Shinigami (Veteran.) - Bleach


Standard black kimono, hakama, with white juban and obi. Bokken instead of a sword.
The kimono is actually a hakkama shita, a short version for martial arts worn under hakkama.
Hakkama, the very wide, 60 inches,1metre 50 cent. per leg, pleated trousers. These were the hard part, and I am still not totaly happy with them. Basic pattern from Lastwears steam punk site, but modified to a more traditional format. The white under garment, juban, I "cheated" and I am using my old karate top.
Though most of a shinigami uniform is in the Japanese tradition, there are some variations from current style, and I wonder if this is deliberate archaism, or just modified to look better in a manga.
I have a good katana,(seen in some of the photo's) but it has an edge like a razor being made for cutting exercises, so I have made and will carry at most Cons a "bokken" the wooden training sword instead, for which there is precedent in the Manga itself.
I will be making the Haori "overcoat" as well for wear outside. In the 19th cent. the japanese adopted the inverness overcoat, calling it a "Tonbi" a hawk, as it went well over the kimono, I am thinking of doing this as well.

Sephirayne posted on 19 September, 2011 - 01:16
Looking great. Love the pattern designs and the sword.

Anonymous posted on 19 September, 2011 - 17:21
np. next time you need more photos, I'll remember to charge my camera battery

Manticore Arts posted on 15 October, 2011 - 22:54
Dude I loved this stuff! the detailing and the precision its perfect! Thank you!

Bambi. posted on 21 November, 2011 - 22:18
You were rad in the masq mister :D

4 metres of heavy black cotton fabric at £3.90 metre.
Karate Gi, the top used for the white under kimono, "juban.
Length of ash wood, made into a bokken.

Total cost: £0.00

20th November 2011


Went with my niece to Thoughtbubble, we both wore Shinigami uniform, and had a great time. Today, hunting up info for another Wafuku based cosplay I found this site.http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/index.htm , loads of info and....the strange sleeves on the shihakusho, not an abberation, just archaic. Those open sleeves that bugged me are not wrong, they are medieval, which makes sense for Shinigami most of whome are centuries old. So, seam ripper and sewing machine, here we come.

19th September 2011

First time out.

Wore the kit to one of our local meets,(the Leeds Cosplay Group), and because it was a group event rather than a con I took my good katana, mainly for the sake of photos. Obviously a sharp sword can never go to a public con. Anyway I have looked up some detailed pics online to post with this set of pics. For those interested it is a Paul Chen Practical Pro Katana, which I bought some few years ago. Wearing the rest of the kit for an afternoon focused my mind on some alterations I now need to make to various bits. A deeper body seam in the Hakama, and more defined pleats ,a better back Himo ( waist tie), and a better Obi sash to go under the Hakama, white or black, still researching that. Also some nice trad style accessories, like inro, netsuki and a shingen bag. I think I will be adding to this for some time, not really needed for cosplay I know. More for my personal satisfaction.

15th September 2011


I am a regular attender at the Leeds Cosplay Group meeting with my niece, who is a big manga and anime fan, currently well into "Bleach". I decided it would be an idea to do something fairly easy and mainstream cosplay for at least one of these, I also have an ulterior motive. I am trying to persuade a number of the group to go for shinigame as a mass cosplay. We are a large group, imagine the effect of 40 or 50 shinigame turning up at a Con. The uniform as illustrated is a fairly conventional Budo kit in black, with some detailed differences, but usefull for pretty well any generic Japanese cosplay. So elements of this kit, if not the whole thing, will get a fair bit of wear.

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