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YGO Zexal: Kaito Tenjo by Malindachan YGO Zexal: Kaito Tenjo by Malindachan
I didn't think I'd be able to have the whole thing done by Acen, but I somehow got it done!

Yugioh Zexal is a fun addition to the YGO series. The character designs are a bit strange at first, but they grow on you. If you do decide to sit down and watch it, I recommend getting through at least the first 13-14 episodes before making any judgments (and I'm not just being biased since that's when Kaito comes in XD).

Since this is the first photo of a new costume, here's the wall of construction notes:

The coat is modified from Simplicity 4962, though I was dumb and tailored the main part of the outfit before I added on the sleeves, which ended up making it really tight and awkward. I was able to save it since I had yet to do the purple part on the top, but it still has some areas that I wish I could fix without having to remake the whole thing. Overall I'm not too concerned with it though. The coat is made out of white denim with a red broadcloth lining. The purple areas are made from a piece of the same denim that I dyed with a mix of purple and blue dyes. All the yellow trim is bias tape and quilt binding. I also used a zipper and velcro in the front, and there's interfacing in the collar. The small yellow triangle accents are applique, and I used snaps for the detail on the little "belts" on my left tail.

The white finger-less glove was from, and I tailored a pair of pants from goodwill.

The boots are a pair of white go go boots that I got during Halloween. I made the front pieces out of the dyed denim and bias tape, added the zippers, and Velcro-ed them to the diamond shaped top pieces that I made out of craft foam (It's sealed with mod podge and painted with metallic gold paint). The craft foam parts slip on my legs before I put on the boots, and the rest of it is held on with elastic straps that stretch around the boots.

The undershirt was a white turtleneck I got on clearance at walmart, and since it was a cotton blend I was able to dye it grey. I cut off the sleeves so it'd be more comfortable and modified the collar so it'd have the proper shape and fit. I put a zipper in the back so it could still fit over my head. The red diamond is applique using heat n bond and a satin stitch.

The belt base is black vinyl with a bias tape edge. I hammered in snaps for the accents, and they're also used in the deck boxes to attach them. The deck boxes themselves are made from foam board covered in craft foam. They were then sealed with mod podge, painted, and then sealed again. They have Velcro to keep them closed. The "buckle" is also held on with snaps and made with the same materials as the boxes.

The duel disk was probably the most rushed out of everything; I made it 2 days before we left for Acen XD.
It's all foam board, craft foam, and hot glue. I sealed it all with mod podge and only painted the spots that I didn't have the right colors of craft foam for.

The wig:

I used blue Make up for ever Aqua cream for his Duel gazer mark and a Dolly + red lens. [link]

Perhaps one of the most difficult parts of this costume was getting all the references I needed to make it as accurate as possible. I had to re-watch several episodes multiple times to find every detail since character sheets for Kaito have not been released yet. It also doesn't help that because of the style of the show and importance of certain animated sequences, some details get distorted or end up inaccurate in certain shots.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it. :3

Photo by :iconkaia-of-the-wind:
From Acen 2012

Yugioh Zexal is (c) Kazuki Takahashi
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ShadowFox777 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   General Artist
Amazing Cosplay! Kaito, looks soo cool. Do you think you could offer a fellow cosplayer some advice? How did you make Kaito's duel disk? My friend doing Kaito would love to have that, and it would be soo cool. I myself and doing Astral. Your Tutorial for Kaito's hair will, likely be helpful in constructing the blue alien's hair. But, would you happen to have any advice you could offer on top of it?
Halowing Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That's really awesome!!! the wig much be hard to make.
Rei-Shingetsu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
What a great cosplay! Super cool. :3
Sonica19 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
awesome cosplay
AlexZipp Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
how did you made the duel disk ???????
DarkAngelofOtaku Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Another well done cosplay by Malinda-chan. No doubt you have a Photon deck for
optimal likeness. I find building the character's deck is a nice touch.
AmyRosefan94 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Nice Kaito cosplay! I watched Zexal as well to see what it was like too. When I first saw his hair it was a little weird for my taste... so was Yuma's!! I'll still continue to watch it cause I got hooked.
ManishaChan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you even know if you should use cotton or polycotton or, in this case, white denim? O.oooooooooo
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It varies. Usually I'm just looking for something with the right kind of weight and color. For Kaito, I knew the red lining might effect the appearance of the white fabric if I used something too lightweight, so denim was the best option. Though, in most cases I usually like to use Twill for jackets since it's 100% cotton (and therefore breathable) but not as hot as denim since it's not as thick (but it's also not too light. I usually avoid broadcloth as a main fabric for jackets because it's so thin, though it does make a good lining fabric). I also like Poplin and other bottomweight materials, but sometimes it really just comes down to which fabric is available in the color I want and the differences in prices.
Fly-the-hedgehog3 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist
Why are you so perfect?
Inakunaru-Yagi Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Perfect posing.
DeadWarriorGirl Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
MegaDx Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
I'm speechless this is-th-th-this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK SOOOOO MUCH!
jnkwarrior Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Simply amazing job! Your cosplays are always perfect up to the smallest details. This is your first time not cosplaying the Yugioh protagonist though right? If it's cool can I ask why you didn't go for a Yuma cosplay?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've done other characters besides the protags before (I've cosplayed Joey, Bruno, Carly, Kiryu, Johan, etc). I like Yuma, though I also like Kaito. And between the two, I felt more comfortible starting with Kaito since my complexion fits his more (plus, I already had friends cosplaying Yuma, so being Kaito meant more variety in potential Zexal groups :3)
mythicdragon30 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Malindachan, Kaito turned out great! Good job!
SuperSerperior Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Kaito is my favorite Zexal character! You're so awesome at Kaito!
ZippyC Featured By Owner May 5, 2012   Photographer
man this looks so good! great job dude! love dat weave.
Sakura-chan4100 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gah, this is so amazing! I love your pose, and the costume is phenomenal as always. Everything you do is always so fantastic, and I can't wait to see more in the future =D
YuumaTsukumo Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are the best Kaito cosplayer I ever seen *___*
SetoKaiba36 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
may i ask what you used for the belt buckle ( working on him my self )
Malindachan Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
foam board and craft foam
SetoKaiba36 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
cool thank you i am doing normal mode for right now thank you
Hyogoko Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
dat hair!
KaiLaharl Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Let me hunt your numbers
softball2240 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
i love the boots. there soo cool :3
ManishaChan Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy moses
UltimateSaviorDragon Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
awesome Malinda-chan, Kaito is my FAVORITE character in zexal, I use a few of his cards in my deck! cannot wait for Neo galaxy eyes! though I miss the riding duels :(
Kittycatgal101 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice :D
RickyDutton Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this costume, very show accurate and you look great in it. ^.^
Nami-v Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Really awesome!! I know that YGO Zexal´s characters have a very strange design..I was thinking that nobody could do such a nice cosplays of them WOW You´re the best! ^^
T-lover Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist
oh my god that is awesome malinda!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are the best!
PlatinumAngel25 Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love your cosplays as always, Malindachan! =D
kenkles Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Are you going to be carrying a blue-sticky-hand-toy to be your Photon Hand...? Lol, you should use that on people you beat in duels. |D
Malindachan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I should XD
Kara-Kazeneko Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DANG. For a semi-rushed job, this sure turned out fabulous. Love it. :heart:
Saburo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Saw you there!!! My Brother was a Yusei at the Yu-gi-oh gathering!
Decora-Girl-Nyappy Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
RoxieXAxel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
epic are you all planning on doing yugioh zexal costumes?
Malindachan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just me and Kyle, but I did have a couple friends do Shark and IV at Acen, and a few of our friends in California will be doint Zexal with us at Fanime next month.
RoxieXAxel Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I cant wait to see the pictures from Fanime good luck and I love Kaito's wig it looks amazing.
sammy-vj-chan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice Malinda!
GiokaTenshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Awesome as always Malinda :heart:
Nigsea Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! :D Looks so cool!! :squee:
PeculiarAngel24601 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Looks amazing! Great cosplay ^^
animeluver462 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love him and this cosplay <3 You're amazing!
optimus-prime-girl Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
:la: It came out awesome!!!
DeviousMegan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist
thats friken awsome great job
LittleSeto Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Student General Artist
O.O I HAVE NO WORDS FOR SUCH AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 :D I want to hug you!!
TeenDarkMagician Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
You know that strange feeling you get when you know that something about a costume is off, but you can't figure out what because it's so good that it hides it well? Well this is one of those moments for me. It looks great, and you did an excellent job! :)
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