Name of Product:
Nozomi Kasuga (full costume)
etika, a shop on Rakuten. (product page
) See above post for the shopping service I used and brand website.
Jinbaori, kimono shirt, obi, and skirt. Like the above post, comes in 4 sizes and custom sizing but I just got the standard M size.
This one was almost twice the price of Jessica's outfit, and was out of stock so I had to wait a whole month for it to be ready. D: The wait was killer. I don't know if they still restock this costume or if it's only made-to-order now.
The materials in this are also almost all poly-blend. But the kimono top and skirt in particular are pretty wrinkly so I'll have to fix that.
I have a handmade Nozomi Kasuga outfit already, so I might compare the two here and there.
(crappy webcam again, sorry)
, collar detail
- The top is made with a medium weight material with a very
slight luster, and twill weave. Catches light nicely. The sleeves are very wide (but this looks pretty good), and it's not constructed at all like an authentic kimono. It is unlined, but the material is soft and pretty opaque so it's fine that way. The sal tree blossoms are screenprinted on. They kinda cheated with the top, keeping it all one piece instead of having juban underneath. The second image shows how the fake collar works. The main collar is tied around with strings and loops to hold it closed.
Skirt and obi
- The skirt is poly twill and box pleated like it's supposed to be. The obi (also made of twill) is a grayish purple, a little on the narrow side, velcro'd in the back, but... there's no obi-jime!! It's a minor detail missing; I'll have to add my own.
, jinbaori back
, jinbaori inner
- This is easily the most important part of the costume, because it pretty much covers up everything else. The main part is a very pretty dark blue twill with a red-orange collar. The trim and "armor" part is made of soft pleather. The armor is patterned after the artist illustration version (mine is based off in-game CGs). The trim is brown instead of red, which is weird, but actually looks good (and reddish) in photos so I'll let it slide. It's lined with white satin and twill, which is nice because it's supposed to have a white inner. The cabochons on the collar are gorgeous (metal, glass and rhinestones), and look just like the original artwork. The embroidery crest on the back is missing. It's never visible anyway because of Nozomi's super-long hair, but as a perfectionist I'll probably embroider a patch of my own and iron it on.
The only thing that really bugs me is the epaulets. Instead of being totally sewn in place (in my handmade one they were reinforced to be hard as rocks and glued in place), they were tacked down in a few locations, which causes them to lift and bend very easily, lacking the "real armor" feel I tried to achieve with my personal rendition. Fortunately this is easily fixed with a couple safety pins.. but I would rather not have to do that in the first place.
- While not 100% accurate to source material, this is definitely the best Nozomi costume available from a shop right now. It is expensive, but not insanely so (*shakes fist at Cospatio*).
- Professional construction. Just like the Jessica costume, everything is constructed in a proper and sturdy way, no threads left loose and no hems left unturned. The screenprinting is high quality and I don't have to worry about it coming off. I like that it used pleather for the armor like I did.
- Comfortable. This is leaps and bounds more comfortable than my handmade one because it's much sturdier, so I don't have to worry about it so much.
- Flattering fit, and photographs BEAUTIFULLY!! It's a little embarrassing, because my old costume, while it has some details I wish this one had, looks derpy on my body in comparison.
- The epaulets. I already mentioned why when going over the jinbaori in detail. I wish they were fully sewn on so I wouldn't have to safety-pin them.
- No obi-jime or wrist band. :< But I don't mind too much because I already have one. (and I knew it wasn't coming with the wrist band)
- While the costume really is excellent in its own right... I don't know why it cost almost twice as much as the Jessica Ushiromiya costume. Or why it's more expensive than Chihiro Ashihara. It doesn't have as many pieces, isn't particularly complicated in its construction, the materials used are mostly the same... I don't think the bits of screenprinting and pleather would jack the price up so much. I suspect it's just because she's one of the most popular characters to cosplay, and they've one of the best buyable renditions, so they can charge more because of the demand... meh. I dunno.
9. It probably would have gotten a 9.5 or 10 if it cost less. The only real flaw is the epaulets and that is minor.
I really am sold on Cosrevo overall, though. If I ever get the spare cash I will get their Chihiro Ashihara as well. (that is, if my parents don't kill me for having 2 different Nozomis, because I already have a Chihiro... but hey, it is my money)