Introduction: Manga/Anime Cosplay Shades

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One of my eldest son's hobbies is Anime. When he went to a "Geek Meet", he wanted a simple costume to wear.

His idea was to make a pair of the glasses worn by a character called Kamina (don't worry, I had to google him as well).

This is what I did...

(I ought to point out, that photo is not enhanced at all - I think the bright orange colour made the camera wash out the rest of the frame.)

Step 1: Design

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It didn't take much designing - a quick google revealed the startlingly angular shape I needed.

Kamina seems to keep the lenses of his shades in place by magic - I couldn't see arms anywhere. My son doesn't have magic powers, and wasn't keen on the idea of gluing them to his forehead, so I had to design arms as well.

I've attached the various files I created, but you will need to re-size your design to suit the wearer's head. Make sure that the holes in the lenses match the thickness of the material you cut them from.

Step 2: Fitting

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Although I bought a decent-sized sheet of clear amber acrylic online, I tested the sizing with card. It took several iterations to get them not just fitting, but proportioned to his taste.

(In case you're wondering, I had to take photos of him wearing each sized version for him to check the look.)

Step 3: Cutting

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Once we were happy, we cut the glasses from a sheet of 3mm-thick amber acrylic.

Slotting the arms into the holes cut in the lenses, along with a drop of super glue (Krazy Glue, cyanoacrylic (CA) glue), finishes the build.

Put them on,and off you go!


insomniacakes (author)2017-11-03

Every time I see a pair of these shades, all I can think of is Dirk Strider from Homesetck. That's all I can think about because he has the same shade style, just his are black instead of orange/red. To be honest I'd use the design for Dirk's shades because this is the only one I've come across that I can probably do.

Kiteman (author)2015-10-17

Thank you!

THEJJRAT (author)2015-06-18

This is from an Anime...Not a manga.

crapflinger (author)THEJJRAT2015-08-25

not to out pedant a pendantic comment, but Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is both an anime AND a manga series

THEJJRAT (author)crapflinger2015-08-30

Yeah, but if he was basing it off the Anime, it wouldn't be a manga.

crapflinger (author)THEJJRAT2015-08-31

which is wholly irrelevant when the character exists as both manga, and anime with the same characteristics.

Kiteman (author)THEJJRAT2015-06-19

Umm... I didn't realise there was a difference...?

Dude492 (author)Kiteman2015-06-19

While there is a small difference (Anime = Tv Shows, Movies, Etc. Manga = Comic books, novels, chapters) the main point is that Mr Kiteman has shown how to replicate an Item that i (and maybe others) have thought would require purchasing online. Well done Mr Kiteman, you make it seem so simple!

Kiteman (author)Dude4922015-06-19

Just Kiteman, please, but thank you for the clarifying comment.

Dude492 (author)Kiteman2015-06-19

No prob

Kiteman (author)2015-08-09

Thank you!

metroflamer (author)2015-06-20

ive been waiting for this XD

Kiteman (author)metroflamer2015-06-21

Happy to oblige!

Kiteman (author)2015-06-20

Um... that's not me, that's my son...

jethinha (author)2015-06-19

tangen Toppa Gurren laggan is a good anime

Kiteman (author)jethinha2015-06-20

My son agrees, although it's not my thing.

I like it! Nice use of a laser cutter!

Ronald Joseph (author)2015-06-18

Really cool looking. Does it hurt your nose?

I can see why you would be concerned about his nose Ronald because half of your profile pic is a nose! XD

Kiteman (author)Ronald Joseph2015-06-19

Not so far as I know, but that's not me wearing them.

xxlauraxx (author)2015-06-19

Those look really cool! Did he have any trouble keeping them on?

Kiteman (author)xxlauraxx2015-06-19

Not so far, but he hasn't worn them for a prolonged period yet.

NepetaLeijonHS (author)2015-06-19

*coughs* Dirk Strider glasses *cough cough*

Kiteman (author)NepetaLeijonHS2015-06-19


Oh, yes, if you can get hold of some smoked-black acrylic.

grannyjones (author)2015-06-19

-----nobody put an eye out?

Kiteman (author)grannyjones2015-06-19

Not yet (I wouldn't trust them as actual sunglasses, though...)

seamster (author)2015-06-18

I think you may be starting the fashion trend of summer 2015! :)

Kiteman (author)seamster2015-06-19

Ha, we'll see.

mikeasaurus (author)2015-06-18

Nice of you to include the files. How's that laser of yours holding up?

Kiteman (author)mikeasaurus2015-06-19

Pretty good - I'll be addressing the software issues we talked about this evening and over the weekend.

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