Anime convention season is coming up! Have you prepared all of your cosplay looks yet? If you’re still mulling over what character is just right for you this summer, why not check out some of the looks Japanese cosplayers are loving this year? Stay on top of cosplay trends – here are some of the costumes that had strong showings at Comiket 91, Wonder Festival, Anime Japan 2017 and more events over recent months.
Get the look – Serval
It’s hard to resist the appeal of an opportunity to rock cat ears and a tail, especially when you can kick it up a notch by dressing as Kemono Friends’ resident serval cat! Although Serval was frequently spotted at events this spring, other Japari Park residents were nearly as popular. It’s hard to go wrong with characters this cute!
Get the look – Sakura Kinomoto
This oldie but goodie has long been a fixture of nostalgic cosplay, but with the 25th anniversary of the manga series debut and a new anime series announced for 2018 we’ve been seeing a lot more Sakuras around this year! This storied title offers a wide range of costumes, from school uniforms to maid outfits.
Get the look – Megumin
This explosions-obsessed mage has captured the imagination of cosplayers, making an appearance at every major cosplay event. You can also find costumes for party members Aqua and Darkness, but Megumin is the clear winner in the cosplay popularity stakes!
Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls
Get the look – Crystal Night Party
Between the card-based structure of the mobile game and all the looks from the anime, Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls makes for a treasure trove of gorgeous costume designs, like this Crystal Night Party design as worn by Rin Shibuya. Other Idolmaster titles like Platinum Stars and Starlight Stage also offer great looks for you to rock – alone or as a group!
Get the look – Emilia
Half-elf beauty Emilia’s white and purple outfit is the perfect mix of fantasy elements and soft feminine styling. Complete your otherworldly look with an air of mystery and a cute spirit companion.
Get the look – Rem and Ram
Flared and puffed sleeves lend a fantastical touch to demonic twins Rem and Ram’s maid uniform. Once you have the uniform sorted, all you need to complete the look are the perfect pastel-color wigs and a good friend who’ll be your twin sister for the day.
Love Live! Sunshine!!
Get the look – Aozora Jumping Heart
With costume variations for every character, Aqours performance looks are a fantastic group theme! Many cosplayers in Japan go for anime opening theme Aozora Jumping Heart, but singles Koi ni Naritai and Mijuku Dreamer are also popular choices.
Get the look – School uniform
Every high school anime needs a cute uniform design, and the Uranohoshi Girls’ Academy uniform nails the look! The broad pleats are perfectly balanced by the skirt length, and the colored ties are the perfect pop of color in the monochrome palette.
With a deep bench of characters and appealing new designs under continual development, Fate/Grand Order and the Fate series as a whole remain a popular source for cosplayers seeking dramatic looks.
Get the look – Saber/Arturia Pendragon
Although her classic blue-and-white dress is still a strong look (even for cats), Saber’s alternative forms have been capturing the cosplay spotlight. Bring the gothic drama as Saber Alter, or match heavy swordplay with feminine frills as Saber Lily.
Get the look – Saber/Souji Okita
Slip under the radar in Souji Okita’s pink kimono and hakama set, or wear your colors loud and proud with her Shinsengumi uniform! The traditional base of these striking looks is easiest to recreate by sourcing your kimono, hakama and haori from Japan!
Get the look – Shielder/Mash Kyrielight
You’ll be sure to turn heads with Shielder’s striking combination of skin-tight armor and pink hair! We suggest you source your shield locally, or make your own – it’s clear that the vagaries of international shipping are not an issue when equipping Servants.
Whether you’re looking for the latest cosplay trends or prefer to stick to the classic, FROM JAPAN is your one-stop shop for everything from that one perfect detail to head-to-toe complete looks. Happy cosplaying!