Persona 5 cosplayer steals hearts with viral Ann Takamaki costume - Dexerto

Persona 5 cosplayer steals hearts with viral Ann Takamaki costume

Published: 7/Apr/2020 1:11 Updated: 7/Apr/2020 3:42

by Brent Koepp


To celebrate the release of Persona 5 Royal, a talented cosplayer shared her stunning true-to-life Ann Takamaki outfit. Fans of the series will have their hearts stolen by her perfect portrayal of the Phantom Thief.

Persona 5 made its debut on the PlayStation 4 in 2016, and was a massive success for Japanese developer Atlus. Fans connected with the RPG’s story of high-schoolers becoming the Phantom Thieves, and taking on the corruption of society.  

Popular cosplayer ‘Shirogane Sama’ transformed into one of the game’s lead heroine’s Ann Takamaki. Her incredibly accurate take on the character’s alter-ego Panther will have fans going wild, as it’s almost like the character has stepped out of the screen. 

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The 2016 RPG was a smash hit for developer Atlus.

Persona 5’s Panther brought to life by cosplay

The story follows a group of students from Shujin Academy, who quickly learn they possess the power to steal the hearts of people. Forming the Phantom Thieves, they infiltrate their corrupt target’s psyche to change them from the inside. 

Cosplayer ‘Shirogane Sama’ went viral after sharing her Persona costume on social media. She dressed up in the character’s feline-inspired thief outfit, and the post has over 41,000 likes at the time of writing.

Photographer ‘’ captured the talented artist, as she posed as Panther holding her whip. She nailed Takamaki’s signature double blonde pigtail hairstyle, with the help of ‘holish_cosplay’ who created the accurate wig.

In another photo, this time taken by ‘pollypwnz,’ Shirogame gives us a full view of the amount of work that went into creating Ann’s costume, which consists of a red latex bodysuit, and cat-shaped mask.

The artist even re-created Panther’s cat tail which hangs at the end of the zipper that is on the back of her suit, showing just how insanely detailed and true to the game her cosplay actually is. 

In a close-up shot posted to her Instagram, the artist’s re-creation could easily be mistaken for a scene from a live-action theatrical version of the character. Her costume is so good, it has us seeing double. 

Due to the massive success of its 2016 release, Atlus re-released the game in the form of the ‘Royal Edition’ in March. The updated version is packed with new dialogue, features, and even includes an additional semester of school.

Those wanting to experience the epic journey of the Phantom Thieves can play the title now on PlayStation 4. There is even an anime version of the RPG if that’s your thing, and can be watched on Crunchyroll.


Pokemon cosplayer takes on Galar League as Sword & Shield protagonist

Published: 17/Nov/2020 23:09

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon cosplayer made waves on Instagram after becoming the real-life version of Sword & Shield’s female protagonist, Gloria.

The Pokemon franchise entered its eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The RPG introduced players to the Galar region – which was largely inspired by famous locations in the U.K.

To celebrate the popular Nintendo Switch title, a talented cosplayer brought the game’s protagonist Trainer to life with their incredibly accurate costume. The artist’s adorable take on the heroine will capture fans’ hearts.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield protagonist trainer Gloria on the Nintendo Switch.
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Gloria is one of the default protagonists in Pokemon Sword & Shield

Pokemon cosplayer becomes real life Sword & Shield protagonist

In Sword & Shield, players are given the option to choose either a male or female protagonist. The latter is called Gloria by default, although Trainers will no doubt customize their character’s name to their heart’s content.

Cosplayer ‘elle_pastelle’ went viral on Instagram after bringing the beloved heroine to life with her re-creation. Photographer ‘pastelle_images’ captured the artist adorably hoisting her Pokeball in the air.

The gorgeous outdoor backdrop used in the photo could easily be mistaken for a location in Galar, as Elle excitedly looks ready to begin her quest to become the region’s next champion.


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The cosplayer nailed the character’s Scottish-influenced style, perfectly mirroring her gray wool stitched hoodie and her iconic green Tam O’ Shanter cap. In another photo posted to social media, Elle poses as the Trainer readying for battle. 


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Sword & Shield celebrated its first anniversary on November 15. Despite only releasing a year ago, the Nintendo Switch release has quickly become the third highest-grossing title in the Pokemon franchise. Proof that the series has never been more popular.

In November, fans of the game were able to dive into the RPG all over again with the debut of The Crown Tundra DLC on October 22. The add-on brought a handful of popular Legendaries to the Galar region and introduced the new Dynamax Adventures Mode.