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Pokemon cosplayer shows why Sword & Shield’s Leon is the Champion

Published: 6/Jan/2020 21:12

by Brent Koepp

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A talented Pokemon cosplayer shared his take on Sword & Shield’s Leon, transforming into the Galar Region Champion with an incredible true-to-life costume.

Pokemon saw its eighth generation title Sword & Shield drop in November 2019, and had players exploring the Galar Region on their quest to become the ultimate trainer in the League.

A talented cosplayer brought the game’s unbeatable hero Leon to life at MagFest 2020, becoming the gaming festival’s champion with his insanely accurate costume.

The Pokemon Company / Game FreakLeon is the Galar Region’s unbeatable champion.

Cosplayer becomes Galar’s champion

Leon is the undefeated champion in Sword & Shield, and is looked up to as a hero by the citizens of the Galar region. He’s also the older brother of the protagonist’s rival Hop, as both of them dream of one day beating him.

Cosplayer Maguma Usagi showed off his jaw-dropping outfit of the character on his social media, as the talented artist dressed up as the beloved Pokemon trainer at this year’s MagFest, which was held in Washington County, MD.

Striking the character’s iconic Charizard pose, the cosplay artist put his full costume on display, showing off the intricate details that went into faithfully recreating the trainer’s outfit, from his flowing cape, to the iconic baseball cap that looks like a crown with the bill flipped up.

As if the incredible costume wasn’t enough, he also recorded a video embodying the character, and even handed out Galar League endorsements from the game to festival goers that found him at the event.

Maguma is the closest we’ve seen to someone being a dead ringer for the Champion, looking exactly how we would imagine a live action version of the trainer to look like.

The skilled artist teamed up with photographer Arsenio Dev for another photoset that showed him in various poses from the game, as he captured Leon’s spirit by flicking his cape behind him as he readies up for battle.

Sword & Shield broke sales record in November 2019, becoming the fastest selling Switch title to date, as it sold an astonishing six million units in its opening weekend alone.

The eighth generation title also had its best month in sales for the entire franchise, according to consumer date tracker NPDs, making it an incredible success for Game Freak and Nintendo.

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Evangelion cosplayer becomes Rei Ayanami with epic underwater photoshoot

Published: 26/Nov/2020 19:01

by Brent Koepp

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A Neon Genesis Evangelion cosplayer shared her transformation into popular character Rei Ayanami. The artist brought the anime heroine to life with a mind-blowing underwater photoshoot.

Ever since its debut in 19995, Neon Genesis Evangelion has been one of the most influential animes of all time. The Studio Gainax Mecha was originally written by Hideaki Anno.

To celebrate the hit show, a cosplayer went to new depths – literally – to bring lead character Rei Ayanami to life. The artist’s jaw dropping underwater photo recreation will leave fans of the sci-fi epic speechless.

Screenshot of Rei Ayanami in Rebuild Evangelion anime.
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The blue-haired heroine is one of the main characters in the hit anime.

While the series heavily revolves around teenager Shinji Ikari moving to Tokyo-3, the protagonist quickly meets a diverse cast of characters after joining Nerv. One of the fierce characters introduced is Rei Ayanami who pilots Evangelion mechs to defend humanity from the alien threat called Angels.

Cosplayer Tessa ‘tessa_crownster’ made waves on Instagram after faithfully bringing the heroine to life in November. The artist absolutely nailed the character’s signature look, accurately mirroring her short blue bob-style haircut, as well as depicting her striking red eyes.

Tessa utilized underwater photography with the help of ‘brettsphoto‘ to truly capture the anime’s sci-fi roots. The result is stunning as it looks like she is floating in a tank full of wires and circuits. The creative shoot is easily one of the best cosplays we have ever seen of Evangelion.

 

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In another shot posted to the cosplayer’s social media, crownster gave fans a closer view of her incredible portrayal of Rei. The picture taken by ‘samu.snap‘ showcases just how accurate her costume is to the hit anime. Tessa looks ready for battle as she mimics Ayanami’s stance while wearing her iconic white and black pilot bodysuit.

 

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Despite releasing over 25 years ago, Evangelion continues to have a major influence on not only anime, but films and music. The groundbreaking Mecha was in many ways ahead of its time.

Those that might have missed out on the hit show back in the day can actually watch the original series right now on Netflix or Funimation.