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Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes her way to victory as perfect Sinon

by Brent Koepp

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Prolific artist Ely Cosplay went viral when she transformed herself in Sword Art Online’s blue-haired sniper Sinon. Her faithful re-creation of the Phantom Bullet arc heroine will leave fans stunned.

Sword Art Online is one of the most popular anime properties in the world. Adapted from the light-novel series written by Reki Kawahara, millions have connected with its epic virtual reality MMORPG concept.

Talented cosplayer Ely brought one of the show's most beloved characters Sinon to life with her jaw-dropping costume. The depiction is so accurate, it’s almost as if the deadly sniper has jumped from out of the screen.

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The blue-haired sniper is one of the most popular characters in Sword Art Online.

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Sword Art Online’s Sinon comes to life

The series is about a highly-advanced virtual reality system that allows players to truly live in a fantasy game world. Sinon is first introduced in the Phantom Bullet arc, and is the avatar created by student Shino Asada.

Ely Cosplay shared her take on the sniper, and posed with the heroine’s iconic weapon in her hands. In the story, the legendary rifle is called the ‘PGM Ultima Ratio Hecate I’ and was obtained by the character after defeating a dungeon boss.

The gun looks so real, it could easily be mistaken for a prop from a live-action film adaptation of Sword Art Online. The artist nailed Sinon’s look by creating her short blue hair, and capturing her striking indigo eyes.

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The artist’s photo shows off the insane amount of work that went into recreating the avatar’s detailed attire. The patterns on the cosplayer’s bodysuit are truly amazing, and even lead into the heroine's signature black shorts.

In the game, the sniper wears a military desert green desert coat, and a white muffler around her neck to protect her from the elements. She even captured little details, like her ammo pouches, and her iconic black hair clips.

Ely also tackled Sinon’s second appearance later in the series, and it’s absolutely adorable. Her ruffled blue hair now turns into cat ears, and she even has a tail. The cosplayer traded in her prop gun for the character's iconic bow.

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Despite making its light-novel debut in 2009, Sword Art Online continues to be one of the most successful series in Japan. The property has spawned multiple anime adaptations, and a plethora of video games.

If you are looking to jump into the franchise, the wildly popular first season is on streaming services Netflix and Hulu. Fans have a lot to be excited for in 2020, as the second season of the Alicization - Ward of Underworld arc is set to drop in July.