Death Stranding cosplayer perfects uncanny valley as Fragile - Dexerto

Death Stranding cosplayer perfects uncanny valley as Fragile

Published: 11/Sep/2020 2:46

by Theo Salaun


A Russian, self-proclaimed “rookie” cosplayer, Angelina Zelda, has put together a cosplay of Death Stranding’s Fragile that is so impeccable, it uncomfortably creates a reversed version of the uncanny valley effect.

Without revealing any spoilers, in Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding, Fragile is a young woman and an executive of Fragile Express. Her character model is based on the popular French actress, Lea Seydoux.

While the character quickly gained notoriety among fans, who eagerly anticipated Kojima’s latest production, because of a trailer that saw her nibbling on something…strange, Angelina Zelda is now gaining her own fame for seamlessly recreating Fragile’s look.

At the end of the Death Stranding trailer shown at E3 2018, you see Fragile having a snack. A couple years later, Zelda’s recreation of that scene reverses the uncanny valley in one simple shot. 

Against an identical, black background, Zelda feels uncomfortably similar to the video game’s rendering — from her hair, to the makeup, to the muted, almost inquisitive expression. And that’s not even considering the identical outfit and prop.

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[Character vs Cosplay] In the past few days a lot of people followed me, and I know it is largely due this photo. I am eternally grateful for your support and positivity. Welcome to my page! 🙂 I will try my best not to disappoint you all. За последние несколько дней на меня подписалась много новых людей, и я знаю, что это фото сыграло немалую роль. Для меня очень важна ваша поддержка и добрые комментарии! Добро пожаловать :з Постараюсь и дальше вас радовать) #deathstranding #deathstrandingcosplay #deathstrandingfragile #deathstrandingmama #heartman #fragileexpress #fragile #tomorrowisinyourhands #デスストランディング #フラジャイル #videogamecosplay #cosplaygirl #cosplay #gamergirl #russiancosplay #косплей #leaseydoux #sidebysidecosplay #cosplayvscharacter #hideokojima #хидеокодзима #кодзимагений #ahideokojimagame #deathstrandingfragilecosplay #geekgirl #cryptobiote #deathstrandingpc #ps4games #cosplayphotography #léaseydoux @kojipro2015_official @hideo_kojima

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This one photo, a side-by-side of Fragile and Zelda, has quickly made the rounds across the internet and made Zelda a more popular cosplayer than ever. She is acutely aware of that new influx and had a wholesome reaction to this outpouring of support: “In the past few days, a lot of people followed me. And I know it is largely due to this photo. I am eternally grateful for your support and positivity … I will try my best not to disappoint you all.”

That support is well-deserved, as few cosplays are so uncomfortably close to their inspiration that a writer is forced into describing the uncanny valley. But, that’s what she has done. 

The uncanny valley is, in essence, the concept that a robot or graphically created becomes uncomfortable as it nears closeness in resemblance to a real human. Uncertain of the object’s actual humanity, there is a degree of discomfort as the human viewer sees something that feels close enough to be real, but not quite.

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Delicious. Finally, some good freaking food ? I hope IG won't ban me for shocking imagery in these~ Наконец-то, блин, нормальная еда ? Надеюсь, инстаграм не забанит за шок-контент~ #deathstranding #deathstrandingcosplay #deathstrandingfragile #deathstrandingmama #heartman #fragileexpress #fragile #tomorrowisinyourhands #デスストランディング #フラジャイル #videogamecosplay #cosplaygirl #cosplay #gamergirl #russiancosplay #косплей #leaseydoux #ps4 #metalgearsolid #hideokojima #хидеокодзима #кодзимагений #ahideokojimagame #deathstrandingfragilecosplay  #geekgirl #cryptobiote #deathstrandingpc #ps4games #cosplayphotography #léaseydoux @kojipro2015_official @hideo_kojima

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Somehow, Zelda has turned this effect on its head and reversed the bizarre discomfort. In this case, her makeup and muted expression cause the viewer to look back and forth in an effort to discern the real from the computed.

One can only be enthused that this cosplay is getting the attention it deserves and one can only hope that Kojima will continue creating characters deserving of uncomfortably clean mimicry.


Darling in the Franxx cosplayer goes viral as real life Zero Two

Published: 27/Oct/2020 17:33 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 18:23

by Brent Koepp


A talented cosplayer made waves on Instagram after bringing Darling in the Franxx protagonist Zero Two to life. The artist’s transformation into the anime heroine will leave fans of the series in awe.

Darling in the Franxx made its explosive debut in 2018, and became the breakout anime of the year. The hit project was a joint collaboration between popular creators CloverWorks and Studio Trigger.

To celebrate the series, prolific cosplayer Zekia ‘aru.rinh’ created an insanely accurate costume of the show’s lead protagonist. Her faithful portrayal of the pink-haired heroine is so good, she truly becomes the real life Zero Two.

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The popular anime features enigmatic character Zero Two.

Cosplayer goes viral as real life Zero Two

The anime takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are on the verge of extinction from monsters called Klaxosaurs. To fight back, pilots control massive mechs called Franx, which need two people to operate. The most powerful character in the series is the half human hybrid, Zero Two.

Popular cosplayer Zekia ‘aruh.rinh’ went viral on social media after sharing her transformation into the heroine. Photographer ‘lostdumplings‘ captured the artist posing in the character’s signature red and white pilot bodysuit.

Zekia faithfully portrayed Zero Two’s iconic look, which includes her flowing pink hair and headband which covers her two red horns. The anime protagonist has the objects growing out of her head as a result of having Klaxosaur blood in her.


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In another shot posted to Instagram, aruh.rinh recreated a popular scene from Episode 7 where the characters go to the beach. Standing in a white bathing suite, she depicted Zero Two standing front of the ocean in a gorgeous picture taken by ‘muze.’


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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the artist also created a third costume of the heroine. In the story, the pilots attend an academy and wear school uniforms. Zekia posed for ‘shutterfoo‘ while sitting on a set of stairs.


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The talented cosplayer has gone viral several times before, as her incredibly detailed costumes bring popular animes to life. In October, Zekia captured hearts of Demon Slayer fans with her adorable Nezuko in a box outfit.

Despite coming out in 2018, Darling in the Fraxx has already become a wildly popular franchise. Those wanting to see what all the hype is about can catch it now on streaming services Crunchyroll and Funimation.