One of Japan’s major cosplay suppliers, Cospa, has released a list of their ten top selling costumes in 2012 and, continuing the theme of Japan’s questionable obsession with school girls, eight of the ten are school uniforms.
Unsurprisingly, blue/green haired sixteen year old Hatsune Miku comes in at number one. For those unacquainted with the omnipresent princess of Akiba, the vocaloid character is a singing synthesizer application produced by Yamaha – basically a musical, short-skirted version of those text-to-speech programs you manipulated to say rude things as a child.
The only two featured costumes which don’t resemble school uniforms are a samurai and Freeza from Dragon Ball. Freeza can transform into four different appearances but, unfortunately for DB’s marketing team, none of them resemble a school girl.
The list in full (click on the links to see the costume itself):
1. Hatsune Miku (pop star that looks and dresses like a school girl)
3. Hyouka (school girl)
5. Yuru Yuri (school girl)
6. K-On! (musical school girl)
7. Freeza (Dragon Ball supervillain)
8. Evangelion (robot-piloting school girl)
9. DC 3 (video game school girl)
10. A Certain Magical Index (superhuman school girl)
You can see a few of these costumes, and many more, being modelled in our gallery from last weekend’s Tokyo Comiket