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Vice in Paradise: Half-Assed Cosplay Edition

Your guide to creating half-assed cosplay!

You've seen the costume before: someone acquired one cosplay item on eBay and then rummaged through their closet or the mall to find a cheap costume. I'm sure you've been dreaming of pulling together your own similar style of costume, so without further ado, I present: your guide to half-assed cosplay!

  


Feel free to share your half-assed cosplay ideas in the comments!
RedRoseson March 4, 2009 at 7:21 p.m.
Ahh half-assed cosplay. I love it.

Dress shirt + short skirt = School Girl A in the background of all school anime.
giaon March 4, 2009 at 7:24 p.m.
Another person pointed out to me an even easier one than Chii-- Hot Topic clothes (preferably a dress) + half-pigtails = Misa. ;)
Sonata moderator on March 4, 2009 at 7:33 p.m.
lol Awesome stuff!:)
MoonStormon March 4, 2009 at 8:17 p.m.
I hate people who half-ass cosplay their ether reality young or broke. You want know a really easy one and my most hated if there not really cute to begin with.... Cat girls. Just buy some cat ears and maybe a tail at the dealer room and but them on it doesn't matter what else your waring your still a cat girl. Although if you want to score bonus points you could only wear the cat ears and tail (hot women only thought). HA just kidding.

There also and SOS brigade member. Step one buy SOS brigade arm band. Step two put on SOS brigade arm band.
Kagehitoon March 4, 2009 at 9:14 p.m.
You know what.  If they're having fun, why complain?  Seriously, I hate people who act elitist over things like this.  Really, more and more of the AnimeVice features are beginning to annoy me.  So what if they don't have great costumes, if they're enjoying themselves then that's all that matters.
Black_Roseon March 4, 2009 at 9:18 p.m.
Kagehito said:
"You know what.  If they're having fun, why complain?  Seriously, I hate people who act elitist over things like this.  Really, more and more of the AnimeVice features are beginning to annoy me.  So what if they don't have great costumes, if they're enjoying themselves then that's all that matters.
"
It seems to me like you completely missed the point of this.
giaon March 4, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.
Kagehito: It's absolutely just a bit of fun-- which is why I very specifically kept the video light-hearted and never went into a "seriously, guys" mode ^_^ I am as anti-elitist as they come. I'm planning a future rant about the whole subs-vs-dubs debate where I talk as much about the annoying elitism of sub fans as the occasional evangelism of dub fans. :)
Black_Roseon March 4, 2009 at 9:22 p.m.
I'm kinda surprised at the post, since I've always thought AV was an elitist-free place. 
Kagehitoon March 4, 2009 at 9:38 p.m.
Ah, sorry.  I guess I misinterpreted the point of this.   It's just that I'm really used to seeing people flame others about such things on anime and cosplay websites.  Sorry again. (Note: the "other" annoyances in my post were not about elitism, by the way.  More just about articles that feel like filler, or the occasional really biased thing).
RedRoseson March 4, 2009 at 10:02 p.m.
@Kagehito:
I'm quite used to the flaming on cosplayers myself. I just let it slide since everyone is entitled to their own opinions. There will always be elitists in any subject matter - cosplaying, football fans, modern artists... the list goes on.

Everything is all in good fun. Whether they be considered "filler" articles, these cute video segment dealies, or anything really. If you have any concerns with articles and such, just PM gia about it.
giaon March 4, 2009 at 10:22 p.m.
Seconding RedRoses. :)
ethan staff on March 5, 2009 at 8:02 a.m.
Haha, this is the best video on AV yet!  Funny too at how sensitive some of us are about the subject. Hehehe. 

Nothing wrong with some elitism, it just makes every one work a little harder or make things a little better.
ethan staff on March 5, 2009 at 8:05 a.m.
MoonStorm said:
"I hate people who half-ass cosplay their ether reality young or broke. You want know a really easy one and my most hated if there not really cute to begin with.... Cat girls. Just buy some cat ears and maybe a tail at the dealer room and but them on it doesn't matter what else your waring your still a cat girl. Although if you want to score bonus points you could only wear the cat ears and tail (hot women only thought). HA just kidding.

There also and SOS brigade member. Step one buy SOS brigade arm band. Step two put on SOS brigade arm band.
"
Oh, but "hate" is such a strong word.  Nothing wrong with a little 'half assing' now and then.
ComradeCrashon March 5, 2009 at 10:53 a.m.
lol That was great!  See if I EVER remotely thought of cosplaying, I would go all the way and spend  a lot of time and effort. But this is a great video for the unsure cosplayer.
Lanon March 5, 2009 at 11:41 a.m.

I totally heart this video. No eye-makeup for L--that actually requires effort! LOL. When I cosplay I want to go a little beyond the basics. Another good half-ass cosplay is Haruhi form Ouran--BEFORE joining the Host Club: glasses, brown sweater, khakis or tan slacks--ta da!

giaon March 5, 2009 at 11:52 a.m.
I actually made a costume that I called "half-play"-- still have it all, even. It was Yoko's scarf, sunglasses, hair clip, and hair chopstick things, but without the whole bikini getup and gun. Of course, I didn't call it "half-assed," since I did hand-knit the scarf and made the hair clip myself, too. ;) I thought "half-play" was kind of a cute idea.

So I'm definitely not opposed to NOT going all out and hand-sewing every possible tiny little detail on every costume! When I was going to cons as a teenager I frequently put together costumes based on what I could find at my local Goodwill. (Though my mum DID make me my Desu outfit and my Tira Misu cloak. I have the bestest mom. <3)
HeeroYuyon March 5, 2009 at 11:54 a.m.
I don't care so long as it's not another generic Bleach captain or random naruto headband...

Personally I figure if I'm going to cosplay at all I'm going to try to make it so spectacular it'll blow everyone else's out of the water. I just figure it's not worth it if it looks like everyone else... *cough* Final Fantasy/Kingdom Hearts *cough*
MoonStormon March 5, 2009 at 1:56 p.m.
ethan said:
" Oh, but "hate" is such a strong word.  Nothing wrong with a little 'half assing' now and then."
No hate is not a strong world a all but if you want me to use something else, OK I despise half-assedness. *I made a new word
Mewon March 5, 2009 at 2:05 p.m.
ROFL @ the video! :D
Aceron March 5, 2009 at 2:20 p.m.
LOL Love the vid

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