As we approach the 15th anniversary of the iconic Nickelodeon animation Avatar: The Last Airbender, a popular cosplayer and fire dancer brought popular antagonist Azula to life in an amazing way.
The Last Airbender originally aired on Nickelodeon in 2005, and is a story about society being able to ‘bend’ the four elements of earth, air, water, and fire, which leads the world to be divided up into four kingdoms.
When the Fire Nation starts to attack the others and use their power for evil, a child monk named Aang has it thrust upon him as the Avatar to bring balance to the earth as he can control all of the elements.
However our protagonist is chased down by the wickedly evil antagonist Princess Azula throughout the series, and a talented cosplayer has brought her to life in an incredibly fiery take on the popular villain.
Azula brought to life in flames
Cosplayer ‘Jessica Luna’ captured the sinister princess with her incredibly accurate recreation of the Fire Nation’s royal garb that she wears throughout the animation, from her shoulder pads, right down to her family’s crest hair piece.
On her Instagram, she posted a close up shot of her take on Azula, and it’s incredible how much she looks just like the character, especially with her hair, which the evil princess wears tied up for most of the series.
Even more incredible is that she is also a fire dancer, and uses her skills to bring the fire bending antagonist to life, as the character attacks her foes with powerful fire balls that burn so hot they turn blue.
The Australian based cosplayer showed more love for the Avatar character by posting more shots on her social media, including an incredible photo that shows her wielding a device that holds multiple flames.
Her attention to detail on the outfit, from the intricate gold and black seams to her boots, is impressive, and as though the real flames weren’t enough to make you see double, as it’s almost like seeing her jump from the animation itself.
The cosplayer has a big following on her Instagram with over 27,000 followers as of time of writing this article, and dresses up as characters from several anime and video games series. Her serious fire skills no doubt awe her audience.
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While Avatar would end in 2008, fans have a lot to rejoice as Netflix announced that they are bringing back the beloved animation in 2020 with a live-action remake, and even got the series creators on board.
Nickelodeon also announced that they are re-releasing the series on Blu-Ray with a gorgeous steelbook edition that includes unreleased material. Although, only 20,000 units of the collectors item are being made, so grab a preorder while you still can!