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Incredible Tifa Lockhart cosplay from Final Fantasy 7 is a real knockout

Published: 3/Jan/2020 13:22

by Matt Porter

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With the remake of Final Fantasy VII on horizon, cosplayer Kalisi_vamp has debuted her incredibly accurate take on Tifa Lockhart, bringing the character to life in stunning detail.

Final Fantasy is one of the most legendary gaming franchises in the world, debuting back in 1987 when the first title released on the Nintendo Entertainment System. Since then, Square Enix has released 15 installments in the main series, capturing the imagination of players across the globe for over three decades.

For many, Final Fantasy 7 is the pinnacle of the series so far, full of characters that players really gravitate too, and cosplayer Kalisi_vamp has decided to show her appreciation for Tifa Lockhart with an incredibly accurate cosplay of the eco-terrorist.

Square EnixTifa Lockhart is one of the main characters in Final Fantasy VII.

In the game, Tifa is the strong love interest of Cloud Strife, the game’s main character. Part of the AVALANCHE eco-terrorist group determined to take down the evil Sephiroth who is intent on destroying the planet, the childhood friends reunite as she tries to keep him safe after noting a shift in his personality, eventually helping him defeat the villain once and for all at the epic conclusion of the game.

With the fiesty bruiser, who uses her fists to deadly effect, playing such an integral part in the story, it’s no surprise that Kallisi_vamp wanted to cosplay as her, and revealed her almost perfect recreation of the character on Instagram.

Not only has she perfectly recreated her recognizable black-and-white-top, but Tifa’s pleated skirt is also present, with the same braces that hold it up, and even the exact same belt, complete with a perfect replica of the buckle. Kallisi_vamp’s cosplay is excellent from head to toe, with the classic red boots even featured for fans of the series to enjoy.

While the outfit itself is complete, she admits the cosplay isn’t totally finished yet, with a makeup test still to do as she perfects the entire look, which she says is an “honor” to create.

Lockhart’s bravery, strength, and independent nature has seen her described as one of the best female characters in gaming, and with players set to meet her again in March when the Final Fantasy VII remake launches, Kallisi_vamps cosplay will surely add even more hype to anyone excited to get their hands on the game.

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Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes enemies as real life Sinon

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:33

by Brent Koepp

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A Sword Art Online cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing her transformation into popular anime character Sinon. The artist’s stunning take brings the Phantom Bullet heroine to life.

Originally written in 2002 by novelist Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online exploded in popularity a decade later with its animated adaptation in 2012. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with its creative take on massively multiplayer online role playing games.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘hendoart‘ Hendo made waves on social media when she shared her costume based on the anime’s second season arc, the Phantom Bullet. The talented artist brought the beloved blue-haired sniper Sinon to life with an insanely accurate take.

Screenshot of Sword Art Online character Sinon.
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The blue-haired sniper stars in Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online cosplayer becomes real life Sinon

While the series starts off with protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya getting stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad, the show’s later seasons take place in a different online video game. In season two, Kirito meets a fierce sniper with a deadly aim named Sinon.

Bringing the heroine to life, cosplayer Hendoart shared her mind-blowing transformation into the character on Instagram. Photographer ‘nerdypictures‘ captured the artist posing in her signature outfit. The costume is full of meticulous detail, and includes a cut out black and white bodysuit which runs under her green jacket and leggings.

Sarah recreated a scene from the anime, and mirrored Sinon’s battle stance by holding her iconic sniper rifle behind her head. The life-size prop weapon was created by ‘airsoftevike‘ and is so accurate that it looks as if it could have come straight out of the screen.

 

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In another shot posted to social media, Hendo gave viewers a closer look at how faithful her Sword Art Online cosplay actually is. Not only did she mirror the heroine’s giant blue and silver belt buckle, she also created Sinon’s white scarf which she uses to wrap around her face to protect herself from the elements.

 

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While Sword Art Online’s anime has been a massive hit, its Light Novel adaptation is one of the most popular series in Japan. The franchise is so beloved, it’s been made into various games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well.

Those interested in checking out the MMO-based show can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently has seasons one through three available right now.