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

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

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

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!

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    32 Discussions


    1 year ago

    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.

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you!


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    Ronald Joseph

    4 years ago

    Really cool looking. Does it hurt your nose?