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Urusei Yatsura Cosplay: Benten (Pamela Colnaghi) Cosplay 18 DEC 2013

Italian cosplayer Pamela Colnaghi has role played quite a vast array of characters over the years, this time choosing to dig into her more “butch” side as she tackles Rumiko Takahashi’s space biker chick from her hit manga Urusei Yatsura, Benten!

Urusei Yatsura is a comedic manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi that premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1978 and ran until its conclusion in 1987. Its 374 individual chapters were collected and published in 34 tankobon volumes. The series tells the story of Ataru Moroboshi and the alien Lum, who believes she is Ataru’s wife after he accidentally proposes to her.

The series makes heavy use of Japanese mythology, culture and puns. The series was adapted into a TV anime series produced by Kitty Films and broadcast on Fuji Television affiliates from 1981 to 1986 over 195 episodes. Eleven original video animations and six theatrical movies followed, and the series has been released on VHS, Laserdisc and DVD in Japan.

Benten is Lum’s childhood friend. Her character is named after Shichifukujin Benzaiten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods), the Shinto goddess of knowledge, art, and beauty. This Benten is a “space biker chick” who wears a plate-mail bikini, sports a “butch” hair style, tears around the sky on a red airbike, curses like a longshoreman, and carries a high-tech bazooka. Her arrival on the scene is often heralded by artillery fire. She holds an annual battle against Lum’s Oni clan on Setsubun.

Aside from being a good hand-to-hand fighter and having the aforementioned bazooka, she appears to have no special powers. As children, Benten and Lum often instigated trouble that usually resulted in Ran getting hurt.

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InuYasha Cosplay: Kagome Higurashi (Hinako Usa) Cosplay 15 NOV 2013

Japanese cosplayer Hinako Usa grabs her schoolgirl costume and transforms herself into the feisty Kagome Higurashi, from the hit 90’s Rumiko Takahashi manga and anime franchise!

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Kagome Higurashi is the female protagonist and narrator of the series. Aged fifteen at the start of the series, she is a middle-school student born 12 March 1982 in modern Japan. She is the reincarnation of the deceased (and later reawakened) priestess Kikyo. Kagome has the sacred Shikon Jewel unknowingly hidden inside her body until her 15th birthday, when a demon pulls her into the Bone Eater’s Well at her family’s shrine and takes her five hundred years back through time.

They emerge in the Feudal Era about fifty years after Kikyo’s death, where the demon tears the Jewel from Kagome’s body. She releases InuYasha from his seal, and he defeats the demon, but after the awakening murder, attempts to slaughter Kagome for the Jewel. Kaede, Kikyo’s younger sister, uses her great spiritual power to force a necklace onto InuYasha, so InuYasha and Kagome are bound by the artifact. The Jewel’s power proves to be a very strong lure for evil. When the Crow Demon seizes the Sacred Jewel, Kagome attempts to stop it with a longbow and arrow, but in doing so, accidentally shatters the jewel into numerous fragments that disperse throughout Japan.

She agrees to help find them, as she can sense the presence of nearby shards, and InuYasha comes along as protector and companion (and, ostensibly, so he can steal the jewel from her when it’s complete, though he makes no secret of this). As the series progresses, she begins to deeply fall in love with InuYasha, and finds herself competing with the revived Kikyo for his romantic love and affections, on top of finding herself trapped in the middle of a very decision that could make or break the world that she knows and love, with just one final wish, along with the help of Inuyasha by her side, Kagome wishes away the jewel saving the world around and is sent back to her own time.

Three years later, Kagome returns to the Feudal Era after completing her high school years and meets up with InuYasha once again. As a result of that, she marries InuYasha.

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InuYasha Cosplay: Sango (Erika Kurosuzu) Cosplay 08 NOV 2013

Japanese cosplayer Erika Kurosuzu dons her ninja outfit as she brings to life Sango from the popular 90’s manga and anime franchise, InuYasha!

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Sango is a demon slayer, aged sixteen, who hails from a village of professional demon slayers. Of her broad repertoire of tools and tricks for fighting demons, Sango’s most powerful weapon is the Hiraikotsu, a massive boomerang made of purified demon bones. Her other weapons include a concealed sword and poisons. She is accompanied by the demon cat Kirara, who accompanies Sango into battle.

Sango is first seen when she and her family and companions were on a mission to slay an evil demon, while another demon had actually possessed the lord of the castle. The demon possessing the lord ends up controlling Kohaku, Sango’s younger brother, and causes him to slay all the demon slayers except Sango. Realizing a demon was possessing both the lord and Kohaku, Sango attempts to attack the lord, but she and Kohaku are shot by the lord’s retainers and assumed to be dead and buried at the orders of the lord’s son, Kagewaki Hitomi.

Naraku later tricks Sango into killing InuYasha by deeming him responsible for her village’s destruction. When the plot fails and Sango joins InuYasha’s group, Naraku revives Kohaku, controlling him as a pawn to manipulate Sango’s emotions. While Sango seeks revenge against Naraku, her primary goal is to rescue Kohaku from Naraku’s influence and save his life.

Sango is often the victim of Miroku’s lecherous tendencies and gives him a loud slap for it, though she eventually falls in love with him. While she accepts Miroku’s proposal of marriage, she requests that Miroku stop his lecherous actions and not to flirt either. He gradually acquieses to her request, focusing his attention on her exclusively. At the end of series, when Miroku loses his Wind Tunnel, Sango marries Miroku, using the next three years with Miroku and form a family with a pair of twin girls and a baby boy. The two move into a larger home in Kaede’s village.

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Urusei Yatsura Cosplay: Lum Invader (Ryoko Demon) Cosplay 26 SEP 2013

One of the most iconic anime characters to come out of the 80′s was undoubtedly Rumiko Takahashi’s Lum Invader, from her popular Urusei Yatsura manga. Today it is the turn of Russian cosplayer Ryoko Demon to don the famous animal print bikini, and pull up those go-go boots, in celebration of all things Lum!

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Lum is a beautiful Oni alien (with horns) who is capable of flying, generating electrical shocks, and even producing lightning on certain occasions. With her penchant for ending her sentences all with ~daccha, she is most often seen going about in her standard Oni outfit which is a tiger-striped bikini with knee-high go-go boots.

After losing a game of tag to one Ataru Moroboshi (in with the fate of the world at stake), Lum is forced to stay behind on Earth, engaged to the rather lecherous Ataru. Although she absolutely adores Ataru and is good-natured, sweet and innocent in personality, Lum does have quite a temper on her and is always ready to give Ataru a good electrocution in the hope of mending his groping ways.

Oh, and she can’t really cook. Or at least, cook anything that a human could possible withstand…

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Urusei Yatsura Cosplay: Lum Invader (Pamela Colnaghi) Cosplay 29 OCT 2012

One of the most iconic anime characters to come out of the 80′s was undoubtedly Rumiko Takahashi’s Lum Invader, from her popular Urusei Yatsura manga. Today it is the turn of Italian cosplayer Pamela Colnaghi to don the famous animal print bikini, and pull up those go-go boots, in celebration of all things Lum!

Lum is a beautiful Oni alien (with horns) who is capable of flying, generating electrical shocks, and even producing lightning on certain occasions. With her penchant for ending her sentences all with ~daccha, she is most often seen going about in her standard Oni outfit which is a tiger-striped bikini with knee-high go-go boots.

After losing a game of tag to one Ataru Moroboshi (in with the fate of the world at stake), Lum is forced to stay behind on Earth, engaged to the rather lecherous Ataru. Although she absolutely adores Ataru and is good-natured, sweet and innocent in personality, Lum does have quite a temper on her and is always ready to give Ataru a good electrocution in the hope of mending his groping ways.

Oh, and she can’t really cook. Or at least, cook anything that a human could possible withstand…

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Urusei Yatsura Cosplay: Benten (Unidentified) Cosplay 04 OCT 2012

Snapped at Comiket 2010 by photographer Charlee Chayatana, this unnamed Japanese cosplayer tackles Rumiko Takahashi’s space biker chick from her hit manga Urusei Yatsura, Benten!

Urusei Yatsura is a comedic manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi that premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1978 and ran until its conclusion in 1987. Its 374 individual chapters were collected and published in 34 tankobon volumes. The series tells the story of Ataru Moroboshi and the alien Lum, who believes she is Ataru’s wife after he accidentally proposes to her.

The series makes heavy use of Japanese mythology, culture and puns. The series was adapted into a TV anime series produced by Kitty Films and broadcast on Fuji Television affiliates from 1981 to 1986 over 195 episodes. Eleven original video animations and six theatrical movies followed, and the series has been released on VHS, Laserdisc and DVD in Japan.

Benten is Lum’s childhood friend. Her character is named after Shichifukujin Benzaiten (one of the Seven Lucky Gods), the Shinto goddess of knowledge, art, and beauty. This Benten is a “space biker chick” who wears a plate-mail bikini, sports a “butch” hair style, tears around the sky on a red airbike, curses like a longshoreman, and carries a high-tech bazooka. Her arrival on the scene is often heralded by artillery fire. She holds an annual battle against Lum’s Oni clan on Setsubun.

Aside from being a good hand-to-hand fighter and having the aforementioned bazooka, she appears to have no special powers. As children, Benten and Lum often instigated trouble that usually resulted in Ran getting hurt.

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Urusei Yatsura Cosplay: Lum Invader (Mogu Cosplay) Cosplay 22 JUL 2012

One of the most iconic anime characters to come out of the 80’s was undoubtedly Rumiko Takahashi’s Lum Invader, from her popular Urusei Yatsura manga. Today it is the turn of Italian cosplayer Mogu Cosplay (aka Gabriella) to don the famous animal print bikini, and pull up those go-go boots, in celebration of all things Lum!

Lum is a beautiful Oni alien (with horns) who is capable of flying, generating electrical shocks, and even producing lightning on certain occasions. With her penchant for ending her sentences all with ~daccha, she is most often seen going about in her standard Oni outfit which is a tiger-striped bikini with knee-high go-go boots.

After losing a game of tag to one Ataru Moroboshi (in with the fate of the world at stake), Lum is forced to stay behind on Earth, engaged to the rather lecherous Ataru. Although she absolutely adores Ataru and is good-natured, sweet and innocent in personality, Lum does have quite a temper on her and is always ready to give Ataru a good electrocution in the hope of mending his groping ways.

Oh, and she can’t really cook. Or at least, cook anything that a human could possible withstand…

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urusei_Yatsura