Marikawa Shizuka (Ripped skirt) - Highschool of the Dead


Amecon 2010


So, I've been watching this anime, I havn't read the manga and to be honest I'd never heard of it. I love zombie stuff so thats why I started watching it.

Marikawa is fast becoming one of my favourites and I feel the need to cosplay her so I can be stupid all day long and not feel bad about it.

The only obstacles right now are:

Wig: We have a long blonde wig here, it was used for Venus, but I'd much rather a shorter wig for it. It wont be as accurate but by god long wigs are annoying.

Boobs: I've a fairly decent chest anyway, but Marikawas are HUGE! and I wouldn't feel right cosplaying her without a mahoosive chest. SO! I got myself an F cup bra! I'm normaly a C-D cup so thats alot of space to fill up. I'll need to create some padding to go into the bra and Junta already has some "chiken fillets" from his Venus cosplay that I think may be usefull.

I already had the shirt, everyone has a white shirt. So I got some bias binding from Boyes in a light grey and I'll be adding buttons to the shirt to make it do up all the way. I scored a long black shirt to modify from a charity shop for £3.99! and I have some flat black shoes anyway. I know her shoes are brown, but unless I get lucky and find some cheap ones. I'll be using what I have.

This should be a comfy cosplay....apart from the chest...which may get heavy!

LemonPanda posted on 3 August, 2010 - 17:28
OMG REALLY?? xD i can't wait to see thiiiis 8D if you ever re-wear this~ i can ask amy about her Taiga wig? since its long but not annoying and has the long center fringey part xD also...if you DO re wear it~ let me be Saya with you?~ 8'D

Lulu Rose posted on 3 August, 2010 - 17:55
haha, I suspect this one would be easy to re wear since the only sewing I have to do, is sewing the trim onto the shirt. It's pretty much a closet cosplay. Apart from the fact I have to stuf a bra full of stuff so I have massive boobs XD So yeah I'll re wear her after Ame with you. The Taiga wig might be good, but it's really up to Amy, since I'll likley eventually get something more permanent for Marikawa eventually.

Solaria posted on 3 August, 2010 - 18:20
WIN cant wait to see :3 You tempt me to finish off Saeko and bring her OTL xD Epic that youre doing her hugeass boobs too =D Accuracy <3

Anonymous posted on 3 August, 2010 - 18:26
I'm bringing my Saya costume to Amecon aswell, so it'll be cool to see your sensei.

No thanks posted on 3 August, 2010 - 22:37
Ahahaha<3 Can't wait to see this done!

ryaoki posted on 4 August, 2010 - 20:25
im tempted to bring takashi to amecon now

No thanks posted on 6 August, 2010 - 18:17
Aha! I know pleated skirts=death It's not that the wigs long lengthwise,its my real hair length wise its the antenea that are short i can't get them any longer! *shakes fist at hair* :c

No thanks posted on 8 August, 2010 - 22:53
YES! <3

Sephirayne posted on 8 August, 2010 - 23:06
You look so cute in this. Love the wig.

Manjou posted on 9 August, 2010 - 13:36
*Bo-oing* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b64la7igytU You need an mp3 of that bo-oing sound effect XD

Solaria posted on 9 August, 2010 - 13:42
8D I love it x3 You make an awesome Marikawa <3

Lulu Rose posted on 11 August, 2010 - 15:28
XD thanks guys. Manjou, we are thinking of taking a comedy running video with that sfx for lols! see you all there with my giant tits of doom!

Solaria posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:01
8D OMG amazing pics <333 Lol at Martin as the zombie xD Jiggle Jiggle

Sephirayne posted on 19 August, 2010 - 17:37
You looked awesome. Love the pics.

Mangamad posted on 20 August, 2010 - 12:20
It was a great cosplay. ^^

No thanks posted on 23 August, 2010 - 21:29
<3 Yeah Wire, Like i was using a straight peice of thick wire i bent to the arrow shape like hers and twisted the bottom to a curl and put it in the net so the curl was under the net and the wire comes out, but the hair didn't fall nicely the way i wanted it to so i cut off at the bend where it peaks on teh antenea so its just a wire sticking out, the hair is in place on the wire (Lots of Got2B, thinking about thin string the same colour too JUST incase :c, what are your Professional thoughts? :c) and the rest falls naturally infront of the face.. its the only way i could personally do it without messing up.

Lulu Rose posted on 23 August, 2010 - 21:46
I've used that method before. My only gripe with it is that the twisted wire part under the wig mesh could dig into your head. But it DOE4S work and it's very sturdy. The method I use for it is permanent and doesnt need wire. Its basicly an upside down intricate balancing act and coating the hair in adhesive sealent (silicone sealent the clear dry kind not the white dry) I usualyl found you can crush it and it'd come back to shape no problem. Saying that though, the way you've done it means you could remove the wire and then wash and brush the wig out to use for something else! so it depends what you want really ^_^ It looks awesome though, really does. Same colour string could be good just to be safe too.

No thanks posted on 23 August, 2010 - 21:52
Where would you get the sealent? I had thought about it being upside down and doing it but i could never ever get it to say and couldn't work out for the life of me how people get them to stay up! If i can get a hold of some sealent i'll take it all down and redo it with it <3 i'd prefer it looks nice and smooth rather than ratty like mine :c

Lulu Rose posted on 27 August, 2010 - 17:33
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=260641572639&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT thats the stuff. The listings ended atm but the guy has more in his shop. Make sure it's the clear dry stuff you get. Also it'll take a few hours to dry on a wig because you smooth it on fairly thin. But for other things (I use this stuff for almost everything) you want to leave it alone for 24 hours for it to dry and cure completely. ^_^

Lulu Rose posted on 27 August, 2010 - 17:36
see I SAY he has more in his shop but he seems to be relisting atm. So watch him for a bit, there may be other sellers who have it but make sure it's the tube version that you can use your hands to squeeze. There is also a version you have to use a gun for, thats the version you dont want. Its the same thing but it's a hundred times harder to get anything out of it and the gun one is made for using it with large bathroom and the like instalations in which you need ALOT of the sealent.

Quinzel posted on 23 March, 2011 - 22:10
>.< Love it!

Salvage Juntas Venus wig into a shorter version of Marikawas style
Modify skirt
Sew bias binding onto shirt
get red ribbon for wig and shirt
Make padding for massive bra
black skirt
Huge bra
bias binding
shortless nude tights
red ribbon
possibly brown shoes if they are cheap

Total cost: £0.00

8th August 2010


This photo is a bit pants but it shows that I did actually rip the skirt properly. Since it was so pants I put it here rather than on the main photo page.

5th August 2010

Finished wig and some bits

So I finished the wig today, like I said I'm going for comfort over accuracy for the first time ever. The wig is not the right length at all it just comes past my shoulders but I don't care because I dont want a massive wig for this run. Eventually, I'll make it accurate. Hell, if I'm going to do her chest accuratly you can give me a break on the wig at least! I also modified the skirt today and added the rip up the side. I've washed my white shirt ready for applying bias binding and then I need to do the booby stuffing! pictures to follow!

4th August 2010


So Junta gave me permission to salvage his Venus wig. The man doesn't respect his wigs! the thing was tangled to hell. Anyway, I wanted to have a wig for Marikawa, but I don't want it to be as long as hers for now, not until I can get myself a wig thats easier to handle than the ones we used for the scouts. So I have cut it far shorter than her hair actually is. The wig end will fall just past my shoulders and even though it's not accurate I'd rather not have the damn wig flying about tangling up and being a pain. Comfort over accuracy for this one. I'll do her accuratly someday but not for Ame! I'm currently waiting for the wig end to dry, the part I've put into the mini ponytail at the end I decided to spray with loads of hair spray and some hair glue to help keep it in shape and to make the ends look nicer....it's taking a while to dry. So once thats done, I can style the rest of the wig and take some pictures.

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