Several pictures of AKB48 members Mayu Watanabe and Miku Tanabe cosplaying at Tokyo Big Sight have recently surfaced online. Dressed as Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier and Yui from K-On! respectively, Watabe and Tanabe grac...
Hey guys, you know what's cool? Catherine is cool. Yes it is, and I don't care what you say. Atlus and Team Persona's take on perpetuating negative stereotypes about romance - for both genders this time - and male-female rela...
Well, yesterday was Halloween, and I'm sure you had a fantastic night. Me? I sat around played video games, and gained two dress sizes eating candy. The residents of Kawasaki City did no such thing, and took to the ...
Anime retailer Animate has just released some advertisements about their upcoming Tiger and Bunny, Wild Tiger rubber mask. Argghhh, this would have been perfect for Halloween! Unfortunately the mask is not due out until this winter. Maybe it will keep your face warm while snowboarding in Aspin? Now that's an image I'd like to see.
Comiket's over! And with the tide of otaku exiting Tokyo Big Sight comes a tailing wave of sweet, sweet cosplay pictures, including yet more portayals of Madoka Magica.
Now, I know a few of you demanded that I stop gathering pictures of Madoka cosplay to populate this newest gallery. Sorry guys, but the dudes above crossplaying as Madoka, Mami, and Ms. Homerun? They're members of JAM Project, the hard-rock band that produced, among other things, the hyper-manly opening theme for Super Robot Wars OG: The Inspector (check it below). That automatically qualifies them, as does the sexiness of a couple of other Madoka-themed pics. You've been overruled.
Don't worry, though. There's some sexy Luka, Haruhi, Evangelion, Duckface Denpa Onna, and even My Ordinary Life cosplay to balance things out. And the Kamen Rider cosplayers finally came out as well. Just look at that Shadow Moon outfit. Plus, it's the first time I've ever seen someone cosplay as Gundam ZZ's Glemy Toto!
What are your picks for this last day? I'd wager at least a couple of you will pick the lady who dressed up as the Shunya Yamashita rendition of Rei Ayanami. OMG TEH SAUCY REI!!!!!!
Cosplay goodness continues as Comiket slowly starts to wind down. The cosplayers are melting under the 40+-degree heat (that's above a hundred you Fahrenheit-fans), and the internet's collective photo tubes are clearing out, likely in anticipation of the bandwidth to be taken up by the endless torrent of porn due on Comiket day three.
While there aren't as many amazing costumes in this installment as yesterday's, a few notables still stand out, not least that amazing Naruto cosplay in the header pic. It's so, er, good that it got on the news!
Among my favorites is an awesome Sengoku BASARA group shot, surprisingly accurate cross-play for Tiger & Bunny's male leads, a Steins;Gate Mayushii/Christina combo, and several pretty ladies that wield duckface to devastating effect.
Check out the gallery, then tell us which costumes caught your fancy! I'd bet it's the Lupin III one, or the Devilman Lady one.
Ah, Comiket! That most essential of otaku events is going full speed ahead, and the first day has just passed. And before everyone is overwhelmed by the tide of perverted doujinshi and other obscene material (that's for day t...
Sorry that took a bit longer to edit together, but it's finally done! As with any convention, cosplay is an integral part to the whole experience. Whether you're in an outfit, watch people walk by or taking photos yourself, without cosplay it just wouldn't be the same.
With a show as big as Otakon, you're definitely going to run into some good, some bad and some very odd costumes. Kristina and I took a walk around on Saturday and talked to several people that we took a fancy to. Hope you enjoy!
If you went to Otakon last year, one of the main attractions on Saturday was the Cosplay Burlesque show. Quite simply, attractive people in various costumes went on stage, danced to an appropriate song and stripped down to their skivvys. I thought it was a ton of fun and apparently so did the Otakon staff, as the group was invited back for another performance at the same time.
This year, Kristina and I were lucky enough to visit their booth in the dealer room and talk to most of the performers for a couple of minutes on Saturday. Hit the jump to watch he vid!
Anime Expo 2011 may be over, but the time for posting lots of awesome cosplay pics has just begun! We bring you today our epic AX '11 cosplay gallery, with photos of some great (and slightly less great) costume-play efforts, one of my favorites being the amazing Dynasty Warriors lineup (just look at that Zhang He!).
The photos come courtesy of our own Tim Sheehy, who wields his camera like a pro! Check out his pics below, then tell us about your favorites in the comments!
I've said it before, but I love the work that "Steadycam Guy" does at anime conventions. YouTube user acksonl goes everywhere with his full-body steadicam rig: Otakon, New York Comic-Con, and most recently, Anime Expo, which took place in Los Angeles this past weekend. I love his work and watch all of his videos. He makes the best cosplay videos ever.
This new one, released today, is pretty great. AX is a fantastic place to see some of the best cosplayers out there. It looks like he managed to find the best of them and cram them all into one 3 minute video. The way his videos are shot, it makes it look like those not in costume are out of place. I love that.
Actually, it's just me who's all about the ponies. Sorry for lying. There was actually a very good variety of cosplay from a variety of shows on display. The variety was so good that I was largely bewildered by what I saw, bu...
And that's because they can fit prescription lenses if you need them. Sadly, seeing through the fog will run you the somewhat steep price of $85 at Hobby Search.
I'd be interested, but I couldn't pull off the "Persona 4 Protagonist" look, seeing as I'm not a tall, silver-haired hottie with a penchant for summoning monsters from the depth of his soul.
In terms of cosplay, Anime Boston really stepped it up this year, with an even greater variety of costumes, and some whose craftsmanship was really great! So Bob and I have decided to share with you even more of our findings ...
Anime Boston is over, so Crystal and I decided to be gracious enough to share our cosplay booty with you all. As in, our spoils, our prizes, not butts. Though there may be some booties -- the butt kind -- in there somewhere? ...
Here's the last batch of cosplay from Anime Conji. As I mentioned before, the conventioni is only in its second year. It's not quite Anime Expo, or Otakon, so you can't always expect to be blown away. Still, we had ...
The other weekend, we stopped by Anime Conji in San Diego to see what was going on. They've only been holding the convention for a couple years, so we weren't expecting it to be incredibly crowded. It did seem to at...
Here's the other half of our Christmas day cosplay gallery. Of course, I'm sure some of you have already nestled up in bed with your regifted Snuggies and hot chocolate, so you might not get a chance to see these until tomorrow, but that's okay because it'll still be Boxing Day somewhere.
Again, these photos were taken at PMX last month. I really wish we had a larger gallery, but it was kind of last minute and we were on a tight schedule so I apologize. If you need more photos to stare at though, check out our previous cosplay gallery as well as our lolita galleries from the event by clicking here. I know I'm regifting them, but try not to think of that.
Merry Christmas! Rather than be a grinch, I figured I'd give you guys a present this year -- cosplay galleries. Last month, we attended Pacific Media Expo in Pasadena and managed to snag a few cosplay pics while we were there.
It was the first time I had seen some Panty & Stocking cosplay at an American convention, and I doubt it'll be my last. They did an alright job if you ask me, but you'll be quick to note that they lacked some of the finer details. Still, a good effort -- especially since I had yet to see it anywhere else.
That header might seem a bit misleading, but it's not. I actually posted my first half of this gallery last night, so make sure to check it out. Most of these photos come from the PMX Starlight Fashion Festival. Again, everyone really seemed to be having a lot of fun at the event.
Several of the girls I came across had actually flown half way across the nation. I'm constantly amazed by the level of dedication some of these girls -- and guys -- have. I know some of you might find it silly, but they take it seriously and I find that commendable. I don't think I could ever participate myself, but I have a healthy appreciation for what they do. Besides, as far as strange sub-cultures go, it's a pretty far from anthropomorphs on the creepy chart.
For more images from PMX 2010, check out our other galleries here.
For some of you lucky enough to attend, last weekend marked the seventh annual Pacific Media Expo. Seeing as we haven't attended very many conventions this year, I decided to drop in for a day and checked it out. While they aren't as large as Anime Expo or Otakon in terms of attendance, everyone who attended seemed to be enjoying themselves.
Rather than focusing on the traditional approach to anime conventions, this expo focuses on all aspects of pop culture from around Pacific Rim. events included anime, cinema and drama viewings, concerts, a martial arts tournament, guests, and more. While some of that seems like the standard fare these days, what probably interested us most was their attention to the J-Fashion scene.
It's getting closer to Halloween, and hopefully all of you are hard at work on your costumes. I know I am, and I'll be sexing it up at my annual Halloween party as a slutty female version of Mr. Spock. Then I got to thinking,...
I'd be the first person to observe that everyone's favorite female squid invader doesn't look much like a squid...or any other cephalopod, for that matter.In fact, she looks more like Index wearing a funny hat instead of her ...
Stepping away from totally weird activities, otaku idol Shoko Nakagawa appeared on the TV show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun decked out in a wetsuit designed to mimic the plugsuit of Mari Illustrious Makinami, the new Eva pi...
Yes! More Steadycam Guy. We ran into him again last week at NYAF and he told us he'd forward along the latest videos as soon as he finished shooting them. Then he ran off to to just that.Here are two videos of the cosplay fro...
Hey hey, we gots some cosplay here for you. As you may know, New York Anime Festival has sort of been absorbed by New York Comic-Con this year, so we tossed in a few non-anime costumes in here that are awesome in their own ri...
Here's a quick gallery of things that I saw around NYAF, ranging from game demos to awesome cosplay, to just plain strangeness. All in all, it was a lot of fun and things were great, though sadly the amount of actual cosplay ...
There's a funny story to this header image. I'm not sure if any of you have ever tried taking photos at TGS but basically when it comes to cosplay, most of the cosplayers will congregate between the halls in these very crowded corridors. Trying to get a clean photo can be tough, as you're usually either waiting in line to take a photo -- and are thus rushed, or part of a large group of photographers who are all taking their photos at the same time.
As you can imagine, there isn't a lot of time to focus your camera, especially when it's near impossible to direct due to the language barrier and noise from the convention itself. Then, of course, there are the cosplayers taking photos of other cosplayers. After having waited in line for these amazing Sengoku Basara cosplayers, an Edgeworth and Franziska -- I'm not even kidding -- jumped right in front of me and rudely started snapping off photos.
I immediately face palmed, and I know the Keiji and Magoichi cosplayers were already getting tired of posing -- they had their lunch sitting by them getting cold -- so I just put up with it, and just when I thought it was over, the Edgeworth would start up again. Nedless to say, I only had time for two photos at the end of it all, and I would have loved to shoot more but I needed to respect their appetites. Unfortunately, due to the close quarters -- and their location -- I had little room to maneuver, forcing me to focus on each of them individually. So, in case you're wondering why there's two photos of them... well, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed these.
It's been slightly over a week since Tokyo Game Show, and I'm still having problems adjusting to the time. I'm not sure why that is exactly, seeing as I didn't seem to have that much trouble when I first got there. Any way, here's our first set of cosplay photos from TGS.
Seeing as it's more of a video game event, you're probably not going to see much in the way of anime cosplay, unless there was a cross-over at some point, like Sengoku Basara. Most of the cosplay was fantastic, though it seemed most cosplayers were actually busy photographing each other than posing for photographers.
I also saw Adella running around, but I didn't bother taking photos of her because frankly, who the hell wants to see another Aeris cosplay? I mean, it's been over a decade since the game came out, and she's been dressing like Aeris at events for at least half that. It's gotten old, and I don't think she's read the memo. Besides, why bother photographing that when there's Bayonetta?