Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cosplay Commission: Mehdia (Bleach)


Today I went to the town's postal service area in the food market to pick up a package that was too big to fit in my mailbox. I knew when the package arrived that it was my commissioned Bleach shinigami costume, and when I got home I opened the package read the note that the commissioner had wrote and took some pictures of the costume that was inside. I commissioned the black shinigami kimono, the hakama for it and the white kimono that they wear under the black one. However, I said that I wanted the white kimono a bit longer than the black one. Because if it was longer, I could use it for a planned Prison!Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach) cosplay as well. So that I didn't need to make it myself or had to commission it separately later, it was fine with the commissioner too. Now straight to the pictures and please excuse the photo quality. Everything is commissioned from the member Mehdia at

The standard black kimono that almost all the shinigami characters wear in Bleach. Though the commissioner didn't leave the kimono arms whole-open at the both sides but they're open at the back but not at the front.

Black hakama that is a part of the shinigami costume. Probably my most troublesome part when it comes down to Japanese clothing. I'm always unsure how to put them on, thanks goes to my bro Shiro Samurai for a quick "how to wear hakama" introduction. Yeah, thanks man.

The white kimono or what is known as Rukia's "prison outfit". Arms are whole-open from the front side and closed from the back, pure opposite to the black kimono in other words.

Myself only wearing the white kimono. The picture is taken with my old mobile camera, so I couldn't take a full body picture. But I hope you guys can see what it looks like somewhat.

The shinigami dress from the front. I looked derp so me gusta did the rest of the job. Pictures taken by my non-biological sibling. Ignore my room please.

The next cosplays I will use the shinigami kimono for is Izuru Kira and Rukia Kuchiki from Bleach. Izuru will be my Friday cosplay at Uppcon12 and both shinigami and Prison!Rukia will be one of my planned cosplays at Närcon 2012.

Commission summary:

Name of commissioner: Mehdia.

Commissioned item: Bleach shinigami outfit. Includes: white kimono, black kimono, hakama, white belt for white kimono.

Timeline: I don't remember anymore but I got it in good time before the con.

Experience with commissioner: The commissioner was friendly, fast, reasonable price-wise and easy to work with. Recommended!

Would you commission from this person/company again? Yes.

Final score: A

Until next time!

Frozen Angel out.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Temporal Keisuke Sannan Swords

Hey ~

During this week I got a mail document from a shipping company saying that my 3 decorative katana swords had arrived in town. I ordered the katana swords from Tradera - a Swedish counterpart of eBay. However, according to the document the swords wasn't in the area where you usually pick up bigger packages in town. They were somewhere else and the location didn't seem familiar to me at first. The next day I asked about the location and one person told me were it was. I had been in the location before it seems like, the place was a kiosk near my high school area. After school I went there to pick up my package. Once home I immediately opened the package to check if there was any kind of damage from the shipping. There wasn't luckily, all the swords looked new and unharmed in their plastic coverings. But when it was time to have a closer look at the swords I had ordered, I quickly noticed that everything wasn't as it should. After pulling out all the swords from their scabbards I discovered faults on all the items that had not been mentioned anywhere on the item page. The seller didn't inform about this either. When I was testing and holding one of the swords at different angles, I heard that something fell off when I had the blade pointing upward. It was the metallic top part of the shaft that came off. Two of the three swords had this fault.

 I'm not sure if decorative swords use to have the top part loose or not and if two loose top parts wasn't enough then the longest katana had one more surprise for me.

I took out the metallic part, because it looked like that when it fell off.
Like I needed that...
The longest katana looked like that when I pulled it out. It was definitely trolling. As you can see the metallic part followed up with the shaft part when I pulled out the blade, instead of staying on the glued spot were it should be. I wonder if it's possible to glue into place.

How it should look like. Same sword.
It was possible to hold the metallic part in place when pulling out the blade, but it shouldn't be like that anyway. If you look closer at the blade you can see that it looks like it has been dipped in some sort of liquid and that liquid looks like it has dried on the blade's surface. That was all the unmentioned faults I could find and rather live without. I hope all those loose parts are fixable and that the liquid stain is washable. Except those small faults the swords looked great and realistic. The faults wasn't that big of a problem but of course it was annoying when nothing was mentioned earlier about it. The swords wasn't expensive either. But now to the good news!

Below I will upload a picture with the swords total length.

All the three swords.
As you can see they all are in different lengths. One short one normal length and one long. The longest one is more than half of my total length -I'm 156 cm- so I don't think it would look so good on me if I cosplay Keisuke Sannan (Hakuōki: Shinsengumi Kitan). Maybe it could work in the future if I decide to cosplay one character that has a long katana, compared to his own length? Oh and all the scabbards look the same.

Here is some close up on the shaft and on the blade.

All the three swords.
On the other side of the blade I could spot Chinese signs. I have no clue what it says though.

Please excuse the quality.
The shaft looks like that. It's not exactly like Sannan's shaft should be but...

Will do for now.
Keisuke Sannan is supposed to be one of my Närcon 2012 cosplays if anyone was curious about that.

Frozen Angel out.