Karrigan Taylor unveils incredible Alita: Battle Angel manga cosplay

Published: 8/Nov/2019 2:06 Updated: 8/Nov/2019 2:35

by Alan Bernal


Cosplayer Karrigan Taylor unveiled her take for the titular cyborg from the classic manga Battle Angel Alita, giving the character an incredible take that’s fit for the new age.

Even though the manga came out in the early 1990s, the story has been redone in various forms, including a popular OVA as well as a blockbuster movie produced by visionary director James Cameron.

While those interpretations definitely paint the cybernetic Hunter-Warrior in terrific light, Alita truly comes alive when skillful cosplayers like Taylor transform themselves into the character which brings a unique feel to the rendition.

MadhouseIf you’re going to recreate Alita, then it’s all about getting the details right.

The cosplayer revealed her Alita cosplay on Instagram, stunning her audience with what seems to be a simple take to the character – that is until you closely examine her finesse with the makeup.

For the body of the design, Taylor put on a bodysuit which covers Alita’s black torso along with her purple cybernetic arms to match.

Karrigan Taylor InstagramTaylor’s Alita cosplay nails the character, and looks like its ripped straight from the OVA.

While some might think the cosplay is straightforward, Alita’s original design is really simplistic, since the hard part arguably lies in pulling off the character’s giant eyes while making them look natural to the cosplayer.

With that in mind, Taylor used a combination of Circle lenses and a meticulous makeup alone that the cosplayer said took her about an hour to get right.

“I have makeup on, professional lighting and Circle lenses,” she said, explaining what it took to pull of the cosplay. “I worked pretty hard to give my eyes that big effect and it took me an hour to do the eye makeup alone.”

The effort definitely paid off as people were loving the final outcome of her cosplay, seeing how she managed to nail the smaller details of the character.

“Too accurate to the point I thought this was CGI,” one fan wrote. “Love it.”

There were some who thought the cosplayer could have added a bit of flair by adding some foam to the mechanical bits of the suit. But as far as most people were concerned Taylor looked battle-ready with how her cosplay turned out.


My Hero Academia cosplayer goes viral as fiery real life Katsuki Bakugou

Published: 4/Dec/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


A My Hero Academia cosplayer made waves on Instagram after creating the perfect depiction of hot-headed character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist’s explosive take on the protagonist will have fans feeling the heat.

Few animes transcend the level of popularity that My Hero Academia has. Its story about a high school that trains teenagers with superpowers called quirks has become an absolute worldwide phenomenon.

A cosplayer celebrated the franchise by sharing their true-to-life take on popular character Katsuki Bakugou. The artist looks so much like him, it’s almost as if the fiery student has burned his way out of the screen.

Screenshot of Bakugou in My Hero Academia anime season 1.
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The short-tempered student is beloved by fans.

My Hero Academia cosplayer’s perfect Bakugou

While most of the anime centers on main protagonist Izuku Midoriya, the series quickly introduces a diverse cast once the character enrolls at U.A High. One of those is his childhood friend and rival Bakugou. 

Cosplayer Soph ‘sophieriiis’ went viral on Instagram after sharing their mind-blowing transformation into the hot-headed Katsuki. The artist brought the student’s explosive quirk to life with the help of photographer ‘jacob.cr2‘, who captured them posing with flames shooting from their hands.

In the series, Bakugou is able to store up sweat into his grenade shaped wrist guards, which Sophie has faithfully portrayed with life-size props. The artist also perfectly mirrored the hero’s large metal knee pads and neck brace which he uses to protect himself from explosions.


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In another stunning shot posted to their social media, the cosplayer re-created an iconic scene from season one of the anime. With both fists extended out, the artist captured the character’s rage which has become his trademark throughout the popular series.


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My Hero Academia originally made its debut as a manga back in 2014, however its anime adaptation a fews years later by Studio Bones made it a cultural worldwide phenomena.

The series’ animated fourth arc wrapped up in April, with rumors of season five returning sometime in 2021. Those wanting to catch up in time can watch all episodes on Crunchyroll and Funimation.