No-Face (Kaonashi) Cosplay - Spirited Away
Ever since seeing Miyazaki’s animated film Spirited Away, I have loved the character No-Face. He starts off the movie sulking around, silently looking at spirits coming and going before later appearing before the protagonist, Chihiro. With No-Face being one of my favorite Studio Ghibli character (second only to Totoro), I have always thought that making a No-Face costume at some point in my prop making career would be an interesting project to take on. When given the chance to make this as a gift for one of my best friends, I jumped at the opportunity.
Ghostly Balancing Act
Creating this prop proved to be challenging as weight, wearability, comfort, and balance had to be taken into account. Designing a bracket system that correctly holds the faceplate for this costume was a key challenge to overcome in this project. Striking a balance in weight distribution allows the costumer to move the head in a similar way No-Face does in Spirited Away.
This was the first prop that I ever gifted and I’m glad I could give it to one of my best friends. Bringing her favorite characters to life was an honor, and I must say…the reaction I got when I presented my friend with this gift was absolutely priceless!
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