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

Published: 12/Jun/2019 22:14 Updated: 12/Jun/2019 22:27

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 goes viral as perfect Nezuko in a box

Published: 23/Oct/2020 0:47

by Brent Koepp


A Demon Slayer cosplayer went viral on Instagram after adorably bringing Nezuko Kamado traveling in a box to life. The talented artist creatively transformed into the anime heroine while riding on the back of Tanjiro.

Demon Slayer was the breakout anime of 2019, as viewers around the world became enthralled with its brutally dark world and stylish animation. The series follows the Kamado siblings who are on a quest to avenge their family.

Prolific cosplayer Zekia ‘aru.rinh‘ went viral on social media when she transformed into the show’s lead heroine, Nezuko. The talented artist re-created the character traveling in a box that will be sure to capture hearts of fans.

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The anime heroine travels in a box carried on her brother’s back.

Demon Slayer cosplayer brings Nezuko in a box to life

Early on in the story, Nezuko Kamado is turned into a demon after surviving a brutal attack from a creature. A part of her new powers is the ability to shrink her body. To avoid being seen, the heroine travels in a box that is carried by her brother.

Cosplayer ‘aru.rinh’ went viral on Instagram after bringing the iconic plot point to real life. Photographer ‘muze‘ captured Zekia sitting in a box strapped to the back of an artist portraying her sibling, Tanjiro.

Adorably, her legs hang out of the wooden container as she sits snugly in the box. In the picture’s caption, she explained, “yes i do fit all the way into the box.”

In another shot posted to social media, aru.rinh gave viewers a full look at how detailed her costume really is. She faithfully created Nezuko’s signature pink yukata, including the red and white checkered sash around her waist. Zekia even included the character’s large leg wraps that go into her sandals.

The cosplayer also posed in an up-close portrait photo, and shows off how faithful her look is to the anime. In the series, the Kamado sibling’s eyes turn bright pink after being turned into a demon, which aru.rinh nailed effortlessly as her curly black hair falls on her shoulders.

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Demon Slayer originally made its debut in 2016 as a manga, however found worldwide acclaim after being adapted into an anime by studio Ufotable.

After a year of waiting, the series finally makes its return in the form of the theatrical film Mugen Train. For everything we know about the project, check out our guide here.