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Asta from Black Clover

Asta (voiced by Gakuto Kajiwara and Dallas Reid) is one of the main protagonists of the Black Clover anime series.  Asta is an orphan raised by Orsi Orfai alongside his foster brother Yuno.  While Yuno excels in the magic arts, Asta exhibits no talent for magic despite a strong desire to become the Magic Emperor.  To make up for his lack of skill, Asta trains his body relentlessly, resulting in a very muscular physique for his size.  Asta’s costume consists of blue knickers, a white tunic, and a blue cropped jacket, as well as a headband and, later, a matching cloak.

Phos from Land of the Lustrous

Phosphophyllite, or Phos for short, is the main protagonist of the anime Land of the Lustrous. She is part of an immortal, humanoid species called the Gems that inhabit the only landmass left in the world. Her sole duty was to make a natural history encyclopedia, but there’s been very little progress. Phos is the youngest Gem, who is clumsy, yet desires to be useful. For instance, she promised to help another Gem named Cinnabar find a suitable job. She wears a standard uniform and can be recognized by her teal green features.

Caitlyn Goodwyn from Magical DoReMi

Caitlyn Goodwyn from Magical DoReMi

Caitlyn – Also known as Pop – is your typical little sister. She wants to do everything her big sister does, no matter how dangerous or difficult. And she doesn’t like having her big sister hovering over her. It causes a few fights but at the end of the day Caitlyn’s sweet nature wins out.

Some of Caitlyn’s personality comes out in her clothes. Her main color when not in her magical outfit is purple. Red is her main magical color for those who plan on making their own magical cosplay!

For her daily outfit you’ll need lavender socks, dark purple shorts, blue shoes, and a long sleeved lavender shirt. To get closer to Caitlyn’s details you will also want large white buttons that you either sew or glue to the top, a detachable peter pan collar, and purple pompoms to decorate the top of each shoe. Add in a bright pink wig and a little bit of attitude and you’re ready to go!

(A thank you to Izzy who noticed a mistake in the original version of this article and alerted us!)

Ruth from The Ancient Magus Bride

Ruth from The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Ruth (voiced by Austin Tindle / Kōki Uchiyama) is the shapeshifting familiar of young Chise Hatori, the titular Ancient Magus’ Bride. Whether he’s in his waffle-loving human form or a big black dog, he’s so loyal and ever so kind. Prior to meeting Chise and her magic mentor, Elias, Ruth was the pet dog of a young woman named Isabelle, and known to her as Ulysse/Yurishi. Loyal to a fault, he stayed by Isabelle’s grave after she died suddenly, watching over her in hopes that she’d once again wake up. In his desperation, he became a fae spirit whose presence overcame the graveyard until Chise was able to reason with him. Now that he’s Chise’s familiar, he presents and dresses as a brooding young man close in age with his young mistress.

Star Platinum from JoJo's Bizarre Adventures

Star Platinum from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Star Platinum (voiced by Matthew Mercer in the English animated versions) is one of the first stands introduced in Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures. Largely silent and easily moved to violence, it is incredibly powerful.

Star Platinum doesn’t wear much but creating a cosplay for it takes more DIY than you might expect. You can achieve its purple skin either through the use of body paint of the use of a purple body suit with paint only on your face and neck. If you use body paint on your whole body, be sure and grab a pair of purple shorts to wear under its white loincloth.

It also wears elbow protectors, knee protectors, and shoulder pads. You will have to spray paint standard knee and elbow pads with purple spray paint. The shoulder pads need to be painted gold, however. And you can add the purple curling stripe on his shoulders with foam or cardboard painted purple and glued in place with a glue gun.

After that it’s just a matter of cutting the fingers off white gloves, putting a gold scarf around your neck, adding a gold belt, slipping into some white ankle boots, and putting on a black wig!

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Lind L. Taylor from Death Note

Lind L. Taylor is a character from the anime Death Note. He is a convicted criminal on death row, but he is an ally of L. To determine Kira’s location, L uses Lind as bait via a worldwide broadcast. Lind introduces himself as L and declares Kira will be caught, and his evil crimes will be exposed. Enraged, Light (Kira) writes Tailor’s name in the Death Note. Still on the air, Lind suddenly dies of a heart attack. Because L used the broadcast for a decoy, as it was not worldwide but specifically televised in the Kanto region of Japan, he figures out Kira’s location.

Kazuma from Noragami

Kazuma from Noragami

Kazuma (Eric Vale / Jun Fukuyama) is the blessed vessel / lead shinki of the Japanese fortune goddess Bishamon. Loyal to a fault, he’s been known to take matters into his own hand to help his mistress whether she realizes she needs it or not. When Yukine becomes Yato‘s blessed vessel, Kazuma eagerly takes the young shinki under his wing, though his motives in becoming close with his mistress’s rival (usually Bishamon-serving, as opposed to self-serving) come under Yukine’s scrutiny more than once.

Takita from Drifting Dragons Costume

Takita from Drifting Dragons

Takita is a young rookie aboard the Draking ship, Quin Zaza, and despite her inexperience, she is not the only quirky one with a mysterious past in the crew. Her time on the ship teaches her life skills and helps her to pay off her debts. The interesting thing about the Quin Zaza crew’s uniforms is that they’re styled not unlike real-world chef uniforms, which seems appropriate for a cooking anime/manga.

ryuk from death note

Ryuk from Death Note

Ryuk is the shinigami who gives Light the notebook that allows him to kill people by simply writing their names in Death Note.  Ryuk is an intimidating figure.  As a god of death, it makes sense that his aesthetic relies heavily on dark colors and skull imagery.  If you have any chains or accessories leftover from your punk phase, this is a great time to reuse them.  If you want to go the extra mile, there are also plenty of makeup tutorials for recreating Ryuk’s terrifying face or you could purchase a latex Ryuk mask if the more subtle face covering options aren’t to your liking.

Iruma from Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-Kun

Iruma from Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-Kun

Iruma Suzuki (Laura Stahl / Ayumu Murase) walks a fine line between being an adorable sweetheart and the consummate doormat. He’ll do anything to help a person in want or need, if they do so much as say “please.” So when the demon Lord Sullivan asks him to become his adopted grandson (and Iruma’s extremely irresponsible parents don’t object), naturally, young Iruma couldn’t refuse! Plot twist: Sullivan is also the principal of the underworld’s local demon school, where human-eating demons with no concept of friendship will have their first “taste” of human companionship … if they can figure Iruma out!