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Kill la Kill cosplayer leads the Fight Club as Mako Mankanshoku

by Brent Koepp

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A talented cosplayer readied for battle as Kill la Kill’s Mako Mankanshoku with her true-to-life costume. The artist’s perfect portrayal of the anime heroine is one of the best things you will ever see.

The anime world was rocked by the 2013 debut of Studio Trigger’s Kill la Kill. The show's raucous characters and bombastic plot made it one of the medium’s most entertaining properties in years.

A cosplayer transformed into Mako Mankanshoku, the lovable sidekick to protagonist Ryuko Matoi. The artist re-created the character’s fan-favorite Fight Club look, and will leave fans in awe.

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Studio Trigger's 2013 anime has become a cult classic among anime fans.

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Kill la Kill’s Mako brought to life

The story begins with Ryuko enrolling at the Honnoji Academy to seek answers after her father is assassinated. She quickly makes best friends with the overly hyper Mako, who sticks by her side through thick and thin.

Cosplayer ‘anzujaamu’ brought the sidekick to life, when she dressed up in her infamous Two-Star Goku uniform which she received as president of the Fight Club. Photographer ‘cdgenc’ captured her striking a tough pose.

The artist’s costume is full of detail, from her signature officer's cap, to the black gold trimmed coat that hangs off her shoulders. She even included her red spiked wrist guards, as she crosses her arms and looks on menacingly.

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In more photos posted to Instagram, Anzu also created the KLK character's school uniform which consists of a white top with a light blue scarf and pleated skirt. She also nailed her short light brown bob hairstyle.

The cosplayer hilariously embodied the heroine’s quirky personality by mimicking one of her stances from the animation. She looks so much like Mankanshoku, this could easily be mistaken for a scene directly from the show itself.

In another shot posted on photographer 'cdgenc’s account, they cleverly re-created Mako’s ridiculous rants. In the show, she bounces around the screen and makes various poses, which they depicted perfectly here.

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Studio Trigger’s anime has continued to explode in popularity since its debut almost seven years ago. While there was only one season, it’s continuously been a fan-favorite among cosplayers at conventions.

Those looking for more can check out the fighting video game based on the show called IF, which is on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. The whole series can also be watched on Netflix and Hulu.