Now, some of you who are anime fans with costume-making talents are probably thinking, "What character in anime and/or manga should I just dress up as for Halloween?" but either haven't yet decided on the plan or have done so only to have a hard time finding a commercial costume that replicates the exact likenesses of what you plan to cosplay for Halloween at your local costume shops. While I lack skills to make full costumes (I just stick to designing cardboard masks), that ain't gonna' stop me from giving you suggestions. Therefore, I celebrate the countdown to Halloween 2016 with a list of characters/mecha in anime and/or manga you may want to choose from to give a try in doing a costume of for you to dress up in during this year's Halloween, but note I divided the list in two sections: one for guys and one for gals.
1) Tetsujin 28 (Tetsujin 28-Go)
Some of guys reading this column may have a thing for working with cardboards and grey ducttape when it comes to making amateur props and costumes. If you are that kind of person and are into giant robot anime (including the oldschool kind), how about making a costume depicting the remote-controlled giant robot Tetsujin 28? Some of you may remember the English language "Gigantor" edition of the first anime television series re-interpretation of Mitsuteru Yokoyama's 1956 giant robot-themed manga series Tetsujin 28-Go.
Choose this option and you'll be making Tetsujin 28-Go proud as you'll be spreading awareness of what started it all for Japanese animation's giant robot genre. Anyway, just get yourself some acryllic paints (for decals), empty ready-made box parts (for the head), ducctape, a gluegun maybe, and grey pants (any type of pants of your liking) with you, and you''ll have your costume ready without worry of expensive material costs (like don't worry yourself about steel).
2) Berg Katse (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
Some people are bound to go scary looking in their character dress-ups during Halloween. Berg Katse is a scary-as-hell supervillain with big bat-like ears and a warlock-like dark colored attire, and no doubt some of you know him as "Zoltar" in the 1978 English language "Battle of the Planets" version of 1972 animated series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman.
If you are a male who can laugh with yourself, I'm sure you can brave it all in combining women's long boots with red lipstick, fake fangs, and whatever violet clothing you can get to build your custom costume.
3) Harlock (Captain Harlock)
Some of you maybe looking for an option you can use without needing a masks. Also, it is a bumdeal that some workplaces and schools forbid people from wearing masks during Halloween. Fortunately for you, Harlock is an iconic science-fiction character who just wears an eyepatch.
To do a Harlock costume, you'll probably only need black longsleeve shirt, a khaki pants or black jeans (depending on which animated incarnation of Harlock you want to go for), a pirate costume cape, an eye patch, some acryllic paint (for illustrating the decals on the shirt), brown boots and gloves, and if you want, a brown wavy hair tupee. Basically, you'll probably only need paint and ready-made attire parts to save yourself from spending a huge amount of hours (not counting breaktimes) assembling the parts during the few weekends leading to Halloween. Word of advice: no carrying fake western guns with you in public. Sure Harlock's signature space gun (Cosmo Dragoon) looks like a cowboy gun, but you want to save yourself from provoking paranoia on anyone else's part.
4) Gabumon (Digimon Adventure)
Furry cosplays are bound to turn up during Halloween. With Digimon Adventure Tri.'s first installment already getting the international release, this Halloween can be perfect for celebrating what already happened. If you have skills for making furry costumes and like wolves, Gabumon, a part-reptillian part-wolf, is the Digimon you out to give a try in doing a costume of for wearing during Halloween.
Don't worry about your physique. Just have the right colored fur parts and make sure your custom costume is form fitting, or you can just get box parts and paint them to make the wolf arms and head with both yellow shirt and yellow pants to replicate the Digimon's shin. Afterall, you don't want to be too hot in it during long hours.
5) Mazinkaiser SKL (Mazinkaiser SKL)
Mazinkaiser SKL is not only the latest Mazinger to ever appear in Mazinger Z animation, but the most badass-looking of them all so far. Yes, it has lots of spiky detail around its black-and-white-red armor. Want your costume to surpass any scary monster costume this Halloween while at the same expressing your enthusiasm for giant robot anime? Give this one a go, but you may want some friends to help you assemble the spiky cardboard parts to shorten the time you need in addition to paint you'll need to color the parts and the decals on the ready-made attire you'll want to use for torso and legs.
6) Maetel (Galaxy Express 999)
Fall days tend to colder as weeks go by. This sci-fi heroine should be simple to do a costume of for those of you gals with long furcoats and Russian-styled winter hats. if you have very long hair, you can dye it with yellow, but if not, there's always the option to use blonde wigs to replicate Maetel's hair.
Just make sure both your coat and hat are black (Galaxy Express 999/Galaxy Railways version color), white (Maetel Legend version color), blue (Cosmowarrior Zero version color), or red-violet (Space Symphony Maetel version color) to capture the character's likenesses (Maetel's trademark outfit colors vary by animated version, but the most famous is the black one).
7) GF13-050NSW Nobell Gundam (Mobile Fighter G Gundam)
Not all Gundams seem to have masculine appearances. Some of you gals may have seen the Sailor Senshi-esque mobile suit Nobell Gundam in the anime T.V. series Mobile Fighter G Gundam or at least on model kit boxes and noticed its visual resemblance to manga superheroine Sailor V (I too notice the resemblance).
How hard can it be for gal to do a Nobell Gundam when she needs is a long hair wig, cardboard parts (for head and limbs), a blue skirt, a white short-sleeve shirt, and paint for the decals on torso?
8) Shinobu Oshino (Monogatari series)
Whoever says all vampires are meant to be scary? I mean, some can be as beautiful as your typical human female hottie (I'm looking at you, Vampirella and Marceline the Vampire Queen). If you ladies like to dress as vampiresses this Halloween but at the same time bring some warm-and-fuzzy light into this coming cold weather day, Monogatari diva Shinobu Oshino is the option you out to try. While I've never seen any of the Monogatari anime (not even Kizumonogatari films released so far), I've seen some official art depictions of this now internationally famous blonde heroine.
She's as cute as a puppy when in the form of a pre-teenage girl and posseses a light-colored sundress and biker goggles (an iconic trait maintained in the Monogatari anime T.V. series Bakemonogatari). Should any of you take this option for you to do a custom costume of, you will not need much ready-made attirre to go with fake fangs and long blonde/gold hair wig (if you're not long-haired that is), but you are gonna' need a coat with to shield your arms when outside on Halloween even though Shinobu's trademark appearance does not include one.
9) Black Rock Shooter (Black Rock Shooter)
Want to look sexy, feel warm, and be in dark colors this Halloween? Black Rock Shooter should be the perfect option for you to do a custom costume of for you to wear this Halloween. Plus, I doubt you wil have to worry about how much time you need to assemble the parts for your costume depiction of this sexy pigtailed heroine; her appearance is just a black bikini top, black short pants, white belt, black boots, and a black coat.
Just have white paint for the decals on the boots and sweater. as for her, if your hair is long, it should be easy to fold into pigtails in addition to using black hair dye (if your hair isn't black), otherwise get the right amount of black hair wig material possible for those tails.
10) Tairenar/Braixen (Pocket Monsters XY)
If you're a fan of Pocket Monsters (known outside of Japan as "Pokemon) with skills and talent to make animal costumes (whether with fur parts or cardboard pieces), how about dresing up as tairenar ("Braixen" in the English edition of the Pocket Monster XY anime series)? Plus, with this year being the year of the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, there is no doubt that some of you fangirls are eager to show some Pokemon enthusiasm this Halloween.
There are multiple possible ways you can to do a Tairenar custom costume; you can use cardboard parts with paint, glue and ducttape (if you want the blocky video game-like look), fur parts to stitch together (if you want to go the traditional furry costume direction of making a soft-texture costume), or you can just make a cardboad Tairenar mask with a yellow shirt, dark grey boots, and black pants. Whatever route you choose, don't overexhaust yourself.
I really hope this list gives you something to think about as Halloween is nearing. Whatever character or mecha in anime and/or manga you choose to do a custum costume of for you to wear this Halloween, have fun, invest wisely, schedule some time to do your sostumes, and don't kill yourself in the crafting process. It does not have to be 100% perect in visual likeness accuracy, so just do your thing in how you best see fit. Thanks for reading, see you next time, and have yourself a Happy Halloween.