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Cel-shaded Super Mario cosplay takes on a Borderlands 3 twist

Published: 18/Oct/2019 23:50 Updated: 19/Oct/2019 0:52

by Brent Koepp


An incredibly skilled cosplayer brought his mindblowing Mario costume to New York Comic Con 2019, and his unique take on the beloved Nintendo plumber turned heads and won him first place in a contest.

New York Comic Con is one of the biggest entertainment conventions in the world, as the annual event celebrates everything from comics, to cosplay, as enthusiasts from all over gather to celebrate their favorite hobbies.


However one cosplayer blew the minds of attendees and judges when he showed off his version of Nintendo’s iconic character Mario, and brought to lovable mascot to life like never seen before.

Mario brought to life

Professional cosplayer and prop maker ‘Akellyz’ put his incredible costume on display at NYCC this year which ran from October 8 to 11, and gave Mario a gritty new look. The more mature take on the plumber, shows him as a formidable warrior in a cel shaded Borderlands 3-esque style.


His prop making talents are on full display, as the costume has a Yoshi animatronic on his back that moves its eyes and head, and even blows smoke out its mouth, taking cosplay to a new level.

[Photographer] Selection of Cosplay photos from NYCC this past weekend, including this amazing Borderlands Mario! (Link in comments) from r/cosplay

If that wasn’t cool enough, the amount of detail that has gone into his costume is astonishing as the artist included a vast amount of references from the Mario series, from the mini ‘Bob-omb’ grenades, to the Chain Chomp weapon around his neck.

But he also included an incredible looking recreation of the ghost character ‘Boo’ locked in a cage that hung from behind him and had eyes that lit up. His Bazooka is cleverly a ‘Bullet Bill’ from the game, and even had a ‘Piranha Plant’ that rose up from the top of the weapon.


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Over on his Instagram, Akellyz has more photos showing off the costume, even showing the process he went through to put the makeup on to transform into the Nintendo plumber.

The social media account also includes a video that shows off the animatronic Yoshi up close, giving us a better look at how insane this costume truly is, as the dinosaur opens and closes his eyes, and moves his head.


The talented cosplayer actually won New York Comic Con’s previous contests in 2014 and 2015, making this his third victory of the popular event, and it’s easy to see why.


The more you stare at his intricate costume, the more references from the beloved Nintendo franchise you will find. The amount of detail is staggering, and is truly one of the best cosplays we’ve ever seen.


League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos


Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.


However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.


“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.


“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.


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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!