We get it. You’ve seen all the Studio Ghibli movies, you know all the character names, you love the songs, and there’s only one thing left to do. You need to become a studio ghibli character.
Enter the realm of Studio Ghibli cosplay. The good news is, if you want to do a Ghibli costume, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are no shortage of people that have been there before you, so here we’ll hope to give you some ideas, and some links to different products that can help.
Studio Ghibli Cosplay options
Totoro Cosplay Outfits
Okay, let’s face it, everyone wants to be Totoro. Totoro costumes are the most commonly searched for type of Ghibli cosplay, especially around halloween. Given that Totoro is so soft and furry, it’s not surprising that the onesie rules the roost here.
Totoro Cosplay for Kids!
Spirited Away Cosplay Outfits
As for Spirited Away cosplay, Chihiro often gets given the cold shoulder in the dress-up stakes. She just can’t compete with that strangely enigmatic no-face man kaonashi. The Beatles even had a song about him “He’s a real noface man”, right. I think that’s how it went…
You can also find Haku outfits. Don’t forget Chihiro, I mean, her name is in the Japanese title of the film “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi” right?
Hakiu Nigihayami Kohakunushi Kosplay
Kaonashi Cosplay For Your Cat!
And while we are at it, why limit the cosplay to immediate family. Enter CAT COSPLAY!
Kiki's Delivery Service Cosplay
If you want to do Kiki’s Delivery Service cosplay, you’ve got some simple options. At the most basic, your Kiki costume can just be a simple blue dress and bow. If you want to go deluxe, add in broom and Jiji plush. If you’ve got a man-friend, get him to put on a striped red shirt, jeans and glasses so he can be your love interest Tombo. Beware, there is a high likelihood that he will be asked at least 50 times if he is “Where’s Wally” wherever he goes.
Any of these would do the trick.
Kiki bow Headband
All of these headbands have a very Kiki-like red color option.
Kiki's Cat Jiji Plush
Howl's Moving Castle Cosplay
For Howl’s Moving Castle, the obvious choice is Sophie, with your main choice being old Sophie or young Sophie. The big challenge here is finding the ye olde style dress, for which buying a ready made one is the simple way to. Then you just need a simple white apron to go over the top.
For men Howl himself is a logical character, or perhaps you could cover yourself bits-o-junk to be the castle itself.
Princess Mononoke Cosplay
If you want to unleash your inner wild child, then it’s time to un-closet your Princess Mononoke costume! Think red face paint for blood, daggers, furry capes. A boney necklace helps a lot!
Hopefully this article has got your Ghibli juices flowing! Let us know if you have any other Ghibli Cosplay or Ghibli costume ideas we should add here.
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Recently I had a chat with few of my favourite musicians from Japan: Saya from Tenniscoats, Yuko Ikema and Sota Tateishi from Jon No Son on the radio show “Kikeru Radio”.
Here’s a transcription in Japanese & English.
Transcript and pictures here:
Original recording of chat appeared on Minna Kikeru Radio here:
Sayas – New Home
Ikema Yuko 池間由布子 Albums
Japanese music and Albums mentioned in the recording:
Kanako Numata –
Kohost Sota Tateishi’s 立石草太 album with Jon No Son ジョンのサン: