Chrono Crusade
Demon Form

Costume Stats:
Costume Completed: 2010
Debut: Anime Boston 2010
Convention History:
Anime Boston 2010
Masquerade, Anime Boston 2010
* Best In Show
Anime Boston 2010
Photo Castmates:
Chrono: Linker
Rosette: Shiva
Satella: Majodere
Photo Credits:
Anime Boston staff
Aion is a powerful demon and the main antagonist of the series. The leader of The Sinners and the twin brother of Chrono, Aion is on a mission to collect all of the Apostles and overthrow Heaven. Chrono initially sides with Aion but betrays him; in the ensuing battle Aion removes Chrono's horns, forcing Chrono bind himself to a human's lifeforce in order to survive.

Construction Notes:
I originally chose this version of the character for a masquerade skit in which Chrono and Aion release their demon wings near the end of the performance and engage in stage combat. As a result, I dedicated most of my energy towards designing and constructing spring-loaded, retractable wings for both myself and the Chrono of our group. I started with a pair of kids' Batman wings, which I pulled apart to understand the mechanism used to pop them open. I then upgraded the design to support larger and heavier wings, inserting stronger springs and wire rope to release them. I then built aluminum frames for both sets of wings which attached to the spring-loaded mechanism on a backplate. I found a shimmery textured black spandex which resembled bat wings which I used to cover the frames, hand patterning each piece and keeping the seams as neat as possible to avoid any excess fabric getting caught in the frame when the wings expanded and retracted. The backplates themselves were covered with fabric to blend into both myself and Chrono's costumes.

My focus on the wings, however, meant I didn't have much time to work on the costume itself, so it ended up being rushed. The most detailed part was the bone tail, which I made by carving individual vertebra in foam then dipping them in resin before painting and stringing them together with fishing line. The top half was made with a combination of vinyl, spandex, and heavy cotton fabric with foam-wrapped shoulder pieces while the bottom half was composed of store-bought pants framed by heavy cotton fabric panels and modified white shoes. The wig was styled by Majodere who was also in our performance group while I quickly made the black sword, which was carved from wood, sanded, and painted. Though we won Best In Show I haven't worn this costume since and would like to remake it before wearing it again. I would keep the wings, however; I'm still really proud of how these came out and very glad they worked as designed on stage!

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