Cosplay legend Yaya Han lights souls on fire as Promare's Lio Fotia - Dexerto

Cosplay legend Yaya Han lights souls on fire as Promare’s Lio Fotia

Published: 1/Feb/2020 0:21

by Virginia Glaze


Massively popular cosplayer Yaya Han has unleashed yet another masterpiece on the world, and this time, she’s taking on the Burning Rescue as Promare’s very own Mad Burnish leader, Lio Fotia.

Promare’s English subtitle release rocked the continental United States in late 2019, with fans across the country raving about Studio Trigger’s latest anime masterpiece that brings together beloved elements from their past series.

Detailing the story of the “burnish,” humans granted destructive pyrokinetic powers after the “great world blaze,” Promare’s plot centers on firefighter Galo Tymos and terrorist burnish leader Lio Fotia as the plot quickly amps up into jaw-dropping action and slapstick madness.

Being both an avid anime fan and storied cosplayer, it comes as little surprise that Han tried her hand at one of Promare’s titular characters, Lio Fotia, who boasts a unique, highlighter-yellow bob cut and snappy leather outfit.

Han’s skill and creativity truly shines in her rendition of the character, bringing the outfit together with Fotia’s elegant cravat and even a flame prop that denotes the Burnish leader’s unique fire-based powers.

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Cosplayer Yaya Han shocked the anime fanbase with her stunning Lio Fotia costume, a titular character from Studio Trigger’s “Promare.”

The cosplayer even uploaded a video of her photoshoot to Instagram, which she revealed took place in a studio in Ikebukoro, Japan.

She explained that her flame prop was made overnight in her hotel room specifically for the shoot, created from materials bought during a single trip to craft store “Tokyo Hands.”


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Cosplay photoshoot in Ikebukuro! The conditions at the studio were not ideal but we made the best of it! @rtplostlink and eleventhphoto (on Twitter) were so kind to come out and shoot Lio Fotia with me! Here are some behind the scenes and candid videos! SWIPE ? We did a lot with colored lights and cellophane and I can’t wait to share the results with you! Note: Tokyu Hands is an awesome lifestyle department store chain that has 2 floors of arts & crafts and home improvement products! I bought all the materials to make a lil flame-chan for the photoshoot and put it together in an evening. Highly recommend doing a walk-through next time you’re in Tokyo. As for cosplay studios, I still recommend Haco Stadium in Chiba and Booty Studio in Shinjuku the most. The ikebukuro Haco cosset that this was filmed at was too small for my comfort, and the changing room was heated to hell temperatures. Not good for a pvc suit. However, do check out the Animate Acos building that cosset is in as they have multiple floors of cosplay shops! . . . . . . #cosplayinjapan #promare #プロメア #liofotia #リオ #promarecosplay #liofotiacosplay

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Needless to say, Yaya’s Lio Fotia truly makes our souls burn — and becomes even more of a fantastic feat when considering it’s her first “crossplay” costume ever!

“I feverishly made it after watching the film four times and while listening to the fantastic soundtrack,” Han said of the costume. “All the while wondering how my first time cosplaying a non-female character would go. Lio’s character absolutely captivated me and compelled me to push outside of my comfort zone, and I’m glad for this new experience right at the end of the decade!”

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Yaya Han’s Lio Fotia was made after she became inspired by Pomare, and is the first “crossplay” she’s ever undertaken.

Yaya Han is a huge name in the cosplay community, traveling to highly-demanded performances at conventions across the globe and even boasting her own line of materials at Joann’s fabric stores.

Now, she’s given fans yet another cosplay masterpiece as they eagerly await the possible video release of Promare in February.


Demon Slayer cosplayer transforms into beautiful butterfly Shinobu Kocho

Published: 29/Nov/2020 13:10

by Andrew Amos


Shinobu Kocho might look innocent from afar, but if you’re a demon and you get too close, you’ll see the deadly side of the butterfly. She’s a popular Demon Slayer character to cosplay, but ‘aka_purin’ has truly put together one of the most beautiful designs yet.

Shinobu Kocho is a fan-favorite in Demon Slayer, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does the Demon Corps member possess incredible powers to heal friends and harm demons, but she is one of the most beautiful characters in the show.

Her personality is a difficult one to channel though. While she’s seemingly innocent on the outside, deep inside of her, there’s a rebellious rage to get revenge.

Demon Slayer Cosplay Shinobu Kocho
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Shinobu Kocho is a dazzling and powerful Demon Slayer.

It’s one thing to make a cosplay, put it on, and take a picture. It’s another thing to really channel what a character is all about, and that’s what sets ‘aka_purin’ apart from the other Shinobu cosplayers.

Sharing the intricate design on her Twitter, the Polish cosplayer spared no expense and left no stone unturned in her flawless design. Her hair and makeup is perfect, even getting the butterflies pinned.

She also created her special katana, which is based on an insect’s “stinger” more than a blade itself. The tattered, battle-worn hilt and blade is a wonderful addition to the cosplay that really ties it all together.

That’s the special thing about purin’s cosplay too. Every element just ties everything together. While even just one of these things would be pretty special in a cosplay, being able to jam it all in one photo is the most beautiful thing of all.


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The Shinobu design might be her latest, but she’s unsure on what her next project will be. “I feel like I’m having an art block lately. I just have so many ideas and costumes to shoot but I just can’t put myself up for it,” she admitted on her Instagram.

No matter what it is though, we bet Purin will knock our socks off.