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Cosplayer Liz Katz reveals ongoing dilemma with “delusional cyberstalker”

Published: 24/Jan/2020 1:09

by Alan Bernal

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Popular cosplayer Liz Katz revealed an ongoing issue with a cyberstalker, who has forced her to increase her “home and office security” due to his unwelcome advances.

Katz is a huge figure in the cosplaying scene with a following of over 200 thousand on Twitter and over 1 million on Instagram – but a recurring issue with one of these followers has forced her to bring an issue to the public about a “delusional” fan.

In a detailed Twitter thread, she revealed how an enamored man has been taking steps to get closer to her, even though she has repeatedly denied his fantasies of a romantic relationship.

Tifa final fantasy cosplay Liz Katz
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Katz is an accomplished cosplayer with millions of followers.

“I’ve been dealing with a delusional cyberstalker for nearly a year,” she admitted in a Tweet on January 23. “I do not know this person and they do not know me. Yet they are convinced we are in a relationship and that I had been sending them secret messages through my content.”

She mentioned how the unnamed person would have lengthy conversations with himself in her public message inbox. There, she found photos evidently showing he was prepared to make a life-changing move to California “in an effort to be closer to me for our ‘relationship.'”

Katz claimed that she eventually responded to him, talking him down and pointing out that her posts held no hidden subtext for him or anyone else.

“I offered the idea that maybe he had been catfished?” the cosplayer explained. “And I assured we had never spoken or written. He seemed to understand. He said he sometimes gets the wrong ideas about things.”

A mental health advocate herself, Katz suggested he seek a professional for help, and that “things cooled off for a while” following the encounter.

After a period of silence, he reappeared as a normal fan again, but the messages quickly turned to their previous, concerning tone. Once again, she expressed her discomfort to him. He apologized, and another period of silence ensued.

Some time passed before he reappeared once again, this time flooding her, “comments and inbox, eventually writing every day again… about how we were together again, as if we were together.”

Since he’d already pitched the idea of moving to California to be with her, she believes he was further encouraged by a January 12 Instagram post in which the cosplayer is dancing in a Harley Quinn-inspired costume to the tune of “Freak” by Lana Del Rey.

“Baby, if you wanna leave / Come to California, be a freak like me, too,” the lyrics say.

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How are those New Years resolutions coming? #harleyquinn

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This ended up being the tipping point for Katz, who has informed authorities about the man and has been confining herself to her home by “limiting my time outside.”

These disturbing details have her community rallying in support for Katz as she is “weighing [her] options now and is still feeling really uneasy.”

Among her closing thoughts, she hopes the “individual can get the help they need,” but has largely remained quiet on social media after shedding light on her continuing predicament.

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Sword Art Online cosplayer snipes enemies as real life Sinon

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:33

by Brent Koepp

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A Sword Art Online cosplayer went viral on Instagram after sharing her transformation into popular anime character Sinon. The artist’s stunning take brings the Phantom Bullet heroine to life.

Originally written in 2002 by novelist Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online exploded in popularity a decade later with its animated adaptation in 2012. Viewers around the world have fallen in love with its creative take on massively multiplayer online role playing games.

Prolific cosplayer Sarah ‘hendoart‘ Hendo made waves on social media when she shared her costume based on the anime’s second season arc, the Phantom Bullet. The talented artist brought the beloved blue-haired sniper Sinon to life with an insanely accurate take.

Screenshot of Sword Art Online character Sinon.
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The blue-haired sniper stars in Sword Art Online II.

Sword Art Online cosplayer becomes real life Sinon

While the series starts off with protagonist Kazuto Kirigaya getting stuck in the virtual world of Aincrad, the show’s later seasons take place in a different online video game. In season two, Kirito meets a fierce sniper with a deadly aim named Sinon.

Bringing the heroine to life, cosplayer Hendoart shared her mind-blowing transformation into the character on Instagram. Photographer ‘nerdypictures‘ captured the artist posing in her signature outfit. The costume is full of meticulous detail, and includes a cut out black and white bodysuit which runs under her green jacket and leggings.

Sarah recreated a scene from the anime, and mirrored Sinon’s battle stance by holding her iconic sniper rifle behind her head. The life-size prop weapon was created by ‘airsoftevike‘ and is so accurate that it looks as if it could have come straight out of the screen.

 

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In another shot posted to social media, Hendo gave viewers a closer look at how faithful her Sword Art Online cosplay actually is. Not only did she mirror the heroine’s giant blue and silver belt buckle, she also created Sinon’s white scarf which she uses to wrap around her face to protect herself from the elements.

 

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While Sword Art Online’s anime has been a massive hit, its Light Novel adaptation is one of the most popular series in Japan. The franchise is so beloved, it’s been made into various games on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well.

Those interested in checking out the MMO-based show can catch all episodes on streaming services Funimation and Crunchyroll. Netflix also currently has seasons one through three available right now.