This story originally appeared on HONGKIAT.
Cosplay or costume play came about from Asian origins (Japan to be exact) but for the past decade or so, it is making headlines everywhere in the West particularly as we see more RPGs taking over the entertainment industry.
The growth in cosplay is seeing a massive boom, brought about by the usual culprit: social media itself. Rather than just play as the character, these no.1 fans want to be the character: dress like them, act and move like them, and pose like them in particular. Add a bit of photography skills, strategic lighting, Photoshop and you would have brought your favorite anime character, superhero, movie villain or game character to life!
(Image Source: EnvisageU)
Today, we showcase the level of enthusiasm and spirit of these cosplayers who put so much effort into the costume details, as well as their photographers who put all their skills to the test to pull these characters out of their realm into ours. Marvel at the following 40 professional cosplayers who can turn you into a cosplay junkie in a heartbeat.
300 – Spartan
I will never realize that this is actually cosplay if nobody told me so. Even then, I believe it is probably the highest level of cosplay. (Image Source: MrSeanRogers)
Assassin Creed – Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Every move of this professional cosplayer is destined to be kickass! (Image Source: Forcebewitya)
Atlantica Online – Oracle
The costume is perfect, but the vibrant lighting is what impressed me! It feels a bit like Diablo III’s in-game lighting effect. (Image Source: hellsign)
Batman The Dark Knight – Joker
Why so serious? You’re so serious that your cosplay looks exactly like the real deal! That’s what we called ‘bloody genius’. (Image Source: Lucius-Ferguson)