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Toradora: Tiger vs. Dragon

The interaction of Taiga Aisaka and Ryuuji Takasu was seen as a competition between the two most infamous figures in the school. A showdown between the delinquents, they said. The vicious Palmtop Tiger, and the dangerous Yankee (in the Japanese context, a punk/delinquent/rebel) with murderous eyes.

But that's not who they truly were. And despite the guises of arguing and physical abuse (on Taiga's part), they were always the first to run to each others sides when the need arose. For a while nobody really understood why, not even Taiga and Ryuuji themselves.

:bulletred: Ysabel as Taiga Aisaka
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel as Ryuuji Takasu
:camera::iconbehindinfinity: photography/makeup/wig styling by me

A battle for after-school snacks! This was fun to shoot, though I had to remind them not to eat the props. Hahaha!

One of the many things I love about Toradora! is the - for lack of a better word - cinematography. (Wait, can you say that for animation?) The lighting, color treatment, "camera" angles, movement and such. And the music OH GOD THE MUSIC. For this shot I did my best to capture the afternoon lighting in the anime. The soft light and pink and orange tones, with hints of magenta in the shadows.

I also enjoyed working on the wigs. The Taiga wig really put up a fight. It used to be parted down the middle and had no bangs. But we didn't want to give up on the wig because it was that perfect shade for Taiga - somewhere between blonde and orange and light brown. Miguel helped me arrange the fibers and battle them with hot water. He also figured out how to fluff up Taiga's signature tuft of hair on the back of her head. As for the Ryuuji wig, I had to work the flips out of it and cut off quite a lot. Miguel and I were itchy from being covered in wig fibers after styling.

Ahh, and the makeup! It's like painting, with faces as my canvas. :lol: Ysabel didn't really need much; the most I did was give her Taiga's angry eyebrows. For Miguel, some foundation to even out the skin tone, a LOT of eyeliner (which I think really makes him look different) and arched down eyebrows. I'm quite happy with how it turned out, and I'm very proud of them for how they embodied their characters. :D

Toradora! cosplay photos:
:bulletorange: Tenori Taiga
:bulletyellow: The Dragon
:bulletorange: Tiger vs. Dragon
:bulletyellow: Even When She Said Nothing
:bulletorange: The Tiger's Tears
:bulletyellow: Gentle Footsteps
:bulletorange: When She Falls

from Essa ~Cyfliq
:bulletyellow: The Palmtop Tiger of Happiness
:bulletorange: Tiger By The Tail

Toradora! (とらドラ!?) © Yuyuko Takemiya
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Date Taken
Aug 8, 2009, 5:28:11 PM
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peacelovehalstewart's avatar
No you may not have my nom noms!
tedeika's avatar
Sherylady's avatar
The boy looks so real <3 good job!
So cute!! Amazing job!  :)
gatodechocolate's avatar
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PastMisfortunes's avatar
That looks just like them... Wow. O.O
Aekishu's avatar
kello12345's avatar
Utterly perfect Ryuuji!
DestinyArtist619's avatar
this is like me and my buddy. He's always keeping me from my candy. he's a meanie!!
KisaSohma1999's avatar
Cute! This picture (without the story) resembles Hatori and Kisa Sohma from Fruits Basket. Sorta...
AllHailMattWilson's avatar
:iconfacepalmplz: If all people would actually look/dress like that, id kill myself. Am so glad i am white.

But nice cosplay regardless. Unfortunately, asian cosplayers mostly look like shit when cosplaying manga/anime characters, because for some fucked up reason, the characters are (usually, there are exceptions) drawn to resemble white people, and look unnatural when mimicked by asians.

Come to think of it, even white people look unnatural with that crazy colorful hair/outrageous clothes
they're not drawn to resemble white people. they're drawn to look "neutral". way to be racist. FYI realistically speaking white people would look just as unnatural w/ green or pink hair as asians.
AllHailMattWilson's avatar
Im am going to quote myself here: "Come to think of it, even white people look unnatural with that crazy colorful hair/outrageous clothes"

learn to read, fool.

and "neutral" does not constitute this: :iconyugiohplz:
Stalkergeek's avatar
Dayum gurl, you need to calm yourself
morugane's avatar
great consplay ! :D
FaeHime's avatar
Love the expressions.... nailed it
Novelboy's avatar
Marvelously done.
OshirisuBlossom's avatar
:D i love this picture, it´s so cute ♥
muzzafuzz's avatar
T-that Ryuuji .. D:
He is so .. omg. <33
gamera68's avatar
Thanks for allowing me to feature these pics in my Group :)

You guys are awesome!!
bluupanda's avatar
lol her expression is EXACTLY one that taiga would make. i love how into characters you guys get!!
SweetFallenAngell's avatar
i love ryuuji *--* is like a real ryuuji!
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