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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.


Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes enemies as real life Sinon

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:33

by Brent Koepp


A Sword Art Online cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing her transformation into popular anime character Sinon. The artist’s stunning take brings the Phantom Bullet heroine to life.

Originally written in 2002 by novelist Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online exploded in popularity a decade later with its animated adaptation in 2012. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with its creative take on massively multiplayer online role playing games.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘hendoart‘ Hendo made waves on social media when she shared her costume based on the anime’s second season arc, the Phantom Bullet. The talented artist brought the beloved blue-haired sniper Sinon to life with an insanely accurate take.

Screenshot of Sword Art Online character Sinon.
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The blue-haired sniper stars in Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online cosplayer becomes real life Sinon

While the series starts off with protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya getting stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad, the show’s later seasons take place in a different online video game. In season two, Kirito meets a fierce sniper with a deadly aim named Sinon.

Bringing the heroine to life, cosplayer Hendoart shared her mind-blowing transformation into the character on Instagram. Photographer ‘nerdypictures‘ captured the artist posing in her signature outfit. The costume is full of meticulous detail, and includes a cut out black and white bodysuit which runs under her green jacket and leggings.

Sarah recreated a scene from the anime, and mirrored Sinon’s battle stance by holding her iconic sniper rifle behind her head. The life-size prop weapon was created by ‘airsoftevike‘ and is so accurate that it looks as if it could have come straight out of the screen.


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In another shot posted to social media, Hendo gave viewers a closer look at how faithful her Sword Art Online cosplay actually is. Not only did she mirror the heroine’s giant blue and silver belt buckle, she also created Sinon’s white scarf which she uses to wrap around her face to protect herself from the elements.


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While Sword Art Online’s anime has been a massive hit, its Light Novel adaptation is one of the most popular series in Japan. The franchise is so beloved, it’s been made into various games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well.

Those interested in checking out the MMO-based show can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently has seasons one through three available right now.