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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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11:00 PM on 10.24.2010

15 hot nerd costumes for guys

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,...

Crystal White

10:00 PM on 10.17.2010

Like Squid Girl? Fold yourself a squid hat

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

7:00 PM on 10.15.2010

Evangelion plugsuit becomes wetsuit

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...

Bob Muir

4:56 PM on 10.15.2010

Steadycam Guy is back with videos: New York Anime Fest

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...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 10.12.2010

NYAF '10: Cosplay Roundup

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...

Bob Muir

10:00 PM on 10.10.2010

NYAF '10: Things I have seen

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 ...

Crystal White

TGS: Tokyo Game Show 2010 cosplay part 2 photo
TGS: Tokyo Game Show 2010 cosplay part 2
by Tim Sheehy

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.

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TGS: Tokyo Game Show 2010 cosplay part 1 photo
TGS: Tokyo Game Show 2010 cosplay part 1
by Tim Sheehy

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?

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4:00 PM on 09.09.2010

Here's the best cosplay of PAX prime yet

At least, it's the best to a Valkyria Chronicles fanboy like myself. And look, they even have Hans, the winged pig mascot of Squad 7![Thanks to Kris of SegaAddicts for the picture!]

Josh Tolentino

Cosplay tutorial: Making a Silent Hill Nurse mask photo
Cosplay tutorial: Making a Silent Hill Nurse mask
by Brad Rice

[Sado of Cosplay Weapons got in touch with me about putting together a guide for creating and posting a cosplay guide for the infamous Nurse character from Silent Hill. Naturally, I jumped on the chance. So down below, for all you enterprising cosplay fanatics, is a tutorial on how to make your own Silent Hill Nurse mask. If you attempt this, be sure to let us know! -- Brad]

Anime fans must be familiar with Silent Hill. As a classic terror game, it has stolen the show all the time at conventions and other events. It was even made into a movie, so those without any real interest in games still knew the series' name.

Naturally, in a series as successful and impressive as this, there must be some unique and memorable characters to go along with it. The Nurse, one of the strongest symbols for the brand's atmosphere, and a malleable tool for the game's deeper meaning, is one of the most popular outfits from the series for cosplayers.

The nurse features sexy figures and a distorted countenance. Here, we will make this “screwy face.” To be honest, the countenance for each nurse looks different -- there isn’t fixed feature. But in general, you do feel they are twisted. Thus, the creation process can be more personalized. In addition, on the basis of simplicity and easiness, we only use pigment for oil painting as coloring tool.

Now, let’s begin!

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10:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Featured Cosplayer: Johnny Viral

Cosplay is all about attitude.We loved how JohnnyViral manages to photograph himself taking on the character's personality while in cosplay. After all, it's not a Halloween costume; it's a cosplay, complete with mannerisms and style. Read our email interview with JohnnyViral and check out his cosplay gallery below the jump.

Lauren Rae Orsini

8:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Featured Cosplayer: Celeste Orchid

Our next featured cosplayer is a true jack of all trades!With more than 60 (!!!) cosplay outfits to her name, Celeste Orchid is a master of the cosplay art. Check out her responses to our questionnaire, and just a few of her many cosplay, after the jump.

Lauren Rae Orsini

6:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Exclusive: Cosplay: The Documentary

And now it's time for the best part of our International Cosplay Day festivities: an interview with Erica Weatherbee, aka Reeka Valentyne, the director of Cosplay: The Documentary. (That's her, cosplaying as Matsumoto from Bl...

Lauren Rae Orsini

4:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Featured Cosplayer: Tom

If Tom weren't so busy making cosplay, I'd have to ask him to build me my own personal robot slave.We chose Tom as a featured cosplayer because of his enormous and fantastical giant robot cosplay. His costumes show an almost ...

Lauren Rae Orsini

3:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Featured Cosplayer: Kardy

Anyone can copy a character's outfit, but our next featured cosplayer puts her own spin on cosplay.We picked Kardy for her unconventional cosplay choices, spanning from cow ninja to walolita. Read our email interview with her and check out her gallery below the jump.

Lauren Rae Orsini

12:00 PM on 08.27.2010

ICD Featured Cosplayers: Liivy and Adam

The couple that cosplays together stays together!Japanator's first International Cosplay Day featured cosplayers, Liivy and Adam, were chosen for her unique and creative coordinated paired cosplay. We asked the married pair t...

Lauren Rae Orsini

Happy International Cosplay Day!  photo
Happy International Cosplay Day!
by Lauren Rae Orsini

Hopefully when you got dressed this morning, you donned your Bleach hakama, your K-ON! school uniform, or your Pikachu mask because today is finally the day -- International Cosplay Day!

Japanator is making today all about giving your fantastic cosplay the recognition it deserves. Click the jump for our official International Cosplay Day gallery. If you sent us a submission, I bet you'll see your face somewhere inside!

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