Naruto's Ino Yamanaka brought to life in eye-popping cosplay - Dexerto

Naruto’s Ino Yamanaka brought to life in eye-popping cosplay

Published: 17/Dec/2019 16:49

by Connor Bennett


Cosplayer velvateena has managed to bring Naruto’s Ino Yamanaka to life with a stunningly accurate cosplay that has drawn plenty of plaudits from fans of the manga and anime series.

Naruto is one of the most recognizable manga and anime series around after having debuted back in 1997 before going on to have a number of its own television series, video games, and even a collectible card game.

As it has a wide variety of characters, the popular series is prime inspiration material for cosplayers across the globe – with some trying their hand at the main character Naruto Uzumaki and even background names like Hinata Hyuga and even Sakura Haruno. Yet, it is Nara’s Team Asuma counterpart Ino Yamanaka that has become one of the most impressive cosplays to date.

FunimationThe Naruto series has been going strong for quite some time.

In a post to the Cosplay subreddit, velvateena showed off her pretty stunning attempt at cosplaying Ino. While she may not have the powers of the anime character, the cosplayer nailed the character’s purple outfit, hairstyle, and huge blue eyes.

Of course, she had a little help in being able to look exactly like the character in question, as Vel revealed that the hair was a wig – although she admitted it needed a little work at the back – and the eyes were helped out by mesh contact lenses that make everything just slightly blue.

[Self] Ino Yamanaka . from cosplay

The brilliant cosplay managed to draw plenty of praises from her fellow Redditors who had laid their eyes upon it. “Looks great! The eyes really pull it all together,” commented ElectricHusky11.

While other fans chimed in with “lovely” and “stunning” responses, another, Talekforever1, labeled it as a “life-like Ino” that wouldn’t be too out of place in a live-action TV series or even movie. 

Aside from Ino, the cosplayer has plenty of other anime-related outfits on her Instagram account, including Naruto’s Hinata, Tenten, and even Haku.

It wouldn’t be surprising to see her attempting another stunning look in the near future, especially as there are tonnes of much-loved characters to still choose from.


Princess Mononoke cosplayer runs with wolves as Studio Ghibli heroine San

Published: 27/Nov/2020 19:04

by Brent Koepp


A Princess Mononoke cosplayer brought the film’s protagonist San to life with a stunning costume. The artist’s breathtaking transformation into the Studio Ghibli character will leave fans speechless.

In 1997, renowned director Hayao Miyazaki debuted his groundbreaking seventh film, Princess Mononoke. The environmentalist-themed story was so popular, it’s still the eighth highest grossing movie of all time in Japan.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the influential anime by bringing it to life with a jaw-dropping outdoor photoshoot. The artist’s incredible take on wolf girl San is so good, it’s almost as if the protagonist has clawed her way out of the screen.

Screenshot of wolf princess San in Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
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The wolf princess is one of the main characters in the 1997 anime film.

Ghibli cosplayer becomes real life Princess Mononoke

The film centers on protagonist Ashitaka, who leaves his village after tragically becoming infected by a corrupted spirit. The banished prince embarks on a quest to look for a cure and confront the curse that corrupted the animal that wandered into his home.

Cosplayer ‘Jennifer Sonntag’ brought the movie’s second lead character, Princess San, to life with her stunning cosplay which she shared on Instagram. Photographer ‘jospixelart’ captured the artist posing in the heroine’s iconic white and blue outfit next to a wolf.

Jenny nailed San’s signature attire, which includes a white fur cape that drapes over her back as well as her red and gold warrior mask which she uses to cover her face while battling against human enemies. She even included her scarlet facepaint which sits under each eye.


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In another shot posted on her social media, the artist re-created a scene from the Ghibi film where the lead character sits on a rock. Jen looks ready to fight with her wolf family as she holds her prop dagger while having her headdress down. The outdoor backdrop gorgeously ties the whole thing together and could easily be mistaken for a screenshot from the film.


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Despite releasing over 23 years ago, Princess Mononoke still continues to be one of the most influential anime films of all time. Its dark themes and gritty depiction of violence was a departure for Miyazaki’s usually child-friendly projects.

Those looking to catch the classic movie are in luck as it can currently be watched right now on HBO’s streaming service MAX. Also in 2019, Studio Ghibli struck a deal with Apple TV and Amazon to sell all of their theatrical releases digitally for the very first time.