Kanu Unchou (Anime) - Ikki Tousen


Kanu Unchou - High School Uniform with Dragon Sword (I made both myself, there not from ebay! - got asked this alot.....)

I made the Dragon sword with chicken wire, papermache, acrylic paint and used a wooden pole and also hand cut the sword from wood ^_^

The outfit was pretty simple, i used a cheerleeder pattern for the skirt and i sew the colour and arms on and made the tie ^_^ I recommend ribbon for anyone doing the stripes as it really comes out well ;)

I wore her for London MCM Expo October 2008 but as i was busy taking loads of other cosplayers i didn't get many of myself! So I have recently (15/10/10) done a mini photoshoot to add some ;)

Oh and heres all about Kanu if your not familiar with Ikki Tousan (Battle Vixens) - taken from Wiki (Spoilers!)

Kanu Unchou (關羽 雲長): Guan Yu - Yunchang

(Guan Yu was the greatest and most loyal warrior of Sanguo (Three Kingdoms) Period, the leader of Shu Five Tiger Generals, he met his demise at Mai Castle).

Voiced by: Hiroe Oka (Season 1), Hitomi Nabatame (Season 2) (Japanese), Erica Shaffer (Season 1), Janet Baywood (Season 2) (English)

* Manga version

Believed to be the most feared and powerful Toushi around, she even carries the nearly invincible Blue Dragon Crescent Blade from her predecessor as well as the legendary sword Kusanagi; she also has overwhelming chi. She believes her destiny is to die protecting Ryuubi. It is believed by many characters that Ryomou will one day kill her. Presumed to be an old friend of Kakouton and Kakuka. Despite this, however, she seems to have taken an interest in Koukin. She is eventually forced to side with Sousou and plan an attack on Nanyo in order to protect Ryubi from Kyosho's toushi, who would certainly be after her. When she surrenders she is treated as a prisoner. She is handcuffed, beaten, and stripped of her clothing. When Ryubi submits the Gyokuji for Kanu's release, Kanu refuses to accept the offer and stays as a prisoner under her own will. Sousou respects Kanu's wishes and orders the Gyokuji to be returned to Seito. Kanu is able to break free from her handcuffs, clearly holding back while she was captive. She is now treated more fairly while being kept under Sousou's orders.

* Anime version

Personality is similar to the manga. In the first series, Kanu only appears in two episodes to fight with Ryomou and Hakufu (including Hakufu's dragon-mode). Kanu's over-confidence led to her arm being broken by Ryomou. She then got serious and beats off Ryomou using only her legs and left arm, but still managed to win a second fight against Hakufu while she was in her dragon state. Kanu was expected to win the toushi tournament before she unexpectedly forfeited after her fight against Hakufu. Animation-wise, this Kanu shows both her eyes, which is a totally different hairstyle/look compared to the manga and second season (she is not completely one-eyed in the second season though; in a few brief scenes both eyes are shown). The blade part of her weapon was never shown in the first series. The Seito school color also appears to be teal instead of blue.

In Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny, Kanu is similar to the manga version in terms of appearance. Like her predecessor in Romance of the Three Kingdoms, she is one of the pivotal characters in the events of the series, as she lives her destiny as Ryuubi's protector and as one of the strongest toushi alive. Being the main character in this sequel, Kanu's invincibility was played down to make her character more believable; she wasn't portrayed as strong as compared to the manga and the first anime series. Kanu is less flirty, less confident, insecure, and her intentions towards Ryuubi are more obvious. She even admits her love for Ryuubi to Koukin.

When she sides with Sousou and with Hakufu looking to challenge Sousou to a fight, Kanu accepts the fight on his behalf. She is seen with a new dark, yet still revealing costume, possibly acting as a metaphor for defecting to Kyosho's evil leader. However, Kanu's loyalty to Ryuubi doesn't shake nor does her superiority over other toushi (as Chou-un pointed out and later proven by Kanu herself when she broke free of her handcuffs under her own power, she could have just left Kyosho if she wanted to). She made it clear to Kakouton that she will kill Sousou if he attempts to assault Seito or harm Ryubi in anyway. She was told to leave Kyosho by Kakouton and she returned to her own school. However she takes Chou-un's advice to stay away from Ryuubi, allowing Ryuubi to blossom as Seito's leader. She returned at the Battle of Chibi to protect Ryuubi. At the end of the series Kanu is still with Ryuubi, as her guardian and close friend. A joke at the end has Ryuubi recommending Kanu to read a book called Ikki Tousen. The book is meant to be Romance Of the Three Kingdoms, which the series is based on. In the third season, she has finally came into terms with her feelings for Ryubi Gentoku.

Raye-chan posted on 25 June, 2010 - 17:46
I must add more pics on here!!

Raye-chan posted on 16 October, 2010 - 09:48
Finally got some time to add more pics ^^

Solarista posted on 5 November, 2010 - 21:41
The uniform itself looks even nicer than Mars and i love the vibrant wig xD, so pretty 8>.

Raye-chan posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:19
@Solarista - Aw thank you, i really love dressing up as Kanu - i need to do a more adult re-vamp though as i toned her down for meets - The dragon spear was so much work!

Rain posted on 13 February, 2011 - 16:38
Your cosplays are awesome! Especially the sailor mars one! :3

Raye-chan posted on 16 February, 2011 - 21:38
@Rain - Thank you very much! *blush* It makes me very happy that you like my costumes ;)

20th October 2010


More pics added here now

25th June 2010


I have since took more pictures of my dragon spear but need to have a photo session of me as Kanu as hardly any pictures of me!!

18th July 2009

Where was it worn?

October 2008 MCM Expo in London - got a few pics taken of me too! ^.^

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