31 May 2009

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ayanami Rei 05

neon genesis evangelion cosplay - ayanami rei 05Actually, I’m not sure whether this is intended to be a cosplay of Ayanami Rei or Ikari Yui.

You see, Rei is only a human vessel, something created in order to contain a soul. She was created by Gendo who had lots his wife during a test experiment on an Eva Unit. Yui disappeared, and it is said her soul resides in Eva.

With such a hair color, this cosplayer appears to be more like Yui than Rei, but I don’t recall Yui wearing a plug suit, so I think Rei would be more suitable. Beautiful cosplay!

25 May 2009

xxxHolic: Ichihara Yuuko

xxxholic cosplay - ichihara yuuko 02A mysterious and powerful magician, Ichihara Yuuko has a playful, free-spirited personality and is highly respected in the spirit realm. Although she grants her customers' wishes, Yuuko does not involve herself with them directly, appearing to prefer to stay in the background, controlling the situation without letting anyone know about it.

Yuuko is often associated with the symbol of a butterfly which, in Eastern philosophy is the symbol of a person's soul and transformation.

Patsy, a reader of Cosplay Holic, sent me this picture about a month ago. It took me a while to get this up as there were a lot of pending photos I had to post first. Most of my pictures are sent in be readers themselves, so... well, you get the idea.

Sorry it took so long, Patsy! Thanks for the awesome contribution! The cosplayer won best female during the 2nd Philippine Cosplay Convention. Anyone know who she is?

EDIT: Thanks to the cosplayer, Jem for commenting on Cosplay Holic!

24 May 2009

Card Captor Sakura: Kinomoto Sakura 05

card captor sakura cosplay - kinomoto sakura 05When 10-year-old Sakura finds a mysterious book in her father's study, she had no idea opening it would change her life forever.

Created by an English-Chinese Sorcerer, Clow Reed, the Clow Cards were sealed into the Clow Book upon his death closely and guarded by Cerberus, the Beast of the Seal. Because the cards had been released, Sakura must find and seal each and every card before catastrophe befalls the world.

She's just one of the cutest cosplayers I've ever seen. If anyone knows who this cosplayer is, please do leave me a comment. Wonderful job!

23 May 2009

Gintama: Kamui and Kagura

gintama cosplay - kamui and kagura

The son and daughter of the violent Yato clan, Kamui and Kagura chose different paths in order to escape their heritage as to be expected of them for being the infamous alien hunter, Umibouzu's offsprings. Kamui becomes the leader of the space pirates Harusame's 7th squad, while Kagura works with Gintoki in Yorozuya doing odd jobs to make the world a better place (and pay their rent).

Aren't they adorable? This picture is making me hungry for sweets. I love how their wigs have the same shade of color. Great work!

EDIT: Thanks to anon for letting me know these cosplayers are Touya Hibiki as Kamui and Yun Kosaka as Kagura!

22 May 2009

Inuyasha: Sesshoumaru 04

inuyasha cosplay - sesshoumaru 04

The older half-brother of Inuyasha, Sesshoumaru could not understand why his father left the powerful Tetsusaiga to Inuyasha while he, the pure blooded youkai, only had the Tenseiga, a sword that brings the dead back to life. As a result, he despises his brother and wishes to take the Tetsusaiga from him.

As the series progresses, Sesshoumaru changes and slowly becomes compassionate towards the young human girl, Rin. When Naraku dared to kidnap Rin in order to manipulate Sesshoumaru, he vowed to destroy Naraku at any cost... even if it meant having to work with Inuyasha and his companions.

Beautiful, cinematic cosplay! It makes me want to re-watch the entire series... and find that OVA about the girl who loved Sesshoumaru. Has anyone seen it

21 May 2009

Gundam Seed Destiny: Athrun Zala 02

gundam seed destiny cosplay - athrun zala and pink haro by chengcheng-d photo by ros

Athrun Zala has a habit of making small, robotic pets for his friends. Here, he's carrying a Haro called "Mister Pink" which he created for his once fiancé, Lacus Clyne. Lacus loved haro very much, and Athrun's response was to create several of them for her, which she named based on their colors.

It was kinda sad how they didn't end up together, but I think a lot of people support the Lacus and Kira pairing.

I believe this Athrun is from the same group as Rey's and Cagalli's. Same watermarks on them, but I could be wrong. Thanks to Ros for the wonderful photography!

20 May 2009

Final Fantasy VIII: Rinoa Heartilly 04

final fantasy viii cosplay - rinoa heartilly 04 by sayaRinoa Heartilly is perhaps one of the most controversial characters created. No, I don't mean her personality, design, or anything of the like. I'm talking about her fans.

You can either love Rinoa or hate her. Some Final Fantasy fans think she's cute, while others think she's annoying. Honestly speaking though, without a voice actress portraying how she actually says her lines, it's quite difficult to determine.

Then again, even with a voice actress, I think people will still either love her or hate her.

What I do love is Saya's cosplay of her. She looks very much like Rinoa... like she came straight out of the game! Wonderful work as usual, Saya! I think I'm now a fan of hers too!

19 May 2009

Loveless: Aoyagi Ritsuka 03

loveless cosplay - aoyagi ritsuka 0312-years-old yet mature for his age, Aoyagi Ritsuka lost his brother, Seimei, 2 years ago, resulting in his dramatic personality change and memory loss. Ritsuka used to have a lot of friends in school and gets average grades, but now he is the complete opposite of who he once was. He is now cynical towards others and gets perfect scores in his new school. He once claimed that he is someone else it Ritsuka's body, but that is because of the abuse he receives from his mother.

Despite his intelligence and maturity, topics about love are uncomfortable to him. Especially when the words "I Love You" come from Agatsuma Soubi.

This cosplayer captures Ritsuka so perfectly, I did a double take when I saw this! I love the hair and the ears so much! Wonderful job!

18 May 2009

The King of Fighters ‘95: Yagami Iori

the king of fighters '95 cosplay - yagami ioriThe heir of the Yagami Clan and rival of Kusanagi Kyo, Iori wields pyrokinetic powers and is a berserker due to the Orochi demon blood running through his veins. His ancestors helped seal the Orochi Demon along with the Kusanagi and Yata clans. However, the Yagami clan betrayed the Kusanagis, and ended up being cursed the the Orochi. As a result, the Yagami clan have demonic powers that cause them to die at a young age.

Quite impressive. I think this photo has been around the internet for a while. I remember seeing it several years ago, but never found it again until now. Great work!

Fruits Basket: Souma Isuzu "Rin" and Souma Hatsuharu

fruits basket cosplay - souma isuzu rin and hatsuharuIsuzu, who is more commonly referred to as "Rin" because it's an alternative way of reading the second kanji of her name, is the horse of the 12 cursed zodiacs. She is stubborn, independent, and sharp-tongued, but she cares for others deeply. Such traits are associated with people who are born under the Year of the Horse.

She and Hatsuharu have a close relationship with one another, which is unapproved by Akito and forcibly put to an end. Rin loves Hatsuharu very much and decides to find a way for him to break away from the curse, even if it meant receiving more punishment from Akito.

Rin only appeared in the manga, so people might not know her. But this is really a nice cosplay of the two zodiacs! It's just disheartening how much abuse Rin received at such a young age. Nice cosplaying though!

17 May 2009

Yu Yu Hakusho: Koenma

yu yu hakusho cosplay - koenma / king enma jr.King Enma Jr., who is more commonly referred to as Koenma, is the son of the ruler of Heaven. He is at least 700 years old, and carries a pacifier that gathers his pure Reiki or spirit energy. When released, the energy acts as a powerful seal to contain dangerous demons.

Although he has an adult form, Koenma commented that he prefers to move around in his baby form. Maybe it’s because of his weapon? I mean, he’s be laughed at for having a pacifier at this age, right? Not that it makes him any less cute.

Anyway, impressive cosplay. I really miss watching this series too. Great work!

Angel Sanctuary: Alexiel

angel sanctuary cosplay - alexielOne of the most powerful angels ever created, Alexiel rebelled against against God due to the corrupt practices occuring in Heaven. She was born from Adam Kadmon to love God, but she could not deny her love for her twin brother, Rosiel. As punishment for her actions, she is doomed to an endlessless cycle of reincartions into be miserable lives, each of which ends in a tragic death.

Her current incarnation is Mudo Setsuna, a human who is in love with his own sister, and is awakened as the Saviour. Setsuna therefore has access to all of Alexiel's powers.

Beautiful cosplay! I found this in Deviant Art and the cosplayer's name is Etaru. You can see more of her cosplays and model pictures here. Thank you for sharing this with us and thanks to Idolatry Studios for the wonderful photography!

16 May 2009

Card Captor Sakura: Li Syaoran 02

card captor sakura cosplay - li syaoran 02Sakura's rival who eventually became her close friend and ally, Syaoran had mixed feelings towards Sakura because his duty as a member of the Li clan of sorcerers from Hong Kong prompts him to be the inheritor of the Clow Cards. When Sakura becomes the official master of the Clow Cards, however, he changes his attitude completely and eventually ends up falling in love with her.

The teddy bear in the picture is quite significant with regards to their relationship. In the CCS world, if someone were to give a hand-made plush to the one he loves, and if she were to give the plush the same name as its creator, they are destined to be together forever. What happens in the anime and the manga are two variations of the same ending, but I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.

Pretty unique way of cosplaying Syaoran. I believe his costume is from another art illustration by CLAMP. Still very impressive though, wouldn't you agree?

15 May 2009

Vampire Knight: Souen Ruka

vampire knight cosplay - souen ruka

Loyally and faithfully dedicated to Kuran Kaname, Ruka has had strong feelings for Kaname even when they were still children. She has even offered her blood to Kaname in order to ease his hunger, but he has only done so once to protect Yuki from his urge to bite her. Although Ruka first despises Yuki for being chosen by Kaname to be his lover, Ruka eventually accepts her and remains ever vigilant in serving her Lord.

Beautiful Ruka. There have been a lot of Vampire Knight cosplayers going around for a while. Hino Matsuri must have a lot of fans by now. Great job on this cosplay!

14 May 2009

Clannad: Fujibayashi Kyou

clannad cosplay - fujibayashi kyou by sayaAggressive, violent, and a good cook, Fujibayashi Kyou is the older twin of Ryou and a good friend of Okazaki Tomoya. She owns a scoter and has a little baby boar named "Button".

In the beginning, she supports her sister's romantic feelings towards Tomoya, repressing her own feelings in the process. When a rumor spread about Tomoya being a two-timer between her and Ryou, she distances herself from them to ease the tension.

Who Tomoya really chooses in the end is up for debate.

This is Saya, the cosplayer behind Gintama's Yagyu Kyubei and Sound Horizon's Violette. Quite an impressive cosplayer, isn't she? Thanks to ~MPzero~ for the beautiful photography!

13 May 2009

The World Ends With You: Kariya Koki

the world ends with you cosplay - kariya kokiOne of the most formidable reapers in game, Koki, who is better known as “Lollipop” is a lid-back Reaper who enjoys being out and about in Shibuya. He even turned down his promotion to become an officer because he feels that looking important all day is a boring life.

Pretty impressive cosplaying, even though he’s not holding a lollipop. Did you know that in the official TWEWY manga, they revealed that what most people think is a lollipop is actually bean paste on a stick? Fans are a little confused with this because Square Enix’s website had a Reaper Quiz that mentions bean paste is Kariya’s favorite lollipop flavor.

Either way, he’s still one of the most awesome characters in the game. Nice cosplaying to boot!

Kuroshitsuji: Ciel Phantomhive 03

kuroshitsuji / black butler cosplay - ciel phantomhive 03Losing everything he had at a very young age, Ciel makes a contract with a demon he calls Sebastian Michaelis to gain his revenge in exchange for his soul. He is portrayed to be emotionless and driven to achieve his goal by any means necessary. However, as the series progresses, he confesses to being the way he is so that he will not lose anything, or rather, anyone important to him ever again.

I believe there's a similar manga illustration that shows Ciel holding a skull. I can't remember which chapter that was though. It makes me wonder if that thing the cosplayer is holding is a real skull.

EDIT: Oh, the art similar to this cosplay was first seen on Kuroshitsuji Chapter 13. Thanks to the anon who left a comment!

12 May 2009

Chobits: Dita

chobits cosplay - dita by kiyoshi

Acting as a personal bodyguard for Zima, the Japanese Government's National Data Bank, Dita mercilessly hacks into any persocom that is a threat to Zima. We first saw her ability when Yuzuki, Minoru's most powerful persocom, hacked Zima to find out more about the "Chobits". Dita forced Yuzuki out and shut her down almost instantly.

Though she cares deeply for Zima, she does not think persocoms cannot experience such feelings, and denies being in love with him. Zima also comments she temperamental, which she similarly also disregards.

Dita is one of my most favorite characters in Chobits. Kiyoshi does a great job cosplaying her, and I hope I can find more of her cosplays soon.

11 May 2009

Gensomaden Saiyuki: Genjo Sanzo 03

gensomaden saiyuki cosplay - genjo sanzoA Buddhist monk who seems to have no values for the religion, Kouryuu is chosen as the 31st Genjo Sanzo, following his master, Koumyou Sanzo. On the surface, he seems cold and distant, but he cares for his companions dearly. He carried a Smith and Wesson revolver and uses his Maten Sutra in combat.

Beautiful photography. I never did get to see how this anime ended. I think it lasted 3 seasons with a few OVAs. Great work, still!

10 May 2009

Lucky Star: Hiiragi Tsukasa

lucky star cosplay - hiiragi tsukasaKind-hearted, but a little clumsy, Tsukasa is the younger, fraternal twin sister of Kagami who is in the same class as Konata. She is not very good in academics or sports, but she is very good in cooking. Tsukasa often asks for her sister's help like Konata does when it comes to homework, but if hardly ever makes a difference. She can also be a little slow at times, getting lost in the conversations among the Lucky Star cast.

I think she makes an adorable Tsuakasa. I think this was the time when she, Kagami, and Konata went to a festival. Great work! And thanks to ~MPzero~ for sharing the photo!

09 May 2009

Ouran High School Host Club: Ootori Kyouya 04

ouran high school host club cosplay - ootori kyouya 04Being the third son of the Ootori Family, Kyouya spent his whole life yielding his talents and abilities so as not to overshadow his older brothers. However, it is clear that he is far more gifted and intelligent that either of them. Kyouya describes his fate as one who is asked to paint the most beautiful painting an a pre-framed canvas.

It is only later when he meets Tamaki that he realizes he does not want to be restricted by such rules.

Quite the Shadow King as I pictured him to be. You can see the embroidery of the school emblem is quite well made as well. Beautiful cosplay!

08 May 2009

Card Captor Sakura: Kinomoto Sakura 04

card captor sakura cosplay - kinomoto sakura 04Upon capturing all the Clow Cards and slowly transforming each one into Sakura Cards, Kinomoto Sakura faced her final judgement against Eriol. Much like Clow's magic, Sakura's magic is a balance between the sun and moon, which is later noted by Clow himself, stating Sakura's magic comes from a brilliant, ever-shining star.

Because she successfully transformed all the cards and developed her magic steadily, Sakura is said to have surpassed Clow Reed as being the most powerful magician in the world.

Cute cosplay. I wonder which card she's holding? Perhaps Windy, her favorite card, or the Hope Card, the last card which is also known as the unsealed card. Guess we'll never know unless this cosplayer herself tells us. Great work!

07 May 2009

Hunter x Hunter: Neon Nostrade

The only daughter of the head of the Noatrade family, Neon has a Specialization Nen, "Lovely Ghostwriter: Angelic Auto Writing", which allows her to accurately tell a person's future in the form of a poem. She can use her powers on other people, but not on herself. This ability was unfortunately stolen by Kuroro Lucifer, right after she had told his fortune.

hunter x hunter cosplay - neon nostrade

Neon is also a spoiled brat who threatens to stop using her ability if she does not get what she wants. She is into the occult and loves to collect rare human flesh, like the pair of Scarlet Eyes from Kurapika's clan.

Impressive. I love the pair of Kurat Eyes that she's holding. It makes her more in character. Great job on this!

06 May 2009

Chobits: Chi 06

chobits cosplay - chi / elda 06

Chi used to be Hibiya Chitose's second "daughter" named Elda. She was created by Mihara Ichiro with the most advanced technology because Chitose was incapable of having children with him. Freya, the first daughter, was suppose to be an only child, but Chitose noticed Freya would get lonely at times and asked her husband to create Elda to relieve her loneliness.

Isn't she beautiful? I wonder why this photo is a little blue? Tomie Sakura still makes a very pretty Chi though. Good job!

05 May 2009

Shugo Chara!: Tsukiyomi Ikuto

shugo chara! cosplay - tsukiyomi ikutoA teenage boy who is being used by Easter to find the Embryo, Ikuto is a talented violinist who likes to tease people, notable Amu and Tadase. He is the owner of the Dumpty Key, which use to belong to his father. His mother married another man when they found his violin in another country, making her believe he would not come back. She then bound her children to work for Easter, but Ikuto wishes to find the Embryo to grant his own wish.

I like the crosses on the costume and the purple contact lenses. A very captivating cosplay, don't you think? Nice work!