My daughter loves Anime, and all things Vocaloid.
She loves to cosplay and every year we go to Anime Expo in L.A.
Since cosplay can be very detailed, I make her one cosplay outfit a year and she buys any other she wants.
Otherwise I would be sewing all year long, and I am not a seamstress, by far.
Cosplay is very popular with my kids and their friends, they love Anime, Manga and video games.
For me it's another way my daughter gets to express herself.
I must admit, I think it is very cool... and I support her 100%.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cosplay, here is the Wikipedia's definition of
Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure ), short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play.
Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books, video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject.
My daughter Justice wanted to make a set of Cosplay headphones from a Vocaloid song called Magnet.
Hatsune Miku and Luka sing it.
Here is a video of it:
One of her friends made hers out of construction paper, but me being me, I suggested cardstock.
I explained that construction paper is not high quality, and the colors are always off, but with cardstock you can send it through the printer, and you can color it with markers and paint.
By using cardstock, it would come out with a cleaner image.
This is what the headphones look like on the Vocaloid Luka (pink hair and blue wings) and Miku (blue hair and pink wings):
Here is what we made:
I think it is pretty close.
It took about 15 mins, and most of that time was fussy cutting.
I am sure they will not have a long life span as they are made out of cardstock, but seeing that they are so easy to make, it won't be a problem reproducing them.
Here is my daughter Justice Cosplaying as Hatsune Miku:
This is the Hatsune Miku Cosplay I made her.
Justice as Hatsune Miku at Anime Expo 2011.
To create the Vocaloid headphones we used:
old headphones (with or without microphone attached)
cardstock in your choice of color
and Magnet template
I love to create with my daughter Justice.
She is so ingenious, and she loves to make cosplay props.
This is one of our favorite things to do together and i love spending time with my girl.