Kiryuu Zero (Cross Academy Uniform - DAY CLASS) - Vampire Knight


Kiryuu Zero in Day Class uniform~~

My FIRST EVER cosplay. Yep i'm a Zero x Yuki fan boy!

I first started watching Vampire Knight during the holidays, it had aired 2 episodes of the first season and i decided to watch it to kill time. I thought it would be some stupid vampire spin off since vampires were so big at the time, I also thought it would be some shoujo fantasy with lots of pretty boys and one female protagonist. IT IS EXACTLY THAT. however what made me enjoy the series and the 2nd sequel so much is firstly its ART. I love how every character looks unique and drawn in the manga and in the anime with alot of detail. The plot does sort of start off very very slowly but it all helps to set the scene for the bigger events that are to come.

Zero was the character whom i thought was developed the most. To others he's probably just some emo kid who hates himself and life but I really felt for him when his background plot was developed and his for his coolness. I always thought he matched yuki much better than kaname since he actally talked to her and lived together etc instead of acting like the high and mighty pure blood vampire that Kaname is. But as the series progresses you can see the feelings that he starts to develop for Yuki and another side of him which made me want to cosplay him.

My first cosplay, so I had no idea what i needed to do, i was roaming around forums and websites for references to try and bring Zero to life. I had never worn a wig before so the first thing i needed to solve was the hair. I remember using those one off hair sprays during my younger teen years so i grew my hair for a month and cut it to fit Zero's style (which is quite cool regardless of colour anyways!). Next I wanted a Bloody Rose, I had found an old playstation gun which resembles the bloody rose and tries to engrave the name onto the gun. However this didn't work very well but the gun did serve well as a prop when i ducktaped/glue guned a chain onto it and it looks quite cool. I then ordered the costume from a website and had to have a test run with make up. I asked my sister to help me and try and make me look like a character who had come out of an anime. After some tuning the results are as follows!

I went to my first con in this costume, I had no idea what it would be like, i thought many cosplayers would roly play their characters so at first i stood aside trying to be as "Zero" as i possibly could, i also bought some red wine and drank it from a glass to add to the feel (i don't really like red, prefer white but hey!). I had alot of pictures taken by passer bys and met some other VK cosplayers in which we took some shoots (amaetur ones) and I entered the masquarade at Ayacon for the first time and really enjoyed it. This made me love cosplaying and attempt future cosplays as well as meeting other cosplayers and ACG Fans!

Zero Kiryu (錐生 零, Kiryū Zero?) is unique being both a Vampire Hunter and a vampire. Yuki's close friend and the only other Cross Academy Guardian, he was trained to be a Vampire Hunter by Toga Yagari. Zero carries the anti-vampire gun called "Bloody Rose”. Zero lives with Kaien Cross and Yuki, after being bitten by a pureblood vampire who also murdered his family. Due to the attack, Zero developed a deep hatred and distrust of vampires, despite originally being a gentle character by nature. Matsuri Hino described Zero as exemplifying her justice side.[2]

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