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Kai – Heavenly Sword’s slightly unstable support character – is quite memorable thanks to her unique look. The red-kneed protagonist not only gets to play with a massive crossbow, but uses every inch of the environment as her playground. Cosplayer Harajuku Ninja did a fantastic job of capturing conflicting sides of Kai, from the fun-loving youth to the more serious and troubled sister to Nariko. Check out her gallery below!
Who: The CharacterKai from the PS3 videogame, Heavenly Sword.
Why: The DecisionWhen the Heavenly Sword commercial came out, I automatically fell in love with it, and even more so after playing the game! Nariko and Kai were both lovely, but Kai stuck out to me the most. I feel I was more like her and I usually cosplay the younger, “childish” characters.
What: The ProcessThe costume itself was hardly difficult, I didn't use any patterns and I found a lot of the extra strings and fabric around my house. Some of the outfit has been updated though and brought into more detail over time. The most difficult part of this whole cosplay was the giant crossbow! It took me three tries before I considered it decent enough to show off. The outfit was made of mostly cotton and the crossbow was constructed of mainly cardboard, masking tape, hot glue and Styrofoam. I was even able to hook it onto my back like Kai does in the game. :)
Where and When: The DebutI first debuted the costume at Fanime 2008, I ended up with a lot of random photos from photographers at the convention, but I do a full photo shoot until I was back home and my sister (an aspiring photographer) took some nice shots of me in it.
Links: The CosplayerYou can find me on DeviantArt!
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I would keep her in a cage. A vibrating cage.
Very very nice.
I recall another quality Kai cosplay from a while back that was very good as well; but this model is a much better match to the character, and did a better job with both costume and prop. Very rad.
And another great cosplay.
I want one of these.
Wow, I did a double-take when I saw the first image. Kai's probably my favorite character in Heavenly Sword (although having Anna Torv as Nariko is up there, too). Awesome cosplay.
Okay, now that is an awesome costume. She looks like the real deal. You'd almost think they modeled Kai after this girl! So note to David O. Russell: if you decide to make THIS into a movie cast Harajuku Ninja as Kai and not someone like Miley Cyrus...or Mark Wahlberg.
PS: Kai should have been the lead character in Heavenly Sword. She was a *** site more interesting then...what was her name again?
Awesome job. I haven't seen many Nariko cos-player's, but there are several quality Kai's. This one included. :)
looks pretty cute
shes sp cute
I love Kai! Awesome...
Neat. One of the few I've seen whose face seems under the makeup to actually appear similar to the actual art for the game.
Dear God she looks exactly like her! This is really impressive! I wonder who she'll cosplay next.
Pretty *** impressive. The blue looks too bright though, but honestly, who cares? This girl is adorable and fits Kai PERFECTLY:) Congrats!
I concur with the above posts, girl is *** near spot on
^____^ Thanks for all the nice comments guys...
Teh Kai cosplayer.
Primitive cave woman!