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Unread 12-08-2003, 02:13 PM   #1
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Post "Fluffy Character" Cosplays

Do ya know those kawaii fat-looking anime characters like Kero-chan, from Cardcaptor Sakura; Chiyo no Chichi, from Azumanga Daioh and Hantaro?

Well, I was thinking "it would be fun to cosplay some of those", for example, Bonta-kun from Full Metal Panic~Fumoffu - a teddy bear that carries a big gun. But I have absolutly no idea on how to start making a cosplay of this type.

I never tho' it was really possible to do one that looked good, until I saw this Kero-chan in 2002: http://www.cosplaybrasil.hpg.ig.com....kura_Kero.jpeg

.. so, any ideas? ^^
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Unread 12-08-2003, 02:49 PM   #2
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Some French cosplayers have a specialty of this kind of things... so I've seen quite a few.
First thing : fluffy costumes are not cheap. You need to buy lots of synthetic fur, and quite a lot of medium to high density foam too.
Second thing : it's very long to do this kind of costume, especially if you want a good finish.
For example, I'll mention this Rita (from the Animaniacs cartoon) a friend of mine did recently :
http://www.ashura.org/conventions/ja...3/DSC01247.jpg
The head alone took something like 3 days nonstop (without sleeping... yes this guy IS crazy).
His method : he buys a cube of high density foam, and sculpts the head in it, then carves the head for his to fit in, plus a space to put a pair of small fans (the kind you have in your computer) with a 9V battery so he can breathe and not be too hot inside. The ears are also cut in foam, and he adds some wire to help it stay in place.
Then he covers it with synthetic fur, pasted with hot glue. He's very careful of the way of the synthetic hair, and cuts the borders very precisely so he does not cut the hair. In that way you can't see the joint between the different pieces of fur, even when you're very close.
The details (the eyes, nose, and inside of ears) are lightweight felt.
The feet are done about the same way, except it's a lot simpler.
The body suit is about the easiest - you can't sew synthetic fur with a machine, right, but you don't need to make perfect seams : they're hidden by the hair.
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Unread 12-08-2003, 03:59 PM   #3
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Wow.. small fans? I never tho' about that o.ô
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Unread 12-08-2003, 08:53 PM   #4
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I'm gonna do a Ryo-Ohki costume that's gonna really fuzzy with felt. ^^ And I get to carry around a big orange carrot too.
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Unread 12-09-2003, 12:21 AM   #5
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I've done several character cosplays in the past. I've got photos up here:

http://images.cosplay.com/showgaller...=500&password=
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Unread 12-10-2003, 03:25 PM   #6
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cool stuff.....comp fan, wow. I just thought it was something else....i've seen tons of Ryo-Ohki costume's. also i saw one of Kirara which they used plastic pipes for the the front legs
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Unread 12-10-2003, 05:31 PM   #7
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Oh yeah, the furries of cosplay.com know about lots of different things. I got a CPU fan lying around that I DEFINATELY want to put inside of Red XIII...

That Rita is cute!
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Unread 12-10-2003, 06:52 PM   #8
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Most of my head have cpu fans inside that ru off of 9 volt batteries. its actually pretty easy to do.
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Unread 12-10-2003, 08:43 PM   #9
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about how much does it cost for the fan?
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Unread 12-10-2003, 11:01 PM   #10
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Not too bad, really. Depends on where you get the parts from. I can make one with a detatchable battery pack (makes replacing the batteries easier) for under $25.
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Unread 12-14-2003, 02:34 PM   #11
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not bad...might just have to be Ryo-Ohki or that cat from .hack//sign (not a big follower of .hack...just like the character)
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Unread 12-14-2003, 06:05 PM   #12
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or that cat from .hack//sign (not a big follower of .hack...just like the character)
Maho, isn't it? Well.. I don't really think he is a "fluffy character" - ya can do good with a mask and fluffy gloves/boots, no? ^^
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He has a giant in proprotional head; i would have to do make a head, tail, paws and feet...a mask would not do the job

But you are right, its not a traditional complete fluffy- no body suit...its more of a shippo (inu) type costume.
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Unread 12-16-2003, 11:09 AM   #14
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I've seen maho done, too. At AWA 8, I think, let me see if I can find a pic...

Ah, here we are: http://www.fansview.com/2002/awa/092802d042.jpg

This is what is commonly called a Partial Fursuit. It consists of a carved/moulded mascot-style head, hand-paws, feet-paws, and a tail, and is worn typically with street clothes. I've done these before, too. Cooler than a full fursuit, but not much. it works quite well for Maho, though.
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cool....to know that you might get hot in that costume...hehe
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