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Overwatch Cosplay Battle: The finalists – voting and gallery

Published: 19/Mar/2019 11:58 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 13:44

by Joe O'Brien

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The Overwatch Cosplay Battle has reached its final stage, with the submissions now open for public vote.

Blizzard’s Overwatch Cosplay Battle isn’t an ordinary cosplay competition. The battle features teams representing six different European countries, each of which is made up of three cosplayers combining their talents to create an incredible representation of one Overwatch character.

The teams have spent months putting together the most spectacular and accurate imitations of Overwatch heroes they can manage, and the results are quite remarkable. This is cosplay at its absolute finest when it comes to bringing in-game characters to life.

The grand prize winner will be selected by an official jury of Blizzard artists and cosplay professionals, but fans can still have their say by voting for their favorite cosplay. The team with the most votes will be named Community Favorite.

Fans can vote on the Cosplay Battle homepage. The final submissions from each of the six teams can be seen below.

Team France – Magni Torbjörn

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Team France’s submission was of Torbjörn’s “Magni” skin, which itself is inspired by World of Warcraft character Magni Bronzebeard. 

The cosplay even features dynamic elements, with moving pistons and a spinning attachment on his mechanical left arm.


Team UK – Forest Spirit Orisa

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Easily the largest submission, Team UK’s creation is a full-sized Orisa sporting her Forest Spirit legendary skin. 

If the sheer scale of the cosplay wasn’t impressive enough, the stunning detail of the design alone makes it a strong contender.


Team Russia – D.Va

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Germany is the only team to have picked the default skin for their hero of choice, but it hardly takes away from their offering. 

As a feat of engineering, the full-sized mecha dominates the competition, large enough to even fit a pilot D.Va.


Team Spain – Baihu Genji

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Team Spain have opted for one of the most popular skins in the game, Genji’s “Baihu” look. 

The vivid blue and oriental design make for one of the most striking looks in Overwatch, and Team Spain have captured it perfectly.


Team Germany – Dragon Symmetra

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Team Germany’s cosplay brings to life Symmetra’s Dragon skin, easily the most vivid in color scheme of the various submissions. 

The detail of the creation stands out in everything from the custom Photon Projector to the draconic orange of the model’s irises.


Team Italy – Blackwatch Genji

Another take on Genji, Team Italy have instead opted for his “Blackwatch” skin, with the incomplete armor and external tubes characteristic of Genji’s earlier days as a cyborg. 

Voting is open until March 24, and the winners of each category will be announced on March 26.

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Princess Mononoke cosplayer runs with wolves as Studio Ghibli heroine San

Published: 27/Nov/2020 19:04

by Brent Koepp

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A Princess Mononoke cosplayer brought the film’s protagonist San to life with a stunning costume. The artist’s breathtaking transformation into the Studio Ghibli character will leave fans speechless.

In 1997, renowned director Hayao Miyazaki debuted his groundbreaking seventh film, Princess Mononoke. The environmentalist-themed story was so popular, it’s still the eighth highest grossing movie of all time in Japan.

A talented cosplayer celebrated the influential anime by bringing it to life with a jaw-dropping outdoor photoshoot. The artist’s incredible take on wolf girl San is so good, it’s almost as if the protagonist has clawed her way out of the screen.

Screenshot of wolf princess San in Studio Ghibli film Princess Mononoke.
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The wolf princess is one of the main characters in the 1997 anime film.

Ghibli cosplayer becomes real life Princess Mononoke

The film centers on protagonist Ashitaka, who leaves his village after tragically becoming infected by a corrupted spirit. The banished prince embarks on a quest to look for a cure and confront the curse that corrupted the animal that wandered into his home.

Cosplayer ‘Jennifer Sonntag’ brought the movie’s second lead character, Princess San, to life with her stunning cosplay which she shared on Instagram. Photographer ‘jospixelart’ captured the artist posing in the heroine’s iconic white and blue outfit next to a wolf.

Jenny nailed San’s signature attire, which includes a white fur cape that drapes over her back as well as her red and gold warrior mask which she uses to cover her face while battling against human enemies. She even included her scarlet facepaint which sits under each eye.

 

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In another shot posted on her social media, the artist re-created a scene from the Ghibi film where the lead character sits on a rock. Jen looks ready to fight with her wolf family as she holds her prop dagger while having her headdress down. The outdoor backdrop gorgeously ties the whole thing together and could easily be mistaken for a screenshot from the film.

 

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Despite releasing over 23 years ago, Princess Mononoke still continues to be one of the most influential anime films of all time. Its dark themes and gritty depiction of violence was a departure for Miyazaki’s usually child-friendly projects.

Those looking to catch the classic movie are in luck as it can currently be watched right now on HBO’s streaming service MAX. Also in 2019, Studio Ghibli struck a deal with Apple TV and Amazon to sell all of their theatrical releases digitally for the very first time.