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Pokemon Sword & Shield cosplayer makes a splash as Gym Leader Nessa

Published: 29/May/2020 19:29 Updated: 29/May/2020 21:57

by Brent Koepp


A talented cosplayer went viral when she transformed into the real life version of Nessa. The artist’s insanely accurate depiction of the water Gym Leader will leave you in awe.

Pokemon was ushered into its eighth generation with the 2019 release of Sword & Shield. The latest title had players exploring the Galar region for the very first time, and introduced new mechanics such as Dynamaxing and Raids.

A talented cosplay artist brought popular character Nessa to life with her jaw-dropping costume. The faithful portrayal of the Water-type Trainer is sure to make waves as it’s almost as if she’s jumped from out your Nintendo Switch.

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Sword & Shield introduced a new Water Gym Leader named Nessa.

Pokemon cosplayer brings Nessa to life

In the latest Pokemon, players are tasked with entering the Galar League after getting an endorsement from the reigning champion himself, Leon. The second Gym they take on is led by Nessa who is the Leader of the seaside town Hulbury.

Cosplayer Usagi ‘yourmooneye‘ shared her incredible take on the Water-type Trainer on Instagram. Photographer ‘bizco88’ captured the artist posing with her Dive Ball while in the character’s battle uniform. The ocean backdrop ties the whole piece together.

The shot is so incredible, it could easily be mistaken for an official live-action remake of the Pokemon game. The cosplayer absolutely nails her black braided hairstyle, and even included the blue highlights that drape down her shoulders.

The artist shared a side by side comparison with a screenshot from the RPG, to show how accurate her portrayal of the Gym Leader really is. She perfectly re-created her aquatic-inspired swimwear which she character uses for her battle jersey.

In one last shot, yourmoon again mimics the Gym Leader’s in-game stance as she holds her Pokeball. The amount of detail in her work is simply astonishing – from her necklace, to her waist jewelry, this one of the best Nessa cosplays we’ve ever seen.

In May, it was announced that Sword & Shield is quickly on track to becoming the third highest selling game in the RPG’s long-running franchise. Proof that the addicting Catch ‘Em All mechanics are as popular as they ever were.

Fans of the eighth generation title have a lot to be excited for in 2020. The release is seeing two new expansion DLCs, with the Isle of Armor making its debut next month. The second addon, The Crown Tundra, looks to be dropping this Fall.


My Hero Academia cosplayer brings out their inner villain as fiery Dabi

Published: 18/Nov/2020 6:56

by Andrew Amos


In My Hero Academia, there’s a few villains to choose from, but one of the more popular ones is Dabi. We all have a little villain inside of us, and cosplayer ‘kirapika’ has brought it out with a fiery cosplay of the Vanguard Action Squad leader.

Every good story has to have a villain or two. There’s no shortage of them in My Hero Academia either, given the tensions between the League of Villains and the various hero agencies around Japan.

The fiery Dabi is definitely up there with one of the most powerful weapons the League of Villains has at their disposal. The leader of the Vanguard Action Squad is classified as an A-Rank Villain, and he’s got the power to match.

Dabi in My Hero Academia
Dabi is one of My Hero Academia’s most iconic villains.

With a penchant of setting the world ablaze, the patched-up antagonist is yet another iconic character design from the hit franchise. Kirapika has brought Dabi to life in one of their latest cosplays though, and he’s got everything down pat.

It’s easy enough to say that Dabi’s design is simple to pull off, but you really notice a good one when you see it. It’s the small details, from the detailing on the jacket, to the light blue currents through Kirapika’s hair, that really makes this Dabi cosplay shine.

Kirapika didn’t go as far as patchworking their own body like Dabi, but the ‘staples’ and bodypaint certainly does the trick of fitting the character’s design.

While Kirapika admitted My Hero Academia isn’t their favorite show, they still “really enjoy watching and reading it.”

“I get to really love some of the characters and Dabi is one of my [favourite] ones. I really wanted to cosplay him [for] a long time now,” they said on an Instagram post.


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The cosplay is just the beginning for Kirapika’s journeys through the My Hero Academia universe. It was long requested by their fans, and they’re not done yet, as they’re working on finessing their current Dabi design as well as others.

“I’m not happy with the final look, a lot of improvement needs to be done. I’m gonna try to improve him as much as I can to see if I can become comfortable with this cosplay one day or not.”