|Cost :||£22.98, for things I didn't already own|
|Time Taken :||Was done in small installments at a time, with bits bought at separate points - Most of it done in a month's time|
|Shades - £7.49 + £2.50 shipping (£9.99)|
T-Shirt - £12.99, free shipping (£12.99)
Trousers - Already owned
Sign - Made from spare cardboard
I wanted to do Ban for a while, as I got into GetBackers in 2011, keeping me sane during a depressed time at uni. (Hell, I marathoned the whole Limitless Fortress arc of the anime in one day.) And Ban always struck me as a fun character, as well as relatively simple and cheap to do, as one can see from the cost of the outfit itself.
The hardest part of it had to be trying to customise that damn shirt. That design has shown up a few places in anime, with four tails on the shirt, but never have I come across a shirt like it in real life, so I had to buy a super sized shirt (the size is actually 6XL!), to cut pieces off, to try and make the tails out of it. ... This was not very easy, and didn't turn out that great, as some may be able to see in the pics of the cosplay.
The easiest part other than just piecing stuff like the shades and shirt and trousers together was making the sign. I just took an old box my father was throwing out, for one of those sunbathing parasols for the garden, and took the hugest pieces from it.
I originally was gonna make the sign have a handle, like in the show, but sheer physics went against me. I tried making a handle, but not having actual sturdy wood or anything (I was using cardboard tubes, stuffed to keep them solid), it didn't last. I also realised that it'd be difficult to carry it around, despite having the sign, and I'd have had to get it checked at Ops so it wasn't too tall or anything. It aches a bit to hold it up like in the photos for as long as I was doing, but it's certainly easier to take about the place, like in my luggage.
Spray painting it gold didn't work out too well, as a good lot of it went into creating the Mr. Satan belt. Enough got on there to give it a bit of shine, though, and it kinda works in my favour, as I was generally making this "Ban down on his luck", so looking not too polished was great.
It was interesting wearing the costume. Hardly anyone knew what I was doing. I got a lot of stares with the sign, as people tried to read what I'd put on it, and I'd try and help them get both sides of it. But barely anyone recognised Ban or even knew what GetBackers was, so I'd like to thank everyone who DID get it, and complimented me on the cosplay. I hope to make this a little better in years.