Costume :Ryoko
Variant :Battle suit
Source :Tenchi Muyo
Progress :Complete
Worn At :KitaCon 2010

Costume Photos






Finished Ryoko :D

Ryoko Construction

Reference 3


Costume Information

Cost : My sanity
Time Taken : Forever

I've always loved Ryoko, and have always wanted to cosplay her ^^
I'm still trying to pick one of the many versions of her battle costumes, but I've started getting other little bits and pieces together already

Update: Wooo with any luck I'll do this for Kitacon 2010 ^^


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omg i so cant wait to see you do thiss, tackle glomps

by ryaoki on Friday, 18 April, 2008 - 05:54
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Heehee ^^ well I'll be wearing it at Ame ;)
And I'll hopefully be doing Ryoko for the Amecon Ball too!

by Chibi on Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 - 16:46
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Ryoko is awesome! Go you for making it! I was going to Washu... but Im too poor to afford a wig like that!

by stripey_dani on Sunday, 18 May, 2008 - 09:58
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wuu chibi i think rachie might be doing washu toooo lol cnt wait

by ryaoki on Sunday, 18 May, 2008 - 10:22
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i love ryoko it would be great to see one, especially in this outfit ^^

by timpey on Monday, 21 July, 2008 - 11:35
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Ryoko is the best! I love-love-love you for doing this!

by Monkey on Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 - 12:55
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Heehee thanks guys ^^ I'm hopefully doing this for Fuyucon now if any of you are going!

by Chibi on Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 - 13:11
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I love Ryoko sooooooooooo much! So this makes me very happy : D *clings*

by Uni on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 22:52
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I've said it once today and i'll say it again- FINALLY! Ryoko is my favourite character from Tenchi! So glad you're getting round to this hun-it'll look fab!

by KuroStylr on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 23:10
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*looks at design*

This is a lil different than i remember, i thought the battle suit covers the legs too like all of it.

But none the less i wants to see :D

by JakeX on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 23:29
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Yeah normally it does, but there are like, 5 or 6 variations of her battle suit depending on which series/season of Tenchi XD
This is an artbook one I think. But as I said in the journal entry, I'm considering the other designs (or drawing up my own) to suit my body shape as I've put on some weight recently D:

by Chibi on Tuesday, 5 January, 2010 - 23:36
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I love you for cosplaying Ryoko!!
Can't wait to see it at Kiya! :D

by Manga Girl on Friday, 15 January, 2010 - 23:18
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Yeeeee! This is awesome. I love Tenchi. Ryoko is one of my fav characters.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 30 January, 2010 - 16:08
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Ohhh love the colour! Perfecto!

by Uni on Friday, 5 February, 2010 - 11:01
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Aww man. Ryoko's one of my fave anime girls, and I wont be a kitacon to see this *pouts*
Wait, wearing it at Ame! Yay, I can see it then :D

by MattDark on Thursday, 11 March, 2010 - 08:30
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Not sure if I'll be wearing it to Ame just yet as my Ame cosplay list is starting to fill pretty quickly >.<

by Chibi on Sunday, 14 March, 2010 - 01:48
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OMG! I'm so loving the progress right now. Such an epic job.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 22 March, 2010 - 03:10
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AMAZING attention to detail XD

cant wait to see the finished job

by HelloKitty on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 17:15
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I loved this cosplay at Kita but only saw you in it while I was running a panel. Was gutted I didn't get to take a photo!

by drowned_panda on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 19:59
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I don't know the character, but you look fab!

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 30 March, 2010 - 23:52
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Best Ryoko ever! *snuggles*

by Uni on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 08:42
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Ooooh my goodness, I've never seen this version made before! And you look absolutely stunning as Ryoko!
Wig is perfect as well, all that time spent on it was worth it! ^_^

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 08:49
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Coolness cosplay of Ryoko.

by Mangamad on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 09:21
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Looks incredible ^^ *thumbs up*

by Limegreenjelly on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 10:43
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loved your Ryoko one of my fav characters and was great to see,i loved the stylin of the wig

by timpey on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 12:15
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Best ryoko ever 8D Loved it sooooo much x3

by Solaria on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 14:58
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Your the only Ryoko ive met thats actually got it right!!!!!!!!!!!! the hair was *breathes in* BREATHTAKING!!!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 15:00
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Thanks for all the lovely comments guys! :D Sooo happy you all approve!

by Chibi on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 15:02
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You look soo effin awesome hun!
Love it love it love it! <3 xx

by Bambi. on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 15:02
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Wow Fantastic. Great job.

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 15:36
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Amazing looking costume. I saw u in the masqueraude line up at Kitacon and kinda fangasimed a lil XD

love it

by Berserk667 on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 17:06
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This is amazing I love it.

by NightmareWings on Sunday, 4 April, 2010 - 18:52
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It really was amazing! *claps*

by Just Hen on Tuesday, 6 April, 2010 - 08:53
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Thanks everyone! *mass hugs*

by Chibi on Tuesday, 6 April, 2010 - 10:04
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I really loved your Ryoko cosplay! :D

by Manga Girl on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 19:05
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Fantastic Ryoko cosplay *_*

by WhaleInTheSky on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 21:54
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by Chibi on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 18:40
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I've never seen anyone do the battlesuit Ryoko!

It looks amazing and the energy sword is just the icing on the cake!

Good job!!!!

by Numta on Sunday, 23 May, 2010 - 12:36
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by Raye-chan on Friday, 25 June, 2010 - 16:15
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This is amazing, the wig especially!

by tripletriad on Friday, 8 April, 2011 - 01:00
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This looks amazing!

by WhiteWraith on Sunday, 14 October, 2012 - 11:35

To-Do List

Sew black parts of zentai togetherHighComplete
Draw up patternHighComplete
Buy fabricHighComplete
Buy wigHighComplete
Applique red design onto black zentaiHighIn Progress
Re-cut and re-sew black zentai so that it bloody fits this time T^THighIn Progress
Stop fucking up the zentai! D:<HighIn Progress
Style wigHighIn Progress
Sew red sleeves to rest of zentaiHighPlanned
Sew black gloves to red sleevesHighPlanned
Cut out all red fabric piecesMediumComplete
Cut out all black fabric piecesMediumComplete
Order "subtle" fangsLowComplete
Buy red earringsLowComplete
Order custom eartips :DLowComplete
Order contact lensesLowComplete
Buy gemsLowComplete
Buy polystyrene ball for feet (and paint)LowComplete
Buy foamLowComplete
Buy perspex rodLowComplete
Paint foam and polystyrene ballLowComplete
Add gems to wrists and chest/neckLowPlanned


More wig! (Posted 22nd March 2010)

Hokay so, this is the fruit of my last 8 or so hours of labour TT^TT
Seriously, I started adding the hair to the spikes at like, 7pm... it's now 3am and I'm seeing spots.

But it seems to be taking shape now at least, lets just hope the damn thing fits on my head without looking as retarded as it did before D:

So here's a scribbly photo of what's been done and what is left to do (as well as style those bloody bangs)

Also, the collar is finally on the bodysuit but I'm gonna have to fix it up a bit as it skipped quite a few stitches T.T also, I'm gonna have the hand sew the zip into it as I have lost faith in my sewing machine... GAY

Wig progress (Posted 17th March 2010)

Ok so I styled most of the wig the other night and realised that there is definately not enough hair to make it look the way I want it to look, so I've started making extra spikes out of Fosshape which I will then sew onto the wig and cover with hair >_<
I'm really hoping this works... ;_;

Update (Posted 26th February 2010)

Wooo started painting the sword today, seems to be going alright, just about to start the 3rd coat. Using a mix of "493 Metallic Bright Red" acrylic paint and PVA glue to stop it from chipping and flaking, still might give it an extra protective clothing once it's fully painted ^^ Fingers crossed it comes out well!

In other news the contacts should have arrived by now (all post goes to my mum's house due to student accommodation stuff), I've ordered some "subtle" fangs and my custom latex ears are in the making :D Just got earrings as well!
When all of those little bits arrive and when I can borrow some of Shenny's black Snazaroo I'll do a make-up and wig test :D So excited!

In the not-so-great part of this cosplay, FUCKING BODYSUIT DIDN'T WORK AGAIN
RAGE! I had to applique all the red onto the black first since in order for the bodysuit to look right it needs to be appliqued first, meaning I spent god knows how many hours sewing all those fiddly designs on, only to sew it together and find it doesn't fit. Again! D:<
I've gone and bought some more lycra since I've come too far to just give up on it... T^T

Stuff! (Posted 21st February 2010)

Hokay, so I've been neglecting Ryoko a little bit, been working on my stuff for the ball/skit and commissions >_> need to give Ryoko some love or it'll fail miserably.

I bought yellow block contact lenses the other day and I've just placed an order with High Tower Crafts for some custom Ryoko ear tips :3 I'm seriously going all out on this, I love her and she's one of my dream cosplays, I'm determined to get it right, down to the last details

The beam sword is sitting in the living room just waiting to be finished, I'm unsure whether to paint it and then cover it with something to stop it chipping/rubbing off, or to be a bit more adventurous and try coating it in something like red latex (although that might just prove to be more likely to get peeled off accidentally) :/ thoughts?

As far as the wig is concerned, I've been making some extra wefts to thicken up parts of the wig, as some parts are surprisingly thinly wefted. I've shaped two more spikes since last time and I've also sectioned off where the rest of the spikes will go. This should also help with direction and stuff.

I'm so scared now of screwing this wig up... Srsly.
I know I could have gotten this commissioned or something, but I really wanted to do it myself. For starters it's in the competition, also, I've seen so many good cosplays ruined by bad wigs, I wanted to do it myself because I have an idea in my head about how I want it to look

Attempting to tame the wig... (Posted 9th February 2010)

Soooo today I started the arduous journey of styling my Ryoko wig >_<

Now, one thing I must say is that I have never in my life seen a GOOD Ryoko wig, don't get me wrong, I've seen nice trys and all, but I think it's so difficult to make a Ryoko cosplay look amazing simply because the wig is so bloody complicated!

Anyways, so I made a start today, I've separated the bangs so that they don't look get mussed in with the spikes, still debating whether to point them or curl them, we'll see. Made the starting spikes as well, hoping to get everything to swoosh to the right like on my figurine I have (good 360 degree reference :D). Also attempted to sew wefts with my new extensions, but it didn't work so well... I found an old bottle of fray-stop in my tool/sewing box so I tried to use it like caulk and make some no-sew wefts, and they seem to work really well!

The weird long side bits she has (just in front of the ears) were the starting pieces with caulk, they've been pinned in place on the wig head to see how they'll look before I sew them in :D


Hokay... (Posted 1st February 2010)

So, got my black lyrca today, was lucky and managed to get what I hope is enough for my bodysuit for only 10.50 pounds (stupid American laptop keyboard...)
So yeah, I'm embarking on this horrible bodysuit journey once more, if this doesn't work then I'm at a loss!

;_; (Posted 31st January 2010)

Ok, so, this cosplay genuinely seems to hate me... I don't think I've ever been this frustrated by a cosplay D:<
So, I cut out all the pieces again, making the adjustments to the legs, and now the fabric around the crotch looks funny :/ I know if I take the fabric in a little the problem will go away, but I'm just not sure WHERE to take it in! I tried to add the zip in as well but it automatically sewed while stretching the fabric so it's all gone to hell...

I think it must just be poor fabric choice really D: and as much as I don't want to, I think I'm going to have to shell out for some fancy matte lycra and start again for a THIRD time D:< and my overlocker seems to love lycra, my normal machine, however, hates it and eats it up D:

Although, if this ACTUALLY works and gets finished by Kita, I might put it in the competition as well as Ciel, since we're allowed to enter a cosplay on each day if we want! :D

But back to the crux of the matter:

Never again...

D: (Posted 12th January 2010)

Bah! Sewed up the body pieces the other day, bloody legs don't fit D: they're too tight by like, 1cm... so I'm going to have to make it all again T^T good thing I bought too much fabric...

Woooo (Posted 5th January 2010)

Wooooo! YES! I'm finally doing this :D bought the fabric today!
Got 3m of black cotton lycra and 1.25m of red silk jersey for the bodysuit.

Still debating whether to do a different design instead though (to be more flattering on my build), either way it'll be black and red and pretty obvious that it's Ryoko! XD