Anime conventions are slowly coming back once again, but since the pandemic situation has been so uncertain for so long, you may not have been able to work on a complex costume for your favorite character of the moment. Or maybe you’re a casual/beginner cosplayer, but still want to show your love for the latest anime with the skills and budget you have available. Well, we’ve got you covered with these ideas for easy closet cosplays (costumes that you can make with regular clothes and a few craft supplies) of characters from the Spring 2021 season. Let’s get started!
5. Fushi from Fumetsu no Anata e (To Your Eternity)
Though the immortal construct Fushi can take many forms, his most common appearance is that of the nameless boy who protects him in the first episode. You can recreate this practical arctic outfit by adding fake fur to a brown poncho and sturdy green pants. Time-honored advice from Renaissance Festival regulars says that faux sheepskin rugs work great for this, since the quality is often very good for the price and you don’t even necessarily have to cut them if you drape them in just the right way. Be sure to include the bloodied bandage on Fushi’s leg and the dangling ropes (cut shorter or wound around the arm so they aren’t a tripping hazard) to make yourself instantly recognizable!
4. Mei Kamino from Godzilla S.P (Godzilla Singular Point)
Just as intelligent as she is adorable, Mei Kamino from the new Godzilla anime is a perfect character to cosplay if you’re a kaiju fanatic. Her wardrobe is always rotating, but mostly consists of nerdy t-shirts over mismatched athleisure separates and beat-up Converse shoes. Use fabric paint to recreate your favorite top – ours is the UMA sweatshirt she wears in the OP – and pair it with oversized black-rimmed glasses and bangs pulled into a sloppy ponytail on top of your head (if using a wig, be sure to get one that works well with up-dos). You could even accessorize with her trusty laptop, a notebook riddled with sticky notes, or a small plastic cube filled with flowers to represent the Archetype sample.
3. Manjirou “Mikey” Sano from Tokyo Revengers
Mikey is the unflappable leader of the notorious Tokyo Manji Gang, so your attitude is just as important as your outfit if you want to portray him faithfully. Fabric paint or heat-set vinyl can help you transform an ordinary black jacket into the kanji-covered coat that marks Mikey as someone to be feared, and if you slouch over and shove your hands into your pockets as you give the camera a steely-eyed smirk, your pictures will be overflowing with the Invincible Mikey’s power! Now, if you had a friend with a motorcycle who would be willing to let you pose in front of it for a photoshoot, that would be even better...
2. Ren Souma from Fruits Basket: The Final
The Zodiac members and their loved ones live in fear of Akito’s wrath, but there’s one person who even “God” is afraid of – Ren Souma. Akito’s mentally unstable mother made her first full appearance in this season of Fruits Basket, manipulating Isuzu and attacking her own child in broad daylight. All you need is a slinky black dress, a red shawl, and a long black wig to bring this unsettling antagonist to life, or you could go the extra mile with a few accessories to recreate important scenes. A Japanese-style lacquered box will bring to mind her obsession with her late husband, while a prop knife suggests the moment where Ren completely loses her marbles. Go crazy – just not too crazy!
1. Shiki Granbell from Edens Zero
It’s honestly pretty rare that a shounen hero’s outfit is so easily replicable, particularly one from a sci-fi series, so count your lucky stars that Shiki from Edens Zero wears relatively normal clothes! Grab some green cargo pants (you can even re-use the ones for Fushi if you feel like doing multiple cosplays), paint a few red stripes on a v-neck white shirt, and pop a collar on a structured red jacket to get yourself most of the way there. Then add black ribbon or bias tape around the edges of the jacket and attach wired ribbon to the back of the collar to make the strap accents stick out like they do in the anime. You can also add steampunk goggles and a toolbelt if you’re feeling extra fancy, but even just the basic elements will have you looking ready to command a warship through outer space!
You could also go for a retro flair with either of You Asakura’s outfits from Shaman King 2021, or bathe in bishounen badassery as William James Moriarty or Sherlock Holmes from Moriarty the Patriot. We look forward to seeing your amazing cosplays at conventions soon – let us know if you have any more ideas in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!