Yoko Ritona (Pre-Timeskip) - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann




'Put together at the last minute' really is an understatement. I had been steeling myself to cosplay Yoko for god-knows-how-long and on Thursday afternoon, the decision switch in my mind flipped and I had actually made a decision - yes, I was going to do it. Cue a mad dash around and profound use of Lord Google, extensive use of superglue, masking tape and spending a few hours of my time making a gun that was too big for the car.

Lessons learned:
-I'm not as fat as I previously assumed and next time I should stop worrying about non-existent muffin tops/thunder thighs.
-Don't make decisions at the last minute unless it's unavoidable.
-Make full use of a wig cap.
-It is better to buy more masking tape than you need than to buy two rolls only to run out 1/3 of the way through the prop and have to resort to electrical tape that doesn't like being spray-painted.
-Measure the damn car first.
-PVC material is surprisingly easy to work with.

Wearing it was an experience. I thought that I would feel self-conscious all day, like I did when I first stepped out in it, but after a while I forgot that I was half naked and just got on with it. No boob malfunctions, no bloating from eating carbs during the day (even got away with drinking a fizzy drink... who could say no to Cherry Dr. Pepper?) and no falling over.

Lessons learned:
-Do not tie the bikini straps so tight. It's 3 days later and I still have friction burn on the back of my neck from tying it so tight to make sure it didn't fall off.
-Smaller heels. Burning feet 3 hours in is not a good idea.
-Better wig. Spend a bit of money, not just sewing 2 Smiffy's wigs together and hoping it'll stay in place all day without problems.

Personal verdict:

OK for a last minute botch jobbie. Will definitely be spending more money/time on the next Yoko attempt.


sonia_leong posted on 2 November, 2010 - 23:21
I was all too happy to indulge in your bikini, m'dear :3

spookyruthy posted on 2 November, 2010 - 23:26
Lovin' it!!

Kata-san posted on 30 December, 2011 - 15:36
Looks great, great job!