Avatar The Last Airbender cosplayer goes viral as fiery Princess Azula - Dexerto

Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer turns up the heat as Princess Azula

Published: 24/Jun/2020 8:56 Updated: 24/Jun/2020 8:58

by Isaac McIntyre


An Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplay went viral after bringing Fire Nation princess Azula to life with a fiery costume. The artist’s perfect recreation of the villainous Firebender will certainly turn up the heat for every fan.

The Last Airbender first debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005, and the epic story of a world of elemental benders quickly became a cult classic. In 2020, Netflix picked up the series and breathed new life into the already massive Avatar fandom.

Dedicated cosplayer Ithileryn, a self-professed Avatar diehard, has transformed herself into the show’s popular antagonist, Azula. The Fire Nation princess has never looked so confident as Ithileryn puts her own fiery twist on the TLA villain.

Azula serves as The Last Airbender’s main antagonist for most of the show, after her brother Zuko fails to apprehend the Avatar. The princess is ruthless, deadly, and comes armed with blue fire and lightning as one of the Fire Nation’s most powerful firebenders.

The villain’s prowess on the battlefield feeds into her cocky character. She knows she’s the best, and proves it too ⁠— if not for Katara reviving Aang, she would have succeeded in her mission to end the Avatar line during the battle for Ba Sing Se.

Fire Nation princess Azula is confidence and self-assured in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and she backs that up with her fearsome firebending powers.
Fire Nation princess Azula is confidence and self-assured in Avatar: The Last Airbender, and she backs that up with her fearsome firebending powers.

Cosplayer Ithileryn captures that self-assured confidence perfectly with her Azula Avatar cosplay, as she shows off her work with a huge cocky smile spread across her face. The costume is on-point too: she gets the deep red robes just right.

The real details are in the makeup the model wears to make it look like the fiery princess had let out of the screen into real life. Her pale white skin matches Azula’s perfectly, as does her short-cut hair and golden hair clasp.


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Finally, Ithileryn clearly understands the wild, fiery character to a tee ⁠— she’s got the wild eyes just right in her self-created masterpiece, complete with sharp, black eyebrows, deep red and black eyeliner and a wickedly-dark line of lipstick.

“Azula has been a dream cosplay of mine for a while!” she said. “I finally tracked down a wig I could use, and it came in right when Avatar was released on Netflix. Perfect timing! I hope you enjoy this sadistic fire nation princess as much as I do!”

Ithileryn recreated one of Azula's most famous scenes from Avatar: The Last Airbender with her perfect cosplay.
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Ithileryn recreated one of Azula’s most famous scenes from Avatar: The Last Airbender with her perfect cosplay.

Ithileryn is far from the only The Last Airbender fan to bring the Fire Nation princess to life in the time since Avatar released on Netflix either. Last week, leiracosplays debuted her take on Instagram, complete with Azula’s royal robes.

Other artists have also taken that next step in their Azula costumes too, adding flame effects to capture the princess’ bender powers. Crystalprismcosplay captured it best with shining blue columns of flames as she unveiled her costume in May.


Attack on Titan fans furious over anime’s “excessive” censorship

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:42 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 7:32

by Brent Koepp


Despite releasing in 2013, some Attack on Titan fans are only now discovering the anime’s censored violence in comparison to the manga. A YouTube video went viral after showcasing the stark differences. 

Attack on Titan made its groundbreaking anime debut in 2013, and quickly exploded in popularity. Viewers around the world became captivated by its intense themes and relentlessly brutal story.

A YouTube video about the series went viral on November 15 after showing the difference between the manga and the anime adaptation’s depiction of violence – and some fans were not happy about it.

Promotional image of Attack on Titan Season 1 featuring Eren Jaegar.
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The 2013 hit anime has become a worldwide phenomena.

Attack on Titan fans discover manga is darker

For decades, it has been the norm that the manga version of a story is almost always more fleshed out story-wise, and often more graphic compared to its animated counterpart. Just like traditional shows, anime aired live has to dial back elements not suited for TV.

Despite this common wisdom, some Attack on Titan fans were not aware of just how much more brutally violent the written version actually was. YouTuber ‘Zmyh’ went viral after uploading a video that showcases just that.

The upload compares iconic scenes from the anime and manga, and puts them side-by-side to demonstrate the visual differences between them. The video quickly exploded online, and has over 1.6 million viewers at the time of writing.

For some fans of the series, this was their first time seeing the changes the anime made. One viewer wrote, “Interesting how there is censorship for Attack on Titan. Like seriously?” Another user said, “And here I thought that AOT was brutal…looks like I should read the manga.” Another YouTube comment exclaimed, “WHAT MAN THEY BETTER MAKE IT UNCENSORED FOR THE FINAL SEASON.”

Screenshot of Attack on Titan fans reacting to the YouTube video.

Many hit out at the alterations made in the animated series, arguing that it takes way from the story’s original impact. “They need to stop censorship, it completely ruins the more powerful impact it can have,” one commentator replied to the video. Another fan stated, “And that’s why you absolutely need to read the manga version of the Uprising arc, because it is literally just better in every way.”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to Attack on Titan anime censorship.

Not everyone was critical of the changes though. A handful of fans pointed out that Wit Studio did the best job they could given that the animated version also airs on TV. Some even argued that the changes were for the better.

The viral video is just another example of the divide that can sometimes exist between a manga and its anime adaptation. There will always be those that prefer the former to the latter. However, it is interesting to see the difference nonetheless.