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Our top 10 most outrageous outfits in anime

For an increasing number of people, May means only one thing... Eurovision! While this column can’t promise fun music, confusing lyrics or special effects, we can promise questionable clothing choices. Join us as we go on an educational journey through the (anime) world of eccentric fashion.

10. JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURES

Now we know why they’re “bizarre” adventures…

It may have started in the 80’s, when fashion was more adventurous, but that still can’t explain some of the designs that have emerged from the many volumes of this manga. It doesn’t help that Hirohiko Araki likes picking colour schemes no one else would dare come near. Apparently he doesn’t set colour schemes for many of his characters, so you’ll never know what colour clash you’ll see next.

And let’s not get started on the physics and logic defying hair styles.

9. GUILTY CROWN – INORI YUZURIHA

SO EVERYTHING THAT MAKES ME WHOLE

I’ve always wondered; why would you wear that? And how does it stay on so perfectly? These are mysteries that keep me awake at night and will no doubt haunt me to my grave.

8. HORIZON IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE

Hooray for fanservice!

I don’t know if this is a sci-fi thing, an-in world uniform thing or a fanservice thing or if it’s actually just super comfy but none of the girls in this anime seem to know what skirts or pants are. Just how do they fare in Winter? I’m quite concerned.

7. STRIKE WITCHES

This about sums it up.

Darling, don’t you know? Going pantless is SO in right now.

6. WORLD CONQUEST ZVEZDA PLOT

They all get funny alter ego names too.

I guess you can’t really be an evil organisation without a fair share of weird outfits. I have to question the nipple-slip prevention techniques in play here, however. They could sell the secrets to the celebrities and take over the world that way.

5. STAR DRIVER

Now available in your closest costume shop!

On one side, we have the magical marching band. On the other, we have the evil circus bondage club. Who will win? Who will dominate the catwalk?!

4. SAILOR MOON – AMAZON TRIO

A fun game: Guess which one is the girl.

It’s not a stretch to say the fashion in Sailor Moon has dated somewhat. In some cases, the fashions are bearable or probably due for a revival anytime soon. But some of the outfits are so out there that you’d hope never to see them in real life outside of an anime convention. Take, for example, the peculiar stylings of the Amazon Trio. Well, considering they were originally a tiger, a hawk, and a fish I guess we can’t really diss their fashion sense. Much.

3. DATE A LIVE – YAMAI TWINS

The belt shop sold all it’s stock.

Ah yes, that old standard. Stick a bunch of belts together and you’ve made a perfect costume. Even better, they added some chains and a lock, even though the chains aren’t attached to anything. So remember kids, if you’re going out to a dinner and don’t know what to wear, just strap some belts all over you and put on some stockings to keep warm.

2. ONE PIECE

Someone call the fashion police!

There’s so much going on in this series, where should we start? The main cast are (mostly) pretty well coordinated, but some of the other characters…

We have a man who dresses as a swan, another with a massive flamingo feather coat, a buff man in speedos, assorted crazy, oversized hair styles… And if you want some racially stereotyped costumes, One Piece has you covered on that end too! Perhaps the treasure all the pirates are looking for is actually a flamboyant “one-piece” swimsuit.

1. KILL LA KILL

Shoutout to all the brave KLK cosplayers.

You can’t blame any one character for the disasters found here; many of the characters wear peculiar clothes (if they wear anything at all, that is!). Of course, that’s all part of the point, but that won’t change the expression your mother will make when she sees you putting up that Ryuko poster.

After all that, you should be ready for whatever costume changes Eurovision throws your way.

Do you know some other fashion misadventures that we didn’t list? (If we tried to list them all not only would we be here forever but this list would be extremely not safe for work…) Tell us in the comments!

Auf wiedersehen, everyone! Stay fabulous~!☆

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