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Dead or Alive (DOA) Cosplay: Kasumi (Tsukiya) Cosplay 17 MAY 2013

The main character of the Dead or Alive (DOA) fighting game franchise since 1996 bursts into our cosplay feature this week, none other than the deadly Kasumi! (Brought to life here by the always happy to dress risqué Japanese cosplayer Tsukiya, also known as Jet Hyp!).

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One of gaming’s foremost sex symbols, Kasumi also happens to be the personal favourite of Team Ninja’s founder and the series creator, Tomonobu Itagaki.

According to the game canon, Kasumi, also known as the Kunoichi of Destiny, is a teenage female shinobi (ninja) skilled in the Mugen style of ninjutsu. Selected as the18th Master of the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan, Kasumi deserted her duties and entered the Dead or Alive tournament in order to defeat Raidou, the man who crippled her brother, in a revenge attack.

Although compassionate and not particularly at ease with violence and conflict most of the time, this highly skilled ninja is however not someone you wish to cross swords with, as she is quite simply, as deadly as she is beautiful!

In terms of gameplay, although altering slightly through the series’ various iterations, Kasumi is primarily a very balanced fighter with good speed, execution and fairly simplistic input commands, and is thus considered a mid-to-top tier character by most. Her range is however fairly lacking and her single strikes not particularly powerful, meaning she is best used as a pressure fighter, in other words constantly attacking without giving her opponent an opportunity to launch an attack.

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Soulcalibur Cosplay: Taki (Kelume) Cosplay 29 MAR 2013

American cospayer Kelume takes on what is probably my favourite playable Soulcalibur character, the swift and deadly Taki!

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Taki is a fictional character in the Soul series of fighting games produced by Namco. Taki, one of the series’ main characters, is a 16th century Japanese demon huntress and a runaway kunoichi (female ninja), who is traveling the world on a quest to destroy an evil sword known as Soul Edge.

Taki was introduced in the arcade version of Soul Edge in 1995, in which she and Sophitia were the two official protagonists. She was featured as a player character in every title of the Soul series until 2011’s Soulcalibur V, in which Taki’s place was taken by her young disciple Natsu. Taki is also featured in some other works, including Namco × Capcom and Queen’s Gate.

The character has achieved popularity, receiving mostly positive critical feedback. She is often regarded as one of the top female ninja characters in video games, and a sex symbol of the fighting genre and gaming in general. Several publications, which noted her iconic status in the Soul series, regretted her absence in Soulcalibur V.

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Uncanny X-Men Cosplay: Psylocke (Linda Le) Cosplay 10 MAR 2013

The beautiful and deadly psychic ninja Psylocke is brought to life by popular cosplay and gamer girl Linda Le, probably best known by her online handle, Vampy!

Over the years various writers have certainly put her character through the wringer, but at the start of it all, creator Chris Claremont’s precognitive ninja played supporting character to her fraternal twin brother, Captain Britain, even substituting every now and then for him. Later on she became the mutant superheroine Psylocke, who developed telepathic abilities and then later acquired Jean’s Grey’s telekinesis.

Known for her psychic blades, Psylocke is nevertheless a warrior who can really get into your head!

In her most recent outing, following the aftermath of Second Coming, Psylocke (along with Deadpool, Fantomex, and Archangel) is selected by Wolverine to be a member of the new X-Force, the sole condition being that no one must learn of the team’s existence. Psylocke has been seen using her telepathy to help Warren control the “Archangel” persona in his mind, which has led to the two rekindling their previous relationship. The team’s first mission is to locate and kill Apocalypse, who has been reborn. After the events of SCHISM, while Psylocke has decided to stay on Utopia with Cyclops’ team, she also secretly stays on X-Force to help whenever Wolverine requests. Cyclops also places Psylocke in charge of a new X-Men Security team, asking her to be his spy and spy-hunter.

During the Dark Angel Saga, the Jean Grey of the Age of Apocalypse universe opened up Psylocke’s mind, allowing her to tap into a previously untapped power. Writer Rick Remender confirms that Psylocke is now an Omega Level telepath. She also willingly gives up her capability to feel sorrow and regret as part of a bargain to save Fantomex from death at the hands of Skinlessman.

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Mortal Kombat Cosplay Quickie: Kitana (Unidentified) Cosplay 22 JAN 2013

Having appeared in basically every form Mortal Kombat-related media, Kitana is by far one of the most popular characters in the franchise, and has gained critical acclaim as one of the most attractive women of video games in general.

For this particular cosplay photo, an unidentified but rather sexy cosplayer has deemed it necessary to pick up Lady Kitana’s deadly war fans and thus bring the dangerous beauty over to our realm!

Kitana is a recurring player and a one-time boss character from the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. One of the lead characters of the Mortal Kombat saga, Kitana is the princess of the other-dimensional realm of Edenia and the daughter of Queen Sindel.

As a member of the Edenian race, Kitana is over 10,000 years old, although she appears to be a young woman. Throughout the years, she has risen to great importance, first as the loyal stepdaughter of the evil Outworld emperor Shao Kahn; then his enemy, tearing herself away from his grasp and freeing her home realm of Edenia; and then leading an army into Outworld to combat any chance of Kahn rising to power again.

Kitana shared a subtle love interest with Earthrealm champion Liu Kang until he was killed by the Deadly Alliance, though they were briefly reunited prior to his resurrection. Despite her loyalty to Shao Kahn for most of her life, she has aligned herself on the good side after learning the truth about her past and real family. A disfigured clone of Kitana, given the name Mileena, was introduced as Kitana’s twin sister, and has been a prominent arch-rival in the original game series’ timeline

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitana_%28Mortal_Kombat%29

Uncanny X-Force Cosplay: Psylocke (Mostflogged) Cosplay 25 NOV 2012

American cosplayer Jenni, better known by her handle of Mostflogged, has featured in some high profile cosplay shoots before, like her photos taken with the current queen of American cosplay, Yaya Han. Never mind those though, this girl sure is busy in the world of cosplay (as evidenced by her DeviantArt and ACP profiles), both in terms of wearing costumes as well as actually making them!

For this particular shoot, Jenni turns to the new Uncanny X-Force line, picking out the delectably deadly Psylocke as her character of choice!

Over the years various writers have certainly put her character through the wringer, but at the start of it all, creator Chris Claremont’s precognitive ninja played supporting character to her fraternal twin brother, Captain Britain, even substituting every now and then for him. Later on she became the mutant superheroine Psylocke, who developed telepathic abilities and then later acquired Jean’s Grey’s telekinesis.

Known for her psychic blades, Psylocke is nevertheless a warrior who can really get into your head!

In her most recent outing, following the aftermath of Second Coming, Psylocke (along with Deadpool, Fantomex, and Archangel) is selected by Wolverine to be a member of the new X-Force, the sole condition being that no one must learn of the team’s existence. Psylocke has been seen using her telepathy to help Warren control the “Archangel” persona in his mind, which has led to the two rekindling their previous relationship. The team’s first mission is to locate and kill Apocalypse, who has been reborn. After the events of SCHISM, while Psylocke has decided to stay on Utopia with Cyclops’ team, she also secretly stays on X-Force to help whenever Wolverine requests. Cyclops also places Psylocke in charge of a new X-Men Security team, asking her to be his spy and spy-hunter.

During the Dark Angel Saga, the Jean Grey of the Age of Apocalypse universe opened up Psylocke’s mind, allowing her to tap into a previously untapped power. Writer Rick Remender confirms that Psylocke is now an Omega Level telepath. She also willingly gives up her capability to feel sorrow and regret as part of a bargain to save Fantomex from death at the hands of Skinlessman.

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Mortal Kombat Cosplay: Skarlet (Illyne) Cosplay 11 NOV 2012

French cosplayer Illyne is better known for her numerous outings dressed up as Lara Croft through all the various game incarnations, but here she swaps out her pistols for some far sharper – and bloodier!

From the 2011 Mortal Kombat reboot courtesy of NetherRealm Studios, comes… Skarlet!

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.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_Kombat_%282011%29

Uncanny X-Men Cosplay: Psylocke (Angeli) Cosplay 09 NOV 2012

Captured at the San Diego Comic Con International 2009 meet by photographer “Eurobeat King”, American cosplayer Angeli tackles one of the hottest ninja, psychic warriors to ever come out of Britain, Ms. Betsy Braddock, a.k.a Psylocke, for today’s comic cosplay entry.

And yes, she does it well.

Over the years various writers have certainly put her character through the wringer, but at the start of it all, creator Chris Claremont’s precognitive ninja played supporting character to her fraternal twin brother, Captain Britain, even substituting every now and then for him. Later on she became the mutant superheroine Psylocke, who developed telepathic abilities and then later acquired Jean’s Grey’s telekinesis.

Known for her psychic blades, Psylocke is nevertheless a warrior who can really get into your head!

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Uncanny X-Men Cosplay: Psylocke (Melanie Bolen) Cosplay 24 OCT 2012

American personal trainer and fitness instructor Melanie Bolen tackles one of the hottest ninja, psychic warriors to ever come out of Britain, Ms. Betsy Braddock, a.k.a Psylocke, for today’s comic cosplay entry.

And yes, she does it well.

Over the years various writers have certainly put her character through the wringer, but at the start of it all, creator Chris Claremont’s precognitive ninja played supporting character to her fraternal twin brother, Captain Britain, even substituting every now and then for him. Later on she became the mutant superheroine Psylocke, who developed telepathic abilities and then later acquired Jean’s Grey’s telekinesis.

Known for her psychic blades, Psylocke is nevertheless a warrior who can really get into your head!

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Dead or Alive (DOA) Cosplay: Kasumi (Chihane) Cosplay 08 OCT 2012

The main character of the Dead or Alive (DOA) fighting game franchise since 1996 bursts into our cosplay feature this week, being none other than the deadly Kasumi, portrayed here by Japanese gravure idol and part time cosplayer, Chihane!

One of gaming’s foremost sex symbols, Kasumi also happens to be the personal favourite of Team Ninja’s founder and the series creator, Tomonobu Itagaki.

According to the game canon, Kasumi, also known as the Kunoichi of Destiny, is a teenage female shinobi (ninja) skilled in the Mugen style of ninjutsu. Selected as the18th Master of the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan, Kasumi deserted her duties and entered the Dead or Alive tournament in order to defeat Raidou, the man who crippled her brother, in a revenge attack.

Although compassionate and not particularly at ease with violence and conflict most of the time, this highly skilled ninja is however not someone you wish to cross swords with, as she is quite simply, as deadly as she is beautiful!

In terms of gameplay, although altering slightly through the series’ various iterations, Kasumi is primarily a very balanced fighter with good speed, execution and fairly simplistic input commands, and is thus considered a mid-to-top tier character by most. Her range is however fairly lacking and her single strikes not particularly powerful, meaning she is best used as a pressure fighter, in other words constantly attacking without giving her opponent an opportunity to launch an attack.

Related Link: http://deadoralive.wikia.com/wiki/Kasumi