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Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer completes Galar Pokedex as Sonia

Published: 6/Oct/2020 1:13

by Brent Koepp

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A Pokemon cosplayer shared their true-to-life take on Sword & Shield heroine Sonia. The artist looks so much like the professor in training that it’s almost as if the character has jumped out of the Nintendo Switch.

Players got to experience Pokemon’s eighth generation with the release of Sword & Shield in 2019. The beloved RPG was fans’ first introduction to the new region called Galar.

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Celebrating the Nintendo Switch title, a talented cosplayer transformed into the game’s spunky new professor, Sonia. The skilled artist brings the popular red-haired character to life.

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Sonia is the newest professor in the Pokemon franchise.

Pokemon cosplayer brings Sonia to life

At the beginning of the Gen VIII title, players are introduced to Professor Magnolia. However throughout the story, it is her granddaughter Sonia who is heavily featured. The red-haired heroine eventually becomes Galar’s next professor.

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Cosplayer Giulia ‘gistronii‘ Lohan transformed into the character with an insanely accurate costume which they shared on Instagram. The artist posed as the scientist while wearing her signature tan coat and teal blouse.

Giulia is the spitting image of the Nintendo character, perfectly capturing her striking turquoise eyes. They also faithfully mirrored the heroine’s iconic side-ponytail hairstyle, including the heart shaped hair-decorations strung throughout her locks.

In another shot, Gistronii gave viewers a full look at the outfit. Posing in a chair, the cosplayer showed off their high-waisted pants which the character wears throughout the game. To tie the whole thing together, they also included Sonia’s sunglasses which sit atop her hair.

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In the RPG, Sonia explores the Galar region alongside the protagonist to learn about the land and its creatures. The cosplay artist cleverly re-created this, using their phone instead of the Pokedex to communicate with Trainers.

Despite its rocky reception before its release, Pokemon Sword & Shield has proven to be another major hit for developer Game Freak. In under a year, the Gen VIII release is already the third highest-selling title in the entire franchise.

Fans of the Galar region have a lot to be excited for as the game’s second DLC, The Crown Tundra, arrives on October 22. The upcoming add-on will expand the map massively. And who knows, maybe Sonia will show up again for a new adventure.

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Overwatch cosplayer schools opponents as adorable Academy D.Va

Published: 21/Oct/2020 18:46

by Brent Koepp

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An Overwatch cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing their transformation into popular tank hero, D.Va. The artist adorably brought the character’s Academy skin to life like you’ve never seen before.

Overwatch made its debut in 2016, and quickly became a cultural phenomena. Players fell in love with the team-shooter’s addicting gameplay, and its vibrant cast of characters such as D.Va.

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To celebrate the Korean heroine, prolific cosplayer ‘HendoArt’ brought her iconic ‘Academy’ skin to life. The artist looks so much like the tank, it’s almost as if she nerfed her way out of the screen.

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D.Va is one of the most popular heroes in Overwatch.

HendoArt brings Overwatch Academy D.Va to life

The Korean tank character has many classic skins in the game already, from her police officer uniform to her Waveracer outfit. However, one of the most beloved looks is her Academy costume.

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Cosplayer Sarah ‘HendoArt’ Hendo made waves on Instagram after showing off her perfect recreation of D.Va’s school skin. Photographer ‘nels._’ captured the artist mirroring the character’s pose after she ejects from her mech.

Sarah nailed the heroine’s blue and pink trimmed blazer, as well as her plaid skirt – which really ties the school uniform together. The picture’s perspective cleverly gives off the illusion that the cosplayer is flying through the air while she aims her pistol.

In another adorable shot taken by ‘saffelsphotography’, the artist gave viewers a better look at the full costume. With special effects, HendoArt stands stands in front of the nuclear blast after launching her mech behind herself.

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As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the cosplayer also made a video on YouTube documenting the behind-the-scenes footage of her photoshoot. Fans of Overwatch get to see D.Va truly coming to life.

Despite only releasing in 2016, Overwatch has already cemented itself as one of the top shooters in the genre. The team-based title has grown into a major esport with incredible talent.

Fans of the Blizzard release have a lot to be excited for as a sequel to the FPS is just right around the corner. Expected to drop sometime in 2021, the expansion will include a PVE mode, as well new maps and characters. 

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