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12 kingdoms: the Emperor and his kirin by xrysx 12 kingdoms: the Emperor and his kirin by xrysx
Ruler of Han, Go Ranjou@:iconxrysx:
Taiho of Han (Hanrin), Risetsu@:iconastellecia:

photo@ :iconvaxzone: and edit by :iconxrysx:
help@ ~sakana, ~miwitch, zelmer


Thanks to ~Astellecia for the invitation, or else I probably never kick myself to do another ancient costume *lol*
the last one I did was for Saiunkoku Monogatari 5-6(?) years ago. I read the novels of 12 kingdoms some years back too, and had to recap various parts of it to get some emotions for this shoot.

This couple is pretty much narcissistic and eccentric, and particular about the aesthetics of everything. Which amused me. They don't appear much, and not my top favorite characters, but they are fun nevertheless.

Han-ou, Go Ranjou being known as a beautiful and refined man who looks like a woman, I feel stressed! XD
To look as gorgeous on the outside like a woman, yet still carry ownself's posture and aura(?? *lol*) as a man. I tried my best to strike a balance. And to keep up with the arts and craftsmanship Han is known for, I decided to indulge in all the materials (oh how my wallet cried! And ancient costume EATS fabrics!). Since i rarely make ancient costumes, I refer to the novel illustrations of Han-ou as well as all the other characters' costumes to draft up my own complete version. It's also a bit tricky as Han-ou's wardrobe is closer to a female than a male. Eventually I also chose a gradient wig instead of a pure color~

It was hot that day when we shot! Close to noon too >.<
The fun would be at the beach where we had difficulty standing as the tide came in. Many thanks to the helpers for carrying our stuff along, and flipping the fabric non-stop XD

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:icontimephilosopher:
TimePhilosopher Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
This is so beautiful and soft. <3
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Unmeimiru Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh gorgeous!
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely :)
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furinshika Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
LOVE the colours!!!
and yes! the ancient Chinese are absolutely crazy! (so much cloth...) (speaking like as if I'm not Chinese myself)
XDDD
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it~!
Well they have cold weather over there, the layers of clothes are definitely appreciated.
But not here!!! //dies of heat stroke
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furinshika Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
I realised (after I posted my message) that you're from SG too.
To tell the truth, I would never have realised that you were cosplaying Han-ou and Hanrin if you were parading right in front of my nose ><" (because they only appear in one novel... =____=")
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know XD
and basically only 1-2 illustrations of them.
we were pretty much making the costumes and protrayals according to whatever we know and feel of them :)
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Astellecia Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
Thank you for agree-ing to do this with me <3 I think you were an absolutely FABULOUS HAN-OU :D Best one I could ever ask for~ def pulled him off perfectly!
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don777-ax Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
A really nice photo. Good location, good weather(windy day?, but good for this type of costume), and good costume.

Chuka-cosplay(like Saiunkoku-monogatari, 12-kokuki) is not so hot in Japan. It's partly because the difficulties of making costumes, I guess.
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
glad you like it!
actually it was about noon, and there's no wind. We flipped the fabric ourselves to make it look like a windy day XD

I'm surprised that chuka-cosplay isn't popular in Japan :o
Maybe because it's more novel-based?
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don777-ax Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
I think that novel-based is not related to popularity.
(Many popular animes are originally based on [what is called] light-novels.)

Eventually, Encho-en (燕趙園, the Mecca of Japanese Chuka-cosplayers) in Tottori has bi-annual Chuka-cosplay contest in the next weekend[18-19/May/2013].

Please check it up.
[link]

Please also check up photo collections.
[link]
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! I've looked through it and it seems so interested XDDD
maybe one day i can go and see for myself~~~~~
i think they are really nicely done!
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Another-Rose Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh. My. WHAT EVEN. I'm so in love with your costumes and the photo and everything. I love 12 Kingdoms very much and I love how both of you realized the costumes. Very beautiful. Now I can die in peace. qq
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you very much! i'm surprised quite a few non-asians actually like 12 kingdoms (not to say it's not good, but consider the series is so oriental).
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Another-Rose Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love it for its setting. I've always been interested in eastern fantasy and mythology so it was a real pleasure. Plus the characters. But there are only a few fans here in Germany, it's a real underground series here. OTL
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MiyuHimekawa Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!! <3
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you~
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seseostara Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
such a very pretty photo. Im in love :heart:
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
>3<
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pireze Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
This is really perfect! :D
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks very muchie! >3<
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13-Zer0 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist
YAY! oh gosh 12 kingdoms cosplays make me so happy, Skye always told me she would cosplay Hanrin, so glad to see it is finally done! and your Han-ou is so beautiful (handsome?) :heart:
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you~ i remember you did the pair too last time ^^
12 kingdoms need more love around. I hope I'm not too no-gender~
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Calssara Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMGGGG PRETTY!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconxrysx:
xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank u~
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Itchy-Hands Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I know the feel of ancient costume eating fabrics OTL
*still need to improve my bride of the water god's* OTL

and omg 12 kingdoms <3
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah and super heavy right. lol.
saa i don't know when i will do another ancient costume.
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Yukin0-ChaN Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I was frustrated for a moment when I couldn't find the fav button. D:
So so pretty! <3
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD thank u!
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slythgeek Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, even though your wallet cried from pain, I'm crying from happiness! These are so lovely.
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xrysx Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! it really consoled me (& my wallet) XDDD
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