For years, Eren Jaeger has wanted to go beyond the walls surrounding him, his family, and his community that protect them from the man-eating giants, known as Titans, that live beyond the walls.
But when a 60 meter tall Titan kicks down the gates to his hometown and unleashes the terror of the Titans, Eren is forced to watch his mother be eaten by one of the horrifying monsters. Swearing vengeance upon the Titans, Eren promises to destroy every last “little” one of them.
Little does he know how intrinsically connected he is to the secrets these monsters hold.
Character: Eren Jaeger
Series: “Attack on Titan” / 進撃の巨人 (Shingeki no Kyojin)
Creator: Hajime Isayama
Version: Anime Survey Corps Uniform
Difficulty Level: 50%
Photographer: WingedLight and Tsukasa325
Debut Date: August 12th, 2014
"I want to see and understand the world outside. I don't want to die inside these walls without knowing what's out there!"
Eren Jaeger was the first of my “Attack on Titan” characters, I think mostly because I felt that he was the easiest to relate to out of all of them. Also, I didn’t feel like I was suited to Levi… Though apparently I’m only 3 inches taller than him haha.
Anyway though, this outfit was pretty much all made from scratch. I bought the pants, but modified them to accommodate the straps, but that was pretty much the only thing, aside from the boots, that I bought.
I used a linen-polyester-cotton blend for his shirt and opted for something that would show wear and tear easily (but still remain strong). Specifically, I remember that I didn’t want it to be nice material. I wanted it to look rough, not new, and most importantly, poor. Like, that was all he could afford.
The key I actually got from Animate in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, so it was the legit key style from the Anime (not the manga) that I just added to a thin leather necklace tie. While making this, I realized I’d have to redo the key or find one for the manga if I ever do that version of Eren Jaeger. But for now, this works just as well, haha.
I completely hand made the jacket. It’s probably one of my favorite cosplay accessories. I even wear this thing out shopping sometimes, haha. It’s great and totally fun. To make it, I modified my favorite pattern – by Butterick, popping out the collar design a bit and shortening the ends of the jacket.
For the crests, I bought patches online. (I picked the Survey Corps because I felt that would be more useable in the long run). Then I proceeded to either sew, iron on, or hot glue them to the jacket lol. (The way I needed to bend kept the patches from staying securely in place with just iron on material since they were so thick).
I went with a stiffer material for the jacket itself, that weirdly had the sturdiness of new denim, but the feel of suiting. The material ended up being something that I found on discount at Tomato in Nippori, Tokyo. To go with it I choose a very light lining, which was a good thing too because oh my gosh, this thing just retains heat so well.
It’s great on a sunny, but chillier day. But in the middle of summer in the heat, don’t even get me started. I’ve sweated through this thing on occasion to my horror. It’s just that good at retaining heat.
For the green cloak (of surprisingly not as much heat) I used a thick cotton-polyester knit for construction from Nippori. I really liked the way it flowed and fell when it was still. Onto the last piece… the flipping straps. ? These cost about $100 to make, but it was worth it.
All the supplies I got in Nippori’s Fabric Town, save for a few from Tokyu Hands. They actually sold the straps by the roll. So my biggest obstacle ended up being figuring out how to put them together to create the harnesses etc.
(Thank you, Isayama for that one design, thank you, thank you! It was like, the one kind grace that you had given us at that point haha.)
I used snaps to attach the various straps to the center belt on my waist for this. Thus I was able to eliminate the need for sewing it into the pants. I made it so the snaps are hidden and it’s easy to get them on, which made for a great bonus.
My photographer friend Lindsey was all ready to help me when we shot at Hacos once. She was shocked that it only took like 5 minutes for me to get dressed and to get it all on.
"Something like that [muffler], I'll wrap it as many times as I need to."
My first cosplay of Zero really required little of me. And being neck deep in love with the series at the time, I really wanted to do another version of Zero that I made by hand. The thing was, I wasn’t really sure I could devote enough time to making one of the super special awesomely overly designed artbook renditions of him. College still existed for me at that time after all and my Japanese classes were calling me. But again, I wanted to do SOMETHING. And as always, I wanted to do something different that tested me. And it was then that the idea to do the vines hit me. Great. Just… barely easier than an elaborate coat.
But since then it’s become my favorite version of Zero. I’d love to do another photoshoot in this similar to the bloody bathtub rendition I did of him – more blood, more fun, at least in photoshoots, haha. I think this costume also marked a bit of a turning point for me in that this was around when I really started to think more heavily about the part of make up in my cosplays. While I didn’t do a lot of make up here, what I did do really gave me the push to continue down the path of finding how I could use make up to my benefit. For that reason and of course, because I love this version of Zero, I’d really love to bring this version of him out in full force once again. 🙂