Zombie-ya Reiko, otherwise known as Reiko the Zombie Shop, is a Japanese manga series by Rei Mikamoto, chronicling the exploits of Reiko Himezono, a teenage “zombie shop”, or a “…necromancer-for-hire employed by bereaved families to resurrect departed loved ones for a short time so that the dead may impart their final truths to the living.”
Popular Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda has opted to bring back to life (well undead if you have to be technical) teenage serial killer, Saki Yurikawa in this pretty creepy cosplay session.
Introduced in the first volume’s side-stories, titled Dead Sister, Saki Yurikawa is a teenaged serial killer, a homicidal maniac who forces young girls to be her “little sister”, and then brutally murders them when they refuse.
When she was younger her original little sister, Midori ended up comatose after a younger Saki knocked her down a flight of stairs while trying to imitate the character of a magical girl anime series Saki use to watch. Since then, she’s murdered over thirty young girls, and others who have gotten in her way.
Saki meets her demise when she crosses paths with Reiko who, even reduced to a severed head, manages to kill Saki by summoning the souls of the people she’s killed, leaving Saki to be forever tormented in Hell.
From that point in the series, Saki serves the role as Reiko’s faithful zombie, silently following Reiko’s orders. It is unknown whether or not Saki’s mute personality was a side-effect of the zombification or a result of post-traumatic stress disorder while she was imprisoned in Hell. Despite her murderous intentions, Saki has a fondness of sweets to the point where she once skipped school to get a sundae.
Towards the end of the final volume, Saki regains her free will after Reiko accidentally destroyed the Witch’s Stone while she was carrying it. This causes Saki to revert back to human status and attempts to use her newly regained freedom to escape, only to be sliced in half by Jasmine.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiko_the_Zombie_Shop
Well known Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda goes all out as she brings to life Paffy Phahuricia, from the Hao Taikei Ryu Knight franchise, in this beautifully executed cosplay.
Hao Taikei Ryu Knight is a manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Ito. It was originally serialized monthly in the Shueisha magazine V-Jump starting in 1993. A 52-episode anime television adaptation of the series was produced by Sunrise, directed by Toshifumi Kawase, and aired in Japan from April 5, 1994, to March 28, 1995. Due to its success, the series gained three original video animation (OVA) series.
Taikei Ryu Knight tells the story of Adeu, a boy who lives his life by the “Ethos of Chivalry” (a code of conduct similar to the Knightly Virtues), who is on a quest to Earth’s Blade, a gigantic sword reaching to the sky from the ground. Along the way, he meets Paffy, who is a princess and her two escorts, Sarutobi, a ninja, and Izumi, a priest. Throughout their adventure, they come across many villains, mostly composed of thieves and bandits who are after their Ryu mechs, which are far stronger than the normal mechs.
Paffy pilots the Ryu Mage Magidora, though with the addition of a Spirit Stone, it receives a class-changes to Ryu Wizard Magidora.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ha%C5%8D_Taikei_Ry%C5%AB_Knight
Kujo Saburou is an ordinary high schooler, hyperactive and strangely interested in mysterious (alien) things. He quickly becomes friends with a new transfer student, Shima Ango, who happens to find him in a game of hide-and-seek. But what he doesn’t know is Shima’s true goal: the extermination of mononoke terrorizing the Toyko area. Caught in the middle of their fight, Kujo loses his head, unsealing an Oni inside of him…
Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda takes a page out of Kyujyo Kiyo’s over the top Zone-00 manga to bring to life Mayoko Okino for this cosplay outing!
Often called “Majoko” throughout the series ( a pun nickname involving the word “Majo”, “witch”, and her own name), Mayoko Okino is known in the series as the “Witch of the West”. She was first shown flying with her broom over a site where Ango Shima was fighting against a Mononoke. She was later formally introduced when presented to her new class (Kujo’s class), as a transfer student coming from Kyoto, along with Shima. It is implied that she knew Ango beforehand, as she states that they might have already fought once.
As a witch, she also has a familiar: a nekomata named Senryou (who is, supposedly, her boyfriend), portrayed as small, black cat whose tail’s divided. His eyes are also colored differently, as the left one is indigo and the right one, golden. He has pleaded her loyalty after she saved his life.
Related Link: http://zone-00.wikia.com/wiki/ZONE-00_Wiki
The ever popular Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda tackles the enjoyable Fate/Stay Night franchise for this cosplay outing, targeting the heroine magus Rin Tohsaka as her character of choice!
Rin Tohsaka is a model student and idol of Shiro’s school. She barely talks to other students in her school and exhibits a desire to be left alone, as exemplified by her tendency to stay on the school’s rooftop, away from the rest of the students. She is also secretly a Magus, and a Master in the Fifth Holy Grail War. In the beginning of the anime, she summons Archer for her Servant, although she originally wanted to summon Saber.
Rin is reared as the successor to her family’s magecraft, instructed by her father, Tokiomi Tohsaka, to prioritize sorcery over her own interests. After her father is killed, Rin continues to perfect her sorcery, with some guidance from her guardian, Kirei Kotomine. She strives to earn the admiration of her peers to avoid drawing attention to her private life, even though she is secretly stingy, tomboyish, and a slacker. She is perceptive, resourceful and avidly competitive.
Rin specializes in the transformation of energy, which includes storage of Mana in objects. She stores all of her mana in jewels that she regularly charges to bypass her body’s natural limitations on releasing energy. She can detonate her jewels on contact with an object, resulting in a release of energy equivalent to an attack rank of “A”. Her most common offensive spell is Gandr, which fires concentrated mana in the form of a black orb from her finger. On contact, the spell amplifies physical conditions – a person who is already sick, for example, becomes far sicker upon being hit, but she can imbue it with such power that it instantly knocks weaker beings out on contact. Rin is also proficient with reinforcement sorcery, which she uses on her legs to give herself more speed. She is known to be somewhat of a prodigy in magecraft – while most magi are proficient at one, sometimes two elements, Rin possesses the very rare trait of being equally skilled in all five and is thus known as an Average One.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fate/stay_night
A young boy named Tsunayoshi Sawada finds out that he is next in line to become the boss of the most powerful Mafia organization called Vongola, the Vongola Family. As such, the Vongola’s most powerful hitman, a gun-toting infant named Reborn, is sent to tutor “Tsuna” on how to become a respectable boss. And that, in a nutshell, is what the hugely popular Katekayo Hitman Reborn! manga and anime franchise is all about.
Popular Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda takes it upon herself here to bring to life one Lal Mirch, the only female member of the Arcobaleno!
Lal Mirch is the holder of a corrupted pacifier. She is the only female member of the Arcobaleno who states that she cannot live up to the Arcobaleno name, considering herself to be one of its weakest members.
This is due to her curse being incomplete after Colonnello, her former subordinate in the COMSUBIN, attempted to take her place. Her incomplete transformation clouded her pacifier, and caused her original rain energy to change into both the mist and cloud energies, as well as causing the scars on her face. Also, if she does not use her Arcobaleno powers, her curse would gradually disappear, which is why she eventually becomes an adult again.
However, upon using her Arcobaleno powers in the future, her pacifier glows blue, and she states that her pacifier was supposed to be the blue pacifier that Colonnello attained. She is also part of the Vongola’s CEDEF, or Outside Advisors. According to Reborn, she shows her emotions easily and is very readable.
She is voiced by Masami Suzuki in the anime.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitman_Reborn
Popular Japanese cosplayer Midori Kanda dips her toe into the hugely popular Code Geass anime franchise, choosing to bring to life everyone’s favourite female Knightmare Frame pilot and top student, Kallen Stadtfeld!
Kallen Stadtfeld is a half-Britannian, half-Japanese teenager girl. Her father is Britannian and her mother is an Eleven; her father comes from a prestigious Britannian family, which Kallen benefits from. She attends the Ashford Academy, where she pretends to be ill to explain her prolonged absences. She later becomes a member of its student council and one of the school’s most outstanding students.
Kallen is a member of a Japanese resistance cell originally led by her brother, who died in the first episode, and then later joins Zero’s Black Knights. She is the group’s most talented pilot and on par with the Knights of the Round. Throughout the series, her devotion to Zero is unmatched among any of the other members of the Black Knights. She is one of the few people that understands that Zero Requiem was intended to turn the whole world against Lelouch.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_Geass
Today’s cosplay entry takes a character from the hugely popular, original run of Neon Genesis Evangelion, in the form of Asuka Langley Soryu, brought to life by the always brilliant Japanese cosplayer, Midori Kanda.
Asuka is first introduced into the series in episode 8, with the arrival of Eva Unit 02 and the battle with the Angel Gaghiel. Asuka is shown as maintaining a high synchronization ratio and exceptional skills as an Eva pilot, being very aggressive and confident in battle. After first being defeated in battle by Zeruel, Asuka’s self-confidence (and, correspondingly, her synch ratio and effectiveness as a pilot) begins to dwindle. This comes to a head in episode 22, when Arael appears and Asuka, burdened by increasingly poor results in synchronization tests, is infuriated by being ordered to serve as backup to Rei. She defies orders and tries to attack the Angel alone, but is overwhelmed by a psychological attack by the Angel, forcing her to relive her painful memories and resulting in a mental breakdown.
She becomes incapable of piloting Unit 02, and since piloting Eva is the meaning of her life, Asuka loses the will to live and spends much of the final episodes of the television series in a hospital bed in a catatonic state.
Asuka’s surname comes from the Japanese World War II aircraft carrier Soryu, her German surname from the American World War II aircraft carrier Langley. Her first name comes from Asuka Saki, who is the main character of the Japanese comic, SuperGirl Asuka written by Shinji Wada.
Character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto explained that he “first designed an Asuka-type girl as the lead character” but felt it might be too similar to previous anime that he and Anno had worked on, such as Gunbuster and Nadia. He suggested to Anno that they change the lead character to a boy, which would be more in keeping with the robot genre.
Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asuka_Langley_Soryu
Cosplay queen Midori Kanda graces us with her cosplay skills once more, with this week’s portrayal of short-tempered Taiga Aisaka from Toradora!