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We are always delighted to make new friends, especially when these friends are wizards of their craft, with a story to tell and an example to give. Such a person is Witchiko from Brazil, author of the lace-painting tutorial from Cosplay Gen #4, a talented cosplayer and a remarkable plush-maker.

Witchiko as Ranka Lee (Macross Frontier)
Witchiko
Years of Cosplay: 5 1/2
Brazil

She chose this hobby back in 2006, almost by chance. Already an anime and manga culture aficionado, one day, while going to a drawing course together with her fiancé, they saw a large group of cosplayers and thought that it was very interesting. They decided to follow them and arrived at some convention. She was amazed by what she saw, especially since she could recognize some cosplays from some manga that she was reading, and she decided to get into cosplay too, participating the very same year in a convention wearing a cosplay outfit.

Alongside with her work as a cosplayer, she also started to make plush-toys by herself, thinking that there were many interesting mascots of characters that could complement her cosplays of choice. Her first plush was for the Kanako Urashima cosplay from Love Hina. It was by no means an easy task, and she needed multiple attempts, as she didn’t know how to sew by hand or how to sew clothing. And, moreover, sewing clothing is pretty different from sewing a plush. But she kept improving with each plush she continued to make, reaching a level that allowed her to accept commissions from close friends, and later, when her self-confidence grew, also from other people.

Luxray (Pokemon) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Kon (Bleach) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Lair (Soul Eater) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Guilmon (Digimon) // Photo by And Yamasaki

To her, making plushes isn’t a mere hobby, but became a way of life. Her main purpose is, in her own words, to make each plush in such a way that it shows the character spirit even if it is inanimate. I like to do the closest possible to the image and I make each plush with passion. With this hobby I found a talent that I didn’t know I would have. Although she has always been a talented person, she has never thought that someday she would sew plushes and love it so much. As she herself told us, I consider each plush that I sew as a pet that I make and that it’s leaving for a new home.

Until now, for her, the most difficult plush to make was Metabee from Medabots. She needed a whole month to create the pattern and to make the definitive plush, as it was a big one and many cut pieces and details were needed.

Metabee (Metabots) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Chocobo (Final Fantasy) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Honekoneko (Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) // Photo by And Yamasaki
Yuki (Nanatsuiro Drops) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Witchiko Cosplay

Cosplay-wise, the most difficult costume for her was Momohime from Muramasa the Demon Blade (Oboromuramasa), for which she painted a white fabric to obtain the perfect color and the flowers for the kimono. The costume was made for the Brazilian selective presentation and Brazilian final preliminaries from World Cosplay Summit, and she had quite a short time to finish the cosplay, skit and plushes, thus raising the overall difficulty of the outfit.

Momohime (Oboromuramasa) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Momohime (Oboromuramasa) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Panty (Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) // Photo by And Yamasaki

Myoubi (Alichino) // Photo by tangBR

Among her future plans as a cosplayer are Shouma Takakura from Mawaru Penguindrum, Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Panty police version from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Nausicaä from Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä, Edward Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, and Tao Ren from Shaman King. Good luck, Witchiko !

Main Photo: Witchiko as Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service) // Photo by And Yamasaki

6 Comments

  1. Hitomi says:

    my anesan /o/
    this is a article really deserved, I admire her not only as a friend, but as a cosplayer too /o/

  2. Thamylei says:

    Witchiko!! I Love You!! <3333

    beijos!

  3. I gave great pleasure to know Witchiko last year, and not only her enormous sympathy, I recognize her talent and creativity as cosplay and plushmaker. Congratulations!

  4. alexandre-m_m says:

    so fucking good!!!!!

  5. Sese says:

    she is such an awesome person!!! Just amazing!

  6. Cara muito bom, amei os ursos e muito foda as roupas *0*

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