Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Nana Osaki Cosplay

For this years AnimeExpo (July 1 - 4), I cosplayed as Nana.
If you don't know who Nana is, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!!

Nana Osaki Is a fictional charactor in the manga/anime series Nana, by Ai Yazawa.

In high school, she was friendless until she met Nobuo Terashima, who introduced her to punk music and bands such as The Sex Pistols.
She was falsely accused of prostitution and was expelled when she didn't deny the charges.
Nana soon regretted her decision; she believes that the accusations led to her grandmother's fatal illness. However, as a present to herself, Nana bought her first red dress.
Nana wore the red dress to a punk concert with Nobu, where she first laid eyes on Ren Honjo. Nana was instantly captivated by him, and accepted Ren's offer when he asked her to join the band he was starting with Nobu and their friend Yasu.

As the lead singer of the band Black Stones (Blast, for short), Nana gained a rabid following of fans in her hometown. She developed a typically "cool" appearance, wearing the punk fashions of Vivienne Westwood and getting a lotus tattoo on her arm. She also moved in with Ren, and the two shared an intense romance until Ren told her that he had been offered a big record deal and would be leaving Blast to play with the band Trapnest in Tokyo. Though Ren and Nana still loved each other, they believed that a long distance relationship would be pointless. Nana proudly refused to abandon her own musical career to follow Ren; thus, their relationship ended.

Determined to "polish the shards of her dreams" and become a successful musician, Nana moved to Tokyo and re-formed Blast with Nobu, Yasu, and a new bassist, Shin. She also befriended Nana Komatsu, a kind-hearted but scatter-brained girl who, like Nana Osaki, wished to fulfill her dreams in Tokyo. The two Nanas shared an apartment (numbered 707, "Nana" being the Japanese word for seven) and became quite close despite their different personalities and aspirations. Nana gave Nana Komatsu the nickname "Hachi," (meaning eight) which was adopted by their mutual friends. Nana also became fiercely protective of Hachi, going so far as to physically threaten Hachi's philandering boyfriend, Shoji. However, Nana is also somewhat possessive of Hachi, and feels jealous when anyone appears to be taking "her" Hachi away.

Items I Bought For This Cosplay:
Leather Jacket (Superdry)
Armour Ring (Hervia)
Black Wig (
Plaid Skirt (Dillard's)
Fishnet Tights (Hot Topic)
Plaid Hat (Vintage Shop)
White Tank Top (Alice + Olivia)
Spiked Choker (Hot Topic)
Spiked Bracelet (Hot Topic)
Black Nail Polish (Chanel)

Pictures from AnimeExpo 2011:

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