The manga and anime franchise Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) has had a profound impact on Japanese culture. Because Kimetsu no Yaiba was one of the most popular anime when it debuted during the spring 2019 anime season, it piqued the interest of many people who were previously unaware of the series, causing it to grow in popularity. Because it was one of the most popular anime series, fans naturally chose to cosplay as the story’s characters. Tanjiro Kamado, despite being the primary character, was not the most popular cosplayer. Rather, his younger sister, Nezuko Kamado, is the most popular cosplay character.
Types of Cosplay Costumes
- Nezuko Cosplay (Kimono version): This is the most common cosplay that people dress up as. It’s how Nezuko is generally shown in the series, dressed in her kimono and with her distinctive bamboo gag around her mouth.
- Nezuko Cosplay (Demonic version): Due to the many levels of ‘demonic’ cosplayers, this version has several variations. When fighting and increasing her powers, Nezuko passes through many degrees of demonic in the series. The cosplayers choose whether to have demon marks, protruding vein marks, a horn emerging from the forehead, and sharp pink and red-stained nails on their bodies.
The main costume used by cosplayers to dress up as Nezuko is the one she wears most of the time in the series. A pink kimono with a geometric star pattern and lining in a lighter pink tone. The obi is a red and white checkered design with an orange rope tied in the center and a green fabric attached right above the obi around her upper body. She also wears a black haori that falls to her lower shins and is the same length as the kimono. Blackleg coverings are wrapped around her shins and held in place with pale pink string. Clothing, shoes, and wigs are all sold separately at many stores.
Geta or zori are the brands of shoes. These are both Japanese sandals, but these are zori, and they have a flat bottom and are constructed of rice straw or lacquered wood. These are typically worn with a kimono for formal occasions. The geta is a sandal with a high wooden clog with teeth that can be worn with a kimono or a yukata in the summer. Nezuko is depicted in the series wearing zori made of rice straw, although many cosplayers wear geta instead. The geta are made of wood and are usually a light brown color with pink straps.
The wigs for the Nezuko cosplay are all very long black wigs that reach chest level, with shades of vermillion reaching even lower. The wigs include curls in the lower half of the hair, precisely like her design, and many cosplayers choose to restyle the wig themselves, adjusting the curls and adding a pink ribbon to finish the effect.
Many cosplayers also dress up as Nezuko in a school uniform, as seen in the omake Kimetsu Gakuen, a spin-off of Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer) that tells the story of what would happen if the protagonists were just students and/or instructors attending to school in a parallel reality. Nezuko is seen in a sailor outfit in this omake. The outfit is predominantly black, with a black pleated skirt that falls just below the knee. The black shirt has a huge lime green ribbon and red lines around the edges. The black socks are likewise below the knee length. The shoes are the typical black school shoes worn by many real Japanese kids.
Without the finishing touches of cosmetics, a Nezuko cosplay is incomplete. Pink eye contact lenses are required for this cosplay if the cosplayers want to dress up as Nezuko’s Demon form. Contact lenses with a pink iris and a vertical slit are required if the cosplayers opt to dress up as her Demon form. Although she is not depicted wearing makeup, many female cosplayers follow the pink theme and add pink eyeliner and artificial eyelashes to make their eyes appear larger for an anime-like appearance. To further resemble Nezuko, many cosplayers conceal their own brows and draw on thin black brows.
Adding Special Touch
As depicted in the manga when Nezuko gets serious and fights with her Demon form, many cosplayers draw veins mainly emerging from their forehead and eyes but also all over her body for special effects makeup. To complete the Demon look, some cosplayers draw vines on their bodies. Many people would grow a horn on their forehead to perfect Nezuko’s Demon form, exactly like Nezuko did during one of her confrontations.
Famous Cosplayers Over the Internet
Many well-known cosplayers have posted on their various Instagram, youtube, and Twitter profiles, including MONPINK1111, VICTORIAFRAY007, VAGUELYCOSPLAY, and NAOMI.MOONZ.
If the cosplayers have a YouTube account, the majority of them will provide makeup lessons to show their viewers how they transform into the character they choose. Some cosplayers also share unboxings and reviews of the Nezuko costumes they purchased online.