COSPLAY: Hakasi does Uta (Tokyo Ghoul)

Lets kick off the new year with one of the best cosplay series I have seen in a long time!

I’m a firm believer that a good cosplay is made better by a good photographer and visa-versa. Both elements in this series are perfect. Hakasi is one of my favourite cosplayers, there is no falseness, rather than being dressed up as someone else Hakasi seems to transform into them as if she’s reached into the book/screen and merged with the character.

I’ve never come across the work of Russian photographer Kiryukha before now but she is definitely one I’ll be watching. Any cosplay photographer that breaks the trend of shooting in hotel lobbies and forests has my respect. A lot of cosplay photographers don’t invest time in researching the character, location scouting and image concepts, they simply let the cosplayers looks carry the images. Kiryukha is one of the few breaking this convention.

Not to mention Uta from Tokyo Ghoul is one of the most bad-ass characters to come out of anime for a long time. I may be slightly obsessed with him.

2015 has started strong. It’ll be hard to find a series as good as this one but we can only hope and keep searching…

Steampunk’d cosplay

Steampunk pretty much does what it says on the tin (or brass). The steam half of the name taking influence from steam powered engineering, particularly from 19th century British and American culture (think Danny Boyle’s 2012 opening ceremony – factories and engineering). Punk hinting towards the grunge and rebellious nature, loving a gritty, clunky and unapologetic engineering process over the sleek and often hidden or invisible process of digitisation.

Steampunk translates well to fashion and cosplay in particular, for those who want to adapt a character into a look they have created they add a steampunk edge, making them more badass as unique. These are the best of the best…

Yaya Han (Cosplay, US)
Mike Rollerson (Photography, US)
MolecularAgatha (Cosplay, Costa Rica)
Lauren Abundis (Cosplay, US)
Shun Al Hayashi (Photography, US)
Pandore (Cosplay, France)
Skirtz (Cosplay, US)

THE BEST OF: Okō – Hoozuki no Reitetsu

Hoozuki no Reitetsu’s Okō, my new favourite female character. I love her class and power on top of her awesome look and the fact she’s a demon. Traditional geisha meets modern lolita, class and innocence meets the devil, she’s the ultimate ying/yang character. Although being fairly new she’s picking up a following already…

Rato (Cosplay, South Korea)
Lozi (Cosplay, Hong Kong)
Yoki (Cosplay, Japan)
yuuko708 (Cosplay, Taiwan)
MIRA (Cosplay, Japan)

Eren Jaeger – Attack on Titan

Shadow Light (Cosplay)
Kimihirokun (Photography)
hana-bira (Cosplay, SIngapore)
Shazzsteel (Photography)
Mimixum (Cosplay, Sweden)
Artano (Photography, Sweden)
Mon (Cosplay, Taiwan)
Asuka (Cosplay, South Korea)
Onnies (Cosplay, Thailand)
Dai Thai Lang (Photography, Thailand)
LINGCH (Cosplay, China)
Sunny (Cosplay, South Korea)
Mahmut (Cosplay, South Korea)

Fem! The best gender bend cosplays

See more from these fem! lovers here:
park-yu
(Photographer)
thewhitegirlwiththelittledog (Cosplay)
HinoSherloki (Cosplay)
Lyz Brickley (Cosplay)
Darshelle Stevens (Photography)
Star Wars Chick (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Kristen Andrews Dvm (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Katie Roberts (Duck Dynasty Cosplay)
Robbins Studios (Photography)
gymnastar1326 (Cosplay)
SNTP (Photography)
Silent Rip (Cosplay)
Nellie Schwarz (Cosplay)

THE BEST OF: Kyubey

 Of course you can. Just make a contract with me. And become a Magical Girl. – Kyubey

A lot of cosplayers love to dress up as animals from anime and manga, the most common being pokemon. The great thing about animal-human cosplay is there is no human costume template to follow so everyone ends up taking a different approach to the character. One little evil kitten has become quite a popular character too, this is the best of Kyubey.

Check out more from these guys here:
tits–mcgee (Kelly) (Cosplay, Australia)
Lorenzo So (Photography, Australia)
Lau Mao (Cosplay, Italy)
zeropuntosedici photography (Photography, Italy)
KamiRenee (Cosplay, Denmark)
Mie Rose (Cosplay, Denmark)
Haych (Photography, Denmark)
Yuki Neko (Cosplay, Malaysia)

also, not one the best best but still damn funny…

Taken from: Hungary's Frying Pan on Tumblr
Taken from: Hungary’s Frying Pan on Tumblr

THE BEST OF: Mako Mori

Mako Mori – Gypsy Danger’s female pilot and general badass lady. There are many “looks” that can be Mori, below represent the best of the armour and the jumpsuit outfits, Mako’s most iconic from the film pacific rim. It would be great to see/ shoot a team Gypsy Danger cosplay, or young Mako.

See more from the cosplayers here:
eruha (Japan)
Exantis Kraestor (Singapore)
Josie (Taiwan)
Faye Ashley
Stella Chu (US)

& the photographers here:
Zhirong Fu
OnigiriWasabi
Mineralblu Photography

THE BEST OF: Rider, Fate/ Stay Night

Usually I only blog about characters and anime I have seen, Fate/Stay Night however – I am yet to watch. I’ve been recommended it by friends but have never given it a chance; however after seeing these great cosplays of a character called Rider I might start. Character design is a big part of why I and a lot of others watch anime, I tend to like the more obscure edgy looks, rather than the frilly dresses or school uniforms. Rider ticks all the boxes, I only hope the FSN lives up to the style of Rider.

Princess Shirahoshi, One Piece cosplay by Ajo

I have avoided One Piece for years – simply for the fact it took me 6 years to catch up on Naruto (& Shippuden) – I have no desire to spend the next six watching all 639 episodes of One Piece. However this photography series I could not avoid! Finding a unique style within the world of cosplay photography can be hard – the unknown photographer who shot this series however is a hidden gem. Their styling and use of colour in this series is only enhanced by the beauty and talent of cosplayer Ajo. I only wish I knew who shot them.

THE BEST OF: San – Princess Mononoke

San, the wolf-raised female warrior makes for a great cosplay. She’s a visual delight – a mix between masculine and feminine and an alternative for girls who don’t want to wear skimpy outfit’s or be “kawaii”. These cosplayers bring the Studio Ghibli heroine from the flat screen into our world.

See more of the best cosplay here.

Jason Chau’s cosplay photography

Last summer I was travelling to as many conventions as I could doing cosplay photography, since then I have been working unpaid so have had no money to travel around the country. I however I will not let this spring/summer’s events slip past me. As I get ready to photograph some cosplayers I thought I would try and find someone who shoots in a similar style to me.

Alot of photographers take the subjects away from the hustle and bustle of the con, put them against a white wall or in the garden of the venue the con is held at, I however like to capture the ongoing convention in the background. Much like those street fashion photographers who stop people on the street and get them to stop where they are and pose.

I found the work of Jason Chau who does the same, I love the fact he has a style, the same sort of framing in every photo and bright vivid colours, the background is still there but using depth of field it is not distracting from the cosplayer. You can see all of Jason’s work here.

THE BEST OF: Hatsune Miku

Probably the most cosplayed character ever! This dynamic virtual pop star comes in so many interchangeable looks she’s the perfect cosplayer, buy a decent Hatsune wig and then change the rest according to if you want to be Christmas Miku, bunny Miku, racing Miku and everything in-between. Here are the best Hatsune Miku Cosplays out there.

THE BEST OF: The Powerpuff Girls

“The City of Townsville…” there lived three superhero girls made from sugar, spice and everything nice… The Powerpuff Girls. I always thought I would grow up to be bubbles, maybe I still can… If not I can always make an awesome Coplay like these guys and pretend for a few hours.

Harmony (Cosplay, Australia)
RadClawedRaid (Cosplay, Australia)
Kiarakirameki (Cosplay, Australia)
mtknotP (Photography, Australia)
ISHIKO (Cosplay, Japan)
Miho-Shizue (Cosplay, France)
Sayu (Cosplay, Taiwan)
Shi Shi (Cosplay, Hong Kong)

Beyond the Boundary group cosplay by weisa and friends

I LOVE group cosplays, seeing all the characters together and a group of friends having fun adds so much more dynamic to a shoot. This Beyond the Boundary cosplay is awesome, from the settings to the costumes and the poses it’s spot on. A true tribute to one of my favourite anime’s atmo.

THE BEST OF: Mawaru Penguindrum

Usually I focus on one character for my posts, but whilst researching Himari cosplays I realised that with this story the main characters are too vital to each other to not feature them all – these are the best of the best.

THE BEST OF: Leeloo Dallas *multipass*, Fifth Element

One of my favourite films – Fifth Element is a sci-fi story that follows the quest to find and activate the 5 elements (earth, wind, fire, water and… Love *awwww*) in order to save the world. Mila Jovovich plays the alien Leeloo who rocks iconic look after iconic look, here are the best Leeloo tributes.

Alyona Simonenko (Cosplay, Kazakhstan)
Alexander Turchanin (Photography, Moscow)
Anastassia Bear (Cosplay, US)
Blind 7 Photography (Photography, US)
Cherry B Omb (Cosplay)
JLZ (Photography, US)
Rocio M (Cosplay)
DarkmoonKidara (Photography, Chile)
Tanuki-Tinka-Asai (Cosplay, Russia)
Aku (Photography)

THE BEST OF: Misa Amane, Death Note

Our favourite gothic lolita die hard Kira fangirl, Misa Amane combines cute and dark – she’s the perfect cosplay for those with edge, who don’t want to dress in pink wigs and bows. These are the best cosplays of Misa.

Star Trek by Bryan Pedrazzoli

I LOVE location cosplay, I briefly looked at how much impact the right landscape can have on an image and take cosplay photography to the next level in my post on ‘The Wild Places‘; Bryan Pedrazzoli has done the same with his Star Trek series, taking his subjects into an open rocky desert in America to mimic the ‘unknown planet’ style of the TV series, which often used landscapes like this.

One day I will capitalise on the rich landscapes in England and produce location shoots in order to push myself and the world of cosplay photography out of it’s convention centre boundaries, but for now work like Bryan Pedrazzoli’s will continue to inspire me.

Cosplay by: Jessica Lynn Gonzalez and Jim Logan.

Giorno Giovanna (Jo Jo’s)

With the iconic fetishised colours and atmosphere of Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure – Giorno cosplayers and photographers have no excuse when it comes to stylising. Saturated colours, romanticism and flowers create the perfect look for this unique character. Below are 4 cosplayers that have done a pretty good job at bringing the characters and the style off the pages and into reality.