Cosplay

My Hero Academia cosplayer shows off explosive dark side turn for Bakugo

Published: 31/Jan/2020 1:09

by Dustin Steiner

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My Hero Academia’s explosive hero Bakugo traditionally wears a slick green, black, and orange getup, but what if he strayed towards the darker side? Cosplayer Ovsyan_art gave us the answer. 

Bakugo might be known as Deku’s rival in My Hero Academia, but he’s been kidnapped before by the League of Villians in an effort to eventually turn him evil.

And what better way to denote this in the anime and manga than a costume switch to darker colors? This change could take away the bright greens and oranges and switching to a more “evil” red and black.

Bakugo’s fiery personality means that he could have gone either way in becoming a hero or villain, something the League of Villians was looking to exploit.

Of course, all of this lands firmly in what-if territory, as Bakugo was rescued by the heroes in training of class 1A. This incident was the same one that All Might went on to lose his powers against One for All, as he defeated the villain and was able to imprison him, but not without completely burning out his abilities.

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The cosplay from Ovysan_art actually seems to depict a sort of action figure color variant, something that’s discernable through his somewhat unchanging expression and the plastic look of the cosplay.

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While color variants are something very popular in comic books, we think the red and black would actually suit a villainous turn more than say, a stealth suit or some other reason for the costume switch.

All of Bakugo’s equipment, including his Grenadier Bracers that store his nitroglycerin-like sweat, improvised grenades, and his “lethal” knee pads are fully represented in this cosplay.

Ovsyan_art also has cosplayed a number of other characters, including Ed from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and continues to produce brilliant works of photography mixed with his costumes.

While time will tell if Bakugo ultimately chooses to be a hero and continue his quest for number one or turn down a darker path, it’s fun to imagine what he might look like if he chooses the latter.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplayer masters all the elements as Kyoshi 

Published: 9/Jan/2021 7:21

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Kyoshi was one of many Avatars who preceded Aang in Avatar: The Last Airbender and her story inspired many fans, including a talented cosplayer who created an incredible outfit and transformed into her.

Avatar: The Last Airbender is all about the trials and tribulations of Aang and his friends. However, he has a long line of predecessors who shared his powers and had a duty to restore peace and balance to the world.

Kyoshi was one of them. She lived several hundreds of years earlier and was succeeded by Roku, the immediate predecessor to Aang. Described as a tall and powerful woman, she overcame a difficult childhood before being recognized as an Avatar in her teenage years.

Throughout the series, she made several appearances in flashbacks and visions. She’s also recognized as the founder of the Kyoshi Warriors, an order of female warriors whose sole purpose is to protect her homeland, Kyoshi Island.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Kyoshi Cosplay
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Avatar Kyoshi was tough as nails, but learnt from her mistakes.

Suki, the leader of the Kyoshi Warriors, is a popular choice among cosplayers. However, a cosplayer named cosmic.reys.cosplay decided to break the mold and dress up as Kyoshi instead.

“Only justice will bring peace,” she said. “Proud to share with you Avatar Kyoshi, who I fell in love with after reading her novels by @yeebookauthor! The Rise of Kyoshi and the Shadow of Kyoshi are epic reads that give Kyoshi such a compelling backstory! This cosplay was so much fun to put together!”

It has some parallels to a traditional Kyoshi Warrior cosplay. For example, the earrings, facepaint, fans, make-up, and green robe are more or less the same. However, the biggest difference lies in the headpiece, which is larger and more pronounced than her subordinates.

More importantly, though, it looks flawless. The attention to detail is second to none, and the added after-effects in her eyes are a nice touch as well. It resembles how Kyoshi looks in her Avatar State.

All in all, it’s an incredible piece that has been described as everything from “so good” to “amazing.” Cosmic Reys deserves all the praise, and her fans are looking forward to what’s in store next.