31 March 2014

DC Comics: Justice League 02

dc comics cosplay - justice league

Back in the 1970’s, every superhero fan wanted to go to Ohio or Florida to see their favorite superhero waterskiing in Sea World. The show ran from 1976 to 1979, featuring talented skiers in their late teens of early twenties. This promotional poster does not even feature all of the skiers in the show according to Noblemania.

For this feature though? Let’s pa tribute to the following:

Wonder Woman by Kaci Whittenton (Hedstrum)
Batgirl by (currently unknown)
Supergirl by Gay Schwartz (Peteet)
Mera by Debbie Blake
Black Canary by Randi Tetrick
Robin by Randy Messer
Batman by Randy Jones
Superman by Andy Hansen
Aquaman by Tom Weber
Flash by Sharkey Schwartz

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, Ross!

Source: Rum Martini on Facebook

30 March 2014

Amnesia: Ukyo

amnesia cosplay - ukhyo by lunasuki

Ukyo is a famous photographer who suffer from a split-personality disorder. Although he is truly very kind and loyal, Ukyo’s alternate personality can be villainous and menacing. He is said to be the true lover of the Heroine who was forced to witness her death several times in his attempts to save her.

Thai cosplayer, Lunasuki, makes an absolutely stunning Ukyo! It seems this otome game has become quite popular, and now I’m curious to check out the anime myself. Thanks to Janie for sending this in!

Source: Lunasuki on World Cosplay

29 March 2014

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion: Lelouch Lamperouge 10

code geass: lelouch of the rebellion - lelouch lamperouge by green-makakas

never end たとえ夢が叶おうとも
Never end: Even if my dream comes true
never again 笑顔見せることはないだろう
Never again: You'll probably never show me your smile

時は止まらずこの身を 孤独の道へと誘う
Time ceaselessly invites me towards the path of solitude
転がり続けてゆくだけか? 仮面を被りながら
Have I only to continue to tumble along as I wear my mask?

“Never End”
Lyrics and Translation by Anime Lyrics

The details on Green Makakas’ cosplay of Lelouch Lamperouge is just insane! And the location is pretty awesome too! Wouldn’t you want to see this in person? Thanks to Candice for sending this in!

Source: Green-Makakas on Deviant Art

28 March 2014

Sailor Moon: Aino Minako

sailor moon cosplay - aino minako by lucien-fleurier

Athletic, cheerful, and resilient, Aino Minako takes her role as the “Soldier of Love” seriously, and enjoys regaling her friends with advice about romance. Although she can be irrational and overambitious at times, she can also be refined and elegant when there is a need to do so. At one point in the manga, she told the other Sailor Senshi that she was the princess they were looking for, acting as a decoy to protect the real princess, Tsukino Usagi.

Lucien Fleurier makes a wonderful Minako! And her cat, Richard, also plays well as Artemis! I think the orange nail polish was a nice touch, wouldn’t you agree? Thanks to Serah for sending this in!

Source: lucien-fleurier on Deviant Art

27 March 2014

Japanese Cosplayer Loses Over 100 pounds for Cosplay

When 19-year-old Motoyoshi Kanna first cosplayed her favorite character, Tieria Erde, a lot of people mocked her because of her weight. She was over 200 pounds at the time.

motoyoshi kanna before and after

Now, she weights a petit 99 pounds and cosplays without worry of getting bullied.

motoyoshi kana as lacus clyne

I commend her for her wonderful achievement, because losing weight is no easy task! However, Kotaku writer, Brian Ashcraft, also made a valid point:

Look, people should be able to do what they want. If someone wants to cosplay as a certain character, and their body (or skin color or gender or whatever!) isn't an exact match, who cares. They shouldn't be made to feel bad about that.

And if somebody wants to lose a lot of weight (though, this certainly seems extreme), that's their decision. However, they shouldn't feel compelled to do so to meet preconceived notions that other people have or unrealistic artistic renditions. They should do it for themselves.

I have to say though, I can relate to this very much. I also want to cosplay, but I’m very scared of what people will say since I’m not really skinny. Maybe one day I will be courage enough to cosplay too, once I lose another 30 pounds?

Source: Kotaku

26 March 2014

Fairy Tail: Aries

fairy tail cosplay - ariesAries, “The White Lamb”, is one of the Celestial Spirits of the 12 Golden Zodiac Keys. She resembles a young girl with pink hair, brown eyes, and a pair of twisted horns on her head. Aries is very sweet and kind, and has a tendency to apologize habitually, even though she didn’t do anything wrong.

She looks absolutely adorable! Definitely very much like the real Aries, wouldn’t you agree? Thanks to Sherwin for sending this in!

Source: Manga Fox on Facebook

25 March 2014

Princess Tutu: Ahiru

princess tutu cosplay - ahiru by dayu

A friendly and kind-hearted duck, Ahiru was turned into a human girl by Drosselmeyer with the use of a magical pendant. When Ahiru removes the pendant or quacks while talking, she is turned back into a duck. She must then touch the water in order to return to her human form. Like a duck, Ahiru is easily excitable, clumsy, and talkative.

Korean cosplayer Dayu makes a really cute Ahiru! And I really love her expression in this photo! Please visit her World Cosplay account for more of her cosplays! Thanks again to Lain for sending this in!

Source: Dayu on World Cosplay

24 March 2014

Kill la Kill: Matoi Ryuko

Matoi Ryuko is a vagrant school girl who transferred to Honnouji Academy in hopes of finding clues relating to the death of her father. Her favored weapon is her father’s creation - the Scissor Blade, which is only half of a giant pair of scissors, as the other half was stolen by her father’s killer. The Scissor Blade is capable of destroying uniforms empowered by Life Fibers.

A beautiful cosplay by HappyHaha with photography by Beethy! Everyone seems to be into this show lately, maybe I should check it our myself. Thanks to Mila for sending this in!

Source: Beethy on Deviant Art

23 March 2014

Queen's Blade: Nanael

Ichigo Rei asked:
Have you ever been to conventions outside your own country? And if so, are there any differences between them?
Let me say first for those who do not know it yet, I’m from the Philippines. I do go to some conventions here, but since I am usually a seller, I don’t really have a lot of time to roam around and take photos of cosplayers.

To answer Ichigo’s question, yes, I have gone to conventions in two other countries: Sakura Con 2004 in Seattle, USA, and Anime Evolution 2004 in Vancouver, Canada. I guess in the US and Canada, conventions tend to have a lot more going on, all at the same time? There’s an event hall with an emcee, yes, but they also have theater rooms that show anime episodes and movies if you’re not interested in watching the program. Sakura Con also had a lot of special guests, including anime directors, Japanese and American voice actors, and a lots of anime and manga artists. They even had a mini concert and a cosplay ball.

Both the conventions I went to in the West also lasted until far into the evening. Not to mention, their events are usually in fairly huge locations, so it’s well worth the money spent for your entrance fee!

I have to say though, even though local conventions are a lot of fun too. And since local conventions are smaller, we tend to have more time to talk to our favorite manga artists and give them gifts! I’ve yet to try being a seller in Western Cons, but I’m sure they’re just as fun.

Anyway, I hope that answers your question! Feel free to ask me more questions via the comment section of this post. As for this week’s feature, please do let me know if you have any idea who she is cosplaying as! Thanks, Marcello!

EDIT: Thanks to San Celluz for letting me know that she is Nanael from Queen's Blade!

22 March 2014

SoniComi: Sonico 05

sonicomi cosplay - sonico from japan comiket 85気づかないフリしてた僕らは
You pretended not to notice
離れ離れの星 眺めて
As you observed at the space between the stars
奇跡を今 起こしたがってる
But I want to perform a miracle
and change the world
翼を広げ、飛び たて
Spread your wings, make a fresh start

Lyrics by Anime Lyrics
Translation by Kurohiko

Ok, no, my translation is probably not right at all, but this is the only one that made sense to me! If any of the lyrics need correction, please let me know, ok?

I really need to get back to studying my Japanese, if only I could find my workbook! But anyway, thanks to Marcello for letting me share this! And please visit his Flickr album too for more photos from Japan Comiket 85!

Source: Marcello Masiero on Flickr

21 March 2014

K: Yatogami Kuro

k cosplay - yatogami kuro by nadleeh

A highly skilled swordsman known as the Black Hound, Yatogami Kuro is on a mission to hunt down the next “Colorless King” on behalf of his late King and father, Miwa Ichigen. Although he appears to be cold and ruthless, he gave Yashiro a chance to prove his innocence with regards to the murder of Totsuka. He began to monitor Yashiro closely, pretending to be a transfer student at Yashiro’s school.

This really does look like Kuro! I really love Nadleeh’s wig for this cosplay! It looks so smooth and shiny! Thanks to Eri for sending this in!

Source: Nadleeh on World Cosplay

20 March 2014

Uta no prince-sama: Ichinose Tokiya and Ittoki Otoya 02

uta no prince-sama cosplay - ichinose tokiya and ittoki otoya by rokang and shinna

心がBurning …and singing 何故だろう?
My heart is burning …and singing. Why is it?
描いたFuture この空 翔けて行く
A painted future, this sky is soaring!

Can I fly the sky?
Can I get true dream?

Come on,
Place your bets!
Risk everything!

Lyrics by: Kasi Time
Translated by: ☽ Moonlit Sanctuary ☾

Beautiful cosplay pair, Rokang and Shinna from Thailand cosplaying Tokiya and Otoya! I’d like to think this is how they spent their mornings before heading to Saotome Academy, but I wonder if they take turns in cooking? Thanks to Uta no Prince-sama Maji Rabu for introducing me to them!

Source: Rokang on World Cosplay

19 March 2014

Yami no Matsuei: Tatsumi Seiichiro

yami no matsuei cosplay - tatsumi seiichiroThe secretary of the Shokan Division, Tatsumi Seiichiro has full control over department finances, giving him substantial influence over Chief Konoe. When working on cases, usually assisting Tsuzuki and Hisoka, he partners with Watari Yutaka, a scientist in charge of computer maintenance and repair. In addition to the standard abilities of the shinigami, Tatsumi has the ability to manipulate shadows both as weapons and as a means of transport.

A pretty simple yet effective cosplay! Tatsumi was one of my favorite characters in the series, but I’m guessing that’s mainly because he’s wearing glasses. Please visit Kazuma(一馬)’s profile for more of her cosplays!

Source: 一馬|∀`*)ノシ on Cosplayers Archive

18 March 2014

Princess Tutu: Mytho 02

princess tutu cosplay - mytho by supervisor

A noble and kind prince, Mytho sacrificed himself in order to seal the Raven and protect his people. Although he has gained popularity in Gold Crown Academy as a very talented ballet dancer, he is emotionless and largely dependent on his childhood friend, Fakir, for his well-being. He later regains his heart piece by piece thanks to Princess Tutu.

And what a majestic prince Supervisor makes! I really love her version of Mytho! Please visit her World Cosplay account for more of her cosplays! Thanks to Lain for sending this in!

Source: Supervisor on World Cosplay

17 March 2014

Vocaloid 2: Gumi 04

目を閉じて 見える笑顔
Whenever I close my eyes, I see your smile
一番に浮かぶ あなたのその表情
The first thing that comes to my mind is your face
You are a little childlike,
Shy and sweet‐tempered
I love everything about you

真っ直ぐな 瞳の奥に
Deep inside your pure eyes
Reflect someplace far from here
No matter how hard I pursue it
I can't reach it

“I Won’t Forget You”
Lyrics and Translation by Vocalochu

Do you guys remember her? This cosplayer is Lucia, the one who cosplayed C.C. eating a slice of pizza back in 2011! Her fan, Cherry, has sent in more of her photos for me to feature, but please visit Lucia’s Deviant Art account to show her your support!

Source: OluciaO on Deviant Art

16 March 2014

Girls & Panzer: Kawashima Momo

girls & panzer cosplay - kawashima momo from japan comiket 85My question for this week:

“Did you study photography?”

Back in college, I had to take a photography class, and we got to use SLRs. Not the digital ones that are more commonly used today, but the manual SLR camera with rolls of film and light meters. It’s very different because you can’t say for certain that you’ve caught the perfect shot until you get your film developed. As a result, photography was quite an expensive class to take, but I definitely enjoyed it! Especially the part where I got to develop my own film in the dark room!

I know my recent photos are not really that good, but hopefully I can take better ones next time! Please continue leaving questions for me to answer in Cosplay Holic’s Facebook Page or through the comments section on this blog! Thanks again, Marcello, for the amazing pictures from Japan Comiket 85!

Source: Marcello Masiero on Flickr

EDIT: Thanks to Amateur Cameko for letting me know this is Kawashima Momo from Girls & Panzer!

15 March 2014

Rise of the Guardians: Jack Frost 04

rise of the guardians cosplay - jack frost by shredinger catAfter Pitch Black and his Nightmare minions raided Tooth’s palace, Jack finds out that the baby teeth the tooth fairies keep contain memories of a person’s childhood. As Jack was suffering from amnesia, he wanted to get his baby teeth back in the hopes of unlocking the memories of his past. He then decided to help the Guardians in their efforts to avert Pitch’s plans to destroy the children’s faith in them, even though no child had ever believed in Jack in the first place.

Shredinger-Cat makes a beautiful Jack Frost! I’m just wondering if that’s real snow she’s crouching on? That would have been really cold for her in this light clothing! Thanks to Henry for suggesting this!

Source: Shredinger-Cat on Deviant Art

14 March 2014

The Lord of the Rings: Legolas

the lord of the rings cosplay - legolas by theroiz

A light-hearted elf from the Woodland Realm of Northern Mirkwood, Legolas in an unrivaled archer to whom Gandalf refers to as a dangerous warrior. Like all elves, he is lithe and slender with bright, keen eyes and ears, and is fair of face. His skills as a fighter contributed greatly to the Fellowship, but his friendship and loyalty to Aragorn, Gimli, and Frodo makes him an even more important member.

TheRoiz makes a very beautiful and dramatic Legolas! Please do pay his Deviant Art gallery a visit, filled with beautiful photos! Thanks to Abby for sending this in!

Source: TheRoiz on Deviant Art

13 March 2014

Inu x Boku SS: Shirakiin Ririchiyo 02

hinomoto oniko 3 from japan comiket 85A Japanese moe character created in 2010, Hinomoto Oniko was conceived by users from the Breaking News (VIP) Board on 2channel as a satire of Chinese racial term, “日本鬼子”, literally meaning “Japanese Devil”. The Chinese ethnic slur is a phrase used since World War II, and still used today, against people of Japanese descent. The moe anthropomorphism has since become an internet meme within various forums and imageboards in Japan.

And now this character is also popular among cosplayers as well! I’m not sure if this is payback towards the Chinese, or simply a way for the Japanese to turn something negative into a positive! Thanks again to Marcello for letting me feature this!

Source: Marcello Masiero on Flickr

EDIT: My bad! Thanks to Anon for correcting me that this is Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku SS!

12 March 2014

Chobits: Chi 14

chobits cosplay - chi / chii from japan comiket 85Even if we became separated in the cold morning

I wonder what the sky is a part of
Surely, it's like a little flower petal
Just barely there and faint
The great sky that I can't even seem to keep my mind on
Goes beyond that

An endless night sky-
Though I'd like it if I become like that
If I can be close to you
If I can share everything with you

“I Hear You Everywhere”
Translated by Anime Lyrics

Like Sakura, it looks like Chi has also become a classic choice for cosplayers! And this Chi is really cute! I bet people wouldn’t mind taking her home if she really was an abandoned persocom! Thanks again to Marcello for letting me feature this!

Source: Marcello Masiero on Flickr