25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Which one of these is not like the other?
Which one of these is not like the other?
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman

If you're a major fan of anime (a.k.a. Japanese animation), you probably were at Taiyou Con out in Mesa this past weekend. Ditto for anyone who happens to be into manga, shonen, imported video games, J-pop, or otaku culture, as such things are the focus of the annual convention out in Mesa.

That said, Taiyou Con tends to attract a significant number of geeks of every stripe each year, regardless of what their particular fandom might be. It's why you'll see a smattering of Stormtroopers and Time Lords mixing in with the usual assortment of Gokus, Pikachus, and Afro Samurais.

See also: Taiyou Con 2015 in Photos

As with any anime event (or geek gathering in general) cosplay is most definitely king at Taiyou Con with a majority of the attendees dressed as some of their favorite characters. Like the event itself, a large part of the cosplay was inspired by anime, manga, video games, or similar ephemera, although there was plenty of gaijin culture represented by those in costume.

We paid a visit to this year's Taiyou Con, its biggest to date, checked out some of the costuming on display, and assembled a visual rundown of some of our favorite cosplayers.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

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Walk Softly

And carry a big chainsaw

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Hey, Sailor

It wouldn't be an anime convention without at least one Sailor Moon in attendance.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Sticking Together

Vega from Street Fighter II keeps his friends close.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Under the Sea

SpongeBob SquarePants superheroes Barnacle Boy and Mermaid Man make an appearance at Taiyou Con.  

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Thanks, Obama

...for giving Michael Warlick of Phoenix the inspiration for his mashup of Sora from Kingdom Hearts with the POTUS.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Snake! Snake! Snakes!

Metal Gear's Big Boss (a.k.a. Old Snake) and his progeny.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Oh, Brother

Cody Geno of Chandler as Luigi and Shannon Murphy as Mario.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Hammer Time

She definitely nailed her rendition of the Warhammer of Zillyhoo from the web comic Homestuck.  

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

South (Park) by Southwest

Guess someone killed Kenny (you bastard!)

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

The Lizard Queen

Lady Charizard visits Taiyou Con.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Made in the Shades

Geek meets chic.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Scare Tactics

Yup, Tokyo Ghoul is kind of an eerie character.  

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Hugh Know It

Chandler resident Mason Reiter mashed up two of Hugh Jackman's most famous roles -- Wolverine and Jean Valjean -- to create this amusing mashup.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Femme Fatales

They're armed to the teeth.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Mermaid to Order

This version of Ariel came with her own transportation.

25 Favorite Cosplayers from Taiyou Con 2015

Peachy Keen

Uh-oh...looks like Mario's got some competition.

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