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Cosplay Girls: Japan's Live Animation Heroines

As the title suggests, this book is filled to the brim with nothing but pictures of Japanese girls engaging in the greatest sport Japan has exported to America - Cosplay!

It is a sport, right?

Anyway, from video game characters like Tifa from Final Fantasy VII to classic anime heroines, like Cutey Honey, this unique release possesses 96 pages of cute Japanese girls posing as their idols. Or our idols. Either way.

Not that I'm complaining, but there seems to be more older character costumes than newer ones in the book, perhaps because by now cosplayers have had plenty of time to create the perfect Lum (Urusei Yatsura) or Chun-Li (Street Fighter) outfit.

Ah, but fans of newer series shouldn't fret, for there are a few Tohru Honda (Fruits Basket) and even girls that cosplay as their favorite Battle Royale character.

Cosplay doesn't ever disturb me as far as the idea of older people dressing up as make believe characters go. However, if I saw someone imitating a Battle Royale personality, I'd be scared. Very scared.

Content-wise, this release is either a hit or a miss. It's rather one-sided, again as the title gives away, for there are no pictures of guys cosplaying. True, a female fan may use the pictures within the book as a springboard for their own cosplaying adventure, but as far as looking at the images and admiring the subject's physical traits goes, you'll have to find girls attractive to do so. This is most likely a great disappointment to the equal share of female anime, manga, and game fans we have over here. On the upside, people who like girls dressed up in a myriad of attractive ways should be very pleased with Cosplay Girls.

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