Anime Cosplay Favorites in the U.S.: Naruto, Death Note, and Attack on Titan Take the Lead

Hinata Hyuuga ranks first in a recent study’s list of the ten most frequently cosplayed characters in anime alongside other fan favorites from Attack on Titan and Death Note.

A new study has revealed that cosplayers are most attracted to the characters of Naruto as well as Death Note.

According to the data gathered by AT&T, Hinata Hyuuga, Sakura Haruno, and Sasuke Uchiha rank among the top 10 characters that are the most frequently cosplayed on Instagram, placing third, fourth, and fifth respectively. This, as the researchers themselves point out is not surprising given the fact that Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto series is one of the top-selling manga of all time with more than 250 million copies sold all over the world.

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According to the study by AT&T, Instagram cosplayers also love characters from Hajime Itayama’s Attack on Titan series. Levi Ackerman was fourth while Mikasa Ackerman was sixth. Misa Amane, as well as her Shinigami Rem from Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s Death Note both made the top ten along with Shota Aizawa and Ochako Uraraka from My Hero Academia and Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online. The study also found that those who resided in California, Washington, Utah, Texas, and Arizona googled the word “cosplay” the most frequently in the past year.

Cosplay is the art of dressing up in costumes and portraying characters from anime, video games as well as comic books. It is an integral component of the geeky lifestyle. Conventions like Anime Expo which will be held in the Los Angeles Convention Center between July 1 and 4, feature cosplay competitions. A lot of people earn an income by dressing in and making costumes.

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Some fans have even developed careers out of cosplay: Enako, Japan’s highest-paid cosplayer, reportedly makes over 90,000 USD per month via photo shoots as well as paid appearances at conventions and other similar events. It was announced recently that she is teaming up with Inuyashacreator Rumiko Takahashi to create a unique, collaborative photo book that will be available in Japan on Sept. 6.

Although cosplay is costly and can cost hundreds of dollars for one costume, there are ways to create stunning recreations of your favorite characters without spending a dime. Low-Cost Cosplay, a Thai cosplayer, is famous for its unique and affordable costumes. They employ household objects and come up with imaginative angles. They used a lot of pieces of baby corn to recreate Katsuki Bakugo’s wild hairstyle, using ketchup and mayonnaise to replicate the slender appearance of the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan and laundry supplies to fabricate the hairstyle that is blue and spiky of Son Goku’s Super Saiyan Blue transformation.

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