Anime Cosplaying is a great opportunity to dress up as your favorite anime characters and try to to portray their exact looks and mannerisms with costumes, wigs, accessories, and other props. Nowadays, cosplay is becoming a very trendy thing and the cosplay community is not only bigger than ever, more and more people are getting involved with the community just for fun or to develop lucrative cosplay careers.
Whether you want to pursue a lucrative cosplay career or you just want to dress up as your favorite anime character, getting the best cosplay ideas is no small feat. This is because there are so many things to consider when choosing a suitable character to cosplay such as how to get the costumes and props needed and how to successfully bring the character to life. After all, the most successful Cosplayers do not just copy the costumes of character, they usually put a creative spin to their cosplaying to make it unforgettable. There is also the importance of fitting the personality and mannerisms of the character you’re cosplaying to a certain extent.
In this article, I will be recommending 30 of the best anime costumes and cosplay ideas for girls that you can try out even as a cosplay beginner. From this list, you can choose a cosplay idea and costume that you think would suit you best and rock it at costume parties, cosplay events and comic conventions.
1. Sailor Moon Cosplay Ideas: Ami Mizuno in her Sailor Mercury uniform
Become the first sailor scout on Sailor Moon’s team of female supernatural fighters with Ami Mizuno’s Super Sailor Mercury uniform. Put on a replica of Sailor Mercury’s uniform and cosplay as Ami Mizuno’s intelligent, studious and conscientious character.
The sailor scouts’ uniforms are some of the best anime cosplay ideas for girls because you can easily find top-quality anime costume replicas for their uniforms. You can buy a complete Sailor Mercury uniform including the dress, tiara, neck belt, 2 bowknots, gloves, and stockings here.
2. Violet Evergaden Cosplay
You can now cosplay as Violet Evergaden, a powerful female soldier who left the army after losing both of her arms. After getting both arms replaced by prosthetic arms, she later became an Auto Memory Doll (Ghostwriter) in search of the meaning of, “I love you”. Violet Evergaden’s cosplay costume replica is very attractive even to people who don’t know about the anime and you can wear it to masquerade parties as well as cosplay events.
3. Kakegurui Cosplay Idea: Yumeko Jabami
Do you love to take risks? Then a good cosplay idea for you would be dressing up as Yumeko Jabami. This compulsive gambler and charismatic girl is one that can never live under the radar. Wherever she goes she must always be under the spotlight.
You can now catch everyone’s attention at comic-con and theme parties with this high-quality replica of Yumeko’s uniform and her long black wig.
4. My Hero Academia Cosplay Ideas: Ochaco Uraraka
Ochaco Uraraka is a student at the hero academy, U. A. High School, who is also training to become a Pro Hero. With a quirk of zero gravity, Uraraka’s superheroine identity is Uravity. Become the fun-loving and determined Uraraka at the next convention and wow everyone you meet.
Acquiring a replica of My Hero Academia’s female student uniform costume and Ochaco’s wig is somewhat easy which makes her one of the best anime cosplay ideas that you can try out. If you can’t get her uniform, you can simulate a replica with the right-colored shirt, pleated skirt, stockings, a red tie, belt, and blazer.
5. The Rising of the Shield Hero Cosplay Ideas: Raphtalia
Are you a perpetual Do-gooder? Then why not cosplay as Raphtalia, the former demi-human slave purchased by the shield Hero, Naofumi Iwatani who later became the first member of his party and the Katana Hero.
This super cute tanuki-like girl with strong magic and great swordsmanship is another easy anime cosplay idea that you can bring to life. All you need is a replica of her outfit, her wig with ears and tail.
6. Fate/Stay Night Cosplay Ideas: Rin Tohsaka
Rin Tohsaka is a tough, resourceful, and honorable young girl who has a very vibrant character. She is one of the main heroines in Fate/Stay night and plays the Master Archer in the Fifth Holy Grail War.
Rin Tohsaka’s costume replica and wig are really easy to acquire which makes her another one of the best and easiest cosplay ideas for girls to be the belle of the ball at costume parties and cosplay conventions. And if you can’t acquire her wig, girls with black hair can easily tie their hair up to imitate Rin’s hairstyle.
7. RWBY Cosplay Ideas: Ruby Rose
Ruby Rose is a huntress who trained at Beacon Academy to fight against the Grimm creatures in the world of Remnant. She is the main protagonist of RWBY anime as well as a team member of RWBY along with her friends Weiss, Blake, and Yang.
You can dress up as this special girl with a strong sense of justice as long as you have her wig, a replica of Crescent Rose (her high-caliber sniper-scythe) and her costume replica. If you have the funds, you can also buy Ruby Rose’s boots made with high-quality PU leather.
8. Attack on Titans Cosplay Ideas: Mikasa Ackerman
Mikasa Ackerman is a strong-willed, powerful, and determined soldier. She is a woman who would give her all to protect her loved ones like Eren. She can be considered a very important character in the fight against the titans and to the overall Attack on Titan anime.
She is one of the best characters that any beginner can cosplay because getting a replica of the Shingeki No kyojin Cloak Cape, Jacket and Survey Corps Hookshot costume is somewhat easy. And as long as you pair them with some similar looking shorts and stocking, you can cosplay as Mikasa easily. Of course, you can also buy a complete replica of her costume, her wig, and a replica of the Survey Corps Sword and maneuver gear.
9. Love Live! School Idol Project Cosplay Ideas: Honoka Kosaka in Uniform
Love Live! School Idol Project is an anime that has so many eye-catching costumes that it is one of the best sources of trendy anime cosplay ideas for girls. You can cosplay as Honoka Kosaka, who in an attempt to save her school, Otonokizaka Academy, from being closed down due to lack of applicants formed a school idol group called Muse with eight other girls.
You can rock the schoolgirl look with Honoka’s school uniform costume replica and wig. Cosplay as the strong-willed and determined Honoka and recreate special scenes from the anime with your friends who can cosplay as any of the other eight girls.
10. Sword Art Online Cosplay Ideas: Asuna Yuuki
Sword Art Online is a very popular anime series that has achieved considerable commercial success internationally. This anime is one where 10,000 players log into a game’s mainframe cyberspace and find out that they can no longer log out of the game. The anime is all about their fight to get out of the game and return to the real world.
You can cosplay as Asuna Yuuki, the attractive and strong female lead who eventually marries the main protagonist of Sword Art Online, Kazuto Kirigaya in-game and eventually got a happy ending. All you need to cosplay Asuna is a replica of her wig, costume, and sword to crush all your opponents at any cosplay competition.
11. Urara Meirochou Cosplay Ideas: Chiya
Urara Meirocho is an anime about Chiya, a girl raised in the woods who comes to Meirocho town searching for her mother. When she gets to Meirocho town which is a filled with fortune-telling Urara, she trains to become an Urara in the hopes of becoming the highest-ranked fortune teller in the town so she can enlist the help of the legendary Urara to find her mother.
Cosplaying as the very cute and mischievous Chiya is also very easy. You can get the costume and wig. Or you can get the wig and fashion out Chiya’s simple top and skirt with some other clothes or materials and still wow everyone at that convention.
12. Naruto Cosplay Ideas: Sakura
Who doesn’t know the ever-popular anime Naruto? Well, you can cosplay as one of the main female characters in this legendary anime, Sakura. Her costume in the anime is an attractive one that many girls like to cosplay. The t-shirt, elbow guard, short skirt, shorts, and gloves are sure to make you super attractive.
13. Danganronpa Cosplay Idea: Ibuki Mioda
Do you have an energetic, bold, and unique personality? Then you should have no problem cosplaying as the shocking Ibuki who loves all sorts of bizarre things.
As long as you can pull off her unique personality and appearance with the best costume replica, wig and accessories, you have a greater chance of winning at cosplay conventions or being the belle of the party at costume parties.
14. Vampire Knight Cosplay Ideas: Kuran Yuki
Another cosplay idea for female anime lovers is the character of Kuran Yuki, the main protagonist of Vampire knight. This cheerful and caring little girl was originally a human at Cross Academy (a school for vampires and humans) as well as a member of the disciplinarian committee responsible for protecting the Day class students (Humans) from the Night class student (Vampires) until she finds out that she is actually a pureblood vampire.
If you and your boyfriend cosplay together, you can get your boyfriend to cosplay as Kiryu Zero or Kaname Kuran and you can both have fun cosplaying and role-playing both characters together. As long as you get Yuki’s Cross Academy uniform replica (either Day or Night class uniform) with the disciplinary committee armband, you can definitely pull off cosplaying as Yuki. Although there is a wig, you can easily style your hair to fit Yuki’s when she had short hair or long hair.
15. Gintama Cosplay Idea: Shimura Tae in Kimono
Do you love the sweet looking yet strong and violent female characters in anime? Then you will definitely enjoy cosplaying as Tae Shimura in Gintama anime?
Tae Shimura has a cute face which makes her seem like a really sweet person but she is a really strong character who usually has violent outbursts where she beats up people whenever she is displeased especially after issuing her trademark (evil) sweet-looking smile. If you love to wear kimonos, then you’ll enjoy cosplaying as Otae with her simple pink kimono.
16. Code Geass Cosplay Ideas: CC
If you love keeping people guessing about you? Then you can try cosplaying as CC, one of the most popular mysterious female anime characters that you can ever cosplay. She is a very powerful character who is not only immortal but also capable of bestowing people with the power of Geas.
As long as you can get a replica of her costume either the white battle suit or her black knight uniform and her wig, you can definitely be the empress that everyone wants to take pictures with at cosplay and costume events.
17. Kill la Kill Cosplay Idea: Ryuko Matoi
Have you ever cosplayed as a fierce and stubborn anime character? If you want to give it a try, you can cosplay as the fearless Ryuko Matoi who is ready to do whatever she can to avenge her father’s murder.
Ryuko Matoi’s cosplay outfit are actually somewhat popular and easy to put together. As long as you can get a replica of her sailor-style crop-top, skirt, suspenders, and gloves costume, her wig and her scissor blade weapon, you can definitely get everyone’s attention at comic cons.
18. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso Cosplay Ideas: Kaori Miyazono
Want to play the role of a cool and free-spirited girl? Then you definitely want to consider the cosplay ideas that Kaori Miyazono of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso anime will bring to you. Kaori is the female protagonist of the anime and she is one of those beautiful and popular girls that everyone usually admires at school. And to top it up, she is not a mean girl, rather she is a gifted violinist who can be quite supporting and encouraging.
Even though Kaori died in the anime, she is a very unforgettable character in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso and you would definitely be recognized if you cosplay as her. If you have long blonde hair, you may not need to get a wig and can just style your hair like Kaori’s. As for costume options, you can cosplay with a replica of Kaori’s sweet pink dress or her school uniform.
19. Danganronpa Cosplay Ideas: Junko Enoshima
If you’re looking to dress up as a sexy yet somewhat crazy student? Then Junko Enoshima from Danganronpa may be a good cosplay idea. Junko Eronshima, at first glance, is an ultimate fashionista who is charismatic and eager to try new things. Until her real personality was revealed to be an apathetic one prone to unhealthy boredom where her moods are always erratically changing and she easily switches between personas and appearances.
20.Tokyo Ghoul Cosplay Ideas: Touka Kirishima
Can you cosplay as a reckless yet kind complex character like Touka Kirishima? This ghoul who wants to be human so badly yet has to eat humans to survive has numerous issues but she is not a bad person.
21. Deathnote Cosplay Ideas: Misa
Do you want to go to a costume party as a goth/grunge girl? Then why not dress up as Misa, the main character of one of the best-known anime in the world, Death Note.
As long as you have her wig, Misa is a character with many cosplay ideas and possibilities. Apart from her black dress with gloves costume in the anime, her uniform is also pretty easy to put together. And it also helps that Misa’s clothing is not only fashionable but also sexy.
22. Hell Girl Cosplay Ideas: Ai Enma
You can try cosplaying as an introverted and serious character by dressing up as Ai Enma. She is a silent and serious girl who is the main protagonist of the anime, Hell Girl. At first, she had a cold, apathetic and solemn character in the anime but she gradually changed as the anime progressed.
23. Rosario to Vampire Cosplay Idea: Moka Akashiya
Do you want to try cosplaying an anime character with an alter ego? Then you’ll enjoy dressing up at Moka Akashiya, a beautiful vampire girl at Yokai Academy which is a monster school. At first glance, Moka is a kind and sweet girl but her second personality, which manifests when her rosary is removed, is a cold, arrogant, and aggressive vampire woman.
24. Inuyasha Cosplay Ideas: Higurashi Kagome
You can spend a day living as a full-time do-gooder by cosplaying as Higurashi. Higurashi Kagome is a pure and kind girl whose empathic nature ensures that she never hesitates to help others and that she treats everyone with warmth and respect.
Kagome is also a pretty simple character to cosplay and to complete your kagome costume, you can dress up in a replica of Kagome’s sailor fuku school uniform and put your dark hair in a fringe. And if you want to make your character more eye-catching, you can get a bow and arrow or a long wavy black wig if you have blonde hair to complete your cosplay.
25. Inuyasha Cosplay Idea: Kikyo
You can also cosplay as Kikyo, a shrine priestess who is the past life of Kagome. Kagome used to be jealous of Kikyo because of the past relationship between Inuyasha and Kikyo till she came to terms with her past life. You’ll be sure to stand out at any costume party or convention dressed in a replica of Kikyo’s costume which is the traditional dress of a Miko (Priestess).
26. Rosario to Vampire Cosplay Idea: Mizore Shirayuki
Ever tried cosplaying as a stalking anime character? Then you should try cosplaying as Mizore Shirayuki. This beautiful young woman, usually seen with a lollipop in her mouth, is a snow fairy who developed feeling for the main character of Rosario to Vampire, Tsukune and stalks him regularly. Get a lollipop, Mizura’s costume, and her wig and you’re ready to blow people away at comic-con.
27. Re: Zero – Starting Life in Another World Cosplay Ideas: Rem/Ram Maids
Another anime cosplay costume that you definitely can’t miss out on is the Maid outfit. If you’re thinking of cosplay ideas where you dress as a maid, then you can try dressing as Rem or Ram in Re: Zero. These sisters are twin demons who work at Roswaal’s mansion as maids. They are often rude to the main character, Subaru and seem to derive pleasure from making sarcastic remarks towards him.
28. Little Witch Academia Cosplay: Atsuko Kagari (Akko)
If you want to cosplay as a witch, then you can’t go wrong cosplaying as Akko dressed in her Luna Nova Magical Academy uniform with the blue hooded tunic. Akko is an energetic, optimistic, and reckless girl with an idealized view of witches which makes her, despite her non-magical background, always strive to show the world that magic is still a wonderful thing as inspired by her idol, Shiny Chariot.
Akko’s uniform is very versatile and since it looks a little like western costumes for witches, you can wear it to Halloween, costume parties, and cosplay events. And you can get your friends to cosplay with you as Akko’s friends so you can have fun at conventions together.
29. Cardcaptor Sakura Cosplay Ideas: Sakura
Another cosplay idea involves cosplaying as Sakura Kinomoto, a ten-year-old girl tasked with retrieving missing Clow cards and sealing them away while contending with the challenges of everyday life.
Awaken your inner child and save the world in style with a replica of any one of Sakura’s battle costumes like this pink dress, wig, and wand.
30. Rurouni Kenshin Cosplay: Kenshin Himura
If you have not tried it, why not cross-dress while cosplaying? And who better to cross-dress as than Kenshin Himura, a wandering swordsman who wanders the Japanese countryside offering protection and aiding those in need as atonement for the murders he committed when he was an assassin.