|Cost :||Nearly 205 pounds|
|Time Taken :||>1 year|
|This costume was completed on 25 June 2011, 1st day of Cosfest X.1 2011.|
Initially, I wanted to cosplay Lightning when I first heard and researched about the then-latest addition to the Final Fantasy series, back in 2009. Possibly the only reason was because she is the most impactful female character of the FF universe I have come across.
I bought the costume off a local cosplay store in Singapore, then made my own shoulder guard with the help of my friends. The prop was hurriedly made and I am utterly dissatisfied with it, leaving a gaping hole in this cosplay that's still eating me. I am already making a new weapon for Lightning, for I hope to at least do this respected character some justice.
While wearing this costume, I had to keep my emotions under full control. No outbursts of laughter, no goofing around, no joking with friends. I tried to face everything as how Lightning would. It was a tough day, and I was just glad to drop the portrayal at the end of the event.
I will be having a photo shoot for this soon, hopefully with a secret guest as well.
[Updated: 23 December 2011]