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Persona 5 Royal cosplayer leads the Phantom Thieves as Kasumi Yoshizawa

by Meg Bethany Koepp
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A skilled cosplayer has transformed into Persona 5 Royal's Kasumi Yoshizawa, bringing the loveable heroine to life with incredible accuracy. It is so good, in fact, that it will be sure to Take Your Heart!

Kasumi is the newest addition to the Persona 5 series in Royal – a reimagining of the 2015 game which gives players a more streamlined experience by adding in content such as Confidants, Personas, and a whole semester of gameplay. The Shujin Academy first-year student is a talented gymnast who aids the protagonist with battle training, before discovering her true self and joining the Phantom Thieves.

Gifted cosplayer Erin Alda shared her take on the red-headed heroine, and wowed fans with how accurate her rendition is, bringing her to life in such a way that it appears as though she's jumped right out of the TV screen itself and into reality.

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The character is new to the series.

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Amazing Persona 5 Royal Kasumi cosplay

In the game, the protagonist attends Shujin Academy with Kasumi, though she is in first-year. They quickly bond over the fact they're both transfer students who joined around the same time, and both have rumors spread about them that aren't true.

Probably her most defining feature is her striking red hair that sets her apart from the many others at the school who have natural hair colors such as black and brown. Erin nails this straight away in her take, perfecting the character's signature high ponytail and bangs, pulled together seamlessly with a matching red ribbon.

She also replicates the student's school uniform flawlessly, adding in her white high-collared shirt, black bow tie, and black blazer with the emblem and red buttons embellished across the chest.

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In another shot, the cosplayer shows off Kasumi's Phantom Thief side by showing her in her epic battle uniform, which consists of a black bodysuit with knee-high boots, a leather overcoat with flared sleeves and gold buttons, and a pair of red gloves.

She even nailed her eye mask, getting all the intricate details down. The character wears the mask while in Palaces to conceal her identity and to summon her Persona, Cendrillon, who is based off of the French adaptation of Cinderella.

Topping it all off, Erin strikes a menacing pose with the character's silver sword, which really captures the fierce spirit of the 15-year-old fighter.

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Persona 5 Royal released on March 31 in the West to rave reviews from critics, scoring a whopping 95 on Metacritic to become one of the highest-rated games in the series.

If you'd like to experience the game for yourself, it's available on PlayStation 4 with a retail price of $59.99.