Orlando-based cosplayer ashefrosty offered a female spin on the classic Full Metal Alchemist character Edward Elric that was pitch-perfect and doesn't even require equivalent exchange to look at, other than your admiration.
While Edward Elric is perhaps one of the most well known male protagonists in anime in the past 20 years, his heroism has inspired efforts from both genders around the world.
Take this impressive Fullmetal Alchemist cosplay, featuring a fully metal automail arm, from ashefrosty, for instance. It perfectly captures the stoic nature of Ed's diminutive stature.
"My Ed automail arm is 100% my proudest cosplay achievement of 2019, maybe even ever," Ashefrosty said in an Instagram post.
With the help of Photoshop and After Effects, Ashefrosty even brought Edwards ability of transmutation without a circle to life.
In the Fullmetal Alchemist anime and manga, Edward is one of the few characters who have seen the "truth," accessed when he attempted human transmutation to bring back his dead mother. But his experiment failed, resulting in his arm and leg being taken, along with the body of his younger brother Alphonse.
Elric was one of the youngest State Alchemists in history in the show, discovered after the State sent Roy Mustang to investigate reports of the Elric brothers having attempted human transmutation.
Fullmetal Alchemist remains one of the most popular anime in the past 20 years. Both the original series and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are available to watch on Netflix. The show has also been adapted to live-action.
Ashefrosty does far more than just FMA cosplay. She has also cosplayed as Yuna from Final Fantasy X, Princess Garnet from Final Fantasy 9, and others.
Much of her work has also been enhanced in Photoshop to more closely resemble its source material, as with this work below.
Ashefrosty and other cosplayers have been offering their spin on male characters, and there's a lot of popular ones out there for them to attempt. Which would you like to see next?