Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cosplay Scavenger Hunt List Part 3: Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno

I really was hoping for Arizona to win, but it definitely doesn't look like that's happening, so I might as well set up a new list of styles to look for at anime conventions...Okay after checking the score at 4th qtr with 1:01 , I guess that they could win...Okay with 0:05 left, I guess it's over...

So part three is a list of fashion trends featured in the latest book I picked up (Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook by Macias and Evers). Not really an anime cosplay list, but it probably wouldn't outside the realm of possibility to see such fashions at a con (I didn't include all the styles from the list so you can go buy the book like I did):

Sukeban (think Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill vol. 1 but with an ankle length skirt)
www.idollica.com/sukebanmovie1/sukebanmovie1.html

Kogal (preppy school girl look but with a slight tan, probably closer to the Valley Girl you see in so many high school movies you saw in the 80s...)
http://www.mynippon.com/gainippon/kogal.htm

Gonguro (Ganguro?...okay, this is one that would have to be done carefully because it could be misinterpreted as blackface, but a decent example of this would be Chelsea Muir in Coyote Ragtime Show)
http://otakuinternational.com/2008/08/ganguro-fashion-hot-or-not/

Takenoko Zoku (hopefully a person dressed as one didn't steal a banner from a store in order to make a cape)
http://blog.q-taro.com/places-in-tokyo/takenoko-zoku/

Kigurumin (what I think is a gateway to the plushy/furry life, but please no more Pikachu)
http://www.akinaiblog.com/product/540

Decora (kinda looks like a candy kid you'd see at a rave, but instead of candy necklaces, they are loaded with hair clips and plastic accessories)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxdOJwAe63E

Gothloli (do I really need to explain? I wonder if the commentator in the video is the author of the book I bought...)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mocYr0XFRPA

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