After reading the fourth installment of the Twelve Kingdoms book series, I had a new appreciation for the characters of Suzu and Shoukei. In the anime series I was always annoyed with their behaviors during the majority of their journeys. However, the books added a dimension to them that wasn’t quite captured in the anime adaptation (which I still love), and I found I liked them more and more. What I loved with Fuyumi Ono‘s writing is that she made me care about all of her characters; and there are so many. I also love with the art of the books, and when I found a collection of Juuni Kokki’s art online, I decided to make both Suzu and Shoukei. (I do love some obscure cosplay!)
As with Youko’s cosplay, I wanted to do something more period correct, even though it’s a fantasy series. I decided that silks and linens were the best choices. I loosely followed a few patterns and for the most part the outfits were easy to make.
An exciting part of cosplay is finding people who share the same love of the series, and I connected with an AMAZING costumer who did my favorite Youko armor cosplay, Seifer-sama. We met up with her in San Fran’s gorgeous Japanese Tea Garden. I wore my Suzu and Ceratopian wore my Shoukei.
Dream shoot would be with a furry Rakushun for Shoukei. Might have to make him myself, but have never ever worked on a project like that before!