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The Battle Angel

Construction Details:
The wig is two wigs combined. I should be able to post a tutorial for how I merge wigs soon. Alita's hair is rather ridiculous and I wanted mine to be that way. I think it still needs a little more molding though.

All of the armor is craft foam coated with contact cement and covered with spandex. I found a few tutorials on craft foam armor and ended up making a hybrid solution that worked for me. I paid a very large attention to detail. At this point, I know her arms like the back of my hands. Both top and bottom pieces attach by snaps. Elbow and knee pieces attach via velcro.

Catsuit is made by me with wet look spandex. Undershirt is made of the same spandex that coats the armor.

Not really sure what else to say. Very VERY labor intense. It pays off if you take the time to do it well though.

Battle Angel Alita was the first manga I ever read. I was into anime at a really young age, but didn't get into manga until the 90s. I was really into Star Wars expanded universe novels and manga was right next to it. It was only natural that I eventually wandered over.

Back when I read it, it was really expensive compared to today's manga. It was $18-$20 a book, American format and they weren't numbered. They fell apart fairly easily. I definitely read them out of order since there wasn't really a way to check the order I was supposed to read them in.

I fell in love with Alita from the first book. To this day, she is my favorite character in anything ever. I have been saying for about ten years that I was going to make this costume. Tried many times. Finally, this year, I said fuck it, its going to happen. A friend joked that I would spend years planning and make it in a week. They were close. I made it in two.

There are a couple of things I was to fix, but for the most part, I am really happy with this costume.

My gorgeous butterfly knife was made by Lionboogy!

Photos by LJinto!

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zuo2012's avatar
GOOD GOOD JOB.......AND  Request Please Please I want see your this cos sot!!!!!! Heart Heart Heart .:Bunny chuu:. .:Bunny chuu:. .:Bunny chuu:.  EMMA and Athena Asamiya KOF UM and Momo Yaoyorozu and Elizabeth and Gender Bender Fan Art: Portgas D Alice (Ace,OP) and After the Impact 2nd and Triss Merigold and Sexy Yuna and Mai Shiranui - COLOR SKETCH
CeeMarcuS's avatar
By far THE best Alita cosplay I've seen. 
alphashapes's avatar
Way better than the movie's design. Awesome cosplay!  Alita would be very proud!
hcaley's avatar
This is really nice!  I'm impressed.  James Cameron should really contact you ;)
Ronnin007-md's avatar
love this one!Heart Heart 
I haven't read Battle Angel in ages! I need to get back to it, it was a good manga series.
br77pz's avatar
Hey, nice cosplay miss! Thanks for the great shots! XD
MadxHime's avatar
Oh damn, you're so perfect ! Battle Angel Alita is here QwQ ♥ am in love of your cosplay *-*
amitayus's avatar
Yes!You made Alita alive!
Hedgem0ny's avatar
Late to the party but I love this. So awesome.
polidread's avatar
i can clearly see how much love was put into the creation of the costume! no doubt Alita is your favorite! :)
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AngelAlita's avatar
Most excellent Alita cosplay!!
Yuyu77's avatar
I love Alita, this is the BEST cosplay !!!!
Sweet more Altia. Keep them coming.
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Prophanus's avatar
WOW the best Alita cosplay ever..... Great job !!
HylianJean's avatar
Looks outstanding! I would wear those boots all the time.. 
lore-mx's avatar
This.. is probably one of the best (and hottest) Gally/Alita cosplays I have ever see. ^___^
graemo's avatar
totally awesome
interesting that you made those metal parts in her face ... wasn't that just warpaint she did with blood (or oil)?
anyway, the resemblance and the details are amazing, you really nailed it
HylianJean's avatar
IIRC, the metal parts repaired cracks to her whole face..
graemo's avatar
ok i looked it up now ;)
it's warpaint in the first book (during the fight with makaku), but later it's metal when she appears in the motorball games
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