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So we made it to Acen 2007, despite not having a car, getting sick, and missing costume pieces. I decided that I did, after all, want to enter the masquerade, and received a lovely trophy entitling me 'Costume Master' as a reward.
Well, probably because there were 'Costume Novice' and 'Costume Journeyman' awards, too, but I like the sound of 'Costume Master.' Sounds like I should be throwing around a red and white ball and shouting 'Anti-Sora, I chose you!'

When looking back on it, neither U-E nor I can remember why we decided to suddenly do Sora and Riku costumes. As I have frequently stated in our artworks, I am mostly in loathing of Sora, and U-E swears to have no claim to the idea. We just sort of looked down one day and realized that there was a pair of Riku pants floating around the room, and that I had a Sora jacket done, and...
well, one thing led to another.

I found I rather ENJOYED running around creepily like Anti Sora, because it's my favorite of Sora's forms. Personally, if Sora got stuck in it one day, I'd be right pleased and go 'Serves you right, Sora. That's what you get for murdering people that were just trying to build their home.'

Many thanks to our good friend Ayaka for the photograph. It's stellar.

(Since some people have been asking, information and more photographs are posted here : [link] )



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I have to admit my heart (or whatever simulation that fills that vacancy) was not entirely in the cosplay mode this day. It's been over 9 or 10 months since I cosplayed previous to this last ACen, so I kinda forgot how to pose. O_o;

Allow me to say that all garment portions on both of our costumes were made from scratch, as also were the shoes massively edited and wigs hand-styled.
Allow me also to say that it was hell, in a bad way.
I'm used to armor and props and mutated bits and painting fun, not all this intensive patterning/interfacing-ing/seam-finishing/etc. - especially all to make clothing that seems at first just store-bought. At least our zippers came in just in time for the con...

Well...we'll expand on that tale later. >XD
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:iconwilya12:
Wilya12 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
love the pose and all!
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8-13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
Thank you!
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erisan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
AWSOME!!!
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Thanks!
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erisan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
no prob^^
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LilyFlare Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, I saw you on YouTube and now I've found you on DA too. I took a look at your tutorial on Cosplay.com. You are so inventive! Great, great cosplay. One of my all time favorites. ^^
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HunterUrban3 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2008
Lol, when i saw the thumbnail I was like, "WTF?! Is Riku holding a lightsaber, O.o?!" and then i clicked on it and was like, "Oh, that makes WAY more sense."

Awesome costumes, btw.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
*laughing* You know, I never thought of it that way. But...yes. It does look like that.
And thank you!

-Saeru
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Tetsu-San Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
Awesome =D
I hope to see you there next year~~ X3
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Tetsu-San Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
O__O!
I looked up your tutorial!!
Do you live in the IL? @_@
I reaaaallly hope I can see you this year. I would ADORE that!
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LilTanuki Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
o: What an amazing cosplay! Well done!
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:icon8-13:
8-13 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
we totally got to upload better photos that actually show our costumes a bit more clearly, but I still like the lay-out to this shot.
And thanx ^_^

~U-E
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Rizafan203 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
...Wow, just wow...Your Anti Sora is just, wow...
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Dark--Halo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
you said that you painted you mask, then did you spraypaint it or ... well, painted it oO'

And I'm gonna ask this question that maybe sounds a bit weird *ehrm*

Could you close you jacket ><'

Cuz' I'm working on that too, and I don't know if I did mine too open, or if it really matters if you can close it or not... oO'' < --- explains the weird question :'D
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Zae369 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
great looking Riku outfit! you even got the belt right
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:icon8-13:
8-13 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
The jacket...it was the hardest cosplay item ever attempted for me (no one believes me compared to my "normal" stuff)
Thank you for noticing the belt, as well - it was impossible to find a pre-existing double-bar buckle, three-row pyramid stud row (with the back blank) - so I had to splice many belt parts together. Like....come on, Nomura, you could have at least afforded us a real valid belt design. XD

~U-E
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KingdomHeartsgal Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. O_O I wish I was allowed to go on stuff like that. *shrugs* ah, well....there's always friends...that's what counts.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007
Not allowed to go to conventions? ;-; Thats sad. They're much fun, and good for meeting people. ^.^ But friends are quite important, its true.

And thanks!

-Saeru
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KingdomHeartsgal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Nopes, we live in SC and there aren't very many here, so I guess my parents don't want us to go to any, I know its a good place to do stuff like that mayb when im 18 or something right now I am two years younger then Sora and Roxas in the 2nd KH.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
Wow! o.o You're pretty young, then!

-SAeru
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KingdomHeartsgal Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
yays! :boogie:
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mekisyo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2007
ohh cool!
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BloomingRoses Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
*melts into a pool of misery* I was there ALL weekend; I barely EVER left, and yet, I wasn't able to witness the masterpiece that is your costumes in person. God I still feel terrible.
Anyway!
You inspired me to make a relatively jaw-dropping costume and enter it into the masquerade. A Heartless Tron Riku that really glows like Sora's does in the game. I only hope I can get my designs to come to life as well as you brought Anti-Sora to life. :)
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KuroTenchiYamito Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007  Student Digital Artist
I ABSOULUTLY LOVE!!!
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dancewaterdance666 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Dude the anti sora looks awesome...so does the riku too!:D
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lgko Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
@_@ OMG!! I remember you! I only got one pic, but it was laskfhoasdhflksjaf 8D I really love the way your costumes came out X3, if I may, where did you find giant zippers @_@?

lol I know you probably never even seen me, but I was a Haku >_< but my costume doesn't compare to this T_T

lol will you be at Acen '08?
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Of course you may. ^.^ We got them here: [link]
Unfortunately, I couldn't see pretty much -anyone- while I was wearing that, or I probably would have noticed. ^.^ We like Haku.
More than likely we'll be at 08, as it is our hometown con. ^.^

~saeru
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Shihazriah Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw you two at ACEN. I was so glad to get your picture. I thought you two did a fantastic job!
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Thankyou so much. ^.^ Acen was a lot of fun, in costume.
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:iconkairi-chanx3:
kairi-chanx3 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
whoa. thats amazing <3
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:icon8-13:
8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Thanks so much! ^.^ It was a lot of work. o.o
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kairi-chanx3 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
i can tell. both costumes are amazing. a lot of attention to detail
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Karynas Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Your cosplay is awesome !
Should've been hard...And the eyes ! Wow !

Bleh i'm sorry for my not so good vocabulary and way to say that i like something, lacking of english adjectives (because i learned a language called "french")

Riku is really nice, too ^^
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
It does matter how you say it...
what you've said still means just as much to us. ^.^
I wonder sometimes why we(or other artists, or anyone...) will spend months to years on a piece of art, especially knowing that even when its 'finished,' we'll never be happy with it.
But I think that is what makes the comments we all get so important. Knowing that someone else appreciates something...it means a lot. ^.^

Thankyou.

~saeru
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bisquickbismarck Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2007
Despite your dislike of the character, you have awed me with this costume. Both are amazing, but anti-Sora is certainly something to stare, open-mouthed at.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
Thankyou very very much. ^.^ It really means a lot to hear that.

~saeru
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bisquickbismarck Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
Certainly, hun~I can't lie (or say it enough for that matter): this is simply one of the best cosplay renderings of any character I have seen to date.

Cospay is such a delicate line between fabulous and clinically insane, and you just /nailed/ all the right things.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007
<3 The most wonderful thing about your comment is the fact that you take cosplay as more of an art...
Its true that its a hobby, and it is even difficult for cosplayers that I know to explain why it is they do it...but then, why does anyone draw, or paint, or write, or work on cars, or whatever it may be that they do? Its hard to define, but...
I've always said that it doesn't matter what one is doing. Whatever one does...do it the best that one can. I just...wanted to bring him to life.
I'm not satisfied with it, but I'll keep improving it...until I am. ^.^
So thankyou very much, again.

~saeru
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bisquickbismarck Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007
And I will certainly keep an eye open for those future improvements~ x3
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riyoku-katsuhara Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007
I saw you two there, those costumes were great :w00t:
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god! I hate Sora too, but I love Anti Sora ^^ That's who I REALLY want to cosplay as >.>;; if I can ONLY get the costume lol
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simonsaz3 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
So beautiful... loved your cosplay; got pictures of you as well! Check out my gallery (in signature) of ACen pictures... again, great job!
=)
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TenshiShu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
Faved just cause the concept of the pieces is awesome.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
Thankyou. ^.^
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kanuya Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
-clap clap-
8D it's so pretty like!!!
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:icon8-13:
8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007
*bows* Thankyou. ^.^
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chibinis-chan Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
I love your Anti-Sora! It's perfect (and I know what it means to say this about a Sora costume..).
I love the coloring of the whole cosplay and I love your face/mask! I saw many people, just coloring their face.. but a mask.. it's the first time I see it. And I love it!

Seeing you as awesome Sora (and awesome Riku!Yui by your side) makes me wanna cosplay as Sora (together with lovely Riku!Kisa) again.
Great job on the costumes! :+fav:
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8-13 Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
Oh, thankyou! ^.^ I've seen your Sora on cosplay.com and I really rather love it, too. <3 So it means a great deal to read this comment from you. I shall be sure to tell my awesome Riku!Yui about this post, and it WOULD be wonderful to see more pictures of you and your Riku!Kisa, too!

*visits your dev-page*

~saeru
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chibinis-chan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
Oh thank you very much!
Actually *Fay-lin has uploaded some more Photos of my Riku and me.
and there are many more Photos on my Homepage ^^
:hug:
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007
Visited! ^.^ I -really- like the one where your jacket is off and Aeris is in front of you. There is just such dialogue to it! I can imagine Sora having a heart-to-heart with her...or maybe just asking her to fix the hole that stray heartless scratched in his jacket...
Have you ever considered coming to the US?

~saeru
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