My Hero Academia gets evil twist with "My Villain Academia" fan creation - Dexerto
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My Hero Academia gets evil twist with “My Villain Academia” fan creation

Published: 22/May/2019 22:20 Updated: 22/May/2019 22:30

by Alan Bernal

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Fans of the hit anime My Hero Academia have fallen in love with the diverse U.A. High School students, but some fan’s adoration of the show’s evil characters have led to an incredible alternate timeline.

While audiences will need to be patient for the return of My Hero Academia, fans have been creating everything from insane crossovers to sinister cosplays while they await for the show’s fourth season.

One of the latest creations to come from the show’s artistic fanbase is a series of cover arts for an awesome idea featuring the franchise’s rising villains, aptly named “My Villain Academia.”

Haretoke315 TwitterProbably the most striking cover art of the collection featuring the usually eccentric Toga painted in a calmer light.
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‘My Villain Academia’ gives a deeper look into untold stories

Artist ‘Haretoke’ released stunning comic book variants for what seems to be a story based on the daily adventures for My Hero Academia’s villains much like fans already get with Midoriya, Bakugo, Uraraka and more.

The designs feature prominent characters from the show like Toga, Tomura, Giran and Twice all in stunning portrait that draw that paint them in unique lights.

Toga is visually striking, showing the blood-thirsty villainess wrapped in mutli-colored sheets. Haretoke named this edition “Love for Blood,” which perfectly paints the idea of Toga in love with all the kinds of blood she’s got her hands on over the years.

Haretoke315 TwitterThe embattled Tomura has a colorful comic cover, something he might hate if he knew.
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Tomura meanwhile is the star of a comic variant called “Sleepy” in which he’s dragging himself across a crowd of colorful people. It looks like this story would be about how the villainous leader suffers on the daily having to put up with other humans.

Meanwhile, the money-driven Giran is literally laying in rubbish on the cover of “Go! Sliding Go!.” Then Twice is seen carrying his crush Toga in his comic called “Heart of Injury” which might just be the story of him never getting with the aim of his desire.

Haretoke315 TwitterEven though he’s the star of this comic, it doesn’t look like Twice will be getting the girl in the end.
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Even as the series has stalled with more episodes not expected sooner than late 2019, My Hero Academia fans are a treasure trove of excellent fan creations that will just have to keep them going until more instalments arrive.

But if artists like Haretoke keep producing art of this caliber, the wait for the next season of My Hero Academia might not be so bad.

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Eugene Lee Yang goes viral cosplaying Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:39

by Georgina Smith

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Writer, Director, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang has absolutely blown Avatar: The Last Airbender fans away with his flawless cosplays, recreating not just Azula but Zuko too.

Since rising to internet fame with his work on YouTube series ‘the Try Guys,’ Eugene Lee Yang has established himself as a creator in his own right, producing many hugely viral videos exploring LGBTQ+ and Asian-American identities.

Each year in what he describes as his ‘Asian Halloween Tradition,’ Eugene cosplays different Asian characters from popular movies, TV shows, books and more to celebrate different aspects of those cultures, and works alongside a team to flex their outstanding costume and makeup skills.

In the past, he’s recreated characters like Mulan, Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments Series, and many more dating back to Halloween of 2009 when he cosplayed Russell from the animated film UP.

But this year, Eugene and his talented team treated fans to not just one, but two Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplays, and they were both as fantastic as each other.

Eugene cosplays Zuko and Azula

First, in a post that at the time of writing has 99,000 likes, he recreated the banished prince from the Fire Nation, Zuko.

Eugene models the brilliant costume by Kinetic Cosplay perfectly, the bold oranges and reds of the fabric creating a vibrant fire-like glow, which combined with the mix of silk trims and various types of fabric give a perfectly dynamic edge to the look.

His makeup artist Arianna Blean has also reformed Zuko’s signature eye scar, the scar wax looking intricate enough to be realistic, but also with a slightly animated feel in keeping with the original art style.

To fans’ surprise, Eugene even pulled out a second Avatar look to celebrate Halloween this year, also having a go at one of the show’s most popular villains, Fire Nation princess Azula in beautiful photos taken by JD Renes.

The absolutely stunning images show the YouTube star surrounded by lightning, filling the images with a mesmerizing blue-white glow. The black and gold plates contribute to a powerful silhouette, with the wig by danekez sculpted perfectly to look like the original, even keeping with the gold hairpiece in the center of the head.

Eugene put both characters together in the same image in a post that gained 40,000 likes, and even participated in a TikTok trend where he wipes a mirror to switch between the two characters, injecting the video with electric personality.

His series of posts about the cosplays have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes all together, and has already got people excited about what Eugene will pull out of the bag next Halloween.