12 April 2014

Kaichou wa Maid-sama!: Usui Takumi and Ayuzawa Misaki

kaichou wa maid-sama! cosplay - usui takumi and ayuzawa misaki by stay

The most popular boy at Seika High, Usui Takumi is extraordinarily talented in many fields, including cooking, playing the violin, chess, and even table etiquette. However, he doesn’t really show much interest in anything and prefers to stay in the background as an observer. Misaki often calls Usui a “perverted outer-space alien” because he somehow managed to survive jumping off their school roof and into the swimming pool… and he always tells her that he loves her.

As you guys may have already guessed, I was a little busy for the past couple of days, but now I will try to play catch up and make up for lost updates! Let’s see if I can manage somehow! In any case, doesn’t Stay look amazing as Usui?

Source: stayxxxx on Facebook

02 April 2014

Cat’s Trail Rewind: Airee Collette

Airee Collete is our main character. She is the hero/anti-hero of Cat’s Trail. Cursed with kleptomania, she can never resist the urge to steal somebody’s belongings or any other important artifact. She also likes adventure and has a carefree, devil-may-care attitude. She is also a wanted criminal in 2 continents: The southern continent “Tarsierian” and its western neighbor “Papiris”. Her arch-nemesis Sheriff Poppy will stop at nothing to bring her to justice. She first appeared in Issue no.1 of course! ^_^

Source: Rusty’s Cat’s Trail Site

The artist behind this series, Elmer Damaso, became an inspiration to most Filipino artists who once only dreamed of diving into the local manga industry here in the Philippines. Culture Crash, an anime/manga magazine, became one of the pioneers of Philippine Manga, and “Cat’s Trail” was one of its stories.

You have no idea how much I love this character. And Miss Lin Ling makes a perfect Airee in her returning debut series, Cat’s Trail Rewind. I really hope this independent creation continues! Thanks to Kit Perez for the awesome photography!

Source: Kit Perez on Facebook

01 April 2014

Princess Tutu: Fakir and Princess Tutu

princess tutu cosplay - fakir and princess tutu by karunalyy and lydiaFakir is Drosselmeyer’s descendant who became the reincarnated Knight of Drosselmeyer’s story. Fakir later realized that he too had the ability to bend reality with his writing, but only when he is writing stories about Ahiru. Although he was initially harsh towards her, Fakir eventually fell in love with Ahiru and promised to stay by her side forever.

Karunalyy makes a rather handsome looking Fakir, and Lydia makes a cute Princess Tutu! I don’t know Lydia’s World Cosplay account, but please do pay Karunalyy a visit to show your support! Thanks again to Lain for sending this in!

Source: Karunalyy on World Cosplay

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

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

Unknown Cosplay #152

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 theatre 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!

Source: Marcello Masiero on Flickr

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
違う世界へ
and change the world
翼を広げ、飛び たて
Spread your wings, make a fresh start

“SUPERORBITAL”
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?

さあ
Come on,
Betしよう
Place your bets!
すべて賭けて
Risk everything!

“Roulette”
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