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Genderbent cosplay puts a new spin on iconic Akira star

Published: 21/May/2019 1:47 Updated: 21/May/2019 2:02

by Alan Bernal

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Akira is one of the most influential anime films to ever release and even after three decades fans still find incredible ways to pay homage to movie – this time with an amazing genderbent cosplay for the main star.

While the movie released in 1988, fans are still seeing Akira leave its mark on everything from movies to music. Big movie studios like Warner Bros. are even looking to bring the movie back for a modern retelling.

As fans are holding their collective breath to see how Hollywood’s live-action adaptation for Akira will turn out, cosplayer ‘Chibi T’ was too busy taking the breath of her fans with her incredible Kaneda design.

Chibi T TwitterChibi’s cosplay is simple, but hits on all the right notes from Kaneda’s futuristic fit.

Donning the famous wardrobe draped in red, Chibi T went full biker with the classic all-leather look mirroring Kaneda in every way.

The cosplay is tied together with the most essential piece of the entire outfit being the sporty jacket Kaneda wears complete with the back embroidery with the signature “Good for Health, Bad for Education” line.

To show just how striking the costume really was, one of Chibi T’s fans put together an insane image together placing the cosplayer dead center in Neo-Tokyo with the famous high-tech motorcycle.

Chibi T’s rendition of Kaneda holds true to its original source, and is a terrific example of giving iconic characters an exciting new spin.

Chibi T via 3rd_eyechakraThis breathtaking edit puts Chibi right in the heart of Neo-Tokyo.

When is the live-action Akira movie happening?

Warner Bros. gave the green-light to a live-action remake for Akira which is being produced by A-list Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

While details of the project are still scarce, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi is set to direct the film that will take place in 2060 Tokyo.

Chibi T TwitterWhile Warner Bros. might not look to take too much creative freedom with their live-action Akira film, Chibi T’s design would be a great place to start for costume inspiration.

The film is expected to start filming on July 15 in California, with the studio actively casting for the film, according to a report from Discussing Films.

Akira fans will hope Warner Bros. and co will stick close to the source material for their remake, but they should take note of Chibi T’s cosplay in trying to recreate the futuristic dystopian look.

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Eugene Lee Yang goes viral cosplaying Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:39

by Georgina Smith

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Writer, Director, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang has absolutely blown Avatar: The Last Airbender fans away with his flawless cosplays, recreating not just Azula but Zuko too.

Since rising to internet fame with his work on YouTube series ‘the Try Guys,’ Eugene Lee Yang has established himself as a creator in his own right, producing many hugely viral videos exploring LGBTQ+ and Asian-American identities.

Each year in what he describes as his ‘Asian Halloween Tradition,’ Eugene cosplays different Asian characters from popular movies, TV shows, books and more to celebrate different aspects of those cultures, and works alongside a team to flex their outstanding costume and makeup skills.

In the past, he’s recreated characters like Mulan, Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments Series, and many more dating back to Halloween of 2009 when he cosplayed Russell from the animated film UP.

But this year, Eugene and his talented team treated fans to not just one, but two Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplays, and they were both as fantastic as each other.

Eugene cosplays Zuko and Azula

First, in a post that at the time of writing has 99,000 likes, he recreated the banished prince from the Fire Nation, Zuko.

Eugene models the brilliant costume by Kinetic Cosplay perfectly, the bold oranges and reds of the fabric creating a vibrant fire-like glow, which combined with the mix of silk trims and various types of fabric give a perfectly dynamic edge to the look.

His makeup artist Arianna Blean has also reformed Zuko’s signature eye scar, the scar wax looking intricate enough to be realistic, but also with a slightly animated feel in keeping with the original art style.

To fans’ surprise, Eugene even pulled out a second Avatar look to celebrate Halloween this year, also having a go at one of the show’s most popular villains, Fire Nation princess Azula in beautiful photos taken by JD Renes.

The absolutely stunning images show the YouTube star surrounded by lightning, filling the images with a mesmerizing blue-white glow. The black and gold plates contribute to a powerful silhouette, with the wig by danekez sculpted perfectly to look like the original, even keeping with the gold hairpiece in the center of the head.

Eugene put both characters together in the same image in a post that gained 40,000 likes, and even participated in a TikTok trend where he wipes a mirror to switch between the two characters, injecting the video with electric personality.

His series of posts about the cosplays have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes all together, and has already got people excited about what Eugene will pull out of the bag next Halloween.