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:bulletpurple: About the photo
For someone called the "Demon of the Shinsengumi", they sure incorporate a lot of flowers around Hijikata in Hakuouki. In the game version, there are of course the chrysanthemums on the lapel of his Western uniform (which I thought has a few small similarities with the one worn in this photo of the real Hijikata). In the anime, I've lost count of the sequences which involve him and magical sakura petals in the wind.

So for this portrait of Hijikata, I decided to roll with the flower theme as well. I chose asagao or morning glory as a motif because of what they symbolize. These flowers bloom in the morning and wither by nightfall, so they've been used to allude to ephemerality. It could stand for the fleeting nature of life, which I felt was appropriate for the Shinsengumi who could lose theirs in battle any day. However, the vine on which these blossoms grow brings forth brand new flowers every morning, so there is also a message of hope.

:bulletpurple: About the shoot
Some of you might know the artwork this pose is based on as well. Cassie ~cazzu-chan is another coincidental Hakuouki groupmate. We got to know her through Hannah ~Hana181 as they are always together at cons, and they happened to cosplay exactly the characters our group was missing. It was our first time shooting together, but posing was so natural for her! It's not fair, I was so awkward when I was 15. :lol:

For those of you who see Cassie around cons, you might notice the makeover I did on her eyes, hahah. I thought she and Hannah could use manlier, fiercer eyes for this cosplay. I've come to enjoy putting eyeliner on people since it's like drawing. Cassie was absolutely game for everything, and as serious as she looks in this shot, that's how bouncy and mischievous she actually was during the shoot. :laughing:

:iconcazzu-chan: Cassie as Hijikata Toshizo
:camera: :iconbehindinfinity: photography, makeup, editing and background composition by me

Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan © Idea Factory

:note: I've been featured by the award-winning magnetic-rose.net :D :pointr: Jin-ius — 1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration
Do check out her other posts as well! There are lots of useful stuff for young cosplayers or cosplay enthusiasts, such as How to Get Your Parents To Let You Cosplay: [link]
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:iconhellysion:
Hellysion Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loved the first season of this anime
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alpha-Ikaros Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011
I love the pose!!! :heart:


I also love the costume and background :D

I love how she portrayed Hijikata, though her face could have been more manlier :D
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akie-sasu-chan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Great cosplay. Though they don't look like Hijikata... The cosplayer (Cassie) is too cute! But still, it's incredibly amazing.
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:iconellestril:
ellestril Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful vision of the anime, I always love the work you do.
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:iconmenami:
Menami Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
this person looks nice
but not like hijikata !___!
but it still good work of u
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:iconsastar:
sastar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
OMG love it!!!!!
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:iconbrighteyes4ty:
BrightEyes4Ty Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Student Artist
very beautiful
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:iconchappi15:
Chappi15 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's awesome... If you were going for a "cute Hijikata." The subject is a little so soft and feminine looking (Sorry to say). You need a bigger, sharper person, that looks a bit more stern. The costume is amazing but the subject is not quite there.
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:iconxxxsexyshiorixxx:
xxxsexyshiorixxx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
looks like a scene straight out of an anime >w<
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:iconkaguyatsukihime:
KaguyaTsukiHime Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
nnngh <3
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:iconmio-mio:
mio-mio Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks sho awesome ;_;
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:iconbluealiceroses93:
bluealiceroses93 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this cosplay!
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:iconriver-of-the-wind:
River-of-the-Wind Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Whao she toatlly owned that shot
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:iconsephyiroth:
Sephyiroth Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Oh shit it's Lelouch O_O
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:iconsephyiroth:
Sephyiroth Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Oh shit it's Lelouch O_O
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:iconmisa-chan-uchiha:
misa-chan-uchiha Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice cosplay!!!!!!!!
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:iconsean-hiruki:
Sean-Hiruki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hijikata-san be pimpin it.
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:iconkurokihime:
Kurokihime Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
WOW :3
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:iconfiendmaz:
fiendmaz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Cassie... looks so... different O_O Doesn't look like Cassie at all.
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:iconzaph-chan:
Zaph-chan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
I loved these compositions and shoots, really great! conglats!
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:iconakumakoronso:
akumakoronso Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Gorgeous work, as always! :thumbsup:
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:iconmaggiedaissy:
maggiedaissy Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
:O! -worships!- GREAT job ^^
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:iconrheion:
Rheion Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
woah... love the coat
were'd u get the sword?
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:iconmilytasan:
milytasan Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool~ ♥
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:iconphantomhourglass:
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
great jobs
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:iconmrsnox:
MrsNox Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This is a beautiful cosplay. I love the eyes too.
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:iconpandypaws:
pandypaws Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
sweet lord i thought it was a photo of a poseable doll in my updates! No human should look that perfect O_O
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:iconclairewinke:
ClaireWinke Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
love your cosplay, you are truly amazing.keep up the good work ^_^
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:iconcassyopheya:
Cassyopheya Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
gorgeous *.*!
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:iconanime1861:
anime1861 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely!! <3
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:iconzaishida:
zaishida Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hijikata Toshizo donoˇˇˇˇ Super great shot! :iconohohoplz: xDDD ahˇ excellent work jinˇ :heart:
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:iconphoenix-soar:
Phoenix-Soar Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh so manly! And very dashing ;)
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:iconjaroukasama:
jaRoukaSama Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I SAW THIS PIC AND I LAUGHED >_<
not because it's bad or anything, it's just that i remembered that photo you edited in your cosmania blog. the one were you pasted cassie's face on your friends XD heehheeheh
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:iconmagicalmika:
magicalmika Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OFWBNIFGUICBEFHSCIEFJK, CASSIE JUST GETS MANLIER AND MANLIER EVERY TIME ;u;b
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:iconpulla883chan:
Pulla883chan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
... wow!
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:iconcanadianeggroll:
CanadianEggroll Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gosh, I love her pose!
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:iconhdo001:
hdo001 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jin, I notice since you are using patterns for this collection of work that you might want a bigger variety of patterns to choose from.

This is a good patterns website, I hope that you can find something useful here:
[link]
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akumaXII Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
this is so well done love it
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EurydiceQ Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
this is amazing! great job!
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:iconcallalily1617:
callalily1617 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist
...wow! :iconiloveitplz:
you guys really make the best cosplays.. O.O
and her boots are awesome too XD *i dunno why but i keep noticing boots
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:iconcheshire-shadow:
Cheshire-Shadow Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
You look so cute. :D

You know, one of the things that made me OMG was your boots. If only because I have a pair that look exactly the same. XD
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batangbatugan Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I prefer this purple background for some reason, probably becuase it contrasts well with the whites and yellows of her costume.

And of course, life isn't fair! :XD: You being labeled as a Jin-ius (cute pun by the way) is proof! D8
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:iconnikkiagent:
NikkiAgent Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*flails* You are awesome!

Also totally lusting for those boots.
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:iconstarrysnow:
starrysnow Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I want those boots! DX
hahahah! awesome picture! :D
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:iconirits:
IRITS Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
nice. :)
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:iconkenshins-soul:
Kenshins-Soul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
I love the clothes and if I could, I could wear it in real life. I like the style of it. Of course I do away with the purple flowers on the labels. ^^ I'm a plain and simple person. ^^ I would pair it with those pants and boots she has except I want the boots in black. :D

For some reason she reminds a little like Emperor Meiji with that hair and the regal pose. ^^; I love the actor who played him in The Last Samurai.

Well done! :clap:
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Tluaengiad Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
First off I want to say that the entire composition is lovely (I'm a sucker for purple) and that jacket is worth a short prison sentence for mugging lol!
Did you create that background yourself? it compliments the photo beautifully.
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:iconichiruyamamoto:
IchiruYamamoto Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Student
OH FUCK.
It's serious nao.
HE'S IN A CHAIR.
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:iconpagawanaman:
pagawanaman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
this is so cool ha.... galing nyo talaga!!! simple but elegant ang dating!
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:iconmadmax21st:
madmax21st Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Looks like you guys found some excellent reverse trap shotas recently :iconhurrplz:.
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