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ANIME PHOTOSHOOTS

A Boy, His Best Friend, and Some Government Experiments

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Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer

AKIRA is a 1988 animated film that is perceived by many as the one that started the Japanese animation invasion in America and is essentially attributed to the surge of anime’s popularity in American culture. AKIRA is considered to be a cult classic, inspiring many sci-fi films that were made in America. We follow our hero Shotaro Kaneda, a wisecracking head of a motorcycle gang, as he teams up with Kei, an agent of a rebellion group to save his friend Tetsuo in a dystopian future Japan whose government is hiding a secret program that could not only destroy Tetsuo but everything else. This was a dream shoot of RenChan's as AKIRA is one of her first beloved anime. These haunting photos were taken during Anime St. Louis 2019 by the ever incredible Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer. Cosplayers: Shotaro Kaneda (RenChan), Tetsuo (RN Ninja), and Kei (YomuChan).

Smile! Sweet! Sister! Sadistic! Surprise! Service!

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Photography by
McKeltie Photography

Blend-S is the story of Maika Sakuranomiya, high school student and unfortunate bearing of one sadistic looking smile. Maika is discovered one day by a man named Dino who runs a cafe called Stile and could use a unique smile like Maika's for one of his maid roles.... Sadistic! Maika accepts the job and is joined by other girls who fill the other personality types for the maids and they all become great friends while getting into Shenanigans. All this while her new boss Dino pines over her. These sweet photos were taken during Anime Senpai 2018 by the our friend photographer McKeltie Photography at the LaQunita hotel. Cosplayers: Maika  Sakuranomyia (YomuChan), Kaho Hinata (Mari.aftermidnight), Mafuyu Hoshikawa (LaKinta), Dino (Wicked Warlock Cosplay), Koyo Akizuki (RN Ninja), Miu Amano (RenChan), and Hideri Kanzaki (Steampunk Agent Owl).

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Sakura & Tomoyo

Magical Best Friends

Photography by
Cole Bekah Photography

Sakura is the main protagonist of CLAMP's anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Kero, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. Tomoyo is Sakura's best friend who is always by her side and even designs all her Clow card catching attire. Cosplayers: Sakura Kinomoto(Luna), Tomoyo Daidouji (RenChan), and Kero (YomuChan). Photos by Cole Bekah Photography.

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Magical Princess version

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Photography

Sakura is the main protagonist of CLAMP's anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. The Sealed Card is the second movie in the Cardcaptor Sakura series. Sakura Kinomoto is an all time favorite character of Luna's and it was so exciting to see her bring out her inner magical girl! These beautiful photos were taken at the Gordon Moore Rose Garden in Illinois. Cosplayer: Sakura Kinomoto(Luna).

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Sakura Group

Magical Girls Galore

Photography by
Khristine Brucker

Sakura is the main protagonist of CLAMP's anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Kero, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. Tomoyo is Sakura's best friend who is always by her side and even designs all her Clow card catching attire. This amazing photos were taken during Katsucon 2019. CKC would love to thank the other amazing Sakura cosplayers who participated with us! Cosplayers: Sakura Kimono version (Luna), Sakura Tracer version (Sakura Sun Set Shop), Sakura Movie 2 version (Hop Is My Hero), Sakura Platnium opening version (Kylanyx Cosplay), Prince Sakura, Tomoyo Daidouji (RenChan), and Kero (YomuChan). Photos by Khristine Brucker.

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Middle School Uniform & Battle Dress versions

Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer, Melancholy Maiden Photography, and Steampunk Agent Owl

Sakura is the main protagonist of CLAMP's anime and manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura. Sakura accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. Clear Card is the continuation of Sakura's story. These amazing photos were taken our hang out July 2018.  Cosplayer: Sakura Kinomoto (Luna).

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Power

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Photography

Denji, a put upon young man, makes a contract with his dog who just so happens to be a devil named Pochita, who grants him abilities to transfer body parts into chainsaws. With his newfound abilities, Denji joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters which fight against the devils that threaten Japan. Power, the blood fiend, fights alongside Denji as his partner. Cosplayer: Power (YomuChan).

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Best Fiends

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Photography

Denji, a put upon young man, makes a contract with his dog who just so happens to be a devil named Pochita, who grants him abilities to transfer body parts into chainsaws. With his newfound abilities, Denji joins the Public Safety Devil Hunters which fight against the devils that threaten Japan. Cosplayer: Power (YomuChan).

16 Is a Hard Year for a Girl

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Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer

Ayashi no Ceres, also known as Ceres Celestial legend is a story of 16 year old Aya Mikage who discovers on her birthday that she and her twin brother Aki are the reincarnation of a Celestial Maiden named Ceres and the progenitor of the family known as Mikage.A long time ago Mikage stole the celestial robe or Hagoromo from Ceres therefore keeping her bound to the earth. Because of this Ceres cursed the Mikage family. Aya is now hunted by her own family who seek to destroy Ceres, whom is not awaken within her. Aya teams up with and Yuhi to combat her family and save herself, all the while falling in love with her once hired assassin Toya. Aya must fight along side her friends and other Celestial Maidens to right the wrongs that her family is doing to Celestial maidens and stop her cousin Kagami from his wicked plans. These sets of amazing photos were taken during Anime St. Louis 2016.  Cosplayers: Aya Mikage (LaKinta) and Ceres (RenChan).

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Blade of Demon Destruction

Photography by
Beesing Photos

Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted and intelligent boy has become his family's sole source of income after the passing of his father, making trips to the nearby village to sell charcoal. One day his whole life changes when he returns home to discover that his family has been attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After coming across Tanjiro into the Demon Slayer Corps, to also become a demon slayer, and begins his quest to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of his other family members.  Cosplayers: Tanjiro (RenChan), Nezuko (YomuChan), Shinobu (Pretty Sammi), Zenitsu (Ardengeddon), Inosuke (heykristique), Rengoku (Paxkimi), and Mitsuri (Seifer Noir).

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Sunflower Nezuko

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Cosplay Photography

Tanjiro Kamado, a kind-hearted and intelligent boy has become his family's sole source of income after the passing of his father, making trips to the nearby village to sell charcoal. One day his whole life changes when he returns home to discover that his family has been attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After coming across Tanjiro into the Demon Slayer Corps, to also become a demon slayer, and begins his quest to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of his other family members. These were taken in the sunflower fields during Summer 2022. Cosplayer: Nezuko (YomuChan).

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Just a Whisper...I Hear it in My Ghost...

Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer

Ghost in the Shell is a multi dynamic anime which has many adaptations following the protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, a just short of full cybernetic agent as she and her partners at Section 9 fight to stop cyber crime in a futuristic Japan where almost everyone is part cybernetic. Ghost in the Shell is one of RenChan's favorite anime it was another dream come true to get to cosplay as her favorite part human part robot badass. Ghost in the Shell (GITS) deals with many mind blowing themes and questions including what it means to be human and have consciousness. These amazing photos were taken during Anime Central 2019 by Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer. Cosplayers: Motoko Kusanagi-1995 version (RenChan), Motoko Kusanagi- SAC version (YomuChan), Motoko Kusanagi- ARISE version (Jaclyn Salmon), and Batou- SAC version (Ross Cunha).

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...If Any of You are Aliens, Time-travelers, or Espers, Please Come See Me.

Photography by
Mason T Photography/Unknown

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is the story of Kyon, an average high school student, who has no beliefs placed in the in the supernatural. This changes when Kyon meets Haruhi Suzumiya who's interest in the supernatural is upfront and center at all times! Aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things are just her cup of tea. When Haruhi  is inspired by Kyon to form a club, the become the SOS Brigade whose specialty is the supernatural. Kyon, along with other SOS Brigade members, Yuki the silent type, sky Mikuru, and always smiling Itsuki follow their crazy leader Haruhi into some whimsical adventures. Haruhi Suzumiya is a character that is near and dear to Luna's heart. These awesome photos were taken at multiple locations Cosplayer: Haruhi Suzumi (Luna).

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Aliens, Espers, and Time-Travelers Oh My!

Photography by
Nick Butcher

Haruhi Suzumiya is the story of Kyon, an average high school student, who has no beliefs placed in the in the supernatural. This changes when Kyon meets Haruhi Suzumiya who's interest in the supernatural is upfront and center at all times! Aliens, time travelers, and espers among other things are just her cup of tea. When Haruhi  is inspired by Kyon to form a club, the become the SOS Brigade whose specialty is the supernatural. Kyon, along with other SOS Brigade members, Yuki the silent type, sky Mikuru, and always smiling Itsuki follow their crazy leader Haruhi into some whimsical adventures. Set after the original events of the anime, the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya takes place on a cold Christmas day, as Kyon heads over to school to attend the SOS Brigade's holiday celebration. He soon realizes that Haruhi seems to have disappeared. To make things even weirder, no one seems to remember her or the SOS Brigade at all! Not uleft to his own devices with no real grasp of the supernatural Kyon must set things right! These wonderful photos were taken at Anime Central! Cosplayer: Haruhi Suzumiya (Luna).

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Half-Human Half-Youkai!

Photography by
JMD Photo

Ririchiyo is the daughter of a renowned family who has been living a sheltered life. She is small and well off  but has been dependent on others her whole life... now she wants to break free. Only thing is, she has a mouth she can't control and horrendous communication skills. With some help from a friend she moves to Maison de Ayakashi, a secluded high-security apartment complex full of bizarre individuals. All the residents are half-human, half-youkai, including Ririchiyo! Ririchiyo find out that a condition of her new home requires that she be accompanied by a Secret Service agent, Soushi. While he is the quiet type and not bad on the eyes, Soushi is also more than a bit clingy and creepily submissive. With her new partner, new supernatural neighbors, and just starting in high school, Ririchiyo definitely has an interesting future ahead. These phtoos were taken by JMD Photography at NakaKon. Cosplayer: Ririchiyo Shirakiin (YomuChan).

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A Feudal Fairy Tale

Photography by
Thomas Ricks

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. These incredible photos were taken during Anime St. Louis 2018 by our friend Thomas Ricks. We were so happy to be able to do this shoot as it was a dream for so many of us to have this group come together and we are so thankful for everyone who was able to be involved. Cosplayers: InuYasha (Steampunk Agent Owl), Kagome (LaKinta), Miroku (RN NINJA), Sango (YomuChan), Shippo (Pretty Sammy), Naraku (RenChan), Kikyo (Black Dahlia Cosplay), Sesshomaru (Seifer Stitches), Kagura (Midna Warden), and Koga (Link Warden). 

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Miroku and His Sangos?

Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. These incredible photos were taken during Anime Senpai 2018 by talented Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer. It was so cool to reprise our InuYasha characters for a mini shoot especially with Luna and YomuChan being the two versions of Sango! Cosplayers: Sango-Kimono version (Luna), Sango-Demon Slayer version (YomuChan),Miroku (RN NINJA), and Naraku (RenChan).

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Sesshomaru's Mother & the Great Dog Demon

Photography by
Mouzycat Cosplay Photographer

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. These otherworldly photos were taken during Anime St. Louis 2021 at the Ben Rau Memorial Garden. RenChan and long time cosplay husband RN Ninja brought "InuKimi" and Toga to life which was an absolute dream and there is nothing like some photos from Mouzycat to make the moment perfectly captured.  Cosplayers: Sesshomaru's Mom/InuKimi (RenChan) and Inu no Taisho/Toga/The Great Dog Demon (RN Ninja).

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The Girl Who Went Down the Well

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Cosplay Photography

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. This was an individual photoshoot for our lovely YomuChan as the main heroine. These "LIVE ACTION" like shots were taken at Creve Coeur Park in 2022.  Cosplayers: Kagome (YomuChan Cosplay)

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The Girl Who Fought Demons

Photography by
Melancholy Maiden Cosplay Photography

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. Sango is a demon slayer who was forced to join the group to try and save her brother Kohaku after Naraku tainted him. Her and Miroku eventually fall in love and she is Kagome's best firend. Cosplayers: Sango (Luna).

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The Women Of InuYasha

Photography by
Beesing Photos

InuYasha is the story of Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to back in time to the feudal era of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half-demon dog InuYasha. Kagome she inadvertently shatters the Shikon Jewel that was once inside her body, into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. InuYasha and Kagome then must band together to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds them. InuYasha and Kagome gain many friends during their journey, but none as important than Shippo, Miroku, and Sango. These whimsical photos were taken at the Missouri Botanical Gardens by the sweet Beesing Photos! Cosplayers: Kagome (YomuChan), Sango (Luna), Kaede (Lightingbug Cosplay), Sesshomaru's Mom/InuKimi (RenChan), and Ayame (Kiki Kistsune).