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Battle Angel Alita Preview by RuffleButtCosplay Battle Angel Alita Preview by RuffleButtCosplay
The wig is two wigs combined. I should be able to post a tutorial for how I merge wigs soon. Alita's hair is rather ridiculous and I wanted mine to be that way. I think it still needs a little more molding though.

All of the armor is craft foam coated with contact cement and covered with spandex. I found a few tutorials on craft foam armor and ended up making a hybrid solution that worked for me. I paid a very large attention to detail. At this point, I know her arms like the back of my hands. Both top and bottom pieces attach by snaps. Elbow and knee pieces attach via velcro.

Catsuit is made by me with wet look spandex. Undershirt is made of the same spandex that coats the armor.

Not really sure what else to say. Very VERY labor intense. It pays off if you take the time to do it well though.



Person thoughts:
Battle Angel Alita was the first manga I ever read. I was into anime at a really young age, but didn't get into manga until the 90s. I was really into Star Wars expanded universe novels and manga was right next to it. It was only natural that I eventually wandered over.

Back when I read it, it was really expensive compared to today's manga. It was $18-$20 a book, American format and they weren't numbered. They fell apart fairly easily. I definitely read them out of order since there wasn't really a way to check the order I was supposed to read them in.

I fell in love with Alita from the first book. To this day, she is my favorite character in anything ever. I have been saying for about ten years that I was going to make this costume. Tried many times. Finally, this year, I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two.

There are a couple of things I was to fix, but for the most part, I am really happy with this costume.

More photos can be found here: [link]

Photos by dr_teng!
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:iconlbamagic:
LBAMagic Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent outfit. Cutie Thumbs Up   only now just getting into this manga series myself.
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:iconsaintlypants:
SaintlyPants Apr 6, 2014  New member
Most Alita cosplayers forget about the crucial sullen face. XD
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:iconprincessai3:
PrincessAi3 Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
please to I love Battle AngelAlita from a little girl!
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:iconsonicxluffy:
amazing alitia cosplay. you really look the part.
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:iconmjengels:
I've been in the anime and manga fandom for nearly thirty years; Battle Angel Alita has long been one of my favorites.  It's what really reeled me back into the fandom circa 1996.  You've done a remarkable job with this costume, as I fondly recall the very beginnings of her story with the Berserker Body which Ido and Gonzu had found in the Scrapyard.  Alita's story is one which resonated strongly with me, which is why even years later she's one of my favorite heroines in anime and manga.  

Aside from the laudable attention to technical detail, you've also taken great pains to mimic Alita's mannerisms and facial expressions.  Right down to the pouty "octopus lips" I'm sure Figure Four himself would approve of!

Very glad to read you're planning to pursue the Last Order costume series, although that might be something of a feat given Last Order has run longer now than the original series!  "Walk in faith", sister!

MJE

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:iconmr-obsidian:
Excellent job on those cybernetic arms.  The shoulders and wiring really pull it off...kudos :)
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:iconsecndlogic:
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!  Your dedication to the character really shows in the details.  I was so obsessed with this series back when my brother introduced me to it.  It was then that I learned that a manga artist could draw the same character a thousand times in a series and never show the same facial expression twice.  Truly a work of art, and so is this.
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:iconakhorus:
Alita was one of the first anime I ever watched when I was in High School.  This is awesome!  You did a great job, can't wait to see what you come up with in the future.  (adds to deviantwatch)
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:iconnilvirgil:
Gully Alita 陽子 I love you ! :heart: :iconheartglompplz:
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:iconalberto-rios:
Alberto-Rios Dec 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
EXCELLENT! one of my all time favorite anime. Too bad a lot of the anime now a days kinda suck.
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