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Fascinating Overwatch cosplay shows true power of Moira’s destruction

Published: 16/Jan/2020 0:22

by Brad Norton


The Overwatch community often provides extraordinary cosplay designs thanks to an ever-expanding cast of lovable characters, yet this haunting Moira cosplay stands on its own as one of the darkest costumes yet.

While Moira has long been a controversial hero in Overwatch, there’s no disputing that the character’s visual design stands out from the padded cast of whimsical Damage-based heroes and charming Tank heroes.

A member of the Talon faction, Moira’s ominous ways became apparent immediately upon reveal due to her distinct appearance. One of the most unique Support heroes to date, Houston-based cosplayer ‘Xephyr; recently took on the challenge of bringing the intricate costume to life and the results will blow you away.

Overwatch hero Moira preparing for a team fight on Oasis.
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Moira is a unique support hero that focuses less on aiming mechanics and more on movement and positioning.

From a full-scale realization of D.Va’s Lunar New Year skin to a fully-armored Brigitte costume that’s sure to rally the team behind her, there’s never any shortage of unique cosplayers tackling one of the 31 Overwatch heroes. 

With a number of standout skins for each, there are seemingly endless possibilities yet you can almost never go wrong with the classic appearance of every quirky character in the lineup. 

Serving as the fifth hero added to the game post-launch, Moira’s visual style stood out from the pack with a more darkened tone and grungy style. Expertly capturing the Talon-affiliated Support, Xephyr shared their completed Moira cosplay to much fanfare on January 14. 

Taking every minuscule detail into account, not only does the costume illuminate in the exact same way as its in-game counterpart, but the cosplayer donning the suit happens to strike a stunning resemblance to the hero of Irish descent. 

From the chest piece to the large tank on their back and even the headset, all notable aspects of the costume light up to match Moira’s default black and purple appearance. 

Striking a pose with a shifty look and their hands at the ready to either deal some damage or heal those on her side, this glowing cosplay has Moira prepared to take on any challenge. 

Having taken a few months to finalize the build, Xephyr is now able to take Moira around town and show off the remarkable cosplay to fellow Overwatch fans at local conventions. 

While the hero has been the source of much frustration in Overwatch of late, this costume is sure to dazzle even the most experienced competitive veterans.


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.