I used to play the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game all the time as a teenager and I always loved the Kaiba character in the anime. I actually asked my dad if he had an extra briefcase that I could use to carry my cards and decks around with me so that I could act more like him. I still have that briefcase and finally spray painted it silver when I made this costume.
Annoyingly enough, I had to wait to make this costume until I had a Duel Disk. Yes I probably could have made something similar but man I wanted that toy. Seriously though, how cool were the toys when I was a kid? I found one on Kijiji for a stupidly good price and snagged it up!
The costume was fairly simple. I knew that I had to make the jacket as the main focus so I made sure that it was the right material, weight, and length; I wanted my big flowy jacket dammit! The jacket ended up being about 9-10 meters of fabric and then that much lining as well. In a fun twist and throwback, the lining was basically the same material and colour as the lining for Ganondorf's cape. I had to experiment with the jacket a few times and man those stupid anime shoulders were a pain to do and I messed them up quite a few times while making it.
I altered his more metallic bracers because I wanted to do a bit more leatherwork. I ended up really loving the bracers and I really want to make another pair that have a more brownish leather look. All the other belts are leather as well and the shirt and pants are just a normal set of clothes that I have. Yes I didn't make them... it's fine not to make everything from scratch!
I printed off a full set of cards using the anime style instead of using the regular game cards and yes, it contains all the cards that he used in the Battle City Tournament.