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Ino Yamanaka from Naruto

Ino Yamanaka (voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki and Colleen Villard) is a character from the Naruto series.  Ino is one-third of the iconic Ino-Shika-Cho formation and is a member of Team 10 under Asuma Sarutobi.  She is a friend and romantic rival of Sakura Haruno.  Ino has long blonde hair she wears in a ponytail and pale blue eyes.  In the original series, she wears a purple uniform with white arm warmers and bandages wrapped around her upper legs.  In Shippuden, her style updates to include chainmail arm and leg guards and a crop top.  You can use a cosplay set for either version of Ino’s uniform, or build your own.  Whatever you decide, you’ll also want to purchase shinobi sandals in either blue or black, a long blonde wig, and accessorize with a kunai pouch and kunai.  If you DIY your costume, don’t be afraid to take a pair of scissors to whichever skirt you choose to make it look more like Ino’s from the series.

Akane Hino from Smile PreCure!

Akane Hino (voiced by Asami Tano and Colleen Ann Villard) is one of the main characters of the anime series Smile PreCure!  Akane’s alter ego is Cure Sunny, who controls the power of flames and fire.  Akane has red hair and eyes, and is typically seen in an orange sweater with yellow intersecting lines and red pockets, jeans, and red flats.  If you are feeling crafty, you could always take some fabric paint to an orange tunic to make it more closely resemble her actual outfit.  As Cure Sunny, Akane’s hair becomes orange and much longer and she sports an orange and yellow outfit.  Finding a cosplay outfit for Akane’s alter ego can be difficult, especially at an affordable price, but if you are willing to take some time to mix and match other pieces and layer them together, you can achieve a similar look. Layer an orange corset or bustier over a ruffled tank top to recreate the epaulets of Sunny’s uniform, and use costume spats to make your heels and thigh high stockings look more like her costume boots.  Tie a yellow ballet skirt, but leave it open, over an orange mini to evoke the multi-layered outfit she wears in the series.

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