Eike Kusch (Juggler Disguise) - Shadow Of Memories


Amecon 2010


This was originally planned for this year's MinamiCon ( 2010 ) and I really wanted to wear it for the Masquerade, but obviously that fell through so I'm going to re-schedule this for AmeCon 2010 instead.


The idea to cosplay as Eike came about probably around 2 or 3 years ago now when I was looking at the “ What Cosplay Would You Most Want To See “ topic on the AmeCon forum. I racked my brains to think of something that I really, really loved but which I had never yet seen cosplayed before, and I thought of Shadow of Memories since it is one of my most favourite video games and has such a fantastic and intriguing story and yet I had never seen any cosplay, fan-art, fan-fiction or anything at all for it. The fandom for it seems very inactive - I’d never even heard it mentioned in passing conversation and I feel that it deserves more recognition so I really wanted to do something by doing a cosplay from it. When I mentioned it on the forum topic I was actually really surprised that I got several replies from a few other people saying that they had in fact heard of the game and loved it too ( I was honestly expecting most people to not have heard of it or have ever played it ) so I was pleasantly surprised ^_^

Eike wears the juggler disguise during Chapter 4 of the game.
He dies through being stabbed in the back and has to travel back in time to shortly before the attack so that he can warn himself to be prepared and take action against it happening. Because of the rules of time-travel it was best for him to do it in disguise to stop the other Eike from recognising him and he warns him via a written message which he hides in an ornamental egg that he throws to him.

I was actually a bit hesitant about cosplaying as Eike because he’s just so damn tall and I’m... err... not! >,< However I’ve since noticed quite a lot of topics popping up on different forums discussing the issue of height and weight in cosplay and the general opinions of most people seem to be along the lines of “ don’t worry too much about it and just do what you love “, so I finally decided that I was just going to say “ whatever “ and do this cosplay anyway. My favourite character is actually Hugo Wagner but I like Eike’s outfits a lot more than Hugo’s which is generally just an earthy brown colour just like much of everything else is in his time period. I like Eike’s standard outfit the most but I chose to do his juggler disguise outfit first since a ) I couldn’t really afford to get it commissioned and then shipped over here and I thought that his juggler outfit should be just about simple enough for someone with minimal sewing experience such as myself to make and b ) I don’t think that the height difference between me and the character looks so big in his juggler costume since Eike’s legs are quite long and you just can’t see the length of his legs when he’s dressed up as the juggler since they are covered.

This was the first cosplay that I've made by myself and although there are a couple of things that I'd tweak I think that it turned out fairly okay considering that I'm not very experienced with textiles. We did a photoshoot at Lindsey Court because it has a nice area with lots of cobble-stones and interesting shallow steps which reminded me a bit of Lebensbaum, which is the little rural village that the game is set in.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 3 September, 2010 - 23:28
Win! full on radical!

CrystalNeko posted on 3 September, 2010 - 23:35
I've never seen a Shadow of Memories cosplay before!!! Ahhh seeing this makes me want to go play and actually finish the game now~ You look awesome :D

Tsuchinoko posted on 3 September, 2010 - 23:55
@ Ryukredapples - Thanks a lot. Have you played the game? =3 @ CrystalNeko - Me neither, so I couldn't resist doing one ^_^ Oh you should, it has such a good storyline and it's quite a short game. I need to re-play it sometime to get the other endings and unlock the bonus chapter. I wonder if my old game saves will still work... XD And thanks a lot. I'm glad that people like it because I've never made a cosplay before ^_^

kitty posted on 4 September, 2010 - 11:46
sheer brilliance :3 love shadow of memories (such a freaky game), and never seen cosplay from it!

nanahara posted on 4 September, 2010 - 14:13
awsome XD, great to see a cosplay from the awsome Shadown of Memories game

PapercutPerfect posted on 4 September, 2010 - 15:54
Oh my God, it's Eike!! 8D You have no idea how ecstatically happy it makes me to see Shadow of Memories cosplay 8D and such an awesome one too. Great job!

Tsuchinoko posted on 4 September, 2010 - 20:38
Thanks so much! I didn't expect to get this many comments on it. I wasn't sure how well it had turned out so I'm really happy that you all like it ^_^

Chain Toxin posted on 5 September, 2010 - 17:57
Wow, Finally Shadow of Memories cosplay! Great job on the costume it looks great on you. :3

Tsuchinoko posted on 6 September, 2010 - 13:12
Thanks so much! I would have done this cosplay earlier but it kept getting pushed back ^_^

Anonymous posted on 7 September, 2010 - 00:27
How.... Did I not notice this before (o___o) I probably saw you at Amecon and was like "Whoosh over my head" and looking through the cosplay photos, I just thought "Huh, that looks very familiar.... Wait a minuuute... OMFGFEIJHBGSWKIVH *JOYOFBEANS* Absolutely fantastic! I'm incredibly happy to see a Shadow of Memories cosplay and done so well too! I'm really fangirling over this! X3 <3

Tsuchinoko posted on 8 September, 2010 - 12:19
Wow, thanks so much! That means a lot <3 I only had the time to wear this for the photoshoot we did so I didn't get to wear him for long. You would have been able to see it in the Masquerade but it ended up clashing with Brad's panel ( both of which were things that I'd really been looking forward to ) so I eventually decided on the panel instead as there are always other Masquerades I could wear him at. I will definitely be wearing this cosplay again ^_^

KiraraYumi posted on 15 May, 2011 - 13:59
Oh my Gooooood! Shadow of Destiny cosplay...I think I just died of happiness a little. This is so awesome! x3 Everything looks great! I love the location too~! Seriously epic! 8D

Tsuchinoko posted on 15 May, 2011 - 20:37
Thanks so much! <3 Yes I was really lucky in having that cobble-stoned location there at AmeCon, I was very happy that I was able to get Eike pictures there.

PocketwatchMask posted on 24 June, 2011 - 17:58
i swear i saw some guy busking in this outfit : O looks great though :3

Tsuchinoko posted on 24 June, 2011 - 20:20
Haha, seriously? Well the character is actually meant to be dressed as a street performer, so it wouldn't be too unusual to have seen something a bit like this busking somewhere XDDD

Buy prop No. 2
Buy juggling balls
Make prop No. 2
Make prop No. 1
Make hooded outfit
Paint mask

Total cost: £0.00

21st May 2010

Main Accessory Painted

I've now finished painting the main accessory. The key colour is fine and while the secondary colour isn't 110% identical to the reference image ( since I had to mix up a colour for it ) it's pretty damn close so I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out ^_^ Thankfully the areas where it's meant to look symmetrical turned out to look okay, too. I used a blue CD marker pen to outline the coloured shapes.

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