Hao Asakura - Shaman king


Midlands MCM Expo September 2008

2nd place juniors @ Midlands MCM Expo 08

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Shaman King is one of my all time favourite anime/manga. Hao is my favourite character from the series and I have been wanting to cosplay him ever since I got into cosplay!

I started off with the clock, it's roughly 4m worth of fabric and made out of an off-white polycotton. The fabric from the collar extends and flows out into the main clock as I didn't see any seam lines that attaches the collar and cloak. The cloak folds in on itself so that when I open it out it drapes across my body as well.

The trousers underneath are just green combats that I've had for ages.

The chaps are made the same way as trousers only without joining in the middle. It's more fitted at the top than it is at the bottom and is gathered at the hem. I think it's made from polycotton but it feels a bit higher quality for some reason, I got it from the Birmingham Rag market years ago so I can't remember what it actually is.

The braces are made from red polycotton and black cotton drill. I cut out 6 strips of polycotton, painted the stars on using my own template and yellow dylon fabric paint for dark fabric. Once it dried I sewed it onto a plain piece of polycotton and then sewed on the black clasps which was made from cotton drill. The clasps is just a hollow triangle and a rectangle, double layered.

The gloves were tricky. It was my first time making gloves and they had to be fitted, and match the fabric of the chaps, which was non-stretch material. So I used trial and error to get it right. I split it up into two sections, the main glove part then the bit that extends out. (My terminology sucks, excuse me)
For the main glove part I traced my hand on the fabric and cut out two pieces, sewed them together then cut out strips of fabric to go inbetween each finger. The thumb was sewn on separately. This was hemmed by hand.
Then for the bit that extends out it's a sort of trapezium shape with iron on interfacing to make it stick up and then sewn together onto the main glove. The red band is made from polycotton and then the patch on the glove is made from cotton drill, polycotton then the star was painted with white acrylic.
The lego attaches on with velcro.

The lego is made using different shaped mounting board and hot glued together, it felt like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle! The circles are made from model magic. The ones for the gloves and shoes attach using velcro. The ones for the belt have a hole through it for the belt to go through.

The belt is a random black belt I own.
The belt buckle is made from 3 layers of red polycotton and 2 layers of medium weight interfacing. I wanted it sturdy and I wanted to use scrap fabric instead of going out to buy some... So I just sewed lots of layers to make it nice and sturdy XD
The top of the buckle is sewed on and the bottom has velcro.
The buckle makes me feel as if it's censoring my crotch as I know Takei uses stars to censor their crotch in the manga and it's pretty damn close to mine... Yeaaaah XD

The earrings are made from model magic and acrylic. I use double sided sticky tape to attach it onto my ears because I don't have my ears' pierced! (Otherwise I would have made it functional)

The boots I got from Shoe Zone years ago.

I don't use a wig for this cosplay because my hair is just as long and his hair differs between brown and black in the manga anyway, deeerp! Might get a wig in the future, depends what my hair is like when I come to rewear it. I do prefer wigs but long wigs tangle like mad and I hate having to detangle it after wearing it.

It's not complete yet, I still need to make the lego for the shoes. I ran out of mounting board and paint so this is put on hiatus again.
I also want to make Spirit of fire (not to scale), Spirit of fire sword and other props. I will make them when I wear this to an actual convention.
I would love a cute little Matamune plush too <3

Anonymous posted on 20 April, 2008 - 11:24
oh wow kl im doing Zeke Asakura aswell i cant wait to yours ^^

Solaria posted on 20 April, 2008 - 13:47
Please dont burn me? We shall defeat you ^^ xD I do Jeanne

Solaria posted on 20 April, 2008 - 17:27
(xD) Hao... -taps shoulder then points to xlaws loaded with guns- ^^ Have fun

wings-of-crimson posted on 6 July, 2008 - 19:48
My rival! =O *sharpens kwan dao* Gosh, I'm really gonna have to resist the urge to fight you when I see you XD You will make this the most of epic of epic! Can't wait to see~ 8D

ryaoki posted on 30 July, 2008 - 10:26

Anonymous posted on 30 July, 2008 - 10:40
Holy Bahjebus! You look just like him with the cloak and hair! I can't wait to see more progress on this!

Mungojerrie posted on 30 July, 2008 - 19:10
Looking great so far! =D

sjbonnar posted on 31 July, 2008 - 23:08
You guys all have to do your SK costumes again when I do Bason!

ryaoki posted on 24 August, 2008 - 23:01
pheeebs if you can message me on msn the chaps youve made are awsome and i need some advice doing the same thing for killiks trousers lol

CrystalNeko posted on 25 August, 2008 - 11:13
Thank you for the comments~~~ Sjbonnar: Raawr yes, we need to get a gathering of SK cosplayers! I'll probably rewear this at the next AmeCon or something xD [Gives me more time to work on props!!] Ryaoki: Aye it has taken me a whole year to finally get started on this LOL! Got there eventually ;D Sure I'll log onto MSN later ^_^ And I think your getting my name mixed up! XDDD Pheebs is Odd one out, I'm Fi/Fionaaaa XDD;;

Neko-Chan posted on 30 August, 2008 - 09:36
O___O this is looking amaze. Cant wait to see it!! ^___^ *shall come and rape you*

Neko-Chan posted on 13 September, 2008 - 20:57
TIS WAS EPIC! xD im so glad you got placed!!! i made axel go deaf though when you came on in the masq with my screaming :3

Anime_Angel posted on 13 September, 2008 - 20:59
Heya, remember me^_^ I loved your costume and you raelly did disurve to win, congratulations^_^

Mungojerrie posted on 13 September, 2008 - 21:54
Gah I loved seeing you as Hao! You looked fantastic, and I love these photos with Selph lolleries xD

Anime_Angel posted on 13 September, 2008 - 22:53
Yeah, my costume was so popular lol, they even made a thread on the expo forums dedicated to me lol, I can't wait to use it in October aswell lol

KamikazePenguin posted on 14 September, 2008 - 11:38
Yay!! Your costume was awesome. Twas nice to come say hi. [I Was the Axel with Neko-Chan if you didn't know ^_^;] We cheered for you in masq congrats on coming 2nd! ^_^

Ichigo-Chan posted on 14 September, 2008 - 19:16
It was nice to see you again Just wanted to congradulate you for winning 2nd place & as I said at the Expo, I loved your costume.

wings-of-crimson posted on 15 September, 2008 - 12:14
Ooh, can you hear that? I think that may be the sound of us winning at life! Would you look at that? =D You make an absolutely awesome Hao, it was an honour to cosplay with you =3 I SHALL BEAT YOU ONE DAY D< By the way, I hope you don't mind, but I've doubled over some of the photos on to my Ren album too ^^;

Brinny-Chan posted on 4 October, 2008 - 20:45
Wow! This is really aweeeesome!

InfiniteJester posted on 25 August, 2010 - 21:46
awesome hao!

Lady Bahamut posted on 5 September, 2010 - 15:41
Woah! You look pretty damn epic O_O

MadameLapin posted on 6 September, 2010 - 20:49
You look so awesome! I love this cosplay to death! 8D

charlieparrot posted on 9 September, 2010 - 18:54
You look amazing! Best Hao I've seen!! :D

Hem &amp; fix cloak
Make braces
Finish off gloves
Make Spirit of Fire sword prop
Make Spirit of Fire prop [not to scale]
Make lego shoes
Make earrings

Total cost: £0.00

16th August 2010

Loooool checkit

I can build a tower with my lego blocks 8'D 6 down, 6 more to go! I AM RUNNING OUT OF PAINT! Time Taken: 2hrs

16th August 2010

Belt complete

Yeah man, this is what the belt looks like with the lego and buckle on it. It is VERY hard to get the belt on and I can only just about get it on on the biggest holes ;____; Damn lego blocks, they only cause annoyances!

16th August 2010


Well don't I feel hardcore with giant blocks of lego on my hands... They are now detachable using velcro. But once they're on it's hard to take off and I have limited movement with them on. I've started the feet lego... And I'm running out of mounting board ;_; I might have to cut up my Seth hat for the time being... or one of them anyway... Time Taken: 1hr

16th August 2010

On hiatus again

Awwww, I was so close to finishing... Till I ran out of mounting board and red paint... So sticking this up in complete again until I'm ready to actually complete it 100% ;____; Special-Pleb did lend me some of her red paint... But then I found my own in a box somewhere and the paints are from different companies and different shades and I'm fussy like that XD Have a picture of the shoe so far anyway! Time Taken: 1hr For the Birmingham shoot I won't wear lego on my feet, I would look downright bonkers with just the one lego on one foot! XD On the brightside, I can walk without tripping over my own lego feet! Still can't move my hands though.

15th August 2010


Finished the earrings. Made from model magic and acrylic paint. I painted the stars on the gloves and belt buckle too. Currently in the process of making the LEGO! I have seriously underestimated the difficulty of this cosplay, well not really, but I've certainly underestimated how much patience is needed for this oTL. All this lego... It's like trying to fix a jigsaw puzzle! Pictures to come~ So far made the hand lego... Now I have 10 more pieces of lego to make, save me now D: Time Taken: 2hrs (WILL TAKE SO MUCH LONGER ONCE MORE LEGO IS MADE!)

15th August 2010


IS DRIVING ME INSANE... HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID THAT NOW? OTL OTL OTL ORZ ORZ ORZ. I've made 22 round bits for the lego from model magic. I was originally going to make it out of mounting board so that it can match the lego pieces... But mounting board can't bend very well and so I would have had to either make LOTS of circles to layer up or use a different material (e.g. craft foam) anyway... So I just decided to make them all out of model magic to save time XD Picture to show how the lego is being made. Literally, it's different shaped mounting board glued together. I really did mean it when I said it was like a jigsaw puzzle XD It's quite sturdy, so hopefully when I come to do the shoes they will hold. I'd paint the lego gloves but I've only just made the model magic circles and so I'll paint them all tomorrow once I've made -all- the lego. Should be long enough for them to dry XD Time Taken: 2hrs again -flails- I miss the days when I was a complete n00b at cosplay and didn't know how to make things so just left it alone and inaccurate oTL oTL oTL. This cosplay will be the death of me D: Thankfully it's all I have left to do ;w;

14th August 2010


... WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME... OTL OTL OTL OTL orz orz orz I HAAAAATE GLOOOOVES. Oh Fiona, why couldn't you be awesome at sewing all those years ago and make gloves properly so that I didn't have to spend ALL THOSE HOURS fixing them up TT^TT Lesson learnt, never let 14 year old self make a cosplay then decide to rewear years down the line and find it SUCKS. I'd love to remake the general shape of the glove but I'm too lazy, it will do XD It's the fingers that annoy me, so many loose threads... So ill-fitting... Now the fingers are nicely hemmed and fitted better. The first version of the star patch was made from craft foam, I didn't like how flimsy it was and didn't want to attach it with velcro. So I opted with fabric, and I chose black cotton drill for the backing for a reason in that I know it's suppose to be some form of armour so this stiffened the patch up. I was going to double layer it... But a single layer of drill cotton worked just fine! I need a different star template to my braces, so I will do that tomorrow as I cba to get out the paintbrushes and paint XD The red bits are polycotton to match the braces. Time Taken: I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE... LET'S SAY 4HRS 8| I love/hate this coplay so much 8'D I think it's because I have to hand sew a lot of it... And I haaate hand sewing XD

13th August 2010


ARE DONE 8D I don't know why or how but the braces have taken me absolutely ages to make!! Again, just making the clasps for the braces have made me watch a LOT of TV. They're made from double layered cotton drill cut offs that I've had lying around and it makes it feel nice and sturdy, like how a clasp should be like. Triangle and rectangle are sewn separately, took ages to keep it all neat! ;w; Now I need to position them correctly, can't quite make up my mind where to put them... I occasionally tripped over them when I had them the way they were in the photo xD; They're only pinned in place so I can adjust them then sew them on once I make up my mind. Time Taken: 2-3hrs

12th August 2010

Braces 80%

And here we have me on the brink of losing it because of the number of stars I have painted... Here is also me in my pajamas lolol 8D They have stars on them (Y) Used dylon fabric paint for dark fabrics and painted each star on individually using my own template. I watched so much TV whilst painting this, and my neck ached T^T But it was worth it as I now have a more accurate Hao cosplay <3 After I painted on three strips of fabric I let them dry and then sewed on a back layer so that it has more weight to them and so that you can't see the yellow fabric seeping through the back on the top layer! Plus there was a seam on either side of the stars judging by the reference so the back layer made sense :P I would have preferred not to use paint for the stars but I sucked so much at cutting out felt stars that I gave up oTL. Time to make the clasp things! ... When I find my leftover cotton drill... Costs: £3.15 1m red polycotton Time Taken: 5hrs I have to make this before Tuesday as that's when I'm leaving for the Midlands... MUST GET THIS AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE, AAARGH! Kick me if I'm not posting any progress pictures/journals as that means I'm not doing any work XD

28th February 2010

28/02/2010 - Pipes!

It's been over a year since I last worked on Hao. And well, I wouldn't really call it progress but I'm just logging how much I'm spending really. I bought 2m worth of clear PVC pipes so that I can attack Spirit of Fire to my back without being too obvious there's piping there. (Yes I still intend to make him! I bought the fabric for it years ago and still have it! I can't exactly use that shade of pink for anything else, so may as well keep it for Spirit of Fire!) Costs: £4.59

10th September 2008

10/09/08 - one glove down

THIRD TIME LUCKY!! Oh my gosh... I cannot believe how hard these gloves are to make. Honestly they're the hardest things I've ever had to make since I started cosplaying - mainly due to the fact that they are made from NON-STRETCHY material and are supposed to be FITTED! I think I've succeeded in trying to make them as fitted as possible, but oh you can see the edges fraying because it's too damn hard to hem! T__T Anyways I think it has taken me... 2hrs just to make ONE glove, and that's just the base! I'm way too tired and hissy to carry on making the details [although knowing me after I finish writing this journal I'll probably carry on and make the details because there's only two days left til Midlands!] Times like these are when I hate taking progress pictures with my camera... it shows up too much detail even when resized down to 15% of it's original size XDDD I am seriously dreading making the other glove ;__; Gotta get cracking tomorrow!! [To be honest I'm not 100% happy with the glove I've made because of the fingers, but I don't have the time to make a fourth glove xD;;]

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