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Would you like a costume from a TV series, OVA, movie, manga, game, or J-Pop band?

Source genre:

What sort of TV show, OVA, movie, manga, or game would you like the costume to be from?

Major or supporting character?

Would you like a character that plays a major role or a supporting one?

Physical description of the character

How human does the character appear?

How human would you like the character to appear? Note: characters that are not human but appear fully human are classified as such. Elves and other characters that are almost human are 'humanlike' and catgirls fall squarely into 'anthropomorphic.'

What gender is the character?:

"NA" is for characters whose gender is indeterminate or irrelevant, like Totoro. If you want to search for both male and female characters, leave the menu on "Choose option".

What is the general age of the character?

Again, for characters whose age is irrelevant, like Totoro, use "NA" for Not Applicable.

How tall is the character?

Same sort of thing. Use "NA" in the case of any real confusion such as (again) Totoro, who is a very large character but the nature of the costume is such that the height of the person inside is irrelevant.

Does the character wear glasses?

What tone is the character's skin?

Use "dark" and "light" for human-toned colors. Use "other" for strange colors like Leader Desslock and "NA" for characters like Totoro who are covered in fur, are mecha, or don't otherwise show any skin.

What color is the character's hair?

If you want a bald character, use "NA" - you'll get to enter "bald" in the next question.

How long is the character's hair?

Use bald for human characters and humanlike characters who would normally have hair. For characters like Jet Black who are balding but have some hair, use balding. Short covers everything from a buzz cut to about the level of the ears, medium from the level of the ears to the shoulders, and long for anything below the shoulders. Characters like Totoro or the Gundams should be listed as "NA" for Not Applicable.

What is the texture of the character's hair?

Fairly straightforward. Again, the note about characters who don't have humanlike hair, like Totoro: classify them as "Other."

Information about the costume itself

What kind of clothing is it?

This field describes the costume itself, not the show. For example, Hitomi from Escaflowne wears a modern Japanese school uniform throughout the anime The Vision of Escaflowne, so although Escaflowne is classified as fantasy, the costume itself is classified as school uniform. For characters who do not wear clothing, like the ubiquitous Totoro, use No clothing. Other is for anything that does not fit into one of the other categories.

Does the costume include any prosthetics??

'Prosthetics' refers to any elements of the body that the cosplayer might want to construct: elf or cat ears, tails, fangs, wings, mechanical arms or legs, and so on. These are integral parts of the character and not props: i.e. Xelloss' ears and the rocks on his skin are prosthetics, but his sword is a prop. These elements are not always constructed by cosplayers but it can add a nice touch if they are. Describe what sort of prosthetic it is in the Notes field below.

How difficult is it to construct?

Easy is a costume that a complete novice who has never touched a sewing machine before can make, like Ash or Misty from Pokemon, which can be put together by combining ready-made jeans, shirts, and so on (the sort of thing that looks nice but wouldn't really win an award). If there's any sewing involved it's all straight lines, and there's no modifications to patterns involved. Moderate refers to costumes that need some experience with a sewing machine, modifying patterns, or other forms of costume construction to be able to do, and advanced means that good knowledge of creating patterns, tailoring techniques, metalwork, or other crafts are necessary to really be able to do it (think someone who regularly wins awards). Note: all costumes can be done well by an advanced costumer, but this rating should mean the sort of level the cosplayer should be at to pull off a basic interpretation. An example is Nicholas D. Wolfwood, who would be classified as easy because his costume can be put together using a black suit and white shirt bought at a store, even though an expert sewer could tailor it really nicely to emphasize the shoulders and draw in the waist to closely match the anime. (If anyone has actually *done* that, I'd love to see it!)

How skimpy is the costume?

For skimpiness factor, skimpy refers to costumes that are small or tight, the sort of thing you'd wear at the beach or to a club -- the Dirty Pair or Lum would fit here. Moderate is the sort of thing your average person would wear at the mall or while walking down the street -- miniskirts like the ones on most school uniforms in anime fit here. Modest is the kind of thing you might wear to a Christian church service or the sort of thing that wouldn't shock anyone - long pants, full skirts, costumes like Totoro that completely cover the wearer, or the dueling uniforms from Revolutionary Girl Utena. Skimpiness and shockability are pretty subjective things, so it's not really going to be easy to classify a lot of things, and most men's clothing would tend to fit in 'modest' anyway. Give it your best shot. Nobody's going to complain (well, they might, but I don't care.)

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