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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer shines bright as Fire Nation Katara

Published: 28/Aug/2020 8:53 Updated: 28/Aug/2020 9:00

by Isaac McIntyre

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An Avatar The Last Airbender cosplayer has lit up the internet with her jaw-dropping Katara cosplay, unveiling her stunning take of the “inspirational” anime heroine’s iconic Fire Nation disguise on Instagram earlier this week.

Katara has been a “special” heroine for many since she first debuted in the opening episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender all the way back in 2005. The passionate water bender became Avatar Aang’s best friend, and helped him achieve his destiny against Firelord Ozai.

The heart of Team Avatar also became an icon outside of The Last Airbender too; for many, including cosplayer Sanet, Katara “held a very special place in the hearts of many black and brown girls” who watched the 2005 cartoon series.

So, when Sanet had the chance to cosplay Katara’s Fire Nation disguise, which she wears early in Season 3, the Instagram model jumped at the chance.

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“Inspirational” Katara is one of the main characters in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Avatar superfan shines with Katara cosplay

Sanet’s cosplay was certainly jaw-dropping, especially with how simple a Katara Fire Nation cosplay can be. The Avatar cosplayer paired a one-sided bright red top with a darker fabric to make the stand-out Katara outfit.

The main part of the cosplay, however, was the wig Sanet donned to create the costume. The water bending heroine wears her hair in a wound-up bun as part of her Fire Nation disguise, and the Avatar cosplayer pulled it off with style.

Finally, she added Katara’s jewelry for a finishing touch ⁠— she pulled on two gold bracers and Katara’s upper arm cuffs. The piece that brought it all together was the red and gold choker, marked with the three bronzed gems.

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If you were in the Avatar universe, which bending style would you have? ? For me it’s Earth-bending ? It is so versatile so you can learn to Lavabend and Metalbend…and do not get me started on all the stuff you can build/create…?? • I got this wonderful wig from @wigisfashion and it was just perfect for a Katara cosplay! you can use my code “sanet.cosplay” to get an extra 5% off from their website too! • I did not have have enough dark red fabric to make Katara’s bottom so I did my best to draw it instead lol. This was a quick costest, but I’m eager to get started on her actual look(after I finish my 282 other incomplete cosplays of course 0_0) • Wig: @wigisfashion Contacts: Himalayan blue @ttd_eye Use my code “sanetcosplay” to get 10% off! ????? ??? ?????? ?? ?? ^^

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Katara “inspires” as Avatar heroine

Funnily enough, Katara isn’t actually Sanet’s favorite character ⁠— Toph holds that place in her heart ⁠— but she does love what Katara meant for young girls as “the only dark skin girl in a popular animated series” all the way back in 2005.

“Katara is such an amazing character… the Avatar fandom needs to cut her some slack!” she told Dexerto after posting her cosplay. “Let’s be honest, none of us could have done what she did at 14 years old.”

“She is such a passionate and strong female character who shaped her own destiny, and I love her for that. I started watching Avatar when I was 10, and Katara was one of the only dark-skinned characters. 10-year-old me saw myself in her.”

Luckily, the Katara cosplay wasn’t too hard to put together either. Once Sanet got her hands on the headpiece, she just sewed together the two pieces of the costume, and added a few pieces of jewelry to bring it all together.

“I cut a red fabric in a right triangle. Then I ended up tying two pieces behind my back and the other on my bra strap to hold it all together,” she admitted. “My favorite part of the entire cosplay was the neckpiece ⁠— I think it really gave it that Fire Nation feel.”

Good news too if you loved Sanet’s take on the Avatar heroine; she’s already teased another cosplay in the near future. “I may or may not have a Korra cosplay planned in the future,” she said. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled!

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Kill la Kill cosplayer stuns as Studio Trigger heroine Ryuko Matoi

Published: 2/Dec/2020 20:01 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 3:50

by Brent Koepp

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A Kill la Kill cosplayer made waves on Instagram after sharing her true-to-life take on protagonist Ryuko Matoi. The artist transformed into the anime heroine with an insanely accurate costume.

Kill la Kill exploded onto the anime scene in 2013, and took viewers by surprise with its over the top story and break-neck speed animation. The Studio Trigger show became an instant hit, and is still influential years later.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the series, by bringing its protagonist Ryuko Matoi to life. The artist’s faithful re-creation is so accurate, it’s almost as if the fierce heroine has slashed her way out of the screen.

Screenshot of Kill La Kill protagonist wrestling with her school uniform.
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The anime’s protagonist has to take on living clothes.

Kill la Kill cosplayer’s perfect Ryuko Matoi

The anime wastes no time and opens up with Ryuko discovering the death of her father. Following the clues left behind, the strong-headed protagonist enrolls in Honnōji Academy to find the killer who destroyed her family.

Cosplayer ‘kawaiitsu‘ made waves on Instagram by bringing the heroine to life with an incredible costume. Photographer ‘lina_fk‘ captured the artist posing in the heroine’s navy-blue sailor uniform while wielding a prop of Matoi’s iconic red scissor blade.

In the story, the outfit is actually a living creature called Senketsu. Kawaiitsu faithfully created the entity’s eye in the form of the red and yellow patch which sits under her left collar.

 

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In another shot posted to social media, the cosplayer gave viewers a closer look at how she captured Ryuko’s signature look.  The artist mirrored the protagonist’s blue shoulder-length feathered hair, and even dyed one of the bangs that hang over her face red.

 

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Despite releasing almost a decade ago, Kill la Kill still continues to be a fan favorite. Studio Trigger’s fierce protagonist has become a beloved character that cosplayers love to bring to life.

While there has so far been no talks about a second season, fans can experience the story with new cutscenes in the 2019 fighting game IF. The Bandai developed title lets players relive the series like never before.