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Unread 06-01-2010, 06:33 AM   #1606
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Join Date: Nov 2009
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Name of Merchant: coseyes
Items ordered: Aruruu (Utawareru Mono) robe, jacket and obi/ribbon
Kagamine Rin ~Gekokujo Version (VOCALOID) yukata, obi, shorts & undershirt
Links to picture(s) of your items recieved: Aruruu ~ costume (obi has been tucked up into the jacket ribbons to hold it in place, it is actually much wider) (+ support pieces) , Rin ~ coming

Timeline (how long your order took to process): The order was placed in early-May and was recieved June 1st.

Describe your Experience: A second purchase from coseyes for the summer season (for the mates of the last one, ie. my cosplay partners' costumes). Just like in the other review, one costume (Aruru) was pretty accurate (it even has the ribbon Eruruu's lacks). The other (Rin) was chosen in spite of obvious inaccuracies for reform potential. The base material for both is polyester including the trim on Aruruu's costume, trim on Rin's costume is in satin, none of the pieces are lined. My partner paid 8,500 yen each (about US$70) plus shipping.

Pros: The colors are lovely and very accurate. The Aruruu costume in particular looks pretty nice. It's a shame the trims aren't in more diverse fabrics like the Eruruu costume's were. The craftsmanship is solid and no materials on the main costumes seem to be reused/recycled (a problem I've had with other Chinese makers in the past). Everything looks as it was represented on the website. Shipping the 2nd time around was faster by about 2 weeks. We recieved a number of extra items that weren't included in the images on the website (hair ties for Aruruu and a ribbon for Rin).

Cons: Slow-loading website. Overcomplicated ordering system that doesn't allow you to order costumes in multiple sizes in a single order and requires multiple email confirmations. Some costumes are inaccurate or frustratingly designed (the Gekokujo yukata sleeves are baffling). International shipping costs are a bit steep (1,500 yen). Costumes include tons of (not always necessary) pieces that can be difficult to keep track of and put on.

The ears and tail with the Aruruu costume are laughably bad. We originally intended to remove them and go with our own anyway ~ but looking at coseyes' attempt is a laugh-riot. They're straggly, poorly placed and nowhere near accurate. Be advised that the tail, while easily removed, was originally sewn into the ribbon. Advice to coseyes would be not to include them at all! They really detract from the costume. The extra Rin ribbon we recieved for free is also a bit floppy and seems to have been made of reformed materials (evident from some staining/exposed wire). It's useable... but adds nothing in particular to the costume.

Final Comments: One of the nicer Chinese factory dealers. They represent their items fairly, construct them extremely well, and include support-pieces that aren't necessarily visible in the costume images/descriptions. This time the ordering process was quicker but the final items had less pleasant surprises and some bedraggled mess support items. Their extremely dense ordering system and can make it quite difficult to complete transactions without Japanese proficiency and it takes quite a lot of time to send confirmations. Some costumes in their portfolio are lazily researched and most are at least a little bit inaccurate. You should compare images on the site with references to decide if a costume is accurate enough to be worth your time.

Final Grade: A-
Basement Sale: Touhou: Mokou costume, clearfiles/shitajiki, NeoRomance/Angelique artbook, etc.

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