Cosplayer shares mindbending take on Avatar: The Last Airbender's Toph - Dexerto

Cosplayer shares mindbending take on Avatar: The Last Airbender’s Toph

Published: 11/Nov/2019 18:22 Updated: 11/Nov/2019 20:01

by Brent Koepp


A talented cosplayer showed off her take on the blind earth-bending master Toph from the hit Nickelodeon animation Avatar: The Last Airbender, and it’s mindblowing how accurate it is. 

The Last Airbender first aired in 2005, and became a cultural phenomenon as its story about a monk named Aang who’s thrust into an adventure to bring balance to the world resonated with millions. 

An incredibly talented cosplayer showed off her costume for one of the most beloved characters on the show – Toph, a blind earth-bender who eventually goes on to become the protagonist’s teacher – and it’s amazing.

NickelodeonThe earth-bending character was introduced in Season 2, and quickly became a fan favorite.

The animation takes place in a world where people can “bend” the four elements water, earth, air, and fire, and the Avatar is the only one who can control all of them. However, due to the world being in turmoil, Aang has to find masters to train him

Cosplayer ‘Aara Lee‘ decided to take on his earth-bending master Toph, and absolutely brings the spitfire character to life as her recreation of the Earth Kingdom threads are so accurate, it’s as if the tough character smashed her way out of the screen.

Not only does she faithfully portray her hairstyle and eyes, the artist nails her robes and undershirt, and even includes all the little details such as the character’s wrist and ankle cuffs.

Aara Lee also embodies the spirit of the character, who has a very “rough” personality, and loves to kick back and put her legs up. Hilariously, she recreated a scene where the earth-bender is lazing about on Aang’s flying pet ‘Appa’.

The character ends up becoming one of the strongest earth-benders in the series, as she uses her bare feet to sense the ground due to her lack of sight, which allows her to bend the earth in unimaginable ways.

The cosplayer takes it to another level by perfectly recreating her style that is based on a real fighting stance called Southern Praying Mantis – which the artist accurately portrayed in a video on her Instagram. 

While the show eventually ended in 2008 with an epic two-hour finale, the show’s legacy has endured, and is so popular that it got a sequel in 2012 called the Legend of Korra, which also became a smash hit.

Fans can also rejoice because in 2019, Netflix announced that they are bringing the popular show back to life with a live-action reboot in 2020, and have even enlisted the series creators’ to the project.


Princess Mononoke cosplayer runs with wolves as Studio Ghibli heroine San

Published: 27/Nov/2020 19:04

by Brent Koepp


A Princess Mononoke cosplayer brought the film’s protagonist San to life with a stunning costume. The artist’s breathtaking transformation into the Studio Ghibli character will leave fans speechless.

In 1997, renowned director Hayao Miyazaki debuted his groundbreaking seventh film, Princess Mononoke. The environmentalist-themed story was so popular, it’s still the eighth highest grossing movie of all time in Japan.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the influential anime by bringing it to life with a jaw-dropping outdoor photoshoot. The artist’s incredible take on wolf girl San is so good, it’s almost as if the protagonist has clawed her way out of the screen.

Screenshot of wolf princess San in Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
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The wolf princess is one of the main characters in the 1997 anime film.

Ghibli cosplayer becomes real life Princess Mononoke

The film centers on protagonist Ashitaka, who leaves his village after tragically becoming infected by a corrupted spirit. The banished prince embarks on a quest to look for a cure and confront the curse that corrupted the animal that wandered into his home.

Cosplayer ‘Jennifer Sonntag’ brought the movie’s second lead character, Princess San, to life with her stunning cosplay which she shared on Instagram. Photographer ‘jospixelart’ captured the artist posing in the heroine’s iconic white and blue outfit next to a wolf.

Jenny nailed San’s signature attire, which includes a white fur cape that drapes over her back as well as her red and gold warrior mask which she uses to cover her face while battling against human enemies. She even included her scarlet facepaint which sits under each eye.


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In another shot posted on her social media, the artist re-created a scene from the Ghibi film where the lead character sits on a rock. Jen looks ready to fight with her wolf family as she holds her prop dagger while having her headdress down. The outdoor backdrop gorgeously ties the whole thing together and could easily be mistaken for a screenshot from the film.


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Despite releasing over 23 years ago, Princess Mononoke still continues to be one of the most influential anime films of all time. Its dark themes and gritty depiction of violence was a departure for Miyazaki’s usually child-friendly projects.

Those looking to catch the classic movie are in luck as it can currently be watched right now on HBO’s streaming service MAX. Also in 2019, Studio Ghibli struck a deal with Apple TV and Amazon to sell all of their theatrical releases digitally for the very first time.