It’s not easy cosplaying as Goro Majima, the spicy meatballs on the side of the Yakuza universe. For one, you need to be able to pull off some very tight pants. And then you need to nail his essence, which is so much arrogance and menace that the average actual human being just couldn’t do it.
We try to keep our cosplay coverage as global as possible here on Kotaku, but there’s always room for surprises, stories from communities of fans we’ve never encountered before. Like some tailors from Nepal, who work full-time creating replicas of their favourite movie costumes.
Here’s cosplayer Dani Buzzini channeling Samus Aran with a suit that not only looks the part, but lights up as well.
I love this so much.
Yoko Taro wants folks to knock it off with the fan art and cosplay complaints, saying one of the reasons he doesn’t actively retweet fan art or cosplay is because he doesn’t want to broadcast them to “strange people.”
Here’s a pair of Russian cosplayers, zep-hindle & shion. They’ve not just made some incredible Dark Souls armour, but managed to include a very good and real Sif as well.
Loads of people faithfully cosplay as the new Lara Croft because she is a strong character with an outfit that is relatively easy to replicate. When it comes to the original Lara, beebinch knows how to do likewise in the most PS1-authentic way possible.
Blizzard is releasing a special Mercy skin where all the proceeds go to breast cancer research. Fans are in love with it, and have been drawing it non-stop.
Cosplayers from all across Australia converged on the Gold Coast last weekend for Gold Coast Supanova, giving us whole lot of great new costumes and fantastic cosplay photography.
Despite its world-conquering popularity, I don’t see much Fortnite cosplay crossing my desk, so thanks to Sami Bess for changing that.
Singer FKA Twigs spent the past few days cosplaying as her original character Anomalie for her Instagram magazine Avantgarden, and it finished with a snap of her and a Sephiroth cosplayer at MCM Comic Con.
Dimitri Zaitsev, from Nuclear Snail, built this piece of post-apocalyptic cosplay that’s so detailed it looks like it travelled back in time to warn us to save the bees while we still could.
NicoNico, Japan’s video sharing platform, holds a big party every year called Chokaigi at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan, outside Tokyo. It’s a huge otaku event and the cosplayers show up in droves.
Here’s Dutch cosplayer Rick Boer with one heck of a Geralt of Rivia.
DJ Soda, who not only headlines big festivals in Asia but also sells some of its biggest brands, is no stranger to dressing as famous characters. Previously, she did a set as D.Va from Overwatch.
If you’re going to cosplay as Big Bird, you gotta go big.
While the traditional idea of building cosplay invokes the image of one or two people toiling away on an outfit, Henchmen Studios work on an almost industrial scale, drawing on the talents of massive teams to produce work so good that they’re often hired by Blizzard to help debut Overwatch characters.
Fan Expo Dallas ran from April 6-8 at the Dallas Convention Center, and in addition to a surprisingly huge list of star attendees there was also loads of amazing cosplay present as well.
Paying homage to the series’ Vanity Fair covers, this shoot by Miramay and photographer Alexandra Lee is an absolutely stunning example of Star Wars cosplay.