯店) 8・9F
TEL: 03-5287-2426
Hours: 17:00~23:30 (Sun~Tues), 17:00~4:00 (Wed~Sat)
Pricing: 30,000/hr
(photo-shoot use is usually restricted to hours that the shop isn't open for business ~ these extended hours can be found on the website. You must call in advance for rental arrangements)


Almost like church, but without the guilt :3

This functioning cafe is full of real antiques imported from foreign countries and plenty of great props to use in photos. Designed in the image of a church, the 2nd floor of the shop is quite luxurious. The crystal chandelier makes for a dreamlike atmosphere. There's also a large stone table and a statue of Mary to use in photos. The feel is very European.

"The lighting isn't go great inside, so you'll need to bring along reflectors, but there are a ton of great props and set-pieces to pose with."

(translator's note: Christon is also a popular, operating restaurant/cafe. To use it for a photo shoot you need to rent out the entire space you plan to use well in-advance. Showing up in costume for a meal is ~NOT~ okay.)

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02-27-2010, 02:30 AM
Photo Studio Guide ~ Asian Setting

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.


Area: Tottori
Address: 鳥取県東伯郡湯梨浜町引地565-1
TEL: 0858-32-2180
Hours: 9:00~17:00
Pricing: entrance fee - adults 500 yen, children 200 yen + 500 yen changing room fee
*cosplayers must contact the garden in-advance to be allowed to wear a costume in the park


One of Japan's largest Chinese Gardens, with plenty of great photo locations

This lovely, sprawling Chinese-style garden is full of Chinese architecture covered with over 2,000 relief-paintings. There are 28 different sections devoted to seasonal plants and garden views. All make for wonderful shots.

"There are more photo spots than you'd think just from looking at the web-page. There are about 2 cosplay events held there every year, too."


Area: Iwate
Address: 岩手県奥州市江刺区岩谷堂字小名丸86-1
TEL: 0197-35-7791
Hours: 9:00~17:00 (closes 1 hour earlier in the winter)
Pricing: admission - 900 yen (700 yen as a member of a group)
*cosplayers must contact the park in-advance to be allowed to wear a costume inside


A historical park used in movies and dramas

This "historical garden" is designed with a Heian Period theme. The 20 hectare grounds are lush and surrounded by natural forests. In all, there are 120 reproduction structures of all sizes. It's perfect for historical cosplay and is often used to film movies and dramas.


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都品川区上大崎2-8-20
TEL: 03-3443-0835
Hours: 7:00~21:00
Pricing: 15,750 yen/hr


A lovely Japanese home with a tearoom and veranda

Intact Taisho-era architecture is rare and even moreso when authentically preserved! This studio has 7 furnished rooms, a porch and a pretty courtyard that make for very nice situation shots. You're also permissted to shoot photos in the gardens surrounding the building and can get some great shots with the house itself as a set-piece. You can't rent photography goods like lights and reflectors on-site, so if you need them, be sure to bring them along.

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02-27-2010, 03:05 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Urban Decay

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

CQB Fanabashi Shabby Studio


Area: Tokyo
Address: map (http://www.cqb.jp/shabbyst/map1.html)
TEL: 090-2307-2002
Hours: 9:00~21:00
Pricing: 60,000~70,000 /6 hrs


This inactive warehouse doubles as a studio

This real factory warehouse has been out-of-operation since March 2009, at which point is began a second life as a photography studio. The newly-established "Funabashi Shabby Studio" is littered with conveyer belts, shipping materials and tools, making for a very "real" location shoot. There are nooks and crannies everywhere to take photos from all angles and in different lighting. Three dark sub-buildings are perfect for scary or moody shots. It's only a matter of time until this building finds a new client ~ so don't let your chance to use if as a studio get away!

Planear Sasazuka A Studio

(Note: Planear has several dozen ~awesome~ studios all over Kanto. Check their homepage for a full list/photos.)


Area: Tokyo
Address: 渋谷区笹塚2-27-6
TEL: 0120-424548
Hours: 24 hours (call in advance)
Pricing: 73,500~94,500/5 hours

Sasakuza A Studio: http://www.planear.co.jp/stadio2/index_sasazuka_a.html

An "Underground" studio you'll want to visit again and again

This studio has worn concrete walls and the look of an underground prison. The central space is divided into a cell block, a bar-space, a casino and a variety of hotel room. It's great for quite a few different situation shots. Sofas, tables, old tires and other props can be used free of charge too, so you can customize the sets to your liking.

"The whole place feels dark and isolated, like a prison... so you should definately bring materials to adjust the lighting. Not all of the rooms are like cells, one's even done up like a casino! So you can enjoy taking a lot of different kinds of shots."

Aquamarine Studio


Area: Chiba
Address: 千葉県君津市人見1209-1
TEL: 0439-54-8021
Hours: 24 hours
Pricing: 28,000 / hr


A real feel that can only come from the real thing...

For 30 years, this building was a functioning warehouse, but now it's been converted into a studio (one that's over 5,600 square meters large!) The feel is much more authentic than that of any deliberately constructed set.

There are 7 floors to explore and a neat stairwell too... so invite as many of your Layer friends as you can! Don't worry, there's electricity, running water, restrooms and a changing room available.

(continued in the next post)

02-27-2010, 03:07 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Urban Decay part 2

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

GRIT Oshiage Haioku Studio


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都墨田区業平4-8-9ニシジマハウジング 101
TEL: 03-3475-0477
Hours: 7:00~22:00
Pricing: 9,000 yen / hr (4 hours minimum)

(Studio GRIT ~ all studios (http://www.grit-jp.net/))

Plenty of colorful, realistic setups

This studio doesn't give the impression of "age" or "decay", so much as "art". This popular studio features a drumkit, a bench, a chandelier, a motorcycle, a sofa, and a bed among other great items all artistically weathered and lit. Just one step inside and you can feel the atmosphere.

Studio Nero


Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都渋谷区桜丘町4-15-102
TEL: 090-8175-7222
Hours: 24 hours
Pricing: 12,600~15,750 / hr


An interesting, specialized building to photograph at your leisure

This building has been built with an interesting arrangement of concrete walls. Of course, you can use it for warehous and industrial style shots, but there are also white pillars and Japanese-style rooms within the main studio. Even the roof and staircases are available for Layers to use whenever they like. The roof is a great place to play with night shots.

"This is my favorite studio, hands down! It's a bit dark even in the afternoon, so it's best to bring some lights with you. The price is quite reasonable for the payoff."

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02-27-2010, 04:37 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Modern Style

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.



Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都文京区関口1丁目44−1
TEL: 080-3172-1496
Hours: 10:00~22:00
Pricing: 15,000 / hr (3 hour sets available)

(Other fresh studios: http://www.freshstudio.jp/ )

Basic white rooms and wonderful wide-open spaces

Designed around wide, white spaces, the furniture and windows in this studio are all meticulously arranged. Natural light from the huge windows is very flattering. There's a princess bed, a bright red sofa and even a chess set to use. It's a big studio, so up to 15 people can use it at once. There are also lights and cosplay costumes available to rent.



Area: Tokyo
Address: map (http://www.hachipro.com/access/)
TEL: 03-6826-6908
Hours: 7:00~22:00
Pricing: 15,000 / hr


A classic modern space with natural lighting

This house studio opened in Meguro in the winter of 2007. It was built around a classic modern design concept. It's a bright studio with plenty of natural light year-round and antiques imported from the south of France.

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02-27-2010, 04:45 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Country / Manor Setting

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

Guggenheim House


Area: Kobe
Address: 655-0872 神戸市垂水区塩屋町3丁目5-17
TEL: 078-220-3924
Hours: 9:00~22:00
Pricing: 4,000~12,000 / hr


A seaside mansion in the west of Kobe

This colonial-style wood mansion was build in 1909 and has 5 arch-verandas on the first and second floors. It's sparsely furnished but has lovely, expensive-looking woodwork everywhere, all original one-of-a-kind pieces. The swan-neck staircase is a particularly beautiful design by A.N. Hansel. Noteable photo spots are the aforementioned staircase, fireplaces, a grand piano and the sprawling front yard.

"It isn't quite as big as I had expected, but you can invite 20 people at once with no problems! The staircase, fireplaces and the windows are all gorgeous colors that really pop in photos."

Edosaki Nougyouen Potiron no Mori


Area: Ibaraki
Address: 茨城県稲敷市上君山2060-1
TEL: 029-892-3911
Hours: 9:00~17:00
Pricing: entrance fee for adults 1,000 yen, for children 500 yen


A pastoral paradise with flowers in bloom year-round

This European-style farming village is surrounded by nature. With cute cobblestone streets and quaint buildings, this spot is quite popular with Layers. Each season has flowers planted to bloom too! The town is divided into 8 cutely-named areas.

*no erotic or grotesque pictures or costumes
*no weapons

Cocofuri ZAIM Studio


Area: Yokohama
Address: 横浜市中区日本大通34 ZAIM
TEL: 045-721-6262
Hours: 11:00~17:00
Pricing: 10,000~15,000 /6 hrs


A small, hidden away studio to enjoy

Cocofuri opened in May of 2009 with the aim of providing Layers with a clean, quality spot to take photos. The studio specialized in "real" props. One room has a real red-brick wall reminiscent of Yokohama's famous akarenga building made from real salvaged historical bricks. With other authentic props and goods scattered about, it feels a bit like an attic full of treasures. You won't get any "fake" shots here.

(continued in the next post)

02-27-2010, 05:19 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Country / Manor Setting part 2

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.

Studio Ease Kinuta 2st Rich


Area: Tokyo
Address: map (http://www.iziz.co.jp/map/kinuta.html)
TEL: 03-5759-8283
Hours: 9:00~20:00
Pricing: 22,050~26,460 / hr (3 hours minimum)


This former factory is now a photo spot

One room in this popular Western-style building is furnished with all you'd expect of "Europe". Tall windows, Grecian pillars, a decorative staircase to the loft, tiled walls, blue doors and all sorts of other interesting features make for impressive, transporting photos. The rental fee is a bit steep, but you can get 10% off your next visit.

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02-27-2010, 05:25 AM
Photo Studio Guide: Amusement Parks

*information in this article is current as of 2009 ~ please check websites for the most recent information. Prices, locations and regulations may have changed since this magazine was published.



Area: Tokyo
Address: 東京都練馬区向山 3-25-1
TEL: 03-3990-8800
Hours: 10:00~17:00
Pricing: To attend in costume you must participate in "JCFinとしまえん (http://www.toshimaen.co.jp/pickup/jcf.html)" Check out their website for more information.


This popular spot has tons of photo ops

Toshimaen has a long history ~ it's been open since Taisho 15 (that's 83 years!) There are lots of things to do inside for couples, families and friends. The park has also been hosting cosplay events for 10 years! Lots of Layers participate. Check out the "おすすめの情報" section of their website for more information about JCF events.

There are lots of spots to take photos ~ a merry-go-round, a haunted house, Western buildings, flower arrangements...

"I really like using the Western buildings as backdrops when I wear a big dress."

(No cosplaying is permitted unless there is a pre-scheduled event)

Rindou Lake Family Grounds


Area: Tochigi
Address: 栃木県那須郡那須町高久丙414-2
TEL: 0287-76-3111
Hours: 9:00~17:00 (seasonal)
Pricing: 1,500 (adults) 800 (children)


A little piece of Switzerland in Tochigi Prefecture

This 30 square-meter park is centered around Rindo Lake and features a Swiss railroad, go cards, and a merry-go-round. In every season, different flowers bloom and the natural setting around the lake is quite picturesque. If you can't afford a trip to Switzerland, shooting here is the next best thing.

There are many spots to explore, so you can easily spend a whole day shooting photos.

"This theme park suits either Westerns or asian-style costumes. The lakefront is particularly popular."

(no grotesque or erotic costumes or photos)

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02-28-2010, 04:35 AM
How To Make Original Cosplayer Namecards

You can't get by at an event or photo shoot without namecards. Why not make them with your favorite photo?

You can download the trial version of Photoshop Elements 7 for free, so if you haven't got the software yet, grab it first.

English (30 day trial) @ CNET (http://download.cnet.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Elements/3000-2192_4-10999489.html)
Japanese (30 day trial) *Elements 8 (http://www.adobe.com/go/tryphotoshop_elements_win_jp)

Buy a full copy of Adobe Elements 7 on amazon.co.jp (within Japan only) here (http://www.amazon.co.jp/Adobe-Photoshop-Elements-%E6%97%A5%E6%9C%AC%E8%AA%9E%E7%89%88-Windows%E7%89%88/dp/B001EHEFOU)

(note: this tutorial uses the Japanese version of Elements 7, though it should be adaptable to other versions/languages with a bit of tweaking)

Step 1

Select "新規" , "白紙ファイル" in the "ファイル" pull down menu. Set width (幅) to 90mm and height (長さ) to 55mm to fit standard business cards. Rename the file and click "OK".

Step 2

Open the image you want to use and select only the portion you want to appear on your business card with "選択シール". Set by hitting the enter key.

Step 3

Click on the piece you've selected and drag it to your business card document. The image should copy automatically to the new file.

Step 4

With "Layer 1" toggled, choose "サイズ変更" then "拡大縮小" in the "イメージ" pull down menu. Adjust the height to 55mm and width to match. If you check "縦横比" the other measurements will auto-complete.

Step 5

Now select "横書き文字シール" and click where you want to enter text. You can set the font size, color and style through the toolbar.

Step 6

When you're satisfied with the text's layout, click the "ライヤー" arrow on the right and choose "画像の総合"

Step 7
Save your file and print.

(and don't forget to bring them with you!)

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03-01-2010, 03:51 AM
The Eyes Have It: Eye Makeup Tips from Layers

We interviewed seven Layers who we thought had done a stellar job on their eye-makeup and asked them how it was done. Read up and you too can have show-stopping makeup!!

Aegis/Persona 3

Layers her lashes for a thick, natural look

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
Aegis is a robot, so I wanted her to seem artificial and wide-eyed. Like any makeup, it should look natural, but in reality ~ I used a ton! I used a mix of browns and blacks on the upper and outer lids, then on the bottom I went for an extra robotic look with some glitter lamme.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
I wanted Aegis to look cute, so I went thin on the liner and heavy on the lashes. I tend to line my own eyes lightly and naturally, so I did the same here. I worry about smudging the lines in my eyes if I line the bottom, so I only did I little on the outer-corner. For a robotic look, I drew a little bit of silver liner along the lashes just above and beneath. I tend to want to overdo my eye-makeup... but I force myself to think about achieving balance in my features.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
Afte applying mascara, I layered three sets of false lashes on top. There are no bottom lashes at all. If you want the effect to look more natural, don't fiddle with the bottommost lashes ~ just use them for volume.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
It's tought with blonde characters, because even though you want your brows to match, you don't want them to dissappear entirely. That's why I drew mine in a light brown color. I wanted a cute, girlish look, so I went with thick, curved brows.

Luchino Gregoretti/Lucky Dog

Avoids mascara for a more masculine look

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
I used black shades near the eyeline and dark brown to circle the eye.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
If the line is too thick or long, the effect is feminizing. So I try to line deliberately in a single, thin line. I over-line the outer bottom eye to the tear duct, but if you extend the line too far, you get a fox-eye look, so you need to be careful. The final touch is a but of brown shadow around the edge of the eyes to create natural gradation.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
If you go overboard on lashes, it looks girly. For this look, I don't use any at all. Instead, I do my best on the other makeup.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
The brows on this look are thick near the eyes then arch upward and thin out. My hair's pink, so I matched a lip pencil with my wig hair and use that to draw them. That way, even in pictures, they look like a good match.

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?
Luchino is a pretty manly character, so flashy makeup really isn't his thing. Too much of anything will just look girly. Do your best for a natural look, but make sure your eyes don't lose to your wig and clothes. I think it's best to do a few test runs and figure out the right balance for you. Even pink can be manly! (laugh) Do your best and trust your instincts!

Dino Vainburg/Code Geass R2

Uses liquid liner to line the eyes

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
I only use a little brown shadow at the base and outer corners of the eye for a natural look. If you shadow the whole eye or go too heavy, it can be a little much... so be careful.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
For characters with big eyes like this one, I use black liquid liner to encircle the whole eye with a sharp, thin line, drawing a bit under my own natural eyeline on the bottom for the illusion of width. The liner really makes your eyes pop.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
To make false lashes look more natural on a male character, I use thin, downward pointing lashes and cut them shorter. I put just a little mascara on my bottom lashes too.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
I thin out my own natural brows and cover them with concealer to erase them. Then I draw in new brows over the top ~ thick at the base near the eye and getting thinner as they rise. I don't go for much of an arch, instead I try to get a smooth, straight-ish line.

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?
If you highlight under the inner corner of the eye, the effect is more striking.

Louise Hartwick/Zettai Meirei

Erases the inner eye crease with eye-shadow

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
He's a young character, so it's best to go light. I use just enough brown shadow to deepen my eyes on the upper inner corners, blurring out any obvious lid line in the process.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
I have narrower eyes, so I just line them with eyeliner, going pretty heavy on the top. My own eyes tilt down, so to offset that, I raise the eyeline on the outer corner. It's a male character, so the lower and inner lines are as thin as I can possibly get them.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
I use mascara to lift up my own lashes then apply false lashes. You just need to be careful not to choose lashes that are too full or flowery. If you do, you'll look like a female character. I use thin, natural lashes on the outer corners only.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?

Tina Branford (Amano ver.)/Final Fantasy VI

Uses lipstick as eyeshadow

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
Tina has some pretty elaborate and colorful clothes, so I've put on a lot of red shadow to match. It's actually lipstick on there with a powder eyeshadow over top to set it. It makes for more vibrant color and stays all day without need for re-application.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
I drew a double-line to look more like a foreigner. I lined my eyes with a brown liquid liner, trying to keep lines smooth and curved. The upper line is finished with a bit of brown shadow for a gradation effect. I have down-turned eyes, so I lined the upper outer lid a bit heavier than usual for an almond eye look.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
I used two different styles of false lashes. I put mascara on the top and bttom lashes then used liquid liner to line the lash line at the peak of the eye. I think using regular eyeliner to obscure the base of applied lashes looks more natural.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
Amano's designs don't have much in the way of eyebrows, so I didn't draw any. All I did was cut my own brows very short with scissors so they wouldn't clash with the wig.

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?
In order to connect my eye makeup and my brows, I actually trailed a little of the red coloring along the outer tips of my eyebrows. I think having that bit of balance between the eyes and eyebrows is important.


Uses a double-eyeline for a stronger impression

Q. How did you do the eyeshadow for this character?
I use the same color shadow on the socket and the eye itself to strengthen the eyes.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
I draw one, straight line for the bottom. I don't want my eyes to look round, so I avoid curved lines and full enclosures.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
I think false lashes make your eyes pop and give them a bit more power.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
It's really the eyebrow spiral that makes the look. I use brown pencil to draw my brows while thinking about balance.

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?
All the extra lines can be confusing to the eye, so be sure to define your own eye with a double-line.

(continued in the next post)

03-01-2010, 04:10 PM
The Eyes Have It: Eye Makeup Tips from Layers (part 2)

Keiki/Juuni Kokki

Uses mascara on her natural lashes

Q. How did you do the eye shadow for this character?
I basically use brown shadows. The character has narrow eyes, so I go heaviest on the outer corner and try to gradiate the rest of the eye to match. Using a bit of dark shadow on each corner can help lengthen the eye.

Q. How did you do the eyeline for this character?
To give the illusion of sharper, longer eyes, I drew a really thick eyeline around the eye. To keep it from looking too scary, I used a brown liquid liner instead of black. About a mm above the eye, I used a brown liner to make a double-line. To draw the eye out lengthwise, I added a little more liner to the outer corner.

Q. How did you do the lashes for this character?
It's a male character, so I don't use false lashes. Though I do apply mascara for a more striking look.

Q. How did you do the brows for this character?
This character is blonde, so I've used a brown pencil to draw in my brows. My natural eyebrows aren't as close to my eyes as the character's. So I've drawn them just a little beneath my own browline so that it doesn't look too unnatural. Sometimes I find that pencilled-in brows dissappear in flash or long shots, so I add a bit of brown eyeliner over the top too.

Q. Is there anything else we should be careful of?
Eyeliner and shadow can make the surface of your skin difficult to work with. So if you're going to make a double-fold with eye-glue, do it beforehand.

*Feb 2010

03-02-2010, 04:54 AM
Product Recs: What's In the Pouch

We stopped some of our favorite cosplayers and asked them to introduce the contents of their makeup pouches to us. So here's your chance to peek at other Layers' preferred products and maybe even find some new favorites of your own.

Aida Yukikoさん
Hatsune Miku/Project DIVA


-Anessa Perfect UV sunscreen A
I always use sunscreen as a base.

-REVUE Superior Stay Liquid UV Foundation (above)
-REVUE Essence-in Perfect (below)
The bottom one is great for covering blemishes, it's my main concealer

-Maybelene Volume Express Hypercurl
This really brings out the volume in lashes

-Sana Power Style Liquid Liner (left)
-Sana Super Quick Eyeliner EX (right)
Since I started using the one on the right, I've forgotten the meaning of the word "smudge"

-Lavshuca Noble On Color Eyes (left), KATE Deep Eyes (right), Chacott Make Up Color Variation (bottom)
The bottom one shows up the best in photos. I really like it.

-D-Up Eyelashes Fixer EX552 (false lash glue)
It's quick, transparent and easy on the skin

Sengoku Basara


-Anessa Milky Sunscreen (town use)
It doesn't feel greasy on your skin and lasts a long time

-MAC Lightful Ultra Foundation (left)
-MAC Studio Fix Concealer (right)
It stays on and covers everything I want covered

-Maybelene Volume Express Turbo Boost N (left)
-Majorica Majorica Lash Expander (right)
I use the left for volume and the right to seperate

-Maybelene Expert Line Liquid Eyeliner (left)
-Maybelene Eye Studio Creamy Gel Liner (right)
I use the left for color. The right I use for more control in detailed eyelines

-KATE Deep Eyes N
-KATE Deep Trap Eyes
The color and performance are great for the cost, so I use KATE products

-Kiss Me Heroine Make Covering Powder
I use this all over when I'm finished to set the look



-exa Collagen Water
I don't use a base, but I always cleanse and apply this

-Yves San Laurent Tan Ekra di Sowa
It has a lot of coverage, it's my treasure

-dejavu Lash Knockout (left)
-dejavu Fiberwig Extra Long (right)
I like both of these. They don't smudge easily, but can be taken off cleanly.

-Chanel Renew du Chanel Case-type (right)
-KATE Liquid Liner (left)
I use the right for my double-line. To line my eyes, I use the left.

-Yves San Laurent (bottom)
-MAC (right)
-Body Shop (left)
The bottom one looks the nicest in photos but the MAC metallics are really pretty

-Yves San Laurent Tandu Perurufin Powder Foundation
This stuff is wonderful. It has the perfect coverage.



-DHC/Q10 Moisture Care Color Base
It's cheap and works great, it's more of less transparent, but it evens out skin tone too

-RICE FORCE Liquid Foundation
A skin-friendly foundation that won't rub off. I love it.

-Maybelene Volume Express Magnum
I use elegance lash fixer under my mascara

-Canmake Gel Eyeliner (left)
-Perfect Black Eyeliner (center)
-Cezanne Eyeliner N (right)
These are all cheapies but work great

-B&C Brow Coating (right)
-Cover Make Bright Up Foundation (center)
-Sofina Very Very Perfect Mousse (left)
Eyebrow coating, concealer and pore cover ~ I use 'em all

*Feb 2010

03-04-2010, 03:07 AM
~chosen by Vocaloid cosplayers~

(NOTE: Each of these songs has a niconico douga (http://www.nicovideo.jp/) link. Using niconico is just like using youtube, only it requires the creation of a password-protected ID. Don't let this deter you ~ the sign-up process is quite simple.)

Out of some very stiff competition, these songs emerge victorious!!
In preperation for the release of this issue, we circulated a poll around the massive (and growing) Vocaloid cosplay community. We wanted to know where Layers are getting their inspiration and what songs inspire the most costumes. Through a dead heat of popular songs, one song emerged victorious. This seems to be the one song that everyone knows!!

Number 1 - ワールドイズマイン
World is Mine ~ supercell
original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3504435)
Spin off ~ Another World is Mine (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6006907)
With over a million views on Nico Nico Douga, the world really does belong to "World is Mine"!! This song is in kareoke boxes and arcade games nationwide, it even has it's own figure. It really seems to have become a part of the mainstream.

Number 2 - 悪の娘/悪の召使
Daughter of Evil/Servant of Evil ~ mothy
Original 悪の娘 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2916956) - Original 悪の召使 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3133304)
In a far-off country, the sad story of two doomed twins plays out in the dramatic number 2. These two songs combine to make one longer story, so we've counted them as a set.

The Best of the Rest
Here we've ranked all of the runners up. Are your favorites in there?

Number 3 - magnet
magnet ~ 流星P
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6909505)
(Oddly enough, the default magnet isn't the highest-ranking magnet on NicoNico... it's an awesome parody version by utattemita vets. Gero and Faaneru (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8440787). Highly recommended!)

Number 4 - ロミオとシンデレラ
Romeo and Cinderella ~ doriko
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6666016)
(Again, the highest niconico ranking goes to an utattemita ~ this one by よっぺい (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6809103))

Number 5 - サンドリヨン
Cendrillion ~ orange and シグナルP
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4410647)
Spin-off ~ アドレサンス (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5666270) (Adolescence)

Number 6 - 龍ノ啼ク箱庭拠リ
From the Howling Dragon Box-Garden ~ 弱音P
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1755073)
(This song has gone through a huge fan-makeover ~ so much so that some people have no idea that it was originally a solo Miku song. The most popular version is for the boys: Kaito, Len and Gakupoid (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4732369). It also suffers from one of the most unfortunate machine translations into English. There's no sand involved, guys!)

Number 7 - 右肩の蝶
Butterfly (on my) Right Shoulder ~ のりP
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6609407)
Companion Version (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6928368)

Number 8 - 炉心融解
Meltdown ~ iroha and kuma (xiao sphere)
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8089993)
Spin-off: ロリ誘拐 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5983435)
Noteable Remix: R.K.mix (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7219091)

Number 9 - カンタレラ
Cantarella ~ C.K. Style
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2366125)
(Here's a bit of trivia for you: the original Cantarella wasn't a Vocaloid song at all. It was performed by a real band White Flame (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2197125) two weeks before Miku and Kaito's version debuted.)

Number 10 - メルト
Melt ~ supercell
Original video (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1715919)

11. ブラック★ロックシューター (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3645817)
12. 巡姫舞踊曲 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5990158)
13/14 (tie). IMITATION BLACK (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7215575) 人柱アリス (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3143714)
15. みくみくにしてあげる (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1097445)
16. 紅一葉 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7155972)
17/18/19 (tie). Just be Friends (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7528841) 暗い森のサーカス (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2435563) Synchronicity~巡る世界のレクイエム~ part 1 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6256856) part 2 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9047689)
20/21/22 (tie). 鎖の少女 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8619805) 結ンデ開イテ羅刹ト骸 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7550182)  ダンシング☆サムライ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4136912)
23/24 (tie). 卑怯戦隊うろたんだー (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4375908) よっこらせっくす (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4778814)
25/26/27/28/29 (tie). クレイヂィ・クラウン (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5016116) 千年の独奏歌 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3122624) イタズラムスメ* (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7163167) 悪食娘コンチータ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6328922) 恋色病棟 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7361534)
30-36 (tie.) パラジクロロベンゼン (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8269164) アドレサンス (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5666270) カラフルウォール (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8172060) ごみばこ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2300866) RIP=RELEASE (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5992615) しねばいいのに (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5937205) カムパネルラ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8639738)
37-65 (tie). Lividus (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1385804) のろいのまがね~a stray girl in her lenses (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6493884) トウキョウト (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7454296) 初めての恋が終わりの時 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5524166) persona alice (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7223030) バンバンブー☆ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6061713) リスタート (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3776157) 冬の虫 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2518850) ジュブナイル (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5919610) sing for you (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm8166229) ADAM (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm4967664) 恋は戦争 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2397344) 初音ミクの消失 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2937784) えれくとりっく えんじぇぅ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1894085) ラブリスト更新中? (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9072887) その一秒スローモーション (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/nm6368368) Paranoid Doll (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7706816) ミラクルペイント (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm1588476) ぽっぴっぽー (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm5993253) フキゲンワルツ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3136028) 風切羽 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2286844) サイハテ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2053548) Little doll (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm3613870) 今夜もセフセフ (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2374028) Dear (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2651288) ANTI_THE∞HOLiC (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7781905) 激嬢想歌-Gekijyousouka- (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2089636) 夕日坂 (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm2736134) ルカルカ★ナイトフィーバー (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6119955)

*sung by Rin's voice actress

Character Best Costume Ranking
We also had the layers answering our survey tell us what image-costume was their favorite for each of the Vocaloids. As it turns out, every character has a different best song, but all together they make for a well-dressed bunch!

Hatsune Miku - Cantarella
Just the title of the song gives you a dark feeling, and Miku's black dress makes for a striking centerpiece. The back is a lace-up for a really sexy look.

Megurine Luka - Cendrillion
Unlike Miku's version of Cendrillion, Luka's features a black dress with a sexy deep-slit and blood-red roses in her hair and on her chest as accents.

Kagamine Rin - Aku no Musume
A Black or gray ballgown with shining yellow accents. Plenty of tulle lace underskirts and even the usually rough-and-tumble Rin looks gorgeous.

Kagamine Len - Imitation Black
For whatever reason, you all wanted Len in a dress. The frilly, violet-trimmed skirt with a short front accented with a black garter belt makes for a sexy, girlish look.

KAITO - Romeo and Cinderella
For this look, Romeo needs his Juliet. With Miku to compliment, the best KAITO is a prince in a plain white shirt.

MEIKO - Akushoku Musume Conchita
Meiko's seductive puff-sleeved, off-shoulder costume is number 1. This red dress is accented with a large emerald-stone brooch at the chest.

Kamui Gakupo - From the Howling Dragon Box-Garden
This gothic style, straight out of the middle ages really makes you feel a gap between this Gakupo and the usual one. It's also noteable for it's accompanying up-do.

GUMI - Kamupanerura
Newcomer GUMI's near-future costume makes for a natural image which tops this chart. The flowy white skirt gives the whole costume a gentle image.

*Layers Bible vol. 2

03-04-2010, 03:51 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: World is Mine

A white dress and black knee-high stockings for artless adorableness
This song is from ryoP, the musician behind hits like "Melt" and "Love is War". The lyrics express the selfish, but adorable nature of women, so redjuice has combined a pure white dress with some more telling accents. The result is an image that's popular with both men and women.

"World is Mine"
Composer/Lyricist: ryoP
Illustrator: redjuice

Comment from 鈴ノ助:
"I never imagined that cosplayers would ever like the design or want to emulate it. The princess in `World is Mine` may have some unreasonable demands but, I tried to draw her in a way that would communicate all sorts of different aspects of girls in general. So I'm really happy that female cosplayers enjoy the design. Keep cosplaying, everyone!"

Hatsune Miku
The combination of a sweet little white dress and black knee-highs is the best! Be careful with the huge hair ribbons ~ the coloring and style is different on the right and left sides.


I'm the number one princess in the world!

*Layers Bible vol. 2

03-05-2010, 05:45 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Synchronicity

Each character is re-imagined in a costume from a shining fantasy world
ひとりずくP's popular songs serve as the basis for a cycle of accompanying high-concept videos. The hero of the cycle, Len, sets out on a journey to find his birth-twin (his other half). Detailed fantasy illustrations by 鈴ノ助, the artist behind 悪のP's "moonlight bear" video, is surely one of the secrets of its popularity.

Composer/Lyricist: ひとしずくP
Illustrator: 鈴ノ助

Comment from 鈴ノ助: The challenge to designing the costumes in this video was to create something completely new and consistant with a fantasy world while maintaining recognizable elements of the characters' original costumes. I want there to be no doubts that the viewer is now in a fantasy world, but I want them to know that they're still following the adventures of familiar Vocaloid characters. I kept this in mind, particularly when making color-choices.



His long cloak has a hood lined with plenty of fur in a yellowish hue. His necklace, a pair with Rin's, uses the bass clef motif that usually marks his uniform shirt.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch2.jpg) (link)



Rin is wearing an adorable knee-length A-line dress which gives her an adorable volumnous sillouette. Her necklace uses a treble clef motif.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch5.jpg) (link)


Miku is weaing a mysterious mask that completely obscures her eyes. The skirt is cut in such a way to create a peekaboo effect. The upper thighs are circled with red spirals.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch6.jpg) (link)



"Kaito has two different costume designs, but I've totally forgotten my original intent in desigining two!" (by 鈴ノ助) Both costumes are marked by the same symbol (a motif that appears throughout Syncrhonicity).

Full design sheet 1 (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch8.jpg) (link)
Full design sheet 2 (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch9.jpg) (link)


Meiko's costume is basically a mini-dress with armor over top. The balance between womanly-curves and and raw strength shows through. She has a full armor piece on her left arm.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch10.jpg) (link)


Luka's dress has deep slits on both the left and right. Her nurse cap has the same symbol that apears on Kaito's sleeve.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch11.jpg) (link)



This design uses elements from both Japanese and Western fashion. Nearly everything is layered, folded over or pleated, so there's a lot of cloth involved in this lush, elegant look.

Full design sheet (http://i593.photobucket.com/albums/tt18/tsuraramai/synch13.jpg) (link)

*Layers Bible vol. 2

03-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Servant of Evil

Lovely clothes to contrast a cruel fate
悪のP's twin-tragedy is the most popular of all of the Kagamine's songs. In spite of being siblings, Rin and Len are seperated by their status: one is a lady and the other a servant. The song is a sequel to the popular "Daughter of Evil" and adds much more sympathetic detail to the cruel, capricious main character. It's also the source of the absolutely gorgeous costumes we're about to introduce.


Composer/Lyricist: 悪の (mothy)
Illustrator: 壱加 (yellow dress), sabo (black)

Comment from 壱加: Personally, I always imagined the country Rin lived in to be much like France, so her costume has an all-over rose motif. Remembering that Rin is only 14, I chose frills and ribbons that would suit a young girl and age-down an otherwise mature dress. On the other hand, Len is the more mature character in this song and I aimed for a more mature atmosphere. If I've managed to make their clothes match but still reflect each of their respective situations and mindsets: I'm glad.



A violent young lady living in an elegant, but disquieted kingdom. Her dress has been designed to be volumnous and heavy but with both shoulders exposed to the collarbone for a decadant impression. Frills at the sleeves bring the luxurious feeling to a whole new level!

The sleeves are bell-shaped and open from near the elbow. Inside are seven layers of frills.


ribbon ~ the ribbon is actually two ribbons of the same shape bundled together

hair clips ~ black rose hairpins, one in bloom and the other just opening

choker ~ a black rose motif choker

brooch ~ a black rose brooch


The ribbon on the front of the dress should be downward draping and longer at the center

(continued in the next post)

03-05-2010, 09:02 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Servant of Evil (part 2)


The shoulder piece has a small line of black lace on both the top and bottom.

Alternate 壱加 Designs


Here are some another designs for the dress by 壱加. Assuming Rin had turned from the path of evil before it was too late, perhaps her dress would have looked like this.

A combination of these alternate designs was used on the cover of 悪のP's cd jacket. This design features especially long sleeves.



The younger twin brother of the queen, forced to work as a servant. He wears a simple, serviceable uniform suiting a servant. Even so, the uniform is meticulous and stylish. His hairstyle, just like Len's default design, includes the high, stubby ponytail.

(continued in the next post)

03-05-2010, 09:38 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Servant of Evil (part 3)

Within the castle, Len removes his jacket and wears only the shirt and vest underneath

When he leaves the castle, he puts on his jacket and gloves for a more formal appearance.


Collar ~ the collar is a stiff, well-starched collar


Belt ~ his belt buckle is worn on the right side with the left side falling lower on his hip


Main jacket ~ the fit should be picture-perfect for a severe, clean sillouette. The jacket is longer in the front than in the back.


Sleeves ~ The sleeves have a slightly flared design. There should be a thin, straight crease on the top from the shoulder to the opening of the cuff.

(continued in the next post)

03-05-2010, 09:50 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Servant of Evil (part 4)


Len's image illustration. The costume here wasn't drawn for working around the castle at all, rather for ftravelling with Rin outside of the kingdom.

Sabo's Version

Comment from sabo: My own design for the song assumed that the twins were living in medievil Europe. I didn't want to over-design the costumes, so I tried to keep the design clean with only a few luxurious details. I also had the image of a circle or ring in my mind when designing these costumes. I imagine that if the fabric had a sheen to it, it would be quite pretty. In any case, the main fabric is black or dark gray.



This version of Rin is dressed in a black dress with orange accents and frills. It's actually desgined as a 2 piece (a bodice and skirt).


The frill at the elbow is pointing up.


This version of Len is dressed in a uniform-esque white shirt and kerchief under a vest and jacket. His pants are designed to end just under the knees. He's wearing white tights underneath.

His ponytail is tied lower than usual.


In the picture above, Rin and Len are smiling against a blue sky, unaware of the terrible fate that awaits them both. In the bottom picture, the background is replaced with scenes of their unfortunate future.

*Layers Bible vol 2

03-05-2010, 10:43 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: From the Howling Dragon Box-Garden

Gorgeous costumes invite you into a dark fantasy world
This bombastic Miku tune from 弱音P, the creator of Yowane Haku, has been covered by every combination of every Vocaloid imagineable. シンP's version for Len, KAITO and Gukupo is the most popular as the tkn original gothic-styled illustrations made for that version and it's many spin-offs.

Composer/Lyricist: 弱音P
Illustrator: tkn

Comment from tkn: "When I drew Len, KAITO and Gakupoid I wanted to bring back the brand of "Visual Kei" that was popular several years ago. But I had a lot of other images running around my head too: angels and demons, dragons... (laugh) As a result, I think the others took on a more fantasy feeling. Please feel free to let your own imagination run away with you and alter my designs. As long as you make it as flashy as possible!"

Hatsune Miku


Miku is wearing a boustier-type dress with princess-sleeves and a plunging neckline. Her mini hat and lace veil are dotted with sparkling jewels.

Kagamine Len


This design is centered around a tail-jacket with a high collar. The belt buckle is big and has a crown motif.



His trademark muffler seems to have undergone some damage. He has an elabroate piercing in his right ear as well.

Kamui Gakupo


The frilly stand-up collar really brings out the decadence in this design. His eyes are mismatched ~ one purple and one blue to match the stones set in his hair.

Kagamine Rin


The top of her jacket is just like Len's but turns into a more body-hugging bodice with pink biasing. Her hair is gathered into a high, volumnous ponytail tied with a pink and black ribbon.

(continued in the next post)

03-05-2010, 11:59 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: From the Howling Dragon Box-Garden (part 2)

Megurine Luka


She's wearing a corset over a halter-dress. The gold chains that fall from the neck of her dress are attatched to her arm covers.



Her inner dress has a large opening over the top of her breasts. Bright red knee-high boots and black tights held up with red garters give the costume a more rock taste.



GUMI's skirt and sleeves are a gradation pink. Perhaps the most striking feature of this costume is the opening under the chest, from which two teirs of ruffles pour out.


This group shot was with an idea that the Kagamine twins might suffer various problems and split the other Vocaloids into two opposing factions.

tkn's roughs. tkn's written lots of notes on each character's hairstyle and costume.

*Layers Bible vol. 2

03-08-2010, 05:51 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Akujiki Musume Conchita

A blood red dress that wraps the body: the very definition of excess
This is the first MEIKO song from Aku no P. It featyres the lovely epicurian lady Conchita (MEIKO) and has a cannibalism theme. This time 壱加 has really laid on the atmosphere! Here we'll introduce MEIKO's Conchita along with Rin and Len, playing the parts of her servants.

Composer/Lyricist: 悪のP(mothy)
Illustrator: 壱加

Comment from 壱加: I tried to make MEIKO's costume, a focal point in this piece, red to match the song's image color. I wanted to draw the twins, Rin and Len, in the part of servants and tried to convey that as well as I could through their costumes. I didn't actually make any references for these costumes before I illustrated them, but these should capture the essence and feeling behind the design.


Conchita, the lovely epicurian gourmet. MEIKO is wearing a dress in her signature red image color. The design features elegant princess-style sleeves, flaring into flowing, wide openings.


Corset ~ A corset-like piece with lacing in the front. It fits over the underdress and creates a cleaner fit.

Sash ~ The sash is part of the dress, tied in the back after the corset is secured. There's a black line trimming both ends of the sash.


Tying Conchita's sash

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03-08-2010, 07:16 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Akujiki Musume Conchita (part 2)


Back View ~ sash and sleeves


Hairpiece ~ A hairclip with a red rose


Neckline ~ This is a picture of the neckline of the dress without the choker piece. Note the straps criss crossing the bodice to give support to the breasts.


Choker ~ The choker has two parts: the choker itself and the stone at the neck. The stone is a green turquoise. (I think the "turquoise" reference is meant to imply an opaque, matte finish ~ not necessarily an actual turquoise, since turqouise is a good deal bluer than the intended shade)



A simpleton servant. His simple vest and pants are made to match. The shirt he wears underneath is a bit too large for him.


Back view.

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03-08-2010, 08:19 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Akujiki Musume Conchita (part 3)


A picture of Len's shirt and pants. Yellow trim lines the closure on the shirt and collar.


Len's vest.


Both Rin and Len have matching collar parts lined in yellow.


Both Rin and Len have white button cuffs.



A maid with a bad personality. She's wearing a puff-sleeved dress. Her trademark hair ribbon is black to match her outfit.


Back view

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03-08-2010, 08:44 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Akujiki Musume Conchita (part 4)


Rin's underdress is shorter than her over-dress and includes the collar.


The white lace trim is part of Rin's overdress.


The ribbon is on a short headband.


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03-08-2010, 04:21 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Imitation Black

The boys reimagined as a VK band with a gothic look
natsuP may have hit on the perfect combination when she had Kagamine Len, Camui Gakupo and KAITO join forces for this visual rock song. 春アキ's costumes, especially Len-in-a-dress really seems to have struck a chord in the fan-community. The costumes alone seem to have a ton of female fans.

Composer/Lyricist: natsuP
Illustrator: 春アキ


Comment from 春アキ: I based this design around the song being a VK-style one. I had some trouble deciding which era of VK I wanted to capture in the design... To tell the truth, the a little gkbr abour putting Len in a dress~ but I was married to the VK idea, so in the end, it happened...............! I guess the most important piece of the design is Len's corsage and the ribbons that connect the three characters.


Len (Vo./Gu.)
From the 3 teirs of frills in the skirt to the sexy garter belts, this is a pretty sexy black getup. The white version is a white puff sleeve with blue-grey accents.


Black Dress Design Sheet


White Dress (back)


White Dress Design Sheet

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03-08-2010, 04:49 PM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Imitation Black (part 2)

Kyte (Vo./Ba.)
Kaito wears a white wide sleeve cuff jacket and poet's shirt with a black wide-neck undershirt that only barely covers his shoulders. The red corsage on his hat is the costume element that unites all three characters.


No jacket shot


Design Sheet


Kaito and Len (side)

Gackpo (Vo./Gu.)
Gakupo is dressed in a split-style jacket heavily decorated with belts and chains. His hair is a bit more relaxed than in his usual style and only half is pulled into a ponytail.


No jacket shot


Design Sheet


Gakupo and Len (side)

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03-09-2010, 03:28 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: The Tailor of Enbizaka

The story of a tailor hard at work on a kimono dyed with blood
A new song in 悪のP's "悪の" series. Here Luka plays the lead as a tailor with rather morbid taste in materials in this gruesome love story. Here we'll introduce images from three different artists, maybe you can find inspiration for the perfect costume of your own!

Composer/Lyricist: 悪のP(mothy)
Illustrator: Rgveta, rakug, himi


Comment from Rgveta: I tried to design a kimono that would scream, "I want all eyes only on me". To match the Japanese-style of the song and the idea of a tailor, the patterns on the kimono are a mix of different traditional seasonal motifs. I wanted it to be obvious in a single look that there's a bit of madness in the wearer.


Comment from rakug: One line in the song, "I have to do my best at my work", made the strongest impression on me. I drew this design with that line in mind. I wanted it to look as though someone was about to cut material in a workshop, but this time the "material" is human.


The hairstyle is similar to "honey tails" but the sidelocks are incorporated into the style gathered in the back.


Megurine Luka
A soft-spoken, femenine tailor dressed in a kimono. The story calls for the aquisition of three particular parts: "a red kimono", "a green obi" and a "yellow hair ornament". The final kimono incorporates all three.

Comment from himi: The song left me feeling most confident in the image of someone who is "quiet, but with a very real inner darkness". That's why I included both Luka at work in her plain, drab kimono. The other figure is Luka in the kimono she endeavors to "make". I wanted the second figure to make plain the darkness in her heart. The flowers are in full bloom and are beginning to fall... I thought that image fit the song's world well. There are four flowers, one for each victim.


I searched everywhere for a kanzashi made from expensive brocade that would suit Rin and found this style, called "tsumami kanzashi". The green and red pieces are to match the kimono and obi. (by himi)

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03-09-2010, 05:15 AM
Vocaloid Reference (Official): Hatsune Miku

Character Vocal Series 01
Produced by Crypton

The Twin-tailed pop idol who started the boom

Hatsune Miku
Voice: Fujita Saki

The first software to make use fo the VOCALOID2 program. Miku's voice was captured from voice actress Fujita Saki. Her name means "First sound" (初音) of the "future"(ミク). She got her own big break on Nico Nico Douga and soon everyone was using DTM software to create and spread even more hits. Fans added to her mythology with creations like Hachune Miku and by establishing her love affair with leeks.. Through fan-feedback, the makers continue to develop her official image. Derivative characters like "Akita Neru" and "Yowane Haku" were also born from the boom.


According to her maker, her hair has a metallic sheen. Her hairbands also light up in the center.

Miku's eyes are wide and are turquoise blue to match her hair. Her makeup is cute and simple.

To refelect her number in the series "01" is written on her arm with "HatsuneMiku." underneath.

Her skirt has assorted electronic panels and lights on it. It almost looks as if it's displaying her parameters.

Her headsets, hair ties and armbands all glow red and have a mechanical design.

Her nails are turqoise blue to match her hair and eyes. She doesn't wear them long.

Personal Data:
age: 16
height: 158cm
weight: 42kg
Best-suited genres: Idol pop, dance pop
Song tempo: 70~150BPM
Range: A3~E5

Hatsune Miku
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03-10-2010, 04:00 AM
Vocaloid Song Reference: Electric Love

Style Points Up! Shining With Glittering Love~!
八王子P has let his passion for electrip pop overflow in his first big hit. Popular illustrator 有坂あこ has lent a hand, preparing the illustration for the song's PV. There's only one image used in the song, but the devil's in the details! Be careful with things like Miku's cutely arranged headphones.

Composer/Lyricist: 八王子
Illustrator: 有坂あこ

Comment from 有坂あこ: I first recieved the demo of this song at about 5 in the morning. I was so excited by it that I spent the next 6 or 7 hours drawin this image. Now I look back on that experience and wish I had drawn more... but as it is, there's only this one.


Hatsune Miku
This is a special arrangement based closely on Miku's default design. With a neck ribbon replacing her tie, short boots and checkered black tights, Miku's cuter than ever.

The illustrator of Electric Love is also responsible for the cover of this magazine

Want to Try Some Other 有坂あこ Designs?


Megurine Luka's all-English song "Crimson Camellia" was also illustrated by 有坂あこ along with quite a few other songs in a range of genres. We'd selected just a few of those designs to introduce here.


Crimson Camellia: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm7878515
(One of the more incomprehensible showcases of Luka's lackluster English ability)


For those with piapro accounts ~ this is Aco's: http://piapro.jp/stigma_a
All of her illustrations can be downloaded in full for free including the rest of those which originally accompanied this article. None included explanatory text, so please check out her piapro for more designs.

Links to other videos Ako has done design-work for:
Paradigm Shift (Hatsune Miku) - http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9659561
Imitation (Hatsune Miku) - http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm9354208

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