Raijin - Final Fantasy VIII


The Costume will consist of the following:

Weapon: Double Edged Club-Staff

Hair: Short Black trim
Neck: Prayer Beads

Torso: Short Waist Coat, ripped and hemmed at both sleeves
Shoulders: Shoulder Guards with the Kanji for "Raijin" on the right shoulder

Hands: Bandages
Bottoms: Linen/Cotton trousers with a Rope Obi. trousers will be hemmed fo the emphasised V Atlas shape
Footwear: Blade Boots


Entered in HyperJapan ECG Solo Competition and it went rather well! =D Video is available

Here's the Music Video I did with GoldieNeko, xX_Ryn_Xx, Ruxtano and ChatterpieXIII

Zelda posted on 26 November, 2010 - 21:11
Oh wow this is going to be legendary!!!! Can't wait to see =]

j_mercuryuk posted on 26 November, 2010 - 23:19
Oh, aweomse. Look forward to this

Numta posted on 27 November, 2010 - 12:38
Bout time someone did Raijin!

Manticore Arts posted on 27 November, 2010 - 21:09
Lol I actually don't have his build... Yet, But I'm far too short as it is for Wakka but hopefully the get up should compensate for me. It is about time, which is why I made sure I cosplay ONLY the WEIRDEST (and Buffest) of the lot. Again it Might go tits up, so I have to wait and see.. But thanks guys, gives me all the encouragement I need <3

GoldieNeko posted on 28 November, 2010 - 13:58
I agree with Numta3 it's about time someone tackled this Character! He twas one of my fav in FFVIII! Can't wait to see the finished product!

Numta posted on 1 December, 2010 - 17:57
As a Seifer cosplayer myself - i also know a Fujin cosplayer it would be awesome to get a group shot of the Discipline Committee!

Kitticus posted on 14 February, 2011 - 09:15
Please tell me your still doing this for may. I cant be Fujin without a sidekick!!!

Manticore Arts posted on 14 February, 2011 - 12:21
I'll be under alot of strain to do it but I'll try. Sunday I'm afraid love...>.< if I am going though..

Kitticus posted on 16 February, 2011 - 08:23
I'll be doing Fujin on sunday so thats no problem if you do get it done! If not then please do him another time and i will bring Fujin out ^^!

Nomes posted on 1 May, 2011 - 18:01
Now this I'd like to see.

BabemRoze posted on 1 May, 2011 - 18:10
This is gonna be awesome, ya know?! xD

Manticore Arts posted on 1 May, 2011 - 19:54
He'll be one to work on After the Expo guys!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 15 July, 2011 - 22:18
Looking forward to seeing it!

Anonymous posted on 19 November, 2011 - 23:55
You are going to suit him SO MUCH!! Can't fucking wait to see!

Manticore Arts posted on 20 November, 2011 - 00:01
hehe! I think I found my calling! =D

Nomes posted on 20 November, 2011 - 17:05
Yey you set a date for this! I can't wait to see the finished item. I think you are going to look awesome as Raijin.

Manticore Arts posted on 25 November, 2011 - 12:54
Mee too! =D Can't Wait!

Nomes posted on 3 January, 2012 - 03:05
I can't wait to see progress pics. ^_^ Especially of this weapon which you allude to in your journal.

Nomes posted on 5 January, 2012 - 23:34
Nice work on the weapon! Looking sleek!

Pandora-Chi posted on 5 January, 2012 - 23:51
Epic!!! 8D Must see this done!! the weapon looks great ^^

WarriorTeddy posted on 8 January, 2012 - 17:40
loooool 'The B*tch Basher' now that is the name of an ultima weapon if I ever heard one. It's looking very good ^^

BabemRoze posted on 12 January, 2012 - 10:46
This is looking amazing! Makes me wanna do Fujin xD

Manticore Arts posted on 12 January, 2012 - 11:39
Thanks love! Can't wait to get him done! =D

Anonymous posted on 13 January, 2012 - 02:59
You were born to be Raijin!

Kitticus posted on 13 January, 2012 - 07:52
This is looking really good can't wait to see it finished!!

Manticore Arts posted on 13 January, 2012 - 16:56
Oh Shush you guys! Honestly! Thanks again! I can't wait either, Working on the pattern for the Bolero Top now

Creative-Stitches posted on 13 January, 2012 - 22:10
looking great so far ^^

Mungojerrie posted on 15 January, 2012 - 08:13
Loving this so far :D Can't wait to see more!

Manticore Arts posted on 17 January, 2012 - 00:00
Thank you guys! Not long till its completed! =D

Ino posted on 17 January, 2012 - 00:08
Exemplary work dude! You're gonna be so awesome~~

DefineImagineMJ posted on 17 January, 2012 - 20:52
Progress is looking great! I don't know when I'll be able to do Fujin just yet, I have other projects on the go, but if I get a bit extra money (if), I'll see what I can do.

Manticore Arts posted on 17 January, 2012 - 21:20
When You're Fu Comes out, Rai will be Available! =D

BakaRinoa posted on 20 January, 2012 - 13:51
You make an awesome job!!

animekid3000 posted on 21 January, 2012 - 12:16
8'D MC HAMMER TROUSERS!! <3 but seriously you are already looking like an awesome Raijin :P

Kinreal posted on 21 January, 2012 - 15:56

Manticore Arts posted on 26 January, 2012 - 00:51
Thanks guys! I hope to have it finish on the weekend so I can show some photos =D thanks again guys!

j_mercuryuk posted on 30 January, 2012 - 05:29
Looking great, look forward to some better shots :D

WarriorTeddy posted on 30 January, 2012 - 10:13
yay it's complete! Awesome stuff. Don't forget to do the 'Hammer Time' dance XD

Manticore Arts posted on 30 January, 2012 - 10:40
J_merc: me too I hope since I'll probably use this as the basis for Steampunk Raijin =D thank you WarriorTeddy: uh-huh! Hammer Time! Thanks dude I will definitely remember that

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 January, 2012 - 13:12
Cool cosplay dude! "..you cant touch dis!" :P

RevolverKitty posted on 30 January, 2012 - 15:28
*god smacked* You look so awesome as him, you've pulled him off so well! Great work :D

DefineImagineMJ posted on 30 January, 2012 - 19:28
Looking awesome J! And sure. I'll let you know as and when. :-)

Manticore Arts posted on 1 February, 2012 - 00:35
Ranma: Dude lol...Thanks! Means a lot coming from you! RevolverKitty: hahah! Thank you, I try I try! =D Slim: You do that! Seriously I'll be there in a heartbeat..just...don't get high heels...they hurt and Im 5'7...5'8 in boots..

Kinreal posted on 8 February, 2012 - 00:18

Anonymous posted on 8 February, 2012 - 00:19
LOVE. You've done a fantastic job! I knew this would turn out amazing.

j_mercuryuk posted on 8 February, 2012 - 01:53
Very cool. You've done a great job on this. Look pretty right spot on

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 February, 2012 - 12:15
Yes very cool cosplay. ^_^ Does the staff weapon fold in and out?

Manticore Arts posted on 8 February, 2012 - 13:48
Thank you for the comments guys- means a lot =D Ranma: It's detachable down the middle for transport but it's solid otherwise

FusionRose posted on 8 February, 2012 - 15:09
You make a good Raijin ya know x.

Pandora-Chi posted on 8 February, 2012 - 15:51
You make a really amazing Raijin even though he was a struggle for me to take down in FF8 ¬¬ Great cosplay and so looking forward to seeing it! x

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 February, 2012 - 21:51
"Ranma: It's detachable down the middle for transport but it's solid otherwise" Aha good thinking for transport. I now understand, the sitting pic has cropped the top section just in the photo. I must spar with ya sometime. ^_^

Manticore Arts posted on 8 February, 2012 - 22:57
Oh Spar it is Ranma! Spar haven't seen I can spar yet! =D It is, Hot air gun and plastic work well! Thanks guys again =D I appreciate the comments! =D A LOT!

DuskatNight posted on 9 February, 2012 - 19:18
Ahh this looks amazing! You've done a great job!

Leolarua posted on 9 February, 2012 - 19:58
looks great! ill see you at HJ

Plasticsharkattack posted on 29 February, 2012 - 17:39

TheSnake posted on 13 March, 2012 - 11:29
Quite Awesome seeing you on stage at Hyper Japan 2012, I have some pics on my site.

Manticore Arts posted on 23 March, 2012 - 17:37
Thank you guys! Much appreciated with the comments! Makes me feel like I've done him proud @Snake I saw! Thank you!

Kinreal posted on 16 June, 2013 - 19:26
Gratz on the showcase dude! :D

Peredhil posted on 16 June, 2013 - 19:27
Congrats on the showcase dad! :)

SnowmanKline posted on 16 June, 2013 - 23:52
DUDE! congratz on the showcase ^_^

Sephirayne posted on 17 June, 2013 - 03:13
Fantastic costume and congrats on the showcase ^_^

ArcticWolfCosplay posted on 17 June, 2013 - 05:24
An epic costume, and congrats on the well-deserved showcase bud!!! :)

Freyarule posted on 17 June, 2013 - 11:41
Awwwyisss showcase moofoooo <3

Littlegeeky posted on 17 June, 2013 - 13:23
This cosplay is amazing! Congratulations on the showcase hun, you deserve it!

Alias Cosplay posted on 17 June, 2013 - 17:44
Congrats on the showcase, really well done!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 17 June, 2013 - 17:54
Congrats on the showcase...well deserved ^_^

Defrain posted on 17 June, 2013 - 18:11

Manticore Arts posted on 18 June, 2013 - 03:36
Thank you so much! *chuffed* I don't know what to say! Thank you for the wonderful comments! you guys are so nice and generous! <3

Siouxsie James posted on 18 June, 2013 - 07:42
Nice work on this ^^

Kestral posted on 18 June, 2013 - 17:23
Very well deserved showcase J <3

FairyPorchQueen posted on 21 June, 2013 - 12:10
thrjiurnjgrn! WELL DONE! THis makes me want to cosplay Fujin

DefineImagineMJ posted on 21 June, 2013 - 15:08
I know the feeling FairyPorchQueen. I've had Fujin planned for a while and Manticore's Raijin is now really giving me the itch! XD So GOOD!

30th January 2012

Cardigan Complete!

After staying up with Ralaxcelm, Sketch McDraw, JAuron and Sasashie finishing this cardigan, it's all done! *Cue FF Victory Fanfare!*

21st January 2012

Praying time!

Wired together with Acrylic Thread, the first attempt broke on me, so I'll thread them again but otherwise this is what it would look like on

21st January 2012


So I've made the Hammer Pants using a rather nifty tutorial to do this and now I've just got to add the extra band around his waist and then the pants should be done. However I am contemplating adding an extra top later...hmmm...

21st January 2012

Bitch Basher Skeleton

So this is where it all started, and the base without the painting. Apologies, its in reverse order, but when I decided to upload these, I didn't realise 12 photos was the max so I put this photo in a little late

12th January 2012

B*tch Basher being Painted by Raika

I believe this is what she's called on CI. AQuietRiot constructed this herself and Raika has painted it fully. Thanks girls!

12th January 2012

Pauldron Painted and at 80%

So it only needs the rims painted and then its on to gluing the Strap and thats it!

12th January 2012

Metal Coating!

So far it's gone through the metal coating great, but needs to have the rims sorted out though

11th January 2012

Pauldron Caulked!

It's got the hard cover so it doesn't flake fast now. and its can withstand a good bashing

11th January 2012

Pauldron Fleshed

So now that it's fleshed, its time to do the caulking.

3rd January 2012


Pattern for the Hammer Pants complete, just need to sew it up and add the garters to it. Also need to use a specific knot on the robe belt to give the tassels he has. I'm going to hunt around for Thick prayer beads at some point and buy a wad load of bandages (because many of my Cosplays have bandages >.<) for his arms! The aptly named "Wifebeater" Oar Polearm has been built just needs painting will show pictures when I get the chance.

27th November 2011

Pauldron Skeleton

So whilst at a friend house (whom I stayed with to build Golbez) I manages to make the skeleton for the Pauldron of Raijin. It's done now and unused a combo of Zip locks, aluminium wire at 2mm thickness and Gutter Guard to get it done. The next section is to get the whole thing patch worked in Foam squares, then fill the entire thing over with fibre glass for the finished product. In the meanwhile I need to get the patterns for the bolero and then hammer-pants (as they've been affectionately called). Sew them up. I'm almost done with his rope Obi, just need tithe remaining two ends with the rope endings, and the necklace and piercings. Off to Claire's I go!!

25th November 2011

Materials bought - Ish..

So I bought the fabric for the Hammer Pants and the Dye for the Purple on his Jacket/Bolero so the next bit is to make sure I've bought lining and the beads as I'll custom make that necklace. And then cracking with that Pauldron

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