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FMA: Lt. Riza Hawkeye

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Calm, composed and collected—Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye is the eye-catching personal adjutant and bodyguard of Colonel Roy Mustang. Hawkeye appears in the Full Metal Alchemist manga/animated series as an attractive woman in her late twenties, sporting shoulder-length blond hair and amber eyes. Hot Hawkeye is a sharpshooter, capable of shooting any target with deadly precision. She specializes in firearms, particularly but not limited to sniper rifles, bolt-action rifles, pistols, and even double handguns at once.



Lt. Hawkeye is the most trusted subordinate of Colonel Roy Mustang. She carries out administrative and secretarial tasks with great efficiency, rarely relaxing on job and keeping her colleagues on track with her disciplinarian attitude. While she might be cold and a little too authoritarian at times, Lt. Hawkeye shows her warmer side with her dog, Black Hayate. It’s very common to see her embracing Black Hayate and talking sweetly to him in private.




Riza Hawkeye does not express herself excessively through words, preferring to reveal her thoughts through subtle smiles and sharp glares. Hawkeye is the most popular female in the Full Metal Alchemist series, winning the third place for the favorite characters in a recent fan poll, with Edward Elric earning the first place and Colonel Roy Mustang earning the second.


Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye is one of the most accomplished and disciplined member of Amestrian State Military. She is hot and cool, at the same time, and in equal measure!


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Final Fantasy: Black Mage and White Mage!

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Have you ever dreamed of turning somebody into a frog? Or do you think it would be amazing if you could shock baddies with electrifying bolts of thundaga and hurl sizzling balls of firaga at bird-brained bullies? If you think so, then you must be a Black Mage at heart! The “Black Mage” is one of the most famous and iconic character classes in the Final Fantasy franchise. Traditionally depicted as dark figures wearing blue or black robes and wide-brimmed hats that shadowed their faces save for their gleaming yellow eyes, Black Mages inspired awe and fear in the Final Fantasy games. They possess a wide selection of elemental spells that they can cast to wreak havoc in the battlefield and obliterate anyone who dares to cross their way.

Alodia Gosiengfiao, a Filipina Cosplayer, combined hotness and magic by cosplaying as a sexy black mage, deviating from the traditional black mages such as Final Fantasy IX’s Vivi Orunitia, yet retaining some costume elements that made her look like one undeniably. It would be amazing to see her bake people with magic!

That’s not all, though! Ashley Gosiengfiao, Alodia’s sister, also participated in the cosplay as a White Mage—a mage specializing on recuperative and support magicks!

White Mages in Final Fantasy are usually seen in immaculate white robes with hoods pulled over their heads, featuring red, triangular patterns on the cuffs of their sleeves and the hems of their robes. These sisters make an excellent magical tag-team, don’t you think so?


Final Fantasy X/Dissidia: Jecht

Thursday, July 8th, 2010


Blitzball prodigy, plus manliness, plus a laidback appeal—these qualities make Jecht one of the more popular villains in the Final Fantasy series. Legendary blitzball superstar Jecht appears in Final Fantasy X as the main antagonist and in Final Fantasy Dissidia as a warrior serving Chaos, the God of Discord. He appears as a tall and muscular bronzed man wielding a nasty black sword, possessing a penchant for liquor and a tendency to drink too heavily. While actually kind-hearted, Jecht comes off as overtly cocky and arrogant, referring to himself as the “Great Jecht” and occasionally proclaims himself to be the best blitzball player there is.




Well, the man was a blitzball celebrity, after all—famed and legendary for refining his own blitzball technique “Sublimely Magnificent Jecht Shot Mark III” (or simply “The Jecht Shot”)—until his career hit a slump and he resorted to drinking like a maddened drunkard. Jecht is also the father of the FFX protagonist Tidus, who claims to hate his dad for putting him and his mother through difficult times, and for leaving him under a lot of pressure living up to the blitzball phenomenon that was his father, Jecht.


Jecht is unsympathetically critical of Tidus, but he does so to push his son to try harder and disprove him. The cosplayer, Defran, chose to make the “bronze god” come alive and he does so marvelously!




Check out that nasty flaming sword!


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