22 December 2015

Ribon no Kishi Musical

ribon no kishi / princess knight musicalOne of Tezuka Osamu’s most beloved series “Ribon no Kishi”, also known as “Princess Knight”, received a musical adaptation which performed last 3rd to 6th of December 2015 in Theater BRAVA! of Osaka. The musical was produced as a 60th anniversary project for Kodansha’s Nakayoshi shoujo magazine, where several manga series have been serialized back in the 1960’s.

The Main Cast includes:
  • Princess Sapphire: Ikuta Erika (Nogizaka46)
  • Prince Franz Charming: Kaminaga Keisuke (Yukimura Seiichi in The Prince of Tennis Musical)
  • Captain Blood: Tsunemori Aoki (Atobe Keigo in The Prince of Tennis Musical)
  • Hecate: Sakurai Reika (Nogizaka46)
  • Plastic: Akazawa Tomoru (Akutagawa Jiro in The Prince of Tennis Musical)
  • Tink: Kanda Airi (Chibiusa in Sailor Moon Musical)
I honestly think it’s pretty amazing how Japan has a lot of stage play / musicals based on anime and manga. And did you know that they even have glasses at the theatre that show subtitles in English, Chinese, or Korean? I guess the fans of this kind of theater is growing world wide acclaim! Thanks to Justine for sending this in!

Source: Crunchyroll

21 December 2015

Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge: Hsien-Ko (Lei-Lei)

night warriors: darkstalkers' revenge cosplay - hsien-ko (lei-lei)Hsien-Ko, also known as Lei-Lei in the Japanese version, first appeared in “Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge”. Her character is based on the Chinese hopping vampire, the Jiang Shi, who are actually more like zombies than vampires as the Western world knows them.

Hsien-Ko has an older twin sister named Mei-Ling, who is called Lin-Lin in the Japan. The two appear to be fraternal twins as they do not share the same appearance. However, Hsien-Ko had always appeared to be a Jiang Shi while her sister was among the living.

Well that certainly explains why her skin is blue in the game! She supposedly the undead! But I think she’s cute enough (and busty enough) that the guys won’t complain about the lack of blue make up, yes? Thanks to Vagabond for sharing this!

20 December 2015

RahXephon: The RahXephon

rahxephon cosplay - the rahxephonThe RahXephon is a bipedal, humanoid mecha born from an egg in the underground ruins of Tokyo. It is several stories tall, immensely strong, and is capable of unassisted flight. This mecha is connected physically, mentally, and emotionally to its instrumentalist, Kamina Ayato.

It is later revealed that the RahXephon was created by Ernst von Bähbem as a tool for re-tuning the world. Ayato succeeded in becoming one with the RahXephon and re-tuned the world so that the great dimensional split never happened and Tokyo Jupiter never existed.

Mecha cosplays are always really impressive to me, because most of the time, the cosplayers make these armors themselves! Talk about dedication to their craft! And I’m pretty sure those suits can’t be all that comfortable and easy to move in. Thanks to Tempura-sama for sharing this!

Source: Crunchyroll

18 December 2015

Trinity Blood: Augusta Vradica / Seth Nightroad 04

trinity blood cosplay - augusta vradica / seth nightroad by mitsuyaIn the manga, Seth Nightroad was first introduced as a tea seller in Andolu, a small area where Terrans reside in the New Human Empire. She convinces Ion to buy tea from her and later helps them locate Mimir’s medicine shop. She later introduces herself to Ion and Esther, and Ion comments how her name sounds like a boy’s name, wondering is her parents were hoping for a boy. Seth shrugs, saying she already has two older brothers, secretly pertaining to Cain and Abel.

At the end of the Night Lords Arc, Ion is horrified at the revelation that the tea seller he addressed as “girl” was actually the Empress, Augusta Vradica.

Japanese cosplayer Mitsuya (蜜也) looks absolutely stunning as Seth! I bet that costume took a lot of work to finish! Please be sure to support the cosplayer in her Archive account! Thanks to Zoe for sending this in!

11 December 2015

Sailor Moon S - Princess Cast

sailor moon s cosplay princess senshi cast by n.e project三日月のシャーレに
I take off my star earrings
and place them in the crescent moon dish
どうしよう 胸が 胸がいっぱい
What should I do? My heart is, my heart is filled to the top
Even if these fireworks turn into stars
Even if our love disappears into darkness
おねがいよ キスを やめないで
I beg you, please don’t stop your kisses

ビロードの香りで ぬすんでもいい
You can steal me away with your scent of velvet.
このハート銀河で であった恋よ
This is the love my heart found in the galaxy.

夜ふけのマント 広げれば虹色
When the mantle of evening spreads out, it's in rainbow colors
もっと もっと あいしてる
I love you more and more

Tuxedo mirage
Tuxedo mirage

“Tuxedo Mirage”
Lyrics and Translation by Anime Lyrics

Hi, guys! This is Mei! I apologize for the long hiatus, but I’m finally getting my life back in order, so I’ll be slowly adding updates onto Cosplay Holic again! It will take quite a while to bring the updates back to normal again, but I have to start somewhere, right?

I’ll be doing away with the tags for future posts so that you guys can get the updates faster! Besides, it has lost its effectiveness now, so it’s time to stop being redundant, no?

Once again, please do support N.E Project by visiting their Facebook page and giving them your like! Sailor Saturn is our very own Cosplay Holic Reader, Syaza! Please continue to support her in her future cosplays! Thanks again for sharing this with me!

Source: N.E Project on Facebook

09 October 2015

Love Live!: Yazawa Nico

love live cosplay - yazawa nico by misaYazawa Nico is an aggressive individual who will stop at nothing in achieving her goals. However, as an idol, she takes on an alternate personality who is always smiling and upbeat! She often thinks very highly of herself, but she also cares about the other members of μ's.

Misa looks cute as Nico, don’t you guys agree? For Love Live! fans, who is your favorite character in the series? Maybe I will feature that next, since Laurence sent in quite a bit. Thanks again for sharing this with us!

Source: E-ShuuShuu

02 October 2015

Ten Count | How to Train Your Dragon: Kurose Riku, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, and Shirotani Tadaomi

ten count cosplay - kurose riku by baozi and shirotani tadaomi by hana | how to train your dragon cosplay - hiccup horrendous haddock iii by liui aquino

I can almost hear the fujoshi scream.

This, my dear readers, is a very cute photo of Baozi and Hana, along with Liui in the middle. Liui posted this on his Facebook Page, and I thought you guys might like it too.

I’m sure a lot of you are brain storming some fan fiction about these three, so let’s leave today’s feature like this now, shall we?

Source: Liui Aquino on Facebook

17 September 2015

Death Note: Ryuk and Rem

6death note cosplay - ryuk and rem

Although Ryuk and Rem are both shinigamis, they are the exact opposites of one another. While Ryuk takes amusement in everything in the Human World, Rem dislikes humans and views them with contempt. In another example, Ryuk is ambivalent with Light’s success or failure, while Rem, on the other hand, actively assists Misa. However, they are similar in the fact that neither one of them displays “proper” traits for a shinigami to have.

I’m guessing Ryuk has a mask on, what do you guys think? I find this version of Rem quite pretty though. Thanks to Maika for sending this in!

Source: Fairy Mira Cosplay

10 September 2015

Death Note: Rem

death note cosplay - remLike Ryuk, Rem is a shinigami who has two Death Notes, one of which she delivers to Amane Misa. Her second Death Note belonged to another shinigami named Gelus, who fell in love with Misa and sacrificed himself in order to kill her destined murderer. She once viewed all humans with contempt, but after witnessing Gelus’ devotion to Misa, Rem decides to watch over Misa in his place.

This looks amazing! And the camera angle is well thought out, as it makes the cosplayer look really tall and lanky, just like the shinigami herself! If anyone knows who the cosplayer is, please do let me know! Thanks again to nopqr for sharing this!

Source: Crunchyroll

09 September 2015

Prison School TV Series Drama

prison school live action tv series cast

Popular manga series, “Prison School” will be receiving a live-action drama television series adaptation that will air in MBS on October 25 at 24:50 and TBS on October 27 at 25:11. The series is directed by Iguchi Noboru at production studio Robot.

Iguchi said with a laugh that when he heard about the live-action television plans, he initially asked, "Is this for real?" He felt that if he squandered this chance to adapt this amusing manga, he would regret it for the rest of his life.

- Anime News Network

Cast member have already been revealed on the official website:

  • Nakagawa Taishi as Fujino Kiyoshi
  • Yamazaki Hirona as Kurihara Mari
  • Morikawa Aoi as Midorikawa Hana
  • Mamoru Asana as Shiraki Meiko
  • Emoto Tokio as Morokuzu “Gakuto” Takehito
  • Yano Masato as Wakamoto Shingo
  • Galigaligalixon as Ando “Andre” Reiji
  • Nezu “Joe” Joji (cast member is yet to be revealed)
  • Takashima Masahiro as the Hachimitsu Academy Chairman
  • Takeda Rena as Kurihara Chiyo
  • Araki Yuuko as Yokoyama Anzu

I have no idea what this series is about, unfortunately, but the cast members are definitely well picked! Hopefully, this will make Prison School fans very happy! Thanks to EJ for sending this in!

Source: Anime News Network

08 September 2015

Vocaloid 2: Kagamine Rin, Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, and Kaito

vocaloid 2 cosplay - kagamine rin by yun kosaka, hatsune miku by saya, kagamine len, and kaito by kaname

Blessings for your birthday
Blessings for your everyday

Face forward until the very last second

With tags that multiply even if torn off,
And the unreasonable worth from the rank attached to you,
You shouldn’t make assumptions about people with those values.
I masked those fluttering words with my hands.

Oh... It’s time to get up

Before you turn off the light.

Oh... It's time to get up

Brighten your step!

Hey, try to take a good look over here,
Your greatest ally is reflected back at you, right?
That’s the proof of life.

Lyrics and Translation by Vocaloid Lyrics

I immediately recognized that this is another amazing photo by the late Saya. It seems she and Kaname are close friends because this is the second Vocaloid shoot that they did together (you can see the other one I featured last February here). It still makes me sad to think she’s gone. Thanks to Midori for sending this in!

Source: Yuukayuuchan on Deviant Art

05 September 2015

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de – Maihitoyo: Motomiya Akane and Ono Suefumi and Suefumi’s Ghost

harukanaru toki no naka de - maihitoyo cosplay - motomiya akane and ono suefumi

Akane first met Suefumi on a rainy day, as Suefumi tacitly offered her his coat to keep herself from getting wet. When they met a second time, Suefumi confesses that he has no recollection of his past or his name, but somehow feels content by being with her. As Akane sets out to find out who Suefumi is, she unravels a famous cursed dance rumored to kill anyone who attempts to perform it.

I loved this story of Suefumi in Volume 14 of the manga! Although awkward, Suefumi was proud and fearless! It’s too bad he wasn’t part of Hachiyou Shou.

Anyway! Please support Akane’s cosplayer, Aizumi Sera (愛純世羅) through her Cosplayers’ Archive! I don’t know her friends’ websites, but Suefumi is cosplayed by Tachibana Hito (橘人)and his ghost version is cosplayed by Soku-san (蒼空さん)! Thanks again to Justine for sending this in!

Source: 愛純世羅 (あいずみせら) on Cosplayers’ Archive

03 September 2015

No Game No Life: Shiro

no game no life cosplay - shiro by tomiaExcelling in calculations and logic, Shiro and her stepbrother, Sora, form the undefeated gaming identity “Blank” due to their trademark of using only spaces as their in-game names. After their parents died, they no longer had any emotional ties to society and became shut-ins or hikikomori. They are also agoraphobic, and suffer from panic attacks when they are separated from one another.

Oh wow, Tomia makes the perfect Shiro, wouldn’t you agree? If you’d like to see more of her photos, please visit her blog and official Facebook page to give her your support! Thanks to Daniel for sending this in!

Source: Tomia cosplay on Facebook

02 September 2015

Death Note TV Series

death note tv series cosplay - ryuk, yagami light by kubota masataka, l lawliet by yamazaki kento, and near by yuki mio

Popular manga series Death Note received a TV drama series that premiered last July 5, 2015. It was directed by Inomata Ryuichi, known for his work on Kaseifu no Mita, and Nishimura Ryo, who worked on the special version of the 2014 drama Kamen Teacher. The adaptation featured several talented actors, including:

  • Kubota Masataka as Yagami Light
  • Yamazaki Kento as L. Lawliet
  • Yuki Mio as Near / Mello
  • Sano Hinako as Amane Misa
  • Matsushige Yutaka as Yagami Soichiro
  • Fujiwara Reiko as Yagami Sayu
  • Maeda Goki as Matsutuda Tota
  • Yuge Tomohisa as Aizawa Shuichi
  • Sato Jiro as Mogi Kanzo
  • Seki Megumi as Himura Shoko / Halle Lidner
  • Hankai Kazuaki as Watari

I’ve heard mixed reviews with this series, so I’m not sure if I want to watch it or not. Kubota Masatake does make an impressive Light, but I think Yamazaki Kento might be a little too beautiful as L? Also (spoiler alert!), Apparently Near has a split personality, so Yuki Mio plays both Near and Mello! That part I actually wish to see for myself!

What are your thoughts on this adaptation of the series?

Source: Rocket News 24

01 September 2015

Vocaloid 2: Kagamine Rin 30

vocaloid 2 cosplay - kagamine rin 30思い通りに いかないことだらけ
Nothing ever goes the way I want it to,
どうしようもなく 自己嫌悪
and I can’t help but hate myself for it
八百万の 痛みや悲しみから
To hide from these eight million pains and sorrows,
I’ve gone off on a search
for a place I can hide away in

いっそ 岩の隙間に引きこもって
I’d rather stay inside a rocky crevice
月も太陽も無視して 眠ろう
and sleep without regard for the sun or moon
生まれてきたことの 意味なんて
Why was I even born in the first place?
知らない 分かんないよ
I don’t know, it just doesn’t make sense

でも そんな風に 思えるってこと
But while it may seem like that,
それは 君がもっともっと素敵に なれる力が
it means you have the ability to become even greater
あるって 教えてるんだよ
And I’ll tell you why

“As the Gods Say”
Lyrics and Translation by Vocaloid Lyrics

Alright guys, Yukino and I are not completely sure, but we think this might be Arisa Mizuhara. I’ll put this feature under her tab for now, but if someone could confirm it, then we’d be extremely grateful! Thanks again to Yukino for sending this in!

Source: Fan de Manga 35

31 August 2015

Lineage II: Dark Elf – Blade Dancer

lineage ii cosplay - dark elf blade dancer

Blade Dancers are known to use dual swords and for their ability to raise the stats of their party members by dancing. The Dance of the Warrior raises their party members’ attack power while the Dance of Fire raises the critical damage. At higher levels, Blade Dancers can become Spectral Dancers and call forth a storm of death and destruction through their dances of dual swords.

Isn’t this absolutely breathtaking?  Please head over to the photographer’s flickr account, Manuel Moggio! He has a lot of amazing cosplay photos there! Thanks again to Marcello for sending this in!

Source: Manuel Moggio on flickr

30 August 2015

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon ~ Un Nouveau Voyage ~

sailor moon musical un nouveau voyage

The musical stage play of Sailor Moon, “Un Nouneau Voyage”, will be running from September 18th to September 25th and from October 2nd to October 4th in Japan this 2015. The story follows the manga’s Infinity Arc, focusing on Tomoe Souichi and his daughter, Tomoe Hotaru.

The main cast includes:

Along with the Death Busters:

  • Souichi Tomoe - Kaon Yuuki
  • Kaolinite – Oogi Kei
  • Witches 5:
    Eudial – Chinen Saya
    Mimete – Ida Ayaka
    Tellu – Sadachi Momoko
    Viluy – Hasegawa Yui
    Cyprine – Maana
    Daimons – Nakaoka Ayumi, Tsutsumi Rina, Hayashi Nozomi, Taniguchi Rio

It has been confirmed that this will be the last musical run for Satomi (Sailor Moon), Momoyo (Sailor Mercury), Kanon (Sailor Mars), Yuu (Sailor Jupiter), and Shiori (Sailor Venus).

I’d like to watch a live musical, just once. Japan seems to enjoy them quite a bit, so it must be quite spectacular. Thanks to Mariah for sending this in!

Source: Sailor Moon News and Sailor Moon Wiki

29 August 2015

Alichino: Myobi

alichino cosplay - myobi by congtian

Myobi is an Alichino, a beautiful demon who is said to offer wishes to those who are desperate to receive them. In order to be granted, however, one must offer his soul to the Alichino. Thus, the Kusabi are born with the ability to kill the Alichino so that a balance could be maintained. But if the Alichino are killed, then no wishes will be granted. Does humanity really wish to be saved?

A beautiful Myobi by Congtian! Who would have thought Stan’s submission of this cosplay would reveal Ashura’s cosplayer as well? Please do visit Congtian’s World Cosplay account and give her your support! Thanks again to Stan for sending this in!

Source: 葱田 (CongTian) on World Cosplay

28 August 2015

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou: Abe no Yasuaki 02

harukanaru toki no naka de - hachiyou shou cosplay - abe no yasuaki by ichiha

It was later revealed in the series that Abe no Yauaki is actually an artificial human created by the famous sorcerer, Abe no Seimei, by combining his “yin” to his wife’s “yang”. As such, there was something lacking in Yasuaki, and Seimei placed a charm on his face to compensate for this. Because he lacks emotions of his own, he is highly sensitive to the Priestess Akane’s thoughts and emotional state. On one occasion, Yasuaki shed tears with a blank face when Akane became very upset.

Japanese cosplayer Ichiha (イチハ) makes a lovely Yasuaki, don’t you you think? I managed to find most of the books from this series, I’m just lacking the earlier volumes now! But I really love the artwork on the manga. Maybe I should pick up the anime too.

Please visit Ichiha’s Archive and Blog for more of her photos! Thanks to Justine for sending this in!

Source: イチハ on Cosplayers’ Archive

27 August 2015

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni: Sonozaki Shion

higurashi no naku koro ni cosplay - sonozaki shion by arisa mizuharaAlthough she appears to be more refined and feminine than her younger, twin sister, Mion, Shion is actually incredibly shrewd and manipulative. She hated attending St. Lucia’s Boarding School, and escaped with the help of the Sonozaki Family’s bodyguard, Kasai Tasuyoshi. Shion works as a waitress at the Angel Mort and is also the manager’s assistant for the Hinamizawa Fighters little league team.

Isn’t this just breath-taking? Gotta leave it to Arisa, she cosplays so many characters so well! Thanks to nopqr for sharing this!

Source: Crunchyroll

26 August 2015

Kuroshitsuji 3rd Musical: Lycoris that Blazes the Earth

kuroshitsuji musical cast - lycoris that blazes the earth

A musical adaptation of popular anime and manga series, Kuroshitsuji – Lycoris that Blazes the Earth, will be performing at the Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall in Osaka from November 7 to 10, at Natori Performing Arts Center in Miyagi from November 14 to 15, at Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo from November 21 to 29, and at Canal City Theater in Fukuoka from December 4 to 6.

It will also make its way to China at the Shanghai Art Theatre on December 11 to 13, at Beijing Exhibition Center Theater on the 18th to the 20th, and at Shenzhen Poly Theater on from the 25th to the 27th.

This adaptation follows the manga’s popular “Jack the Ripper” arc and will have the following cast:

I very much like the overall look of the cast members of this musical! Although, I still find musical adaptations to be a little strange, it apparently has a good fan base as this is already the 3rd musical, and it will be making its way to China!

Has anyone here ever seen a musical adaptation before? Is it any good?

Source: Rocket News 24 and Crunchyroll

25 August 2015

The Prince of Tennis: Echizen Ryoma 04

the prince of tennis cosplay - echizen ryoma 4Ryoma is an all-court tennis player with many special shots and abilities. He can even learn new techniques after seeing them performed a few times. Along with fellow Seigaku player, Kikumaru Eiji, Ryoma is also known to have exceptional talent for seeing moving objects.

One of his weaknesses, however, is the inability to play doubles. He did try it once with his teammate, Momoshiro Takeshi, but after seeing how bad he was at it, Coach Ryuzaki placed him in the S3 (Singles 3) or S2 (Singles 2) position.

Wow, this photo is fairly old, but he really looks a lot like Ryoma, doesn’t he? Or she?

If anyone knows who the cosplayer is, please do let me know! Thanks to azngrace for sharing this!

Source: Crunchyroll