Persona 5 Royal cosplayer leads the Phantom Thieves as Kasumi Yoshizawa - Dexerto

Persona 5 Royal cosplayer leads the Phantom Thieves as Kasumi Yoshizawa

Published: 11/Apr/2020 19:58 Updated: 11/Apr/2020 20:00

by Meg Bethany Koepp


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.

The character is new to the series.

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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The latest wifu to join the persona series is finally here!❤️ • Kasumi Yoshizawa from Persona 5 the Royal? • Contacts @t.vivi.t (code “erin.lynam” for 10% off!) Costume @miccostumes • Hey guys! Next post will be a colored contact review for Topsface and an igtv makeup video! It’s been so long since I’ve done one and I’ve really missed it! But omg I am so excited to cosplay Kasumi more and do her phantom thieves outfit for #katsucon2019 and to play the Royal once it’s released in America! I may have watched Japanese gameplay but shhhh. But anyway I just wanted to thank Topsface for sending me these dope contacts and I can’t wait to post the review! ❤️ • • •

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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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So happy with how kasumi came out even if it was one of the only good things to come from #katsucon2020 ? • Kasumi Yoshizawa from Persona 5 the Royal ? • ? @carbonflix Props made by me Wig @lemailcosplaywigs • • •

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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.


Eugene Lee Yang goes viral cosplaying Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:39

by Georgina Smith


Writer, Director, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang has absolutely blown Avatar: The Last Airbender fans away with his flawless cosplays, recreating not just Azula but Zuko too.

Since rising to internet fame with his work on YouTube series ‘the Try Guys,’ Eugene Lee Yang has established himself as a creator in his own right, producing many hugely viral videos exploring LGBTQ+ and Asian-American identities.

Each year in what he describes as his ‘Asian Halloween Tradition,’ Eugene cosplays different Asian characters from popular movies, TV shows, books and more to celebrate different aspects of those cultures, and works alongside a team to flex their outstanding costume and makeup skills.

In the past, he’s recreated characters like Mulan, Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments Series, and many more dating back to Halloween of 2009 when he cosplayed Russell from the animated film UP.

But this year, Eugene and his talented team treated fans to not just one, but two Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplays, and they were both as fantastic as each other.

Eugene cosplays Zuko and Azula

First, in a post that at the time of writing has 99,000 likes, he recreated the banished prince from the Fire Nation, Zuko.

Eugene models the brilliant costume by Kinetic Cosplay perfectly, the bold oranges and reds of the fabric creating a vibrant fire-like glow, which combined with the mix of silk trims and various types of fabric give a perfectly dynamic edge to the look.

His makeup artist Arianna Blean has also reformed Zuko’s signature eye scar, the scar wax looking intricate enough to be realistic, but also with a slightly animated feel in keeping with the original art style.

To fans’ surprise, Eugene even pulled out a second Avatar look to celebrate Halloween this year, also having a go at one of the show’s most popular villains, Fire Nation princess Azula in beautiful photos taken by JD Renes.

The absolutely stunning images show the YouTube star surrounded by lightning, filling the images with a mesmerizing blue-white glow. The black and gold plates contribute to a powerful silhouette, with the wig by danekez sculpted perfectly to look like the original, even keeping with the gold hairpiece in the center of the head.

Eugene put both characters together in the same image in a post that gained 40,000 likes, and even participated in a TikTok trend where he wipes a mirror to switch between the two characters, injecting the video with electric personality.

His series of posts about the cosplays have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes all together, and has already got people excited about what Eugene will pull out of the bag next Halloween.