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Artist gives My Hero Academia characters their own Sword and Shield Pokémon

Published: 12/Jun/2019 22:14 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 8:47

by Virginia Glaze


With Pokémon Sword and Shield releasing in November, fans are more excited than ever for the newest addition to the series – as well as the next season of popular anime My Hero Academia, which saw a unique crossover with the Pokémon world, thanks to one creative fan artist.

Artist ‘Spectator_Ion’ uploaded a series of charming illustrations to Reddit on June 11, featuring some of UA’s top students with their very own Pokémon – three of which will make their debut in Sword and Shield.

Rather than relying on their own quirks, students Tsuyu Asui, Fumikage Tokoyami, Mina Ashido, and Eijiro Kirishima now have pocket monsters at their side to aid in rescue operations, all of which bear striking similarities to their owners.

Spectator_Ion, RedditArtist Spectator_Ion paired up some of UA’s finest students with their very own Pokémon.

In keeping with Tsu-chan’s froglike Quirk, Ion paired her with Froakie, a water type “bubble frog Pokémon.” Considering that Froppy herself can do anything a frog does, it makes sense that these two would make for an inseparable pairing.

Similarly, Ion teamed up the birdlike Tokoyami with the upcoming Corviknight, so named for its resemblance to a crow. It looks like Tokoyami will have more than just his “Dark Shadow” to look after – he’s got an extra pair of wings, now!

Tokoyami’s Quirk involves Dark Shadow, a sentient, monster-like entity that dwells within his body.

Another newcomer, Wooloo, is also in the mix, paired up with the bubbly Mina Ashido. While these two don’t share any particular physical similarities, both Wooloo and Mina are easygoing and carefree, with the “Sheep Pokémon” preferring to roll away over engaging in a fight.

Last but certainly not least, Eijiro poses with Drednaw, a snapping-turtle like Pokémon that seems to be gnawing on his arm. Known as a “Bite Pokémon,” Drednaw’s penchant for chomping away shouldn’t be an issue with his super powered owner, thanks to Eijiro’s skin hardening ability.

NintendoDrednaw is a new addition to the Pokémon universe, making its appearance in Sword and Shield this November.

While an official MHA x Pokémon crossover has yet to come about, UA students and faculty are currently in league with Sanrio’s slew of adorable mascots, with the likes of All Might and Eraserhead collaborating with Hello Kitty and Chococat, respectively – among many others.

Sanrio, Viz MediaThe heroes of My Hero Academia are teaming up with the Sanrio mascots for a limited-time crossover event.

With MHA’s next season slated for October, fans are waiting with bated breath for more content – and this crossover art just might fill their appetites, for now.


Demon Slayer cosplayer masters Beast Breathing as Inosuke Hashibira

Published: 24/Jan/2021 7:13

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


A talented cosplayer embraced his inner beast and transformed into Inosuke Hashibira from Demon Slayer. His fans can’t believe how accurate it is, and neither can we.

Inosuke Hashibira is one of the most hilarious characters in Demon Slayer. He was raised by boars, which is why he’s rough around the edges when it comes to human interaction. He also has a short-temper and unwavering confidence, and it often lands him in hot water.

But despite his flaws, he’s a formidable ally and a powerful Demon Slayer. He’s a skilled swordsman. However, unlike other characters in the show, he prefers wielding two swords instead of a katana. He also taught himself Beast Breathing, which enhances his sense of touch.

Inosuke also doesn’t look like a typical Demon Slayer. Instead of wearing the traditional outfit, he only wears pants, a belt made from brown animal fur, knee-high socks, and sandals. His trademark feature, however, is the iconic boar’s head he wears to mask his face. It belonged to his adoptive boar mother.

Demon Slayer Inosuke Cosplay
Inosuke’s fighting style is courageous and fierce, much like his attitude.

Inosuke looks like he would be an imposing figure in real life. Fortunately, thanks to talented cosplayer Taryn, we know that for sure. He’s cosplayed everything from Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez from Bleach to Sett from League of Legends. They’re all insanely good. However, his Inosuke is on another level.

“Pig Assault! Hashibira Inosuke,” he said. “I missed this guy. What about you? Would you like to see me cosplaying “unmasked” Inosuke? Would you be ready?”


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Taryn will undoubtedly nail the unmasked version, and fans would love to see it. However, his masked version is flawless from head to toe. The outfit itself is simple enough, although he re-created it to a tee. But his version of the actual boar mask is out of this world.

Staying true to the character, he took on a martial arts pose in the first picture and two thumbs up in the second. He’s received almost 10,000 likes between them, which is a good chunk of his 90,000 followers.

Taryn takes his cosplaying very seriously, and his dedication shines through in the quality of each piece. All in all, his version of Inosuke is as good as it gets, and he deserves all the praise.