Hello Everyone, and Happy New Year! One of my resolutions for this year was to save more money for college, car, and other things I want to buy and for my future. Sadly, I had to cut one major thing from my life that has been an almost annual thing since I’d started.
After 2012, I will stop going to/registering for major conventions in California, such as SacAnime, Fanime, WonderCon (which I have never been to), AX (also never been to) and AOD. As much as I love going and meeting people and making friends, making a fool of myself in public and not caring, my wallet and bank account are in need of the money more than my wonderfully fun hobby of convention-hopping. I will definitely still attend Cherry Blossom Festival in SF (since no registration is required) and I might go to certain conventions for a day, but no registering or staying in hotels. Too many times, the dealer’s rooms have emptied my wallet, as has making new costumes.
But, I’m not going to just slowly die out of the convention scene quietly like a wilting daisy. No way. I’m going on one last spending spree on my dream costume. I’m gonna have the costume, the makeup, and the props. 2012 is my year of Sailor Jupiter!
This is going to be an abnormally long post, but I want to basically just spill my guts out with my love for her.
One of the first animes I had ever seen was Sailor Moon. I knew the opening song by heart and could recite just about every Scout’s catchphrases and attacks. Sailor Jupiter was always my favorite though. I don’t know why. Usagi was klutzy, funny, but somewhat annoying. Ami was smart and quiet. Rei was cheeky, snarky, a bit mean. Minako was a bit too over confident and arrogant. But Makoto, Sailor Jupiter’s real name, had the greatest personality. She was tough and fearless, but lonely and a hopeless romantic. She could kick monster butt using the power of lightning and she could cook with a passion like no other. Maybe I liked her attitude. Green was never my favorite color, but I’ve always adored roses, so maybe her earrings made me love her? I remember putting on a pair of red clip on earrings, a Princess Belle dress, putting my hair in a ponytail and running out to the living room yelling “I’m Sailor Jupiter, and in the name of Jupiter, I will punish you!”
But as I’ve gotten older, I can see why I admired her. I’m not a particularly neat or hard-working person, and I can’t cook anything aside from boxed mac and cheese. I’m not very tough, I’m a bit of a cry-baby in recent years, and I’m not very athletic. I’m…not much a hopeless romantic as her, albeit a bit cheesy when it comes to my ideas of whats romantic, but I used to be, long ago. But I want to be strong like her. I want to be someone who doesn’t mind working hard for friends and family, if not for myself. I’d love to be more athletic (it wouldn’t hurt my physique much, that’s for sure, haha!), and I’d kill for half-way decent cooking skills. She’s a sort of inspiration to me. In PGSM, the live action, she was orphaned at a very early age and had to take care of herself, all the while trying to support herself and be a good person to those around her. Even if she is fictional, a story like that, where someone can persevere through the toughest times and still be a great friend and comrade, not to mention a great house-keeper, is inspiring to me, and I guess, at the core of it all, I’ve always wanted to be like her. (more about Sailor Jupiter can be found on Wikipedia or WikiMoon)
I’ve put off the costume for 13 years, give or take a few, and this year, my (not really) last year of cosplay, I’m going to give her the love and attention I’ve always wanted to. My wonderful, wonderful boyfriend got me the costume (despite many many protests from me), and probably, without him, Jupiter never would have come into my possession. With an alteration or two, it will indeed be perfect, however, a costume alone does not a character make. I’ve made an entire list of her props, from Anime, Live Action, Plays, and the Manga, as well as Sailor Supreme by stefanolattanzio on youtube, and I intend to make/buy them all.
First on the list is the remainder of her normal costume. The tiara, her signature earrings, her hair-ties, and her boots. The first two I intend to buy and the boots I hope to just make boot covers for a pair of shoes I already own. The hair-ties I think I can find somewhere. May hair is mostly like hers, but I got a clip-on ponytail to get the right volume, curl, and length for her hair. My real hair isn’t long enough, and I can’t make it “poof” like hers. In PGSM she has an additional costume piece, a rose chain belt, which I intend to buy since I have no idea how to put a rose inside a ball and keep it beautiful forever, haha!
Her transformations wands, canon and otherwise, will also be made. Some of which can be found here, in KarolHofman‘s deviantart gallery (last two wands are on the next page), and more on silverstar-aanti‘s gallery (take a bit of hunting around to do, but they’re all there). I don’t have all the plans for all the wands written down yet, but I know that for the Crystal Power wand, shown below, I hope to use a 3 in diameter green crystal ball and paint on the symbol myself. Crafting the wand itself will be a slight challenge, but I’m more than willing to try. Not sure if I will use the same crystal ball method with
other wands similar in look or style. I also would very much like to make her Lightning Spear and Star Tambourine from PGSM.
Another element I wanted to add to my Jupiter costume was something representative of her attacks. For example, I plan on altering an old dragon kite (had it for years, not using it anymore) to make something along the lines of her Supreme Thunder Dragon. Making a second tiara with the extended antennae (only shown during some of her attacks), and probably just going to make a few accessories with ribbons and fake flower petals (Supreme Thunder and Flower Hurricane, respectively).
I’d really love to make a transformation video, but I’ll have to get everything together first, haha!
Maybe in the future ‘ll make other Sailor Jupiter costumes, like her Princess Jupiter dress or some of her fan-art costumes (the ones I really want to make are in my deviantart favorites folder), but we’ll have to see if I’m rich enough to rejoin convention life.
Please check out all the deviantart links I’ve posted here, and please support these wonderful artists and their creativity, hard work, and brilliant imagination. I will be posting millions of pictures (well, not really, but you know what I mean) of the costume, wips (work in progress), maybe a blog post about crafting the more intricate props, and definitely pictures of the completed costume with props.
Thanks for reading, everyone!
P.S : I know I’m a college student, and I don’t care if people thinks its funny/weird that I still love Sailor Moon and the Scouts. Sailor Jupiter is an inspiration to me and others around the world, and if I can ever be anything like her, it would mean so much because she is everything I want to be, and I hope that I can someday be as kind, strong, and caring as she is.