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Is Anime Mainstream Yet? Cheap Generic Costumes!

Oh, jeez...

Maybe it's just because costuming is such a big part of the anime fandom, but I can't help but wonder...you know all those cheap Power Rangers-type costumes you get that come in a baggie for like, $20-30? Also available in some amounts of Pokemon and other mainstream stuff.

Well, while I was looking around at something else entirely I stumbled upon this for-teens “Anime Pop Princess Costume,” which...well, I'm sure you're looking at the picture for yourself. It's kind of bad. It looks a little bit like Utena meets Shampoo meets the kind of Goth Loli costume you buy in the dealer room for twenty bucks.

For the record, it appears that the fuzzy boots, tights and armwarmers, and crappy-ass blonde-and-pink wig are not included-- just the weird half-military-half-cheongsam top and skirt. Which are actually apparently not two pieces since they keep calling it a dress. Very, very weird.

Can you imagine spending $35 on this? Or any teenager actually wanting to wear it? (And yet, it's sold out on the 7/9 size...)
kiroshimatsuon May 12, 2009 at 10:20 a.m.
Sad face... I'd get it just for the arm warmers :P
Lanon May 12, 2009 at 10:43 a.m.
It wouldn't be so bad were the top and skirt able to separated. Granted, you probably wouldn't want to wear it anyway because it's made of some cheap, hot, staticky polyester. I thought it was some crazy Misa cosplay at first. Misa, Utena, and Gothic Lolita all rolled into one. That is one seriously tacky outfit, but somehow I can imagine all the tweens and 14 year olds who love Death Note going crazy over it.
giaon May 12, 2009 at 10:58 a.m.
I've definitely never seen one of this thing at a con, but you can bet I'll be keeping an eye out...
HeeroYuyon May 12, 2009 at 12:08 p.m.
So yeah, looks like it was designed by the same guy who designed Midori from Guitar Hero...
Lunarmothon May 12, 2009 at 8:54 p.m.
mmm... I say the best styles will always be people own style.

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