Costume :Jounouchi Katsuya/Joey Wheeler
Variant :Battle city
Source :Yu-Gi-Oh!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)

Costume Photos

So this is what we do on weekends

Epic YGO group is EPIC! >:D

Yu-Jou promise

Forget the card games now THIS is a duel!

The two most important things I must protect

Drifting into a dream

Before I can duel him, I must conquer the challenges in this city

The next battle ground

There's a new challenge waiting underneath this sky

The kid from the street

Anticipation for a duel


Costume Information

Cost : £22 roughly (inc wig which was more expensive than my outfit combined)
Time Taken : 4 days

"Something that can be seen but can't be seen .. Yu-jou they call it"

Ok, so after a very nostalgic conversation with my friends about this long childhood favourite show, I have driven myself to put this up as a cosplay for a potential YGO group with SamanthaKaiba as Kaiba whilst my other friend wanted to cosplay as Yugi - since I wanted to match them, I was considering Joey as he has always been one of my favourites from the show ^^ His attitude always made me crack up -^^-
I hope though I'll be able to pull him off - his outfit seems kinda simple but I have one the height to worry about and two I have to badly bind my chest. It should be fun though if I go through with him as I can't wait to put on (badly) a brooklyn accent :D

UPDATE 21/07/11

Ok so I decided to start this cosplay early cos I was really really excited about this since my friends including the wonderful Samanthakaiba got me really fired up for it! >:D Made a small start to the trainers and hope they look ok but my concern is on the t-shirt ¬¬ Stretch jersey, once again, I have to use thee.... T^T

UPDATE 17/04/12

Finally wore this to a con for the YGO group and I couldn't have asked for a better time <3 Everyone was so lovely to meet and be around for this photoshoot <3 It was truly epic!! Thank you everyone for making that Sunday even though it was freakin freezing!! More group shots to follow hopefully ^_~

UPDATE 23/07/11

YOSHA!!! I've completed the outfit for my very first cross play (so nervous bout this -_-;) all I have to do is to receive my base wig which will take a minimum of 2 weeks and start styling it and hopefully the shade will suit my skin tone as blond is always a nightmare colour >.<

UPDATE 24/09/11

FINALLY done photos for my VERY FIRST cross play - My damn hair kept showing and this cosplay made me hate my chunky legs but I don't think I look all that bad overall ^^; It was fun taking photos as Joey though cross playing still scares me ... Hopefully gonna aim to do this for Kitacon next year for a YGO group if all goes well x


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I really want to see you do this...will be so awesome and you're worried about height? I have to do Kaiba...Im nowhere near that height and I feel everyone will be taller than me...that's not how it's supposed to be lol So glad we have that talk...can't wait to see this

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 7 July, 2011 - 22:16
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Awww, I love Joey and I love this outfit, a friend of a friend did it a while back, and the binding actually shouldn't be as bad as you might think - Jackie had to do it for Lelouch.

Either way, this looks fun, your Mai was great so looking forward to seeing the progress on Joey.

by messengercat on Friday, 8 July, 2011 - 08:22
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@ Samantha - Lol that's a good point - I mean Mai is way taller than me but I think I did ok on her so I'm hoping I'll have the same impact for Joey ^^ I just couldn't resist putting this up since you and Josie are being two of the mains - I really will look forward to it - makes me want to get started on this right away :D
@ messengercat - Joey IS awesome <3 And Oh I didn't know she chest binded when she was Lelouch! she looked really good though and I'll take your word on the chest binding :D and awww thank you - words like those makes me feel more encouraged to do this cosplay - One thing I like more than my Mai cosplay is I'm more covered up this time lol

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 18:38
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For this you are already awesome!

by TheStarlightFairy on Wednesday, 20 July, 2011 - 22:50
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I can't believe you have started already...^_^ makes me want to get started on Kaiba as your progress is looking great so far ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 - 12:16
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Yay Joey!! The trainers look amazing! Can't wait to see more progress on this :D

by JustPeachy on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 - 13:07
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@ sisceal - some reason your comment made me really laugh but smile all at once - It's one ofhe best things I read :D
@ Samantha - Oh my god pleasse make a start on battle city Kaiba! It'll be amazing to see!!! :D
@ Kawaii_princess - HELL YEAH Joey is awesome! and thank you so much ^^ - I actual had a lot of fun painting the trainers ^_~ one more to go - I'm really looking forward to this cosplay x

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 - 15:26
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I want to and I have a few things already including the leatherette for the white coat but I dont know how to start the coat...fabric was expensive so dont want to mess it up lol

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 21 July, 2011 - 17:12
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Those trainers! Shoes are always such a pain, so it's nice to see you putting so much effort into them.

by messengercat on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 10:01
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O_O that t-shirt is simply amazing...its pressure on me now lol

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 16:53
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@ Messengercat - shoes I agree are always one of the most trickiest parts of a coplay if you wanna get it accurate ^^;; I notice a lot of Joey cosplayers wear any pair of trainers but I was really picky to wanna get it right cos I'm odd like that XD
@ samantha - Aww your too sweet. I'm glad it looks good cos there are some really bad flaws with it - plus the inside's a real mess XD bits have ripped, there's loose thread, raw edges etc. so I say you have asolutely NO pressure my dear XD I think you'll do a much better job with Kaiba than I have with Joey's T-shirt LOL x

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 22 July, 2011 - 20:48
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It may have all those problems but wow it still looks amazing...and your preview picture is's not fair, I want this group to happen faster lol and Im not sure I will do better...I have a few things already for Kaiba...but I have a pair of trousers that could work but in some of the pictures it look like they are a leather material...which one do you think will work better?

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 23 July, 2011 - 08:11
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Aww thank you and lol me too! I so want this group to happen faster! I'm going through a huge YGO phase atm ^^ and aww I'm sure you will do very well with this coat my dear and mmm I say for Kaiba his trousers look like it's made of something cottom based or denim even - I woulda wore something like skinny jeans, not leather (though leather would be appropriate cos they do hug round his legs quite tight) :/ but it really does depend on how YOU perceive the fabric on the character - I always start by looking at how other cosplayers tackle a particular character when I'm unsure what to use x

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 23 July, 2011 - 10:43
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Thanks Ill have to just break everything down and look into everything in more top is done thats about it lol but yeah Im going through a huge phase...always watching it, reading it anything really lol I have to make some progress soon, I also need to start on my outfit for distant worlds in november lol....want this group to be really amazing...nearly got my battle city kaiba deck done now...some cards are being a pain to find but I will get there and the new progress picture is really good...loving the progress

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 23 July, 2011 - 10:54
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OhmaiGOODNESS! Your tshirt is total perfection and your test shot is amazing! You make such a great Joey! 8D So glad to see him cosplayed, he was always one of my favorites! =D

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 23 July, 2011 - 17:03
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@ samantha - ooh yay! and I'll be looking forward to the distant worlds cosplay :) I so want this group to be awesome as well - it'll be my dream to get the whole or almost the entire main cast of YGO :3 And oh that's soo cool you're collecting the cards of Kaiba! Oh if there are any cards you are looking for, I might be able to help cos I've got a ton of cards stored somewhere ^_~ and aww hehe I hope the outcome will be as impressive *fingers crossed*
@ kirarayumi - Thank you so so much :3 I'm actually really surprised how many know or and like YGO ^^ especially Joey - he's one of my favourites too <3 I'm really looking forward to this cosplay cos I can see myself having so much fun being him ^_~ x

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 24 July, 2011 - 14:09
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That looks fantastic, I love how the t-shirt came out, so many shades of blue in this costume.

by messengercat on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 10:30
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Ah, been hearing you've been getting this done - and the first stop is on the way. *insert camp laugh here* Oh Joseph...what am I going to do with you? Well...considering it's Pegasus here, maybe you shouldn't think about it too hard...:P Looks great!

by Spirit Of The Stage on Monday, 25 July, 2011 - 20:46
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This looks awesome, great job on the wig =] x

by Kacela on Monday, 19 September, 2011 - 17:44
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Loving this...I cannot wait to have pictures with the wig so much

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 19 September, 2011 - 17:50
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omgosh u suit so much! never seen you crossplay before so lookin forward to it!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 19 September, 2011 - 19:33
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Yay!! The portrait shot looks so good! I love your wig! :D

by JustPeachy on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 21:42
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Simply wow...I love this...and the pictures are pull Joey off so well...I really cannot wait for pictures with look incredible

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:28
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you did an amazing job ellen you captured Joey's Character realy well ! the wig looks great too, did you style it yourself?

by XxSylentiumxX on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:33
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Thank you so much everyone - I'm glad people liked the wig ^^
@samanthaKaiba - I cannot wait to have photos with you too my dear! I'm seriously so happy for the comment u left me with Joey!! I'm super excited to see how your Kaiba comes out!! -^^-
@ vanessa - aww thank you so much Vanessa!! You'll be proud of me to know that yes I did style the wig remembering stuff you taught me so thank you!! xxx

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:40
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you should be happy cause you look amazing...and dont be excited...I'm dreading it lol seeing this really makes me want to start Kaiba but I don't know where to start...but seeing this has made me think...bring on Kitacon ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:43
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This is good stuff I love this ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 22:07
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Ahhhh you make an awesome Joey! Great set of photos :)

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 23:37
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You look great! (^______^ )

by xXLolitaRoseXx on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 23:42
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The costume looks great. I really don't think there is anything you could have done better with it. Love the T-shirt, it looks great :D

by j_mercuryuk on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 - 03:24
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wow. you really did a great job.The shirt is very cool on you. Can't imagine, you even painted your shoes. That's a great job. Thanks for sharing.

by Elle on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 - 09:01
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The photos are stunning! Perfect Joey cosplay :D

by JustPeachy on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 - 21:31
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This looks great! A job very well done, and I love the photos.

by messengercat on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 09:10
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your props
well red eyes is joey and yugi's friendship and harpie lady (or herpy lady as she is known in my card shop) is mei's favourite card so represents her :3
is a yugioh geek

by zabuza89 on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 22:14
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Wow! It's almost scary how perfectly you pull off Joey. Seeing his name written in Japanese has reminded me of Yu Gi Oh! abridged though and now the script is revolving in my head...

by Nomes on Friday, 28 October, 2011 - 11:57
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This is looks like you have been pulled out of the anime!!!!! perfect!

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 23 February, 2012 - 13:19
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asjdlks <3333 You make a perfect Jonouchi!!! I really wana make Shizuka or Mai for Kita now *3* Which day you doing this? I may join in if thats ok?

by Solaria on Wednesday, 7 March, 2012 - 12:37
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Aww thank you and omg Shziuka or Mai??!! 8D Dooo it lovely!! and Of course you can join me!! The more the merrier! For the Friday I was gonna wear battle city Mai with a small group and for the Sunday I'm wearing Joey for another YGO group with a Kaiba, a Marik, an Ishizu and a Pegasus XD It'll be awesome if you could join us as either Shizuka or Mai!!! <3 x

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 7 March, 2012 - 14:23
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Ohmaigaaah your Joey was far too epic, you do him so much justice! <3 YGO shoot = most fun shoot I've ever been a part of! So many antics, haha xD The Joey-Kaiba shots are simply the best!

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 12:39


awsomest Joey cosplay ever >w<

and if you dont mind me asking how did you get the top??
did you make it or buy it or ????

by eridensmagicwand on Thursday, 26 April, 2012 - 11:30


Symbolic prop (Posted 22nd September 2011)

As my friend was taking my cosplay photos, she suddenly suggested the idea to enforce the story to the character's background life through the photos rather than just doing some where I was simply just posing. Since Joey was such an important character to both her and me, we started drafting out ideas on what I could do to bring out the fact that Joey is more than just the 'clown' of the series through the photos - one idea was making a prop and I felt the hankerchief that Mai first gave Joey back in Duelist kingdom was quite significant - also I wanna add Cyber Harpie to the props cos Joey did use this card once .. It's terrible how I remember ^^;; but I'm super excited to do this photoshoot! The duel disk won't be my only prop! :D

Wig (Posted 19th September 2011)

I ordered this wig way back late July and it has taken until today for it to arrive as for some reason, the wig got resent back to the wig company :/ But I'm so happy with it - as soon as it arrived, I starting styling it for about 30-40 mins - all I did was gel some bangs into place and cut where it was too long. Also used hair spray in places to get volume :)

Joey preview (reupload) (Posted 23rd July 2011)

NOTE: Wig I'm wearing in photo is NOT the wig to go with this - it's to see how it looks with a blond wig - I ordered one just yesterday (Shoulda done it sooner but I was afraid I'd muck it up ^^;;)

Wore everything just to see how it looks (inc. roughly chest binding) - have to say I'm feeling it more to be a guy since Joey is the very first crossplay I've done so if I pull it off, it will mean so much to me T^T Also tested out a bit of guy make up which still made me look feminine XD

Jeans (Posted 22nd July 2011)

(Sorry for bad photo as my camera does not take well to unnatural lighting at night! >.<) Ok, seeing as how I had an old pair, I saw no point making these from scratch - when it's day again, I'll show off the actual colour of the jeans - curse you camera! >:( anyways, not only were these too long but they flared out way too much so I simply took them in to somewhat match Joey's pair

Left: Original (Yes I am a VERY short person)
Right: Edited (Not much difference but believe me there is when I wear them :)

Joey t-shirt complete (Posted 22nd July 2011)

(Soz for the blurred photo) - it took an entire morning to do - ok it isn't the most hardest thing but I think it came out ok .. even though there are plenty of things I really wanna change ^^;; - bout the blue square it was such an awkward colour to find but in the end I stuck with navy

Joey sleeve (Posted 22nd July 2011)

Ok this is breaking my 'code' as a cosplayer but instead of making everything from scratch, I decided to buy a plain white t-shirt and make only the sleeves - also I suck at dealing with stretchy fabric XD - there are so many damn shades of blue for Joey and I tried matching it best as I can from the anime

Shoes complete (Posted 21st July 2011)

Spent the afternoon painting the other shoe so I'm leaving that to dry - meanwhile, I have uploaded an image of my other complete shoe - I wanted more yellow to be in some places but I couldn't find anymore gaps but they do look somewhat like Joeys I think ^_~

Trainers progress (Posted 20th July 2011)

Yesterday, I brought a cheap pair of trainers to paint over - there was a lot of pattern lines on them but that didn't bother me too much as I was gonna paint over them - took me about 2 hrs to paint just the one shoe - it's messy but it's not complete - I have to clean up the edges and repaint a few areas as I notice that there is a strip of violet on Joey's trainers - also have to wait for the paint to dry to add the white shoe lace - I am pleased with them atm :D

Joey shoe ref (Posted 20th July 2011)

Decided to put a little collage together of Joey's trainers as I wanted to put a little more effort into the accuracy of his shoes - I mean it isn't really possible to find the EXACT pair but I wanted to at least get the colour scheme of his trainers right

Dog tag (Posted 20th July 2011)

Not at all major progress as I was scouring my house for a dog tag cos I remembered I had one - all I did was replace the chain necklace with a black string - it's just about the right length as Joey's dog tag sits on his chest

Duel disk (Posted 20th July 2011)

Cos of the excitement of this cosplay, I really wanted to do a 'test drive' of it for this summer - my first entry is of course to recycle my duel disk with the cards Joey mostly uses in the series - I'm such a traitor though cos I'm not really a 'Joey deck' fan - the childhood deck that I have is more suited to Kaiba XD

Hair reference (Posted 19th July 2011)

As YGO characters hair always seem to defy gravity and are ridiculously huge, I'm gonna go for a more natural cut with Joey like I did with Mai ^_~

Battle city colour ref (Posted 18th July 2011)

Decided to keep this shot as it shows off the outfit colours and portrays well ..Joey XD