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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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KannaKaiser Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
woooow hermosa <3
SSJ433Vegeta Featured By Owner Edited Sep 22, 2015
Saw your Starfire pic on the front page and checked out your other stuff. Your portrayal of Alita is by far my favorite but like you Alita holds a special place in my heart. I have to admit you really have captured her look. For a second I asked myself was the liveaction movie back on lol.
harunamiya Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh men, you should make a movie :) your alita is perfect :)
Bigbenhoward Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Now I know exactly what Alita would look like in real life. This is perfect.
luvfemuscle Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
You look a little bit like Danica McKellar in this pic.
nicedino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
That's by far the best Battle Angle Alita Cosplay I have seen to date.

Great work. Keep it up! ^^
Thorusoma Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
OMG YESSS SO PERFECT. You nailed it so good I can't talk
Elminus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014
I'm speechless! You're looking absolutely amazing! Best Alita outfit I've ever saw! And - of course - you just look cute :)
Levyathyn Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
Just AMAZING. One of my favorite shows and a great manga to boot, and you did a very good job here. Just well done, all around.
hubein2 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014


I am new in this blog and I´m trying to make a comic, maybe we can work together in the future…. I am in love with your image. Sorry I could no resist your beauty, bye

flyingcatfish Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I was initially looking for images from the manga (although why I didn't think to look in the copies of two of the books from Last Order (thankfully they're actually numbered) is beyond me, but I found these photos in with the pictures and thought, wow I gotta check this out! So here I am, trying -and failing- to think of a decent way to tell you how hugely impressed I am! Sorry my brain's a mess this wasn't supposed to be so long xD
Jurassic-Pork Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Amazing cosplay! I'm planning to cosplay her also! But I'm having problems with the boots. How did you get those?
Koglan Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Your Alita is really Great!
toocoolforswag Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
my fav from you, as I said after your panel at anime expo...I was the dude running av for ya XD 'sup
nsideddice Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is amazing!  I dare say this is the best cosplay I've ever seen.  Alita is an awesome character and defiantly a very complex one visually.  I can't describe enough how much I love this.  :D:D:D:D:D
jetfree730 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
irongiant775 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good gravy, you even look like her. Just amazing. Wow.
Hyperviper12 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
So far she is the best Alita! Has the right everything character looks wise. Well done.
LBAMagic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent outfit. Cutie Thumbs Up   only now just getting into this manga series myself.
SaintlyPants Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Most Alita cosplayers forget about the crucial sullen face. XD
PrincessAi3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
please to I love Battle AngelAlita from a little girl!
sonicxluffy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
amazing alitia cosplay. you really look the part.
mjengels Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
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!


Footsea Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015
It's awesome to see another die-hard fan of this great series. Did you know James Cameron is making a live action movie of BAA? Apparently he's handing over the directing reins to Robert Rodriguez while he works on his Avatar sequels. That means we may get a BAA film quite sooner than expected. :-)
Mr-Obsidian Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Excellent job on those cybernetic arms.  The shoulders and wiring really pull it off...kudos :)
SecndLogic Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
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.
Akhorus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
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)
nilvirgil Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Gully Alita 陽子 I love you ! :heart: :iconheartglompplz:
Alberto-Rios Featured By Owner 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.
LaughingGurl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
:icontachikomaloveplz: AWESOME POSSUM!!!!!!!!!! :heart: Meow Meow
zentrandi Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
holy shit, awesome Gally outfit!
Tyyrlym Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Great costume and my favorite anime character of all time. Just awesome.
Captain-Paulo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
darthmordis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yes! Always loved Battle Angel. Yet another superb job.
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Gunther0041 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Alita was like love at 1st sight. She was the 2nd manga character i met aside from the "Major" back in 1997 when "king of my castle" was airing on MTV. I didn't know about mangas or anime back then. I only met her 2-3 year later in a bookshelf at my brother-in-law's house. Being a fan since then (the only manga i actually buy), i think you're a great embodiment of the character. I like both your poses and your fine tuned cosplay.
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
Lithe-Fider Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
aW WOW....this is amazing!  I loved that manga too, so SO broken up about Ido in it....nnnnn.  Really great cosplay job, the robot arms are killer!
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!
Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woo! Battle Angel Alita is perhaps in my top five favorite manga. And I'll tell you what, I agree with your assessment on Alita; she's awesome.
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love her so much.
nauth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best Gally Cosplay in years!
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
reindeer11 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool cosplay.

Battle Angel is my favourite manga :D
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Mine too! Thank you!
reindeer11 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you think James Cameron's film version will turn out, personally I am pretty hyped for it :)

Just hope he keeps to the plot and chooses some great actors for the job.
Yuyu77 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
I love ALITA !!! cool cosplay.
RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
She's the best!
TJDevo Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
Such an awesome costume, fantastic job!  I too, have loved Alita for years... even named one of my dogs after her :-)

You may have figured this out by now, but if you look on the title page of the books in the original paperbacks, the book number is there so you can read the series in order :-)
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