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Hakuouki: Okita Souji by behindinfinity Hakuouki: Okita Souji by behindinfinity
First off... Happy New Year to you all! I've already said this on Facebook and Twitter so I'm sorry if this comes off as repetitive but Very special thanks to everyone who had been part of my 2010. It was fantastic. Let's make 2011 even better! :D

During the holiday break, I finally had a bit of time to pick up my cosplay photo backlog. We had this photoshoot way back in October! :ohnoes:

:iconmerkymerx: Miguel as Okita Souji
:camera::iconbehindinfinity: photography, makeup, editing by me
:bulletblack: costumes by Charmie ~yaoiangel14, with help detailing from all of us
:bulletblack: wig styled by me and Miguel
:bulletblack: background texture from #resurgere
:bulletblack: characters are from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan Idea Factory

:bulletgreen: About the shoot:
For those of you who are wondering, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan is an otome game. (An anime adaptation was made which started alright but just became TERRIBLE by the second season. Even the bad ending route in the game is more dignified than how the anime ended. I suggest you only watch the first season if you are really interested.)

As with the other photos from this series, my goal with the photography and editing was to emulate the look and feel of the game artworks. The reference illustration for this shot was this :pointr: [link] Dom ~Weakman, one of our friends who accompanied us during the shoot, helped toss the straps of Miguel's head protector so we could get that perpetual wind effect that Hakuouki official art seems to be so fond of. :lol:

My friends and I have been interested in the historical Shinsengumi for many years now, and pick up almost any work of fiction that involves them. We decided to cosplay Hakuouki after seeing artworks from the game around the time it was released. The art style was the type that appealed to us, and we thought the character designs were excellent. We loved all the detail and patterns although Miguel had not yet been able to print the pattern on the black fabric at the time we had this shoot, which was more for practice.

Miguel actually felt a bit conscious that his face shape is too round to suit the character. To work past this, I arranged the layers of the wig around his face in a certain way, and shot him at an angle in which his face looks longer and more angular. Hope this helps other people who might have a similar problem! I have to admit, watching ANTM can be educational. :laughing:

:bulletgreen: A little history about the real Okita Souji:
Okita Souji is one of the more prominent and well-liked members of the Shinsengumi. I often tear up when I read about him. His tragic illness aside, he was known for being one of the most formidable swordsmen. In addition to that, cccording to many sources he was a big joker and was said to be a pretty nice guy. He was even often seen playing with local kids at Mibudera.

photos from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan photoset:

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tsuru-hime Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So cool!
gekkodimoria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
TransformersLight Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2017
Okita!! ❤️
gekkodimoria Featured By Owner May 11, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
SenDaie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013   General Artist
oh god. marry me.
awesome cosplay (>.<)
alienjeru Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still watching Hakuouki and I remembered you guys cosplayed as them ; A ; I'm so happy right now! XD
nikamisasuke Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
B E A U T I F U L L 1!!!!!!!
Miguel so...*_*
shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
haha, you definitely fixed any problem there might have been with his face shape---- this is AWESOME!
akie-sasu-chan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Oh my god, that's amazing. He looks so hot... It's as if Okita had come to life. (o_o) I'm amazed... and maybe a little in love! (^-^) Awesome cosplay, as always!!
terrahachi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student General Artist
:iconcheerplz: Congratulations!! You have been FEATURED!!!:iconanimefaceplz:
bobapanda Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I love the handsome smile. lol
Great cosplay!
ridla86 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
thevampiressraven-13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student Digital Artist
where do you get your cosplays!? there awesome!
7oran Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Very nice.:)
ikumi00 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
waa~ nice shot :D
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
super cool
ayamadaji Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Awesome cosplay pic!! Although I imagined the Okita Souji with long hair since a lot of animes with Shinsengumi eras portray him as thus. Like in Peacemaker Kurogane, he sorta has that cool and i-look-female-yeah! look and in this random manga Kaze Hikaru, it's like a Kenshin Himura style. But nice one all in all! 8DDD
AngelsArcher Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, at first I thought this was a painting :0 Great job, guys!
KatSohma Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome shot!
mysticgaze Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Miguel makes a gorgeous Okita. :iconlainloveplz:
Pulla883chan Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
*o* nice
Rukia-the-Miowpanda Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
a...a... I love You~~~~ >3<//
Zaph-chan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Great! Aways a good job!
callalily1617 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist
i dont know why but it kinda doesnt look like miguel. but its still awesome. idontknow there's something different. haha. awesome cospaly as usual. haha.
Happy New Year! :iconiloveitplz:
KazukiDeng Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
i luv you okitaaaaaaa TOT
glimmergirl0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
WinryRockbellHyuuga Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Okita! ;O; :heart: very nice cosplay and photo
ValWing Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Very nice :3
iMoushi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Ah~ I'm really happy to see this stuff again, I've really missed it <3
Keep up the good work~
wannabeshinigami Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
i just finished watching the 2nd season, and now I'm so uberly depressed i want to gouge my eyes out :'( but wonderful cosplay!!! I'm planning on cosplaying as Okita for an upcoming convention, so i need all the reference pics I can get!! :D
SlumberPoppy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Student General Artist
Miguel looks fine as him!

Good job on the angle and wig XD
StrawberryKonek0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
P3nsy-chan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
HA! I saw both anime seasons, yeah, you're right, first is awesome, second goes terrible, I mean, everybody D:... ok no, no spoilers but! WTF!!?? However, I don't see the last chapter yet, so, let's see how it turns, but, meh! at this level I don't really care about the end >:U. Well, Miguel looks just awesome as Okita, it's me or this character makes him look emm... effeminate... XD, ooh well he looks just awesome so who cares XD! Great job as always!
mynameisnotyoime Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh GOD that doesn't look like Miguel! but i love this and how it's so...animefied but still realistic <3
Phoenix-Soar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is wonderful! The background, the pose and the costumes are really well done xD Great work!
I especially love Miguel's face here. It looks different from most of your other cosplay photos (I think your trick to make it look angular really worked xD) and the expression is lively and very striking.
batangbatugan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Happy New Year! =D And Miguel starts it off with a ... uh... bangs... *badum-tish!*
Cairy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I love him and I love this cosplay too...
waiting for other character, or another Okita's photo shoot xD
vyanotakuinusama Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Awesome~!!! \m/
meredy90 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconloveloveplz: Miguel-sama~~~

Shoot me now! XD
Another awesome shot of him as always~:meow:

I hope I get to see you guys if we ever go to Manila! :O
purpledoodling Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Woah, he looks really different!!
Mischievous-Princess Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice cosplay!
He's cute :giggle:
bluealiceroses93 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ayonoi Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I agree with you on the anime adaptation, I rather stick with the game. I like how I can barely recognize Miguel and all I can see is Okita's character artwork. LOL, I am not a huge Hakuoki fan but I do appreciate the character design.
Kenshins-Soul Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow you watch ANTM too? It depends on each cycle if it's good enough to watch. The last cycle was bad to me anyway.

At first I thought it was you. ^^; lol That's awesome to see Miguel in cosplay. ^__^

Awesome job everyone! :clap:

Happy New Year to you too. :3
Akarui-Sakura Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
that is one really good cosplay! :)
theblackdash Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
I absolutely love his expression!! :D
chibiouji Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
>///< Miguel looks so bishie!!
I'm so jealous of you guyz /o/
RomanHoliday666 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
lovely as usual! <3
ueda-yume Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
aspdfhoclvx I wouldn't ever have known about Souji if it wasn't for Hakuouki. >.> Great shot! :D Really captures Okita's attitude perfectly~! Overall nice guy, but when you get deep down to it fighting is a part of him and, as Hakuouki-Souji said, the only thing he can do. ^.^
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