Thursday, July 31, 2014

The School of Anything Goes Cosplay: Ranma 1/2!

Just add water!

In honor of Comic Con 2014 and Throwback Thursday, I think it's about time to showcase another one of my cosplay adventures! While I've already posted some of my comic con adventures in A Link to the Blog: The Legend of Zelda Cosplay, this costume is the title character from Ranma 1/2, an anime/manga popular back in the 90s. 

If you're not familiar with the show/comic, it's pretty simple: While training in martial arts with his father, the main character, Ranma, fell into a cursed spring which turned him into a girl. Each one of the many pools carries a different transformation curse, activated by cold water and fixed by hot. What with a dozen different love triangles, blood feuds, and unexpected dousings, antics ensue.

Ranma, Shampoo, Mousse, and Ryoga in a rare moment of peace!

The character I cosplayed as was female Ranma, a.k.a. girl type Ranma, a.k.a. pig tailed girl. My cohorts cosplayed as other cursed characters: Shampoo (who turns into a purple cat), Mousse (who turns into a duck with glasses), and Ryoga (who turns into an adorable black pig). 

Ryoga wouldn't ask for directions...

All of us made our own costumes, a true testament to our creativity, resourcefulness, and sewing skills. To make things simpler, I found a great pair of run-of-the-mill gym pants and black flats, and only had to sew the collared shirt and belt. The wig was my first and only adventure into the faux hair experience.

Two halves make a whole!

While at the comic convention (AnimeLA), we even met a few other fine folk who still remembered the comic of old, including my male counterpart, the original Ranma!

The Anything Goes Pancake Eating Contest!

And of course no cosplaying adventure would be complete without going out to eat and getting strange looks from random people with lunch.

Out for a fence-top stroll.

We recreated a few iconic shots from the manga and anime before calling it a day. Perhaps next year I may be able to bust out a new costume for Comic Con 2015...!

Ranma 1/2 doppelgangers!

Until next time!

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