Costume :Kodachi Kuno
Variant :Green Gymnastics leotard
Source :Ranma 1/2
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

Ranma group

Ranma group

..a gift, for you..

..a gift for you..

Ranma group

Take That RanmaChan

fear my ribbon twirling skills

I can do ribbon twirling!

The Black Rose

The Black Rose

The Black Rose



Costume Information

..Because I want one of those twirly ribbon thingys to play with... ^_^

Luke.. aka - ryukredapples.. is doing his Ranma Saotome for May Expo. Ahhh my namesake. How could I resist? Kodachi...why do I keep picking the psychotic femme fatal types!? ^^

This is for Sun up to lunch time. We want to get some pics and purely have fun (not entering these into masquerade). Then after lunch I will change into my masquerade costume for the competition. So if ya wanna catch Kodachi and Ranma you have to find us early on in the day.

Update: 7 June 2011 - Expo cosplay
Sorry that I ran out of time to add the black edging to the leotard. Altering the neckline had to be dropped too because of bewb coverage. So I just wore the leotard as bought in the end. Im glad I got to cosplay Kodachi and we had fun with our Ranma photoshoot outside the Excel. I was surprised how natural and at ease I felt wearing this costume. It was very comfortable to wear esp those gym slippers. Playing with the ribbon twirler out in the open air was fun too.
I didnt notice any strange looks so Im assuming I pulled it off enough. ^^

Thanks to:
ryukredapples - Ranma boy type
Manga Girl - Ranma Girl type (and taking photos)
Fables for taking photos
and Nert for taking photos


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Yay first comment woooo! :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 15:20
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XD "Luke is doing his ranma" like anyone knows who luke is XD haha cannot wait to see this as you know! ITS GONNA BE AWESOME!

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 15:23
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ha ha ha - like anyone knows who Luke is.. - course they know its You! ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 15:30
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Awesome! Great to see you doing a costume from 'Ranma 1-2'. Can't wait to see.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 16:52
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Thanks Sephy. ..I know, not many Ranma cosplays these days.. It will be great if we get recognised.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 12:24
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lol well a Ranma 1/2 costume was bound to happen at some point due to yer user name lol seems like you chose a really easy one to do^__^ unlike the one I chose for October Expo, I have to make huge claws for my Hsien ko lol

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 13:15
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^^ Yep a nice easy one for a change. Thats why this one is just for fun and no masquerade or comp. Your new project sound interesting Ima comin to see. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 13:20
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I'll think of somat for the claws, I made Samus gun out of a toilet pipe so am sure there is somat for the Hsien ko claws, and thanks for the info on my Elle woods costume, I'll look that one up^__^

Yeah always great doing somat easy for once, easiest one am doing in May expo is Kazuma, all I need are pants and a wig lol

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 16:03
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You have to love Kodachi "The Black Rose of Furinkan High" Kuno! Ranma is one of my favorite animes and I can't wait to see this! You will look epic!

by Megitymeg on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 17:47
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Thanks Megitymeg - I hope I can do her well enough. ^_^
Waiting to see what fabric is like when it arrives. I hope the colour is right.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 17:57
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the fabric is perfect! the wig still has some ways to go but is certainly off to a fantastic start! cant wait to see the makeup on you XD if you look to good it might be hard to pretend I hate you *being ranma that is ho ho ho* XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 18:22
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ps: its those fookin big fringes EVERYONE has XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 18:22
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Thanks for the input. If I try big rollers in the fringe that might add volume and make it stick out. That will be next experiment.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 18:55
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Twirler looks great! i just got my kung fu uniform! fits great!

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 09:06
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I ordered a new wig for Kodachi, should arrive real soon. Its a layered choppy style so hopefully it will have a lot more body to it. Then I can add a seperate pony tail.
Lucked out on the fabric - its arrived but is more blue green irl. As time has a habbit of running out on me I just ordered a green leo of eBy. Hopefully it fits nicely and I will only have to add the black borders to it.

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 10:14
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Im sure it will look great! my kung fu suit is really nice! just a bit of taking up as its quite baggy! need kung fu shoes and to take the pants up and in a bit :P need the ponytail clip to O_o

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 6 May, 2011 - 12:11
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Looking good! (:

by cowiee on Saturday, 7 May, 2011 - 01:05
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Damn you for being able to walk in heels!
I try too, even on a night out and fail, buggers hurt my feet.

anyways. I love your leotard!! orderd some of that lyrca myself the otherday only red :)

Love the heels but love the ballet shoes. Idk if there called that >_< both look wonderful!

by isamiaella on Saturday, 7 May, 2011 - 02:09
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by angel aiko on Saturday, 7 May, 2011 - 10:45
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^_^ Thank you so much guys, I really aprreciate your lovely comments.

The fabric I ordered arrived but was too blue. So I bought this leotard off eBy instead. Im So glad it fitted. Theres not a huge selection of long sleeved leotards in green! This is size 10ish so it is really snug on me. I like that though cuz Kodachis figure seems to be squeezed into hers too. ^^

Sachiko Yumi - If I meet you I will give you my special tips for mastering killer heels. ;)
The white canvas flat shoes are split sole ballet dance shoes. The proper Gymnastics shoes are slightly different - they are like a sling back version so the back of the foot is mostly bare with just a strap around the heel. Maybe its something to do with feeling the beam etc.. I couldnt find where to buy those from though. But yeah my ballet shoes pass enough dont they. :)

angel aiko - :P :P Oh Chevi, you say the nicest things. ^_^ Thanks for not mentioning I didnt have tights! I was in too much of a hurry to try the leo on. But on the day I will have some super sexy sheer nude tights to go with the costume. ;)

Oh btw peeps this is not the wig - still waiting for that to arrive. It should be full like this but black. Then I can add a pony tail onto the side.

I am going to experiment with the leotard neckline. I dont want to cut it but I am going to try sewing a piece of elastic to scrunch the cleavage position and hopefully bring the neckline down in that plunge shape..

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 7 May, 2011 - 13:05
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Fantastic! as always! worth getting a paralyzing boquet from!

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 9 May, 2011 - 11:47
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Parylisng boquet of roses in progress... :D

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 12 May, 2011 - 23:36
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try to colour them dark purple! :P

by Captain_Marvelous on Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 09:10
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Will do, shall experiment with permenant blue inks first, see if it will turn them a dark purple colour..

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 14:24
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Rose certainly looks the part now!

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 00:13
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Yep, the whole bunch of them. Next I will add some potion to make them smell all lovely and parylising. :P

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 00:24
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This looks AMAZING! Not enough people cosplay from Ranma 1/2 tis one of Rumiko Takahashi's best works! And I must admit I'm jealous of you having such nicely shaped legs and being able to pull this off. Very well done I simply MUST get a pic of you at Expo!

by GoldieNeko on Monday, 16 May, 2011 - 15:19
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Thanks GoldieNeko. Hoping to add the black borders to the leotard to make it more accurate. Yeah defo if you spot our Ranma cosplays come grab a photo together. :) ryukredapples and MangaGirl are cosplaying Ranma san and Ranma chan too, so you might get alll three. ^_^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 16 May, 2011 - 23:38
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Oh wow! This is looking awesome hun! I can wait for our group at Expo!! :D

by Manga Girl on Monday, 23 May, 2011 - 20:53
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Awww, thanks Manga Girl. Tommorrow I will will get the hair extensions and add Kodachis side bunched hair to the new wig - which has arrived and is similar to the test pics but black. I hope I have time to add the black borders to the leotard too.

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 23 May, 2011 - 23:00
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You look awesome....nice work on it...love the pictures

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 15:00
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Ribbon twirling photo looks awesome, glad I could help :3

by TheEmoEmu on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 15:01
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Someone's got nice legs. 8D
Simple, yet effective!

by DuskatNight on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 15:21
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It was so good to finally meet yoooou <3

You looked fantastic! those are some mighty fine legs you got there!! n_n

by Alyx on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 15:57
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Thanks for your lovely comments guys. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 16:44
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The is really Freaking EPIC! I love the Photos and your cosplay!
You have done a smashing Job with everything. ^-^

by FruityKyuubi on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 07:17
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FruityKyuubi - Thanks ^_^ We all enjoyed these cosplays and photoshoot so much.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 9 June, 2011 - 11:08
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Awww I bet it's because of distance lol yeah I learned fast but I hope I won't be too tired for the day then, I just hope I can book a hotel so I'll have plenty of time lol

I wish I saw you back at expo back then as your costume looked really good indeed^__^ damn expo for being really beeeeeg lol

by Anime_Angel on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 01:10
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Why thank you, Yeah I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out^__^

by Anime_Angel on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 08:08


Finished Roses (Posted 7th June 2011)

These are the finished Roses, after several coats of purple ink.

Black Rose (Posted 13th May 2011)

Kodachi has a thing for black roses ..actually they are more a dark purple.. So using some artists ink watered down a bit I painted the violet colour onto the red roses. The silk flower fabric really soaked up the colour well and turned the roses a reddy purple. So I applied a coat of just blue. Now the roses are very dark purple. :) Tommorow they will be completely dry and I will see how the colour looks in the daylight.

scented roses (Posted 12th May 2011)

Somebody mentioned parylising boquets of flowers??
Kodachi has been out and bought some beautifull red roses. ^_^
Now to mix a Powerful Potion for them!.. :P

leotard (Posted 7th May 2011)

..and here trying out the leotard with my white canvas dance/gym shoes. Obv my legs wont look as long and anime in these. They are very comfy though. ^^
I had a go at some gym poses for photo ops..dont laugh - I never learnt girly gym stuff at school. :P

leotard (Posted 6th May 2011)

The fabric I ordered arrived, but is a lot more blue green in real life. hmmm. Thats why it is always better to go to a market and see the fabric for real.

So instead, and because is ticking to Expo, I decided to buy a green leotard off eBy. And this is it. Im so pleased. ^_^ The colour is beautifull and the fabric is really soft. So all I need to do now is add the black edging detail with some black stretch lycra.

I tried the leotard out with white heels, cuz Im a glamour puss *_*, ..and also with my canvas gym shoes..

finished ribbon twirler (Posted 5th May 2011)

I finished making up my ribbon twirler ..3m of wide ribbon plus a Prym eyelet.

Gymnastics ribbon twirler (Posted 2nd May 2011)

Still waiting for the fabric to arrive, so I set about making my ribbon twirler. I used a piece of wooden dowel, the turnbuckle and metal bits are taken from a keyring - I just removed the plastic toy and screwed the eye into the end of the dowel. I believe they need some loose linkage like this on the end to keep the streamer from tangling.

Just need to buy some ribbon now, stick an eyelet in the end and attach it.

Kodachi wig styling - first experiment (Posted 29th April 2011)

This is my quick experiment at styling my long Nehelenia wig - I can see why Luke thought Kodachi was gonna be difficult to style now!

For this experiment I just dragged the hair around to one side, stuck a clam clip thingy on the back to hold it in place and tied some of it up on the side as high as I could. I dont think it looks bad. Pony tail is waaay too long but the look is getting there imo. At least this can be my back up plan if I cant get any closer..

Fabric (Posted 28th April 2011)

This is the fabric I ordered. 4 way stretch lycra. Colour is called Greecian Green. Hope it is the same colour in real life. *_*