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3:00 PM on 05.01.2012

Steins;Gate parody porno discontinued after legal action

If you're into live-action porn parodies of anime, hopefully you thought to grab Layers;Gate before now. TMA, the adult video producer behind such titles as K-ONBU! and The Melancholy of Hahiru Suzumiya, has announced that th...

Bob Muir

7:00 AM on 04.16.2012

Gundam cosplay is majestic, might not fit through doors

Are you really into figures but never quite got into cosplay? this gentleman found the perfect solution to integrating both hobbies: why not turn yourself into a life-sized gunpla? Sounds like a reasonable but not necessarily...

Michelle Rodanes

Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 4 photo
Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 4
by Salvador GRodiles

As we deliver the finishing blow to the cosplay gallery for Anime Matsuri 2012, the final gallery will show only photos that were taken by Ashley Vilardi (Shown in the header image above.). Besides the amazingly spectacular Lotita dress that she wore, she also cosplayed as Caroline from Portal 2 (In accordance to the information given to us by Ed Baylon.). 

To kick off the finale of this segment, Ashley has taken photos of people performing random antics as various Valve characters, along with other cosplayers that were not shown in the last three galleries. 

It turns out that Persona 4 Arena was not available to play at Anime Matsuri 2012, since Ed did not come across it. However, he did get to play Phantom Breaker, and a game called Kung Fu Srike by 7Sixty Games. Either way, the event still does not top the panel to end all panels

Lets give a huge GLORIO cheers to Ed Baylon and Ashley Vilardi, for taking the time to take such splendid photos of the cosplayers that were running around Anime Matsuri 2012. 

Based on the information and photos that were presented to us by those two, the convention looks like it was a huge blast -- It kind of makes me wish that I did not move out of Houston, TX back in 2004. On the bright side, I will try to attend next year's Anime Matsuri, since it will also give me an excuse to visit my friends that still live over there.

A huge thanks to both of you again, since I was given an idea of what I missed out upon during these last few years. In case you haven't seen the other photos, be sure to also check out part one, two, and three of the photo galleries. 

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Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 3 photo
Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 3
by Salvador GRodiles

It turns out that the person that was cosplaying Mr. Destructoid was none other than Ed Baylon himself. This must also mean that he has a partner in crime that was helping him out with capturing every cosplayer on camera. To make up for the last few parts, lets also give a huge GLORIO thanks to Ashley Vilardi, who also has a long history with the main people at Japanator. On the other note, it is neat to hear that Japanator and Destructoid also have a bit of history with the people running Anime Matsuri, and that the folks behind the con are awesome (In accordance to the great words of Ed Baylon.).

Now that Anime Matsuri 2012 has ended, I think it would be a good idea to mention some of the things that Ed got to experience at the convention. An obvious one might be getting the chance to play the arcade version of Persona 4 Arena. Besides that, there were also a few fighting game tournaments held, thanks to the owners of the con also being owners of a local arcade. Because of this, many national level tournament players got to join in on the action.

Now the next bit of information is going to make everything else about the convention irrelevant, and it might as well make any other panel from other conventions irrelevant. Anime Matsuri 2012 held a hentai bondage panel where Shinichi Watanabe aka Nabeshin (Excel Saga, Nerima Daikon Brothers) performed American and Japanese style rope bondage on two girls! Unfortunately, there was a rule that does not allow people to take pictures, so Ed and Ashley were not able to get any photos of this event. 

Lets give a glorious salute to Ed Baylon and Ashley Vilardi, for working together as a dynamic duo. If you are new to this post, here is part one and part two of the photos that they took of the cosplayers attending Anime Matsuri 2012. 

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Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 2 photo
Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 2
by Salvador GRodiles

I don't know the explanations, but somehow Mr. Destructoid found a way to invade Anime Matsuri 2012. And here I thought that no one from Modern Method was going to attend the con (I might be wrong.). Actually, that is most likely a cosplayer, because the real Mr. Destructoid is out accomplishing important duties for the sake of the world. 

The con is about to be over, but the photos have just begun. Part one's set was only the people that were around during the first day of the convention, and part two is the first part of the second day. As a quick warning, make sure you are not at work when you view the Team Rocket cosplay. The reason is that he is doing a gesture that most people might get offended by if they look at your screen. However, it is kind of hard to notice from far away. 

Once again, lets give a round of applause to Ed Baylon, for utilizing the Photographer Kick to conquer the evil villains that got in the way of his goal in obtaining photos of every cosplayer that inhabits Anime Matsuri 2012. 


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Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 1  photo
Anime Matsuri 2012: Cosplay gallery part 1
by Salvador GRodiles

Anime Matsuri 2012 is currently still in session during the weekend in the Woodlands area north of Houston, TX, and we manage to come across photos of the cosplayers that attended the con. There are also some photos of characters from western series such as Adventure TimeBatman, Scott Pilgrim, and various characters from Valve's video games. Who cares if they are not from a Japanese series, the shows/comics/video games mentioned are fun in their own way, and there is no rule against cosplaying as western characters in an anime convention. 

Lets give a huge thanks to former Japanator editor and current community member Ed Baylon, for using his dynamic super mega photography skills to capture the essense behind the cosplayers at Anime Matsuri 2012. 

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2:00 PM on 03.06.2012

Live-action Cardfight!! Vanguard announced... what?

There's been a lot of news regarding live-action adaptations of anime, but this show certainly wasn't one I expected to see receive the same treatment. Cardfight!! Vanguard, a ridiculously popular card game in Japan, will be ...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 02.22.2012

Tokyo overrun by creepy Pikachus

Imagine this: it's late at night. You're coming home from a hard day of work; you don't need any curveballs thrown at you. Suddenly, a swarm of men wearing Pikachu costumes surrounds you. You sigh, knowing that you can't run ...

Bob Muir

10:00 PM on 02.13.2012

AKB48 idols cosplay at Tokyo Big Sight event

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...

Michelle Rodanes

12:00 PM on 11.05.2011

Take Two: Another Take On Catherine: The Trailer

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...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 11.01.2011

Kawasaki City's Halloween cosplay parade makes me jelly

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 ...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 10.25.2011

Not in time for Halloween: Tiger and Bunny Mask

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. [Via OtaNews]

Hiroko Yamamura

The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Last Blast photo
The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Last Blast
by Josh Tolentino

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!!!!!!

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The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day Two photo
The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day Two
by Josh Tolentino

Gosh, is it day two of Comiket cosplay already? It's as if our day one Comiket cosplay gallery went up just yesterday!

Wait, that makes perfect sense.

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.


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9:00 AM on 08.13.2011

The Cosplay of Comiket 80: Day 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...

Josh Tolentino

Otakon 11: Cosplay extravaganza photo
Otakon 11: Cosplay extravaganza
by Pedro Cortes

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!

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Otakon 11: Cosplay Burlesque photo
Otakon 11: Cosplay Burlesque
by Pedro Cortes

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!

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Anime Expo 2011 Cosplay Gallery photo
Anime Expo 2011 Cosplay Gallery
by Josh Tolentino

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! 

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Awesome: Steadycam Guy's Anime Expo cosplay video  photo
Awesome: Steadycam Guy's Anime Expo cosplay video
by Dale North

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. 

Oh, and Saber under the palm trees?


Watch the full video after the jump.

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6:00 PM on 05.30.2011

Animazement cosplay is all about the ponies

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...

Tyler Jones

10:00 PM on 05.02.2011

These Persona 4 glasses will help you see through the fog

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. *sniff*

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 04.25.2011

Anime Boston '11: Cosplay gallery #2

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 ...

Crystal White

4:00 PM on 04.25.2011

Anime Boston '11: Cosplay gallery part 1

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? ...

Bob Muir

5:30 PM on 04.05.2011

Anime Conji cosplay gallery part 2

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 ...

Tim Sheehy

2:00 PM on 04.04.2011

Anime Conji 2011 cosplay gallery part 1

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...

Tim Sheehy

6:00 PM on 03.08.2011

Enjoy this unfairly awesome Japanese Madoka cosplay

We all want to punch Kyubey in the face, but not all of us are teenage girls that can see the devil beast. So, enjoy these pictures of girls dressed as the Madoka cast.

Brad Rice

Christmas Day Cosplay: part 2 photo
Christmas Day Cosplay: part 2
by Tim Sheehy

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.

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Christmas Day Cosplay: part 1 photo
Christmas Day Cosplay: part 1
by Tim Sheehy

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.

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PMX 2010: Lolita fashion gallery part 2 photo
PMX 2010: Lolita fashion gallery part 2
by Tim Sheehy

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.

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A night at Pacific Media Expo 2010 photo
A night at Pacific Media Expo 2010
by Tim Sheehy

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.

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