Rion Kugayama: Planning

As a follow up to my most recent post on choosing a character to cosplay, I’ve decided to provide an example. And who better than the most recent addition to my cosplay queue? So let’s take a look at Rion Kugayama from the game Tokyo Xanadu (I played the eX+ edition, but I don’t think there’s much difference story-wise).

Rion was a happy accident. When I first bumped into her (literally), I thought “Oh wow, who’s this klutz?” I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about her, because I have mixed feelings about idols in games/anime. I like the fluffy skirts and the high energy choreo, but it’s hard for me to get into the music. (Side note: Maybe that’s why Babymetal works for me irl. They combine the type of music I like with the cuteness of idols.) And honestly, I was afraid that she might be a bit overwhelming for me. By overwhelming I mean too bubbly or too cutesy or just too much in general. But I think Rion’s designers did a good job of knowing when to push forward and when to pull back.

For example, she’s generally upbeat but not overly cheerful. She has flaws, but they’re not overdone just to make her look cute. Like she did lose her ID, but she’s not constantly misplacing things or forgetting things and then going “Oops! Teehee!” And Kou does point out her mistakes during rehearsal (he even said people might find it cute) but she doesn’t laugh it off and she intends to do it properly. Speaking of Kou, Rion has a great dynamic with him. It’s funny to see them tease each other but it’s also heartwarming when they recognize each other’s strengths. It feels like a genuine friendship. I was also pleasantly surprised by the depth of her story, especially since she didn’t join the party until pretty late in the game. All in all, she has a clear goal and you can see how hard she works to achieve it.

So Rion eventually won me over with her personality. But can we talk about her SPiKA outfit? It’s right up my alley. If you haven’t already noticed, skirts are my jam. I’m excited to tackle this layered skirt, because I really like the way it moves. I’m no stranger to jackets, and it helps that this one is short and sleeveless. I’ll probably use the same pattern I used for my Alice jacket. I can easily find a sleeveless white top to wear underneath. The fact that it’s my favorite color is a huge plus. I kind of wish the jacket and skirt matched, but that’s just me nitpicking. The more I stare at it, the more I want to make it.

You might wonder why I’m keeping Rion’s jacket cropped even though I extended Chrome’s jacket. I really fought with myself over Chrome. If you’ve seen Reborn, her jacket being cropped was sort of important to her character in the beginning. But for me, it didn’t have the same feel being cropped with a shirt under it. I think extending the jacket worked in that case because it was a school uniform with a military feel. Rion’s outfit is completely different. It has a light, youthful feel to it. That’s why I think keeping it cropped works better here. More importantly, the jacket and skirt have different patterns, and I don’t think they’d look great right on top of each other. A white shirt underneath would help break them up.

So there you have it! A detailed look into all the little things I think of when choosing a character to cosplay. Even though she’s been added to the queue, I may not get around to her until sometime this summer. In the meantime, maybe I can convince myself to resist the urge to cosplay the other four members….

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