For our second Krewe de Fu ball, the theme revolved around anime, and I wanted to put together a costume of San from Princess Mononoke. While he wasn’t obligated to, my wonderful husbad agreed to wear a Prince Ashitaka costume and match me, which was amazing of him! BAM! Couples costume. (see this separate post for info on the San costume) Ultimately, due to family events, we weren’t able to attend the Ball (sad face), so instead we wore them for Halloween later in the year instead.
Part 1: The Character
Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration
I wasn’t able to find as many sources for Ashitaka as for San, but there were still some pretty great sources of inspiration out there for folks who had already put together this costume:
- Chachamaru-san on deviantART
- Unknown from FanimeCon 2013
- yui930 on deviantART
- Reneks on deviantART
- CELEKS on worldcosplay.net
Part 3: Piecing Together
This was a much simpler costume than San, but the challenge of this one would be that Seann did NOT plan on wearing this one much aside from the Ball. While my time, DIY and money investment in my San costume would be worth it, as I planned to hang on to it to wear for future Dragon*Cons and other events, he was less interested in wearing his as often, so we wanted to keep the costs down. Here are the pieces we needed:
- Red “hood” and face mask with white details
- Blue short-sleeved qi top (preferably with darker blue details)
- Darker blue long-sleeved undershirt (preferably with thumb loops)
- Grayish/beige half-pants
- Dark blue knee-high socks
- Yellow-ish shoes
- Belt w/red pouch
We ended up using several things we already had in-house for this, including an old white Tae Kwon Do qi that I dyed light blue to look right. I did this at the same time I was dying another piece blue, so it was essentially FREE! Score. We also used a darker blue long-sleeved shirt that I had in my dresser – it was way big on me, and tight on Seann, but worked well enough for this one use. I should’ve cut the sleeves on the qi, but was so short on time, scrambling to finish this costume at the last minute, that I completely forgot.
For the hood and face mask, we ordered a “ninja hood” online, which came in red and had both pieces ready to go, no dying necessary. It cost $17.90 including tax and fast shipping from SpeedyKarate. I bought a sheet of white felt at Michaels for less than a dollar, cut out some oval-y shaped pieces, and used fabric glue to attach them to the hood. They came out a bit bigger than they should have, but close enough!
The half-pants reminded me instantly of the pants we used to wear for softball when I was a kid, so I figured a trip to the sporting goods store and we’d be good to go, even if we could only find them in white and I would have to dye them a darker color. Do you KNOW how hard it is to find short baseball pants anymore?!?! UGH. Apparently everyone wears them long now. We ended up finding a pair of women’s sweatpants that were capri-type pants that were just fine, and the price was right, less than $20.
The socks we ended up with from Amazon, because again we couldn’t find a good pair at the sporting goods store – because who needs high socks when your baseball pants are down to your ankles? But this pair of blue knee-highs was perfect, and $13.10 including shipping.
The perfect shoes would have been yellow tabi boots like these, but at $37.50 plus shipping, we couldn’t justify it for something that would only apply to this one costume. Seann ended up wearing normal shoes of his own.
For the pouch, I used a simple piece of brown felt, stuffed with some plastic bags and polyfill we had laying around, and some extra cording from the craft closet. Super cheap, less than $2.
Note: All costs include shipping. Total Cost for this Costume = $50ish (approximate)
Part 4: The Final Look
Part 5: Epilogue
We wore these costumes for Halloween, and we had great fun. If Seann does decide to wear this Ashitaka costume again, there are a few things we’d need to spiff up:
- He needs better/more SA shoes. The tabi boots are cool, but pricey. Some kind of moccasin boot would be fine, or we could wrap some canvas-y fabric around his feet/ankles to approximate the look of the shoes.
- The qi needs the sleeves cut – you couldn’t even see the undershirt most of the time. I’d also use some fabric paint or pens and complete the darker blue detailing around the neckline, and get a darker blue belt. When I dyed the belt, it didn’t take the dye as well as the qi, and ended up lighter instead of darker. So we could probably just buy a dark blue martial arts belt or sash for him to wear instead.
- I’d like to fix the white pieces on the hood to be a bit smaller, more accurate.
- He’d like the bow and arrows/quiver accessories, so if we could make/find some of those, that would make the costume more fun for him.
Otherwise, we’re good to go!