Final Fantasy Cosplay Photo shoot

19th April 2013

Dear Chibi,

Seven years ago, Kaz and I had our first cosplay experience at Sydney Animania, dressing up as Tifa Lockhart and Rinoa Heartilly from the Final Fantasy series. Back then, the only non-convention photos we took were amateur shots of each other in our backyard. While it’s kinda cute and not too bad (yay for baby fat), we felt like the photos could look a lot better. Ever since Jacky purchased his DSLR, we discussed the possibility of dressing up once again and it got us all excited :D

Over the last few months, we did all sorts of preparation and research, with Jacky fine tuning his photography skills and us making enhancements to the costume.

After several delays due to the wet weather, we finally found a nice sunny Sunday! We spent about 2 hours getting ready with the hair and make-up. We started the shoot at 3pm and had 2 hours since the Gardens closed at 5pm. There really wasn’t a whole lot of time, but we fit in as much as we could. Jia also came along to help out with the shoot (or more observe his model girlfriend ;D)

I really like how some of the shots came out. This one is my personal favourite:

Rinoa Heartilly Cosplay

Aren’t the feathers pretty?? *_* Jia, Kaz and I threw them into the air ^^”

Without further delay, here are the photos:

I spent several late nights revamping the cosplay site. Please have a visit and let me know what you think :D

Special thanks to Jacky for making this all happen <3 The entire experience though fun, was very exhausting XD


Rinoa Heartilly Anatomy Practice

16th December 2008

Dear Chibi,


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Rinoa’s back (pun unintended)

16th June 2007

Dear Chibi,

To those guys who went to Animania with me last year may remember a girl coming up to me asking if she could have a picture of my back ^_^; I must say, that was one very unusual experience- I didn’t quite know how to react. Well, I very randomly found it here. How random? Well, I was searching for pictures of Riku from Kingdom Hearts and ended up there. The fact I went to search for Riku pics is even more random (I’m not even a fan, but yeh =p it must be fate!).

Looking back at cosplay pics makes me want to cosplay again. I’m resisting though! Costume making is very time consuming, especially for beginners such as myself. With my busy schedule this year, I doubt I have the time to make a costume, and whether or not I’ll be attending Animana this year is another story. Guess only time can tell- who knows, I may be lucky enough to be on top of my workload (haha..asking a lot there..)

Another question posed is.. who do I want to cosplay as? I know Final Fantasy characters are waaaay overdone, but they’re the only ones I actually want to cosplay as. I’ve thought through a list of anime characters, but none particularly appeal to me. Sailor Moon is a character I’d LOVE to cosplay.. one day- like, if I’m ever super super good with sewing XD I donno if I have the long legs and good looks for that though, hahaa.. plus her hair will be crazy. So Sailor Moon out the window until I’m very very good (not that I’m practicing so the chances are very slim).

The only other costumes that came in mind were all overdone:

Summoner Yuna (FF X) – I love her outfit, it’s really really elegant.

Songstress Yuna (FFX-2)-  I love the top and skirt.

Aeris (FF7)-  I just like Aeris, lol.  Her hair would be difficult since it’s so long, especially the fringe. Don’t think I could pull it off very well..haha.

Rinoa & The Griever Lion Ring

8th March 2007

Dear Chibi,

Guess what Chibi was up to today? Perhaps the title gives it away.  I didn’t quite know what to think of it, but after much consideration, I decided to go and check it out. The UNSW Anime Club Launch Party was held at 6pm to 9.30pm over at the Main Campus and I decided to Cosplay (for the second time) Rinoa because it has been a while since I’ve last worn my costume, and I don’t really want to just wear it once in my life. Obviously it would be embarrassing to just wear the costume there, so I wore partial and got changed there. Surprisingly a lot of people turned up to the party, and it was very lively and enjoyable experience. One thing that annoyed me a bit was when people came up to me and said “OMG, It’s YUNA!” ehem….lol… Its FF8 people.

Anyways, I was introduced to soooooooooooooooooooooooo many people that evening it’s not funny… I don’t think I can remember any of their names ^^;; Maybe a few faces. Oh oh, Jim recognized me from the online course ‘Digital Illustration for Concept Art’ I did last year.. that was pretty surprising. Didn’t know I would actually meet online classmates. There was free food and drinks; I challenged a few random people in Connect4, played Pictionary, had general discussions on Anime, didn’t want to play Twister, people played Mario Kart or something, Go and so on.. and of course, there was the Cosplay Competition. A guy who cosplayed as a character from Gundam Seed came first and he got to choose which DVD he wanted; and I was to have the remaining one~ nice little fellow though, he insisted that I had my pick first since he says I should have won. I end up getting Midori no Hibi even though I’ve seen it already because the packaging was nice =)  Everyone I met this evening were super super nice. Had lots of fun.. too bad Kazzy couldn’t join me, since she had class till 9pm!

And so the party was coming to a close, and it was raining heavily outside…and GUESS WHAT? Kazzy saw Venerable on the way to the Roundhouse! That was really such a coincidence to find her here, and she offered to drive us both home ^.^ Yay, no need to take public transport in the rain late at night.

Animania 06

30th September 2006

Dear Chibi,
Animania turned out pretty good this year compared to the previous year, however there was lacking Final Fantasy cosplays which was a bit disappointing.

Here’s some pics of my Rinoa Heartilly cosplay; this is a working-in-progress mini site dedicated to our first cosplay group “Lock Heartilly“; ‘Lock’ comes from Tifa Lockhart and Rinoa Heartilly.
So far I’ve only got my section up, I’ll try and get Kaz’s page up ASAP, please be patient ^^

Thanks to those guys for coming along =D Hope you had fun today.