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Yusei Cosplay Evolution by Malindachan Yusei Cosplay Evolution by Malindachan
I was going to do one of those meme things where I have photos from every con I've brought him to with every variant, but I then realized I had a LOT of pictures and decided it might be something fun I can do much later when I have more free time XD

So this is the big picture. Some of my favorite photos of my Yusei cosplay, each taken almost exactly a year apart...with the exception of the 2009 photo, which was taken in the late Spring. The 2008, 2010, and 2011 photos were all taken at Animefest, which falls on Labor Day weekend each year (I didn't bring Yusei to Afest 2009 since I brought Carly for the YGO shoots).

Doesn't look all that much different when you look at it from a gradual perspective, but when I look at just the first and last pics together I can see such a huge difference. I feel very accomplished as a cosplayer and Yusei fan.

The first photo was taken by Sky Pirate at Afest 2008, and it was the second time I wore Yusei at a con.

The second photo was from a private shoot I did with :iconsaraaamarie: close to our college campus in Spring of 2009. I had fixed up the wig a bit at this point so it didn't look as flat and stringy.

The third photo was by :iconboikem: at Afest 2010. This was the first con I wore the WRGP varient to. I used some of the same kinds of materials as the original outfit, but it was upgraded with some new materials (like the vinyl) and better craftsmanship.

The last photo is the most recent, taken by :iconboikem: at Afest 2011. The outfit is the exact same as the year before, but this is the first time wearing my brand new wig. <3

My next goal is to remake the original longer jacket using the new techniques I've learned over the years. Not sure when it's going to happen, but I would like for it to be one of my projects in 2012.

Yugioh 5D's is (c) Kazuki Takahashi
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saga190 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
not much of a deference but still cool cosplay
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ClearMindCosplays Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the newest Yusei~

Currently working on the wig now using your tutorial but you make the best Yusei I've seen

:D
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PaperclippedMime Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
What an amazing cosplay! Looks very well-made, and I am absolutely in love with your wig. If you don't mind me asking, how did you do the yellow streaks in his hair? Also, what kind of adhesive did you use for the spikes? I am looking to improve my wig styling skills, and from what I am seeing, you are a pro at this. :)

Again, great work, this is absolutely fantastic!!
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nniikkiii Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME♥
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Malindafan2 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're my hero, Malinda! <3 u as Yusei! Especially since ur cosplaying opposite genders! :D
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Raysfirebird17 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
there all amazing but you can defently see the jump from 2008 to 2011
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NaokiDatteBayo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
wow....really cool cosplay..
evolution of yusei's
hope to see episodes of yugioh 5ds..
its not available on my country...
but trying my best to follow my favourite anime....
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Fayina-Kei-Sancia Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
It's really amazing to see the progression and evolution of this cosplay. It displays your talents well, I admire you for it. I hope to one day have even a smidgen of your abilities from 2008, lol. :meow:
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ManaDarkMagicianGirl Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
WOW The progress is cool 8D! But I also think that you looked great in all these XD cuz you're so awesome like that X)!!!!!! <3
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BalletGala Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
You have always been an amazing cosplayer but over the years you have grown so much!
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Corodo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
At first, its hard to notice but after taking time to take a closer look, its clear you really put effort into details and I find that very admirable ^^
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Inufan078 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I might be seeing things but did you re-due the shoes as well? Or did you perhaps do different shoe covers for WRGP? I dunno looks slightly different to me in pictures lined side by side like this XD might be just all the different angles playing with my head too hurr. XD. It's interesting to see improvements ^^ I'm excited to learn skills!
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I essentially redid everything (knee pads and gloves are new too). The boots have zippers down the backs instead of the sides in my newer ones, and I used a lot of vinyl to replace anything that previously had bias tape or fleece.
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Inufan078 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ahh see I was noticing the lines down the sides and then the other boots I thought didn't have that and I thought they looked more fitted? (But I didn't want to be a dipstick and be wrong herp a derp) XDD.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
oh yeah, the newer ones also cover the front of the boots completely, while with my older ones I had to tape them down at the toes to keep them in place XD
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Inufan078 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohh haha! Yay I'm not a dipstick I guess then! Experience points are being gained all around XD
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cardgames33 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
i like how you have the evolution time line :) very cool
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KobaKoba Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gosh i can't get over how astounding your new wig is.
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OokamiVictor Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
I think I've said how I feel proud of you right? *u*
You are a great inspiration to cosplay, not only from Yusei, but several characters. The evolving more every day!
Congratulations Malinda =D
Riding Duel! Acceleration! \o/
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Ookamibito Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
Awesome! I've been waiting to see this, it looks great!
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HOLY MOSES WOW
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KaiserRJ Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Dem boots. :la: They haven't changed~
The new wig is quite awesome. You continue to outdo yourself, which amazes me cuz the stuff you make is already so awesome it seems like there's no room to improve. And then you do, and, well. Mind blown. lol.
On the one hand, it's that original Yusei you did that convinced me to start following your work in the first place. C: I hope to see lots of your work in the future!
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They have changed, actually! I still use the same base, but I made newer covers that have vinyl instead of fleece and bias tape, and the zipper is in the backs instead of the sides :3
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Sakurastar123 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looking at your new wig against the very first one is draw dropping! Having the pictures together like that really shows of your progression as a cosplayer and how much your craftsmanship has improved :)
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MazzTheGreat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Really awesome! I love all of your cosplays but Yusei is my favorite! Your new wig is amazing!
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Crispi-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like the evolution of you cosplay you make a very amazing Yusei ... BTW you have a typo I think you meant 2011 in your description for the last photo and not 2010
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha derp XD (fixes)
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Crispi-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
sorry I had to point it out . well have a great day its time for sleep.
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