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My Hero Academia creator honors Kobe Bryant with heartwarming tribute

Published: 31/Jan/2020 23:51

by Brent Koepp


My Hero Academia’s creator Kohei Horikoshi paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, who passed away on January 26. The Japanese artist honored the Lakers star with a sketch that is truly fitting for an NBA legend.

Kobe Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter accident along with his daughter Gianna and seven other passengers. The legendary basketball player has had tributes pouring out from fans across the world.

Now one of anime’s biggest artists, Kohei Horikoshi, has honored the Lakers star with a touching My Hero Academia sketch, showing just how inspirational Kobe really was.

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The basketball star and his daughter passed away on January 26.

My Hero Academia tribute to Kobe Bryant

On January 28, the Japanese artist uploaded a drawing to Twitter of My Hero Academia protagonist Izuku Midoriya. The artwork shows the hero flying through the air while carrying two children.

While at a glance it might look like a regular sketch, Horikoshi made a change to the character’s shoes. Instead of his usual sneakers, the anime hero was wearing Nike footwear inspired by Bryant.

The talented artist didn’t mention the Laker star in his tweet, but fans quickly picked up on the change in the main protagonist’s foot apparel.

The first Twitter user to notice the tribute, Connor Mitchell, exclaimed, “Did anyone notice Hori drew a Nike shoes for Izuku? Paying a respect for Kobe Bryant’s passing.”

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A fan picked up on the My Hero Academia drawing featuring Kobe’s shoes.

As more fans began to recognize the heartwarming tribute, ‘rexsvns’ found a photo of Bryant wearing the inspired shoes, and made a comparison to the sketch side by side.

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A MHA fan compared Kobe Bryant’s shoe side by side with the sketch.

The tweet went viral, and saw over 6.2 likes and 1.2k retweet as My Hero Academia fans poured in to praise the nod to Bryant.

The Lakers return to the Staples Center on January 31 for their first game since his passing, and will be celebrating the basketball player’s life with a tribute.

Horikoshi’s heartfelt drawing proves just how influential the NBA legend truly was, even touching the talented artist in all the way in Japan.


Demon Slayer cosplayer goes viral as perfect Nezuko in a box

Published: 23/Oct/2020 0:47

by Brent Koepp


A Demon Slayer cosplayer went viral on Instagram after adorably bringing Nezuko Kamado traveling in a box to life. The talented artist creatively transformed into the anime heroine while riding on the back of Tanjiro.

Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, as viewers around the world became enthralled with its brutally dark world and stylish animation. The series follows the Kamado siblings who are on a quest to avenge their family.

Prolific cosplayer Zekia ‘aru.rinh‘ went viral on social media when she transformed into the show’s lead heroine, Nezuko. The talented artist re-created the character traveling in a box that will be sure to capture hearts of fans.

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The anime heroine travels in a box carried on her brother’s back.

Demon Slayer cosplayer brings Nezuko in a box to life

Early on in the story, Nezuko Kamado is turned into a demon after surviving a brutal attack from a creature. A part of her new powers is the ability to shrink her body. To avoid being seen, the heroine travels in a box that is carried by her brother.

Cosplayer ‘aru.rinh’ went viral on Instagram after bringing the iconic plot point to real life. Photographer ‘muze‘ captured Zekia sitting in a box strapped to the back of an artist portraying her sibling, Tanjiro.

Adorably, her legs hang out of the wooden container as she sits snugly in the box. In the picture’s caption, she explained, “yes i do fit all the way into the box.”

In another shot posted to social media, aru.rinh gave viewers a full look at how detailed her costume really is. She faithfully created Nezuko’s signature pink yukata, including the red and white checkered sash around her waist. Zekia even included the character’s large leg wraps that go into her sandals.

The cosplayer also posed in an up-close portrait photo, and shows off how faithful her look is to the anime. In the series, the Kamado sibling’s eyes turn bright pink after being turned into a demon, which aru.rinh nailed effortlessly as her curly black hair falls on her shoulders.

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Demon Slayer originally made its debut in 2016 as a manga, however found worldwide acclaim after being adapted into an anime by studio Ufotable.

After a year of waiting, the series finally makes its return in the form of the theatrical film Mugen Train. For everything we know about the project, check out our guide here.