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Overwatch cosplayer kicks it up a notch by animating Blackwatch Genji

Published: 22/Jan/2020 3:32 Updated: 22/Jan/2020 6:44

by Dustin Steiner

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An Overwatch cosplayer went the extra mile by having his Blackwatch Genji outfit animated in After Effects to make it look like it came right off the screen.

Cosplayers are always looking for ways to stand out from their peers and create experiences that help them gain popularity in a fandom that’s become increasingly difficult to break in to.

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Enter VFX and motion graphics artist Kenson, who goes by Rikognition on Twitter. He was able to use a combination of blue screen technology, After Effects, and some really slick design work to bring JohnnyJunkers’ Blackwatch Genji to life.

 

“For this one, I didn’t do it as detailed so I just used After Effects and it’s auto meshed puppet tool,” Rikognition said on Reddit.  “Otherwise, I would normally use Spine2d and draw proper meshes and weight maps.”

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The goal of the animation was to make “IRL look like CGI,” as Kenson noted on his Twitter. The results have been going viral within the community, with the post currently sitting at 17.5k upvotes and near the top of the Overwatch subreddit.

While JohnnyJunkers may have a modest following of 4,000 on Twitter, he is much more well known on Facebook where he currently has over 51,000 followers. Some of his more well known cosplays include Ultra Instinct Goku and Ryu from Street Fighter.

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Junkers has made a name for himself with his cosplays of popular anime and gaming figures like Goku.

The cosplayer is well known for his motivational posts on Facebook, especially those focusing on fitness as it relates to cosplay. His Goku post in particular detailed his process for working out to fit into the outfit.

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“Goals help a lot and I can’t wait to show you guys what I’m training towards next year,” he said in his post.

He is currently working on an impressive Mega Man X cosplay that will be sure to wow audiences as well. There is no word yet on if he’ll team up with Kenson to make this one digital as well, but if he does, expect it to be just as epic as the Genji one.

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Cowboy Bebop cosplayer becomes queen of hearts as perfect Faye Valentine

Published: 19/Oct/2020 19:28

by Brent Koepp

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A Cowboy Bebop cosplayer shared an insanely accurate Faye Valentine costume. The artist teamed up with talented photographers to bring the popular anime to life like you’ve never seen before.

Despite releasing in 1998, Cowboy Bebop is still one of the most popular animes of all time. Viewers fell in love with its fast-paced jazz style, and story about a ragtag group of bounty hunters in space.

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Celebrating the influential series, a talented cosplayer transformed into beloved heroine Faye Valentine. Her stunning photography and mind blowing re-creation of the character will be sure to leave fans in awe.

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The beloved bounty hunter is a protagonist in Cowboy Bebop.

Cowboy Bebop cosplayer brings Faye Valentine to life

While much of the anime centers on protagonist Spike Spiegel, the bounty hunter picks up several crewmates throughout the story, such as Faye Valentine. The ragtag group travel across space aboard the Bebop spaceship. 

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Cosplayer ‘luciolescosplay’ transformed into the purple-haired heroine with a jaw-dropping costume on Instagram. The artist teamed up with photographer ‘micheltakumacosplay’ who helped bring the anime to life with incredible skills. 

Posing in the character’s signature two-piece yellow outfit, the artist mirrored Valentine’s look effortlessly. She even included Faye’s signature red jacket which hangs loosely around the lower half of her arms. 

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In another shot, photographer ‘koklengphotographe’ captured the cosplayer recreating a scene from the show. Luciole posed as the bounty hunter holding a drink in front of a bar. The glowing neon sign in the backdrop looks similar to the “Loser Bar” from the series

The French cosplayer gave viewers a full look of her outfit, and showed just how accurate it is to the anime. From her purple cropped hair, to her iconic sunglasses, this is easily one of the best takes we’ve seen on the queen of hearts.

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Cowboy Bebop originally made its debut as manga in 1997. However, its anime adaptation a year later by studio Sunrise made it an instant hit around the world.

Those wanting to watch the genre-bending sci-fi romp can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation, Hulu, and HBO Max.