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

Published: 20/Apr/2020 18:29

by Brent Koepp


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.

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.

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.


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.