Last Updated: 05-21-2009
As soon as I started watching Gintama (which is absolutely hilarious by the way) I thought Okita was super awesome! So when I was thinking about cosplays to do, Okita was on my Must Do List. I am learning how to sew, and it's been a blast. Most of this costume I did not complete myself though. The pants and jacket was constructed by my friend (and sewing mentor) Lorraine. I was able to tell her what I wanted, and she often showed me the progress of the costume. I decided to make the jacket shorter than the pictures because Okita's jacket ends around the pelvis area. But on Okita's jacket the gold trimmed front is spaced more and extra space on the bottom, which I do not have. That is because I am short as heck, and if I added more length to the jacket to make the trim more spacious, it would be longer, causing my legs to look shorter, and me to appear girly, and dwarf-ish.
I made the vest though (which I plan to remake because it sucks and puffs out and it makes me look like I have larger boobs when in fact I have none). The shirt, shoes, wig, scarf are all bought from stores.
My one worry I had (besides the bazooka) was the weather. Can I wear a black suit with a scarf and bazooka in Florida and not die? The costume was made with a cool feeling Polyster type fabric, and lined with a lighter cotton material. I wore a white short sleeved shirt, and the vest I wore had no back but a strap that went behind my neck and connected in the back. The scarf I have made earlier was a light satin, but it was too short when I tried the costume on the night before with no extra fabric, and thus used a white heavy cotton scarf.
The bazooka though, was the problem. In the series, Okita is usually shooting with his giant bazooka (mostly aimed at Hijitaka, though he does not realize his evil intent now). And I really really really wanted a bazooka. My dad, who unfortunatly suffers from M.S. (Multiple Sclerosis) made the bazooka for me, and I was honored. For months I asked him to help me, and the problem is that he's a huge procrastinator. And by the time July had passed, I doubted the bazooka would be created in time. But a week before, he decided to make the bazooka. To craft the bazooka, the supplies included: A shipping tube, water gun, wood (to support the water gun chamber and create another handle), craft foam (to soften the handles and create the thick parts of the bazooka), a Dora the Explorer telescope (no lie), hot glue, plenty of drills etc., and a red laser (which is AWESOME). The bazzoka recieved more attention than my cosplay itself. Little boys fawned over the bazooka, Metal Gear cosplayers borrowed it for pictures (which a bunch of cosplayers stopped to take their picture with my bazooka), Men fawned over it, and my friends wanted to carry it to receive attention with it. Okita also carries a sword and I did not forget to bring that too. (But at the con they did not allow weapons, forcing me to buy a cool wooden sword)
I met awesome Gintama cosplayers in this, which I will never forget when I debuted this! To my surprise (when I debuted this) the only ones to recognize me were the other Gintama cosplayers (2), 2 Dealers, and 2 Fans. I will never regret making this, If I did not make this now, I would have done later, but seriously, more people need to watch Gintama!
[b]At the convention I myself took very few pictures. But Benihime78 (who is super awesome!) and I had a cute little photoshoot (my first one with a REAL friend cosplayer). She has them up on her account. I thought it would be a waste to upload the same ones. In the future I plan to upload more pictures (when I take them)[/B]
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