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Archive for August, 2007

Lineage II: Elf

Friday, August 31st, 2007

lineage 2 cosplay - elf - meiwai At first glance… This picture made me doubt whether or not she’s human or computer generated…

Mei Wai is a pretty famous Chinese cosplayer, ad this is a photo that can give you a pretty good idea as to why. Her long limbs and model like figure makes her look so perfect that it’s simply inhuman… or perhaps the perfect term would be… goddess-like!

Beautiful cosplay! Go and check out Mei Wai’s Live Spaces for more of her jaw dropping beautiful photos!She could probably change anyone’s minds about cosplaying to be for geeks or nerds…

Hunter x Hunter: Kurapika

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

hunter x hunter cosplay - kurapikaNo matter what anyone says, this cosplay is both impressive and scary to me.

Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter, is the last living member of the Kuruta tribe. The Genei Ryodan (aka Phantom Troupe) destroyed the Kuruta Tribe because of their rare “scarlet eyes”; eyes which would change to flaming red when they are angry or emotionally agitated and a priceless treasure among body-part collectors.

Revenge prompted Kurapika to enter the Hunter Exams in order to become a Blacklist Hunter and kill all the members of Genei Ryodan. In order to hide his eyes by wearing black contact lenses.

Stunning cosplay! Kurapika is one of my favorite anime characters! A bit memorable too. I remember one time, when I went to an anime convention, a Kurapika cosplayer on stage brought a heart shaped ballon to the stage. I was one of the many otaku photographers near the stage and for whatever odd reason, the cosplayer gave the balloon to me! Haha! It was so embarrassing! But flattering too!

Excellent cosplay! And I love the blood red eyes.

Image originally from Anime Illusions.

Tenjou Tenge: Nagi Souichirou

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

tenjou tenge cosplay - nagi souichirouNagi Souichirou, the bully of the anime Tenjou Tenge, who fights without honor. In spite of that, he still draws the line when it comes to hitting women. Ironically, he doesn’t believe that fighting can solve anything. After he enrolls in Todo Academy, he realizes how weak he really is, and decides to train with Natsume Maya.

This is probably the first time I saw a cosplay that’s prettier than the anime character. Though I’m not entirely sure about Tenjou Tenge, the character outline for Souichirou seems to be very interesting indeed.

Great job with this cosplay! I think I can safely say that guys can do cosplay as well as the girls can, with this picture as proof.

Final Fantasy X: Yuna 03

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

final fantasy x cosplay - yunaI was surprised to see the response of people from Sanriotown with my Cosplay Blog. But I didn’t think I could get to feature a Sanriotown Member as one of the cosplayers..!

I came across this picture from Luty’s Blog and immediately emailed her to ask if I could feature her. She sent me her original photo. She happily accepted my request, and this is what she has to say about her cosplay:

And the very last?

Is Yuna, from FF X! This one i?ve made everything!! Cutting, sewing, painting little flowers! It was a lot of work, but I love to do this kind of thing! And here you can see that I was with sore eyes too, like Raein?. XD

From: Luty Mishima

Very impressive! One of the best home-made cosplays I’ve ever come across! And her sore eyes doesn’t really show on this picture…

Great job, Luty! I hope I get to see more of your cosplays soon!


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Gundam Seed: Athrun Zala and Cagalli Yula Athha

Friday, August 24th, 2007

gundam seed destiny cosplay - athrun zala and cagalli yula athha

I believe it was back in Gundam Seed when Cagalli first wore the costume she’s wearing in this picture. I can’t remember it too well, but with the controversy of who Athrun really ends up with at the end of Seed Destiny, I’d prefer to label this “Seed”.

This is really quite a sweet picture… Although it’s obvious Athrun is portrayed by a girl..! Maybe less eye make-up next time for Athrun.

It’s still a pretty and cute cosplay… I hope you guys enjoy this too!

Prisoners Dancing to Haruhi-ism

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Remember that time I posted a World-Wide version of the Haruhi Dance? Well, now the Philippines is in the spotlight. The very same prison that brought you Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the Algorithm March give you… Haruhi-ism!

This is apparently just practice… Should be interesting to see if they perform this seriously.

This is making me think I’m missing something for giving up on the anime… I need to try and find time to watch it again.

Article found from Kotaku and Dark Diamond.

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Air Gear: Wanijima Akito a.k.a. Agito

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

air gear cosplay - wanijima akito agitoI got to watch a few episodes of Air Gear last weekend, and I really loved it. It’s amazing what they can do on those skates (air trecks)..!

But the character Wanijima Akito / Agito amused me the most.

He is an ordinary boy who was forced by his older brother, Kaito, to violence for the benefit of his Wind SWAT Team. Not wanting to be a part of it anymore, he created his violent alter ego called Agito.

Agito took over the title as “Fang King” and Akito became a mediocre rider of ATs. After being rescued by Minami Itsuki, aka “Ikki”, he became one of the founding members of Kogarasumaru. Akito becomes Agito when his eye patch is covering his left eye.

Here’s an interesting trivia… I found this picture from Deviant Art, and the photographer’s account name is Shiroin. I found out that he is also the photographer behind the Card Captor Sakura picture I posted back in July. Make sure you go check out Shiroin’s Gallery for more great cosplay pictures!