My first Jrock cosplay was Beast of Blood Mana, I have been cosplaying Mana since I was 13..I am 15 now, so, 3 years of cosplaying Jrock but 4 for cosplaying in general. The only award I have received is for judges favorite choice for the jrock skit of the ''Mana-wars'' at Big Apple Anime Fest 2003 that my friend wrote.
My Moi dix Mois Dix Infernal Cosplay's are my most recent.
One thing I would like to mention about this image is, I cosplayed the costume straight out of the album booklet. If anyone has seen the booklet they will know how extremely dark the photo's are and hard it is to view the costume Mana is wearing. There was two versions of the costume, one version where he wore black gloves, the other his long black nails with the fingerless fishnet gloves. Also, they arent many photos of the costume. I had to study the photo's and the poster I received with the CD with a FLASHLIGHT T_T;;;;
The second Dix infernal costume was the white costume from the booklet, I will need to note, there is only ONE photo of this entire costume. And a blurry 20 seconds of Mana wearing it in the DVD.
For this costume i used only two types of materials cotton and chiffon, but i had to sew elastic to the sleeves of the shirt which is chiffon, if was very difficult to do since I did the entire costume by hand, I am too poor for a machine :P For the wig I bought a black straight long wig and cut it into layers, teased and hair sprayed the teased area's with freezing hair spray and then I added the extensions. I had to wear various layers of clothing though, a long sleeve fishnet shirt was the first layer, the gloves, the actual shirt, then a sleveless trench coat , velvet pants, thigh highs , choker and many acessories. Then wearing the costume in hot weather was not a nice experience..
close up >>
Please do not mind the crown on my head this is obviously not a part of the costume..
now for the photo's of Mana himself.
the clearest photo i could find.
The white dix infernal costume was much more compfortable than the other one..I had to generalize with this one since there was only one photo to work from.
for this image I was limited to no money, I made the costume out of a table cloth.....and borrowed the chains, but the wig was made by me and the costume.
well there you go... o-o sorry for long post