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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer stuns with real life Mai take

Published: 23/Sep/2020 18:48 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 0:50

by Brent Koepp

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An Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer went viral after she shared a perfect portrayal of Fire Nation character Mai. The artist looks so much like Azula’s squad member, that it’s almost as if she’s cut her way out of the screen and into real life.

The Last Airbender first aired on Nickelodeon in 2005. Viewers around the world fell in love with its story about a child monk who, as the Avatar, can control the elements of water, earth, fire, and air. 

The series has seen an explosion in popularity in 2020, after Netflix added it to its service back in April. To celebrate, a cosplayer shared a transformation into Fire Nation character Mai that will leave fans stunned.

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Mai is the daughter of a wealthy Fire Nation politician.

Avatar cosplayer brings Mai to life 

In Book Two, viewers are introduced to Mai, who becomes a pivotal character when series villain Azula recruits her as a part of her squad. The fierce warrior helps the Fire Nation princess hunt down Avatar Aang and his group.

Cosplayer Riona ‘rionafae’ went viral on Instagram after sharing a jaw-dropping take on the character. The talented artist faithfully portrayed her signature black braided hair, including the parted bangs that frame her face. 

Riona posed next to a screenshot of Mai, highlighting just how faithful the cosplay is. Her insanely accurate depiction even mirrors the non-bender’s facial expression, and perfectly captures her eyebrows and golden eyes.

In another shot, the cosplayer gave viewers a closer look at how much detail went into pulling off Azula’s squadmate. Rionafae re-created her Fire Nation attire, which consists of a long sleeved red dress and a black robe that sits over it.

Just like the first photo, she meticulously mirrors the character’s pose from the show. This is without a doubt one of the best Avatar cosplays we’ve ever seen, and could easily be mistaken for an official live-action version of Mai.

Despite ending in 2008, Avatar saw a major revival in 2020 after Netflix added to its popular platform. The Nickelodeon series also celebrated its 15th anniversary in February.

Those wanting to see what all the hype is about can watch the show in its entirety on the streaming service now. They also added its sequel spin-off The Legend of Korra.

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League cosplayer comes out from the shadows as amazing Akali

Published: 23/Oct/2020 8:05

by Andrew Amos

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Ever seen a League of Legends cosplay so good that Riot can’t help but share it with the world? Well, now you have, with Sweet Angel’s take on Akali taking League players by storm.

Akali is one of League of Legends’ most popular characters to cosplay. Whether it be her default skin, or the mega-popular K/DA variant, people love to show off as the Ionian assassin.

However, few manage to grab the eyes of Riot as much as Sweet Angel. The talented Italian cosplayer decided to take on Akali as her most recent project, and while the costume looks simple, it was anything but.

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Akali is one of the most popular League champions to cosplay, but few catch the eyes of Riot.

“I thought it was a simple costume, but it required a lot more attention and time than I thought,” she told fans on her website.

It took Sweet Angel about 100 hours all up to create the Akali cosplay ⁠— and you can see every bit of hard work and time that went into it. From the handmade wig, to the dress, and even Akali’s smoke bombs, Sweet Angel didn’t miss a beat.

Everything that you see was basically handmade. Sweet Angel sewed all of the fabrics together, stitched everything up, and made it tailored not only to herself, but true to life to Akali’s design.

She even designed Akali’s signature Kana, using EVA foam so she can carry it around without too much hassle.

She added every detail to the weapon like she did the costume too, from the leather handle all the way down to the marks and blemishes on the battle-worn blade.

The cosplay is so good that even the official League of Legends account couldn’t help but react. Sweet Angel got a retweet on the cosplay from the near five million follower account, and they don’t hand those out lightly.

As for her next cosplay, Sweet Angel hasn’t revealed her plans just yet. However, she’s got a few more shoots on the way, and if they’re anything like this Akali cosplay, they’ll be worth a gander.