Category Archives: Cosplay

Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li [Red] (Saku)

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li! (Popular Japanese cosplayer/gravure model Saku is behind this particular one in case you’re wondering.)

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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The King of Fighters Cosplay: Mai Shiranui (Li Meng Tian)

Mai Shiranui is pretty much the poster girl for the Sexy Girl in fighting video games phenomena, recognized for her skimpy clothing, ample bust, and of course dripping sex appeal (and she’s not that bad a fighter either!).

Popular Chinese model Li Meng Tian rises up to the challenge of bringing to life SNK’s premier fighting girl!

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Mai Shiranui is a player character in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series of fighting games by SNK and in related media, also appearing in a large number of other games. Since her first appearance in 1992, Mai has been converted and recognized as the main sex symbol of SNK, becoming one of the most popular female characters of video gaming in general.

Mai Shiranui is the granddaughter of Hanzo Shiranui, the now-deceased master of ninjitsu and an art of Shiranui-ryū ninja hand-to-hand combat called koppo-ken. In her mind, Andy Bogard, who studied Shiranui ninjutsu with her grandfather since their early teens, is her fiancé; the relationship between the two is often ambiguous (usually on the part of Andy). Mai has also studied at her grandfather’s friend, the judo master Jubei Yamada.

She uses a closed fan while fighting and is able to create and control fire (“Shiranui” is the Japanese name for will-o’-the-wisp).

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Tiger & Bunny Cosplay: Blue Rose (Uchi Shima)

Tiger & Bunny’s Karina Lyle, better known as the hero Blue Rose, is expertly brought to life here by Japanese cosplayer Uchi Shima.

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Nicknamed the “Super Celebrity of the Heroes”, Blue Rose is a highschooler with freezing powers who still lives with her parents and makes use of her heroic feats to boost her career as a singer. She also works as a pianist in bars under her real name.

Her revealing costume, which her father disapproves of, includes advertising for Pepsi NEX, a zero calorie Pepsi available in Japan developed by Suntory, a company who took part in the experiment which successfully produced the first true blue rose through genetic engineering, hence her alias and rose-themed uniform. She is also equipped with a monowheel-snowmobile vehicle, which she propels using her powers.

Despite claiming to dislike Kotetsu, Karina develops feelings for him, which causes her much internal conflict considering the age difference. After the one year time-skip, Karina is seen reading a book about how to win a single dad’s heart; seems she hasn’t given up.

At the insistence of her sponsor company and to her distaste, Blue Rose always tells criminals “my ice is a little bit cold, but your crime has been put completely on hold!” upon apprehending them. Karina has a habit of comically retreating from fights if they get too difficult for her, an act Hero TV’s announcer dubs the “Cutie Escape”.

In the films Tiger & Bunny: the Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: the Rising, her costume’s advertising replaces the Pepsi NEX ads for standard Pepsi logos. Her sponsor company is “Titan Industry”.

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Tiger & Bunny Cosplay: Blue Rose (Tasha)

Tiger & Bunny’s Karina Lyle, better known as the hero Blue Rose, is expertly brought to life here by popular Korean cosplayer and member of the Spiral Cats (SPCats) cosplay team, Tasha.

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Nicknamed the “Super Celebrity of the Heroes”, Blue Rose is a highschooler with freezing powers who still lives with her parents and makes use of her heroic feats to boost her career as a singer. She also works as a pianist in bars under her real name.

Her revealing costume, which her father disapproves of, includes advertising for Pepsi NEX, a zero calorie Pepsi available in Japan developed by Suntory, a company who took part in the experiment which successfully produced the first true blue rose through genetic engineering, hence her alias and rose-themed uniform. She is also equipped with a monowheel-snowmobile vehicle, which she propels using her powers.

Despite claiming to dislike Kotetsu, Karina develops feelings for him, which causes her much internal conflict considering the age difference. After the one year time-skip, Karina is seen reading a book about how to win a single dad’s heart; seems she hasn’t given up.

At the insistence of her sponsor company and to her distaste, Blue Rose always tells criminals “my ice is a little bit cold, but your crime has been put completely on hold!” upon apprehending them. Karina has a habit of comically retreating from fights if they get too difficult for her, an act Hero TV’s announcer dubs the “Cutie Escape”.

In the films Tiger & Bunny: the Beginning and Tiger & Bunny: the Rising, her costume’s advertising replaces the Pepsi NEX ads for standard Pepsi logos. Her sponsor company is “Titan Industry”.

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Street Fighter IV Cosplay: Juri Han (Taori)

Another cosplay entry for these pages, this time featuring a trip to the ultimate fighting franchise for our insert, none other than the king among arcade fighting games – Street Fighter! (Well Street Fighter IV to be exact). The character being profiled? Korean newcomer, Juri Han, cosplayed here by Taori!

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The first ever Korean playable fighter, Juri is a taekwondo practitioner of note, and the series’ first ever proper female villain. An underling of the evil Seth and a member of S.I.N., Juri is a particularly nasty individual, eagerly playing off her sultry and provocative looks before decimating an opponent with her powerful kicks and ranged energy abilities, gifted by the pink Feng Shui Engine crystal embedded in her left eye.

A woman of powerful character and with an enjoyment in what she does, designer Yoshinori Ono’s “Spider” Juri is most definitely not a woman to be underestimated or crossed!

Cosplayer Taori pulls off a great mischievous and provocative Juri Han, with a lot of detail going into her spider/taekwondo costume, all pulled together of course by her rather outlandish hair style and slightly deranged look!

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Black Lagoon Cosplay: Revy (Bambee)

Japanese cosplayer Bambee slips into her denim “Daisy Dukes” shorts, picks up some nasty looking guns, and adopts a perhaps not quite mean enough attitude – in other words most of the necessary ingredients to bring to life Black Lagoon’s resident shooter, Revy!

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Ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, merciless and a sadistic killer, Revy is the Lagoon Company’s shooter, certainly not a woman who you should be arguing with, but for some reason has so far refrained from killing Rock, despite his attitude towards her!

Revy is one of the deadliest fighters in the series, whose skill with firearms and ability to dodge bullets is almost superhuman and unparalleled. There are only a few other characters, such as Roberta and Ginji, that can hold their ground against her in combat.

Her weapons of choice are a pair of modified Beretta 92FS’s; which are made out of stainless steel and had their barrels extended from 4.9″ to 5.9″ each (the 5.9″ is the combat MOD barrel) and also adapted for silencers. They are engraved with the words “9mm Sword Cutlass” on both sides, the Jolly Roger of the pirate Calico Jack (which is also inlaid into the ivory grips), and a manufacture inscription in Thai. Due to her ambidextrous marksmanship skills, she is nicknamed “Two Hand” by the denizens of Roanapur, which is based on Douglas E. Winter’s novel Run. Revy is also proficient in the use of other weapons, such as high powered rifles and the M79 grenade launcher.

Constantly living on the edge of life, Revy has developed a rather bleak, almost nihilistic outlook on life, relying only on her own power, skills, and money. She does believe in God but not emotions. However, she seems to respect and trust her companions.

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Kill la Kill Cosplay: Ryuko Matoi (Moeri)

The very popular, very over the top, and often very naughty, Kill la Kill anime features in today’s cosplay insert, coming to us courtesy of Japanese cosplayer Moeri who manages to bring to life a very serious Ryuko Matoi, pumped and ready for battle!

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Kill la Kill is set at Honnouji Academy, a fictional high school in Tokyo Bay set in post-apocalyptic Japan that is dominated by its fearsome student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin. The council members wear special uniforms called Goku Uniforms that grant them superhuman abilities, which they use to oppress the rest of the school’s students and staff. Ryuko Matoi, a 17-year-old vagrant schoolgirl wielding half a scissor-shaped longsword, transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of the owner of the other half of the scissor blade, the person who killed her father.

Defeated by the council after interrogating Satsuki over the killer’s identity and whereabouts, Ryuko comes across a sentient sailor uniform she names Senketsu, who puts himself on Ryuko. Using Senketsu’s special abilities, Ryuko stands up against Satsuki and her henchmen, the Four Heavenly Kings, to liberate Honnouji Academy from their iron grip and find out the truth behind her father’s murder.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion Cosplay: Rei Ayanami (Luna Amemiya)

Japanese cosplayer (sometimes ero) Luna Amemiya picks what is probably one of the most iconic characters to come out of the 90′s anime scene for today’s Cosplay entry, namely the mysterious Rei Ayanami, from the legendary Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise.

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The enigmatic Rei Ayanami, one of the mysterious First Children and pilot of Evangelion Unit-00, is a silent and socially withdrawn girl, displaying no lust for life or passion in her actions. Fiercely loyal to Nerv’s leader Gendo Ikari, Rei knows her expendable nature and has no problem throwing herself into battle despite the possible danger and risk to her self.

As the series reaches its climax, some serious revelations regarding the nature of Rei gets revealed, and as such she plays a pivotal role in the follow up movie, The End of Evangelion.

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Tekken Cosplay: Nina Williams (Nebulaluben)

Spanish cosplayer Laura, one half of the boyfriend/girlfriend cosplay team Nebulaluben, is known for her great fighting game related cosplays. This outing is no different as she brings to life the calculating Nina Williams, from Namco’s famed Tekken franchise.

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Nina Williams is a fictional character from Namco’s Tekken fighting game series. A cold-blooded Irish assassin, Nina made her first appearance in Tekken, the original game in the series, and is one of three playable characters (the others being Paul Phoenix and Heihachi Mishima), and the only female character to appear in every installment in the series. She also starred in her own spin-off game, Death by Degrees.

Nina has an unstable and often violent relationship with her younger sister, Anna Williams, who is frequently her arch-rival in the series. She is known for her fast and lethal fighting style, based loosely on the fighting arts hapkido and koppojutsu, among others. The character was mostly very well received, often regarded as one of the best Tekken characters as well as one of the most attractive and stylish female characters in gaming.

In the recent (and pretty good actually) Tekken movie, Nina was portrayed by ex-South African television personality, Candice Hillebrand.

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Mortal Kombat Cosplay: Skarlet (Nebulaluben)

Spanish cosplayer Laura, one half of the boyfriend/girlfriend cosplay team Nebulaluben, is known for her great fighting game related cosplays. This outing is no different as she brings to life the bloody Skarlet, from NetherRealm Studios’ 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot.

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Skarlet is an intense warrior created by Shao Kahn using sorcery and the blood of countless warriors, and is only ever released as a last resort. Her sole purpose is to discover Quan Chi’s true reason for attendance at the Mortal Kombat tournament.

Skarlet originated as a rumored character in Mortal Kombat II. During the game when choosing Kitana and Mileena, the palette swap would turn to red instead of blue (Kitana) or purple (Mileena) and so create an unnamed red female ninja. Netherrealm Studios confirmed that the name of the character had been decided to be Skarlet, and in March 2011 she was announced as one of Mortal Kombat’s first two downloadable characters.

She uses kodachi swords and kunai knives.

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