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03 January 2006 @ 02:43 pm
Time for cosplay of a different variety...  
I don't know how many of you have heard of this before, but there is a form of cosplay called Kigurumi (Wiki) cosplay. The goal is to look as much like a doll of a certain character would. People that do this are sometimes referred to as Dollers (Wiki)

I was browsing through iichan just now and someone on the Azumanga board (sorry if you're seeing this again) when someone linked to some Azumanga Kigurumi costumes. I browsed further, and found the gallery.

Main Site

Yes, the site is in Japanese, but they use Romaji/Romanized names/English liberally, so it's navigable. Though I suggest that you have your Japanese language pack installed, so it doesn't pop up covered in squares.

And the point? They have an Ed in there. *nodnod*


I've heard the style called "Creepy" before, but for me, it intrigues me. I hope I haven't scared/scarred anyone for this.

ETA: one thing that makes it creepier, is that while the characters done are usually female, the models are usually male. Crossplay to the next level.
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purplemewitpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it reminds me of the concept behind the Dollfie Dream dolls that Volks makes. They're meant to have anime-style eyes.
Kiwipenfreak on January 3rd, 2006 09:06 pm (UTC)
The pictures are really really cool, but I'd bet seeing them walking around would be quite creepy..
purplemewitpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:10 pm (UTC)
Never actually seen one walking around, just photos. How do they see in those? o.o
Kiwipenfreak on January 3rd, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
(That's what I was wondering)
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purplemewit: HavocxRoypurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm sure it does too, it's just never dawned on me till now...
氷: edocurucar on January 3rd, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
:: isn't quite sure what to think :: x_X
purplemewitpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that happens... first time finding out about this?
氷: ban kaicurucar on January 3rd, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Nope- I've seen 'em once before, but they're still sort of creepy.
sdragon on January 3rd, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! I had never heard of this before. Thanks for posting it.

(I'm guessing that females can easily cosplay conventionally as males, but the reverse is much harder, so things like the body suit and mask make it possible for guys to cosplay girls)
purplemewit: envy swordpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:15 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's pretty much my thought as well. They use full, nude-colored bodysuits underneath too.
sdragon on January 3rd, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
The bodysuits are actually not a bad idea, especially for female characters. I wonder when the Japanese fans will come up with leg extensions to match the leg-body-head ratio. ;)
purplemewit: smoking Havocpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)

Naoko Takeuchi would be so proud if they did...
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purplemewit: pointing Edpurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
I know some people that are flat-out weirded out by this, so it's cool that you all are responding so well to this ^^
friedbrain on January 3rd, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the education! What pops to my mind the most is the characters we in the USA have walking around our theme parks: Mickey, Minnie, the Warner Bros. Characters, and the like. So, having grown up down the street from a Six Flags, I can't say that I'm all that freaked out by this concept.
purplemewit: roy glovepurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
That's true, but generally the real-people characters (Cinderella, Snow White) have their own faces showing. These folks don't. Mostly what freaks people out is the faces, and the fact they're mostly guys,
Look for me with the sun bright sparrow ##: haien - Ed & Envy; witty commentviolent_aki on January 3rd, 2006 09:25 pm (UTC)
That's...a little weird, but it's kinda cool! ^^ Yeah, it is like those Disney characters and stuff...but I guess all in all it's helpful if you wanna cosplay as someone who looks nothing like you! XD I still wouldn't want to see one of 'em walking around though o_o Dolls scare me...
Neko Haruko - The Kaito/Heiji lover of the Centuryminunxplusleotp on January 3rd, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
That is awesome! and scary...
Mari: Not God Drunk! - kebiconskaitou_marina on January 3rd, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
Why does the fact that it's usually males make it creepier? That sounds slightly gender-biased. I don't think that makes it creepier. Then again I'm a crossplayer myself, so... ^.^;;; *sheepish*
purplemewit: HavocxRoypurplemewit on January 3rd, 2006 09:45 pm (UTC)
What makes it creepier for other people, not me. I like the idea. I'd try it if I had any idea of where to start.
Mari: Blush - angiechowkaitou_marina on January 3rd, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
Misunderstood, my apologies.

My goal is to always look as cartoonish as possible when cosplaying. I prefer the more exaggerated look to a real-person look. It's much more fun that way XD
Danil_envyxedward_l on January 3rd, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
I saw those pictures a while ago, and though a little creepy, I think they're kind of coolin a way ^^ I know I'd try to style my hair for Ed based off the hair in the pictures : 3
solicities on January 3rd, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
I've seen a few cosplay pictures like this before and yeah it's interesting. ^^ I actually kind of like it, but it would scare me to see someone walking around. I might just end up following them around though. >>;
alberto8159 on January 3rd, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've seen a couple and they do look werid,nice but weird
bri.: al! - fma - mewiltingflower on January 4th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)

Sailor Mac: Broken Ed -- by neko_workssailormac on January 4th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
This one actually looks kind of nice. The Sailor Moon ones I've seen in the past were *far* creepier.
Kao-chan: crackkao_sama on January 5th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
I still think this thing is scary but thanks for teaching me a new word