Preparing for a cosplay is never easy, especially for first-timers like us.
Marc (my boyfriend) and I "debuted" our first-ever cosplay last June 18 at the 10th Philippine Toycon in Megamall---and it was a blast!
We cosplayed as Kenpachi Zaraki and Yachiru Kusajishi of Squad 11 from "Bleach". For those who are not familiar:
Kenpachi is the Captain of the squad who has a wild and aggressive appearance that fits his personality. His love for fighting is shown a lot in the series. Yachiru is his Lieutenant and is the total opposite of him, as she is known to have child-like personalities such as being small, cheerful and carefree. Both Kenpachi and Yachiru's personalities are what makes this pair so unusual, unique and easy to remember by "Bleach" fans.
|Kenpachi and Yachiru of Squad 11|
Kenpachi is Marc's favorite "Bleach" character because of his personality, while Yachiru is one of my favorites because she's so cute and fun to watch. And since both our builts suit these characters, our decision to cosplay them was final by the end of 2010. We knew cosplaying Kenpachi and Yachiru is not easy so we decided to "debut" them on Toycon 2011 to give us more time with the planning and creating everything.
Last December 2010, I had Kenpachi's Captain Coat made by a dressmaker in Marikina and gave it as a Christmas gift to Marc ---and then everything went on from there. The first thing we did was the weapons and contacted Animeniacz Online for it around last week of April and got it after two weeks. Then we had the rest of the costumes made by 2nd week of May, bought the pink wig, made Kenpachi's hair, and had the eyepatch done. And of course, we also studied our characters to the fact that I made Kenpachi and Yachiru my desktop wallpaper.
Finally, Toycon 2011 arrived and we were quite excited to cosplay then. Well, I think I was more excited than Marc because I just had 3 hours of sleep after work and was even the first one up :) We arrived in Megamall at around 3:30pm and immediately bought a ticket.