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Nanjo Koji - Seraphimism by NanjoKoji Nanjo Koji - Seraphimism by NanjoKoji
Here he is, my titular saint – Nanjo Koji.
For those of you who didn’t know the name before: Koji is one of the two main characters of Minami Ozaki’s boys love series ‘Bronze’ and its prequel ‘Zetsuai since 1989’, that made the genre for the first time popular outside japan.
Koji is a rock star and - awfully rich and good-looking - he doesn’t care for a thing in the world aside from the boy he fell in love with when he was still a child: Takuto Izumi, rising soccer star, who is disgusted by Koji’s lack of morals and his cruel personality. But of course, he changes his mind somewhen in time.
But still, they can’t be happy for more than a single panel at time. I don’t think there’s a more merciless series in the world and little by little, everything these two have is taken from them, adding to the fact that both of them have a hard time getting on with each other.

What I love most about Zetsuai/Bronze isn’t the story (it’s actually merely implausible and gappy), but the incredible artworks. I spent years on getting all the artbooks (some of them are terribly hard to get and very expensive) and though I’m no interested in manga anymore for years now, I still keep looking at these books. Zetsuai/Bronze was the first manga I really fell I love with ten years ago and the only one I’d still buy a volume of if it should ever continue (Minami Ozaki is as flighty as her main character and it seems that she’s spending more time in drug withdrawal than outside). The artworks have often been referred to being more fashion design sketches than typical manga-style, mixed with symbols of ancient northern mythologies as well as christian influences and modern art. Ozaki’s style is emotional, spontaneous and aggressive at times, sometimes even expressionistic. She has an unique sense of aestheticism, which I totally adore.

There’s also a large soundtrack to the series (manga and anime) with absolutely beautiful songs. Koji was voiced by Sho Hayami, in my opinion the best seiyuu ever. Search for the music video compilation ‘Cathexis’ on youTube if you haven’t seen/heard it before. I cannot get enough of it, despite the years I know it.


I acted Koji on stage 2001 to 2003, he was my first male role; the first time I became popular in the fandom was because of the Zetsuai/Bronze-shows we did. He influenced me a lot, as you can see from the fact that Koji is my nickname for so many years now.
I wanted to cosplay him again for years. I already did a great number of cosplays on Bronze, but they are very old now, so I’m going to redo them completely.

He’s got some standard outfits, but most of the artworks are fashion styles. His brands are mostly Giorgio Armani, but Versace, Prada, Hermes and Vuitton as well, though he’s completely not the Dolce&Gabbana type.
I don’t think there’s a way to cosplay him without a variety of expensive garment.
He wears suits and coats, no jackets, but he’s also into the fancy silk shirts of Atelier Versace. I’ll do that too, but that has to wait until summer, I don’t want to freeze too muchXD


Eyewear – Giorgio Armani
Scarf, watch – Emporio Armani
Leather coat – Coat Complex Paris
Necklace – Kreuz M.O.

:iconnanjokoji: (me) as Nanjo Koji
Bronze – Zetsuai since 1989

photo by :iconcanismaior:
character © Minami Ozaki


Thousand years of solitude.
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:icondr12002610:
dr12002610 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooohhh! Very good cosplay! 
*blushes*
Looks awesome!
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rikuchibiluv Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
do you know anywhere I could check it out because It looks interesting?
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Androidraptor Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Holy Christ you look amazing! :O

Finally decided to sit down and watch some Zetsuai today, and oh my lord Sho Hayami could be reading a phone book and I'd still drool all over the place. And now I wonder if Koji had any influence on a another deranged, blond prettyboy he voiced not to long after...
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dauntingfire Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Freaking badass photos! You look amazingly like him.

And I keep reading things in your DA gallery about you + acting and now I really need to find out more. Don't mind me while I poke around and hope there is some kind of video of you acting as Koji. :)

Loving these photos! And I also love that you're sticking with the favored designer clothes for Koji. Very cool.
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willowsilverstone Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
YEAH your the BEST Nanjo cosplayer EVER!!!!!!!! I was tellin my friends about this anime and they had never hear dof it so i told them they FAIL!!!!!!!!!
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Jojomonsterz Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
OMFG i LOVE zetsuai! youre the first and best kouji ive ever seen! <3
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morikun-rinari Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Artist
Amazing! You look almost exactly like Nanjo-san! :judge: :D
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:iconnaerrchen:
Naerrchen Featured By Owner May 21, 2009
i actually choked on my spit when i saw that one O__O"

that'S...whoa. girl...i'm just stunned and speachless. =O

awesome work, just...awesome.
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germanyA Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
actually yhe story is good, it's my fav. yaoi story xD i already lost the count of how many time i read all the mangas (zetsuai 1989 and bronze:zetsuai since 1989)

but ur right!!! the artwork its so fucking awesome!!!!!! i cant find that books T3T so sad... however

I LOVE UR COSPLAAAAY!!!! its like watching Koji nanjo owo totally awsome!!!! n.n so cool that u mada cosplay of this manga
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:iconayaran:
ayaran Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
I love Bronze and Zetsuai, Ozaki Minami is one of my favourite mangaka. Your cosplay is quite spectacular. The details are impressive, I can see your full commitment to it. You don't see a lot of Koji cosplayers...and definitely not anything this well done. Great job. ^_^
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YaoiShadow666-13 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Hey, this sounds pretty interesting! (I always wondered where you got your name from...) I'll check it out. ^-^
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:iconniimura-sama:
Niimura-sama Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Koji!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :heart:
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:iconroxxihearts:
roxxihearts Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
aw dang...i asked what was with nanjokoji in your question journal and here you answered it. stupid backed up deviations
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:iconmontecristohakushaku:
MonteCristoHakushaku Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
I see... so this is the guy you got your alias from.

I have a question;
If you join the Tsuki no Senshi and get the role of a certain character (example Kaitou Kid) then would you be referred as that later on? Or do you choose the nickname yourself?
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
no, a nick is a nick. that mostly comes by accident, as anywhere.
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:iconmontecristohakushaku:
MonteCristoHakushaku Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
That's all? Hmm... I didn't see that coming. :shrug:
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:iconz7moonchild7z:
z7MoonChild7z Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
OMG! So sexy! :heart: *fav*
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SoraPaopu Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009   Artisan Crafter
coooelll süße coooeeelll!!! *daumen hoch*
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:icon6zutara6:
6zutara6 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
are you wearing contacts? cause if those are the real color of your eyes, then you have such beautiful eyes ^^
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:iconlilburi4ever:
lilburi4ever Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
love the shades!!!
and happy new year!
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:iconnaked-link:
naked-link Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You look so cool! I want to read the series now.
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:iconcookiemonster369:
Cookiemonster369 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Interesting. It's always nice to reflect your life.
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:iconmichiaki:
Michiaki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
ich habs mit dem rechten Bild XD
die Nachbearbeitung ist hier nicht so sauber, schade drum ;,;
lässt dich zu weiblich wirken, auf jeden Fall

Ich mag das Spiel von Licht und Schatten, wunderbare Sonne O:O
Wann habt ihr die Bilder gemacht?

Erklär mir, was es mit dem Schal auf sich hat O:O


Ach schade, dass ich die Auftritte vor 2006 nicht sehen konnte *schnief*
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Das war gestern mittag.

Was haben alle mit dem Schal?XD Das ist ein XL-Logoscarf, er besteht also eigentlich aus dem Schriftzug Emporio Armani.

Ist nicht so schade um die alten Shows, sie sind halt - alt.
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:iconmichiaki:
Michiaki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
aww-Sonne ;,;

ich glaub ich muss umziehen *lach*

ganz ehrlich? er hat was von diesen Fußballschals *flücht*

jo, gesehen hätt ich sie trotzdem gern, aber was solls XD
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
Ich würde sagen, das dürfte Absicht gewesen sein.

Es ist echt kein VerlustXD
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:iconmichiaki:
Michiaki Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
wieso? O:O
wegen seiner Flamme

Gott, es ist so lange her das ich diesen Manga gelesen hab ^^'
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WolfK Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
i watched the anime a long time ago but i feel in love with Koji to. I never new that Koji was the same one. but i though he had greenish hair or pinkish/purpleish hair not blond....but i never read the mangas never new they had them... well i hope cos playing as him made you happy caz it made me happy ^_^

<3Wolfey
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isisfiredancer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
well that's something i didn't expect to see!
i love bronze and zetsui although i've never read the manga, the one time i tried i couldn't get into it but i've watched the anime and the artwork is truly amazing
it's a fantastic story as well.... even if they do spend most of their time in unhappyville but never mind it all works out alright in the end :D
i love the lost frame in the anime... sigh
yeah definate :+fav:
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SubtleInspiration Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Kyaa, you make such a fantastic Nanjo Koji! :heart: I mean I guess that's pretty much understood... but... gah, it's just too wonderful! You have ALL of the style, the flair, the aloofness... it's an incredible compilation, and I can't help but love it. I can feel so much of that beautiful artwork in you here, it's so powerful. It's not the same nostalgic feeling I get when remembering when I first got into the series (many years ago now XD), but something fresher, more alive and vibrant. This has made me crave Cathexis, I think I'll go watch it again. ^^ Thank you for finally sharing this, it quite made my day. ^^
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xo0brokenwings0ox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
ok i love the hair! is it the riku wig restyled oooor . . .?
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:iconnanjokoji:
NanjoKoji Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
no Riku's hair is white, this wig is platinum
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xo0brokenwings0ox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
oh right. i guess didnt look closely enough haha. sorry.
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xsmexyXpockyx Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
That yaoi series sounds interesting. And I definately like the char. You/him looks very nice. My kind of guy. Couture all way! lol Even though I'm too poor to afford all couture...*shifty eyes* I still have to finish all the yaoi mangas I've bought...I have half of tons of series but I don't have money to buy them all the time. Or instead of buying more mangas for one series...I keep on starting new series when I shouldn't. >.< Just like every time I keep trying to finish my Genshiken series they never have the next damn manga I need at the bookstore. T_T Damn, don't mind me. I just like talking too much. Happy new year too, btw.
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D3V4ST4T10N Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I am so amazingly happy to see a nanjo koji cosplay. And an excellent one at that. Love and more love to you!
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BladeyCakes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great shots :)
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KiaJrock Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Digital Artist
:yum:
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lynny-ri Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I don't even know how long I was staring at this. This is damn sexy! The wig style, make-up, one-gloved hand, intense expression... wow. Style <3 It's wonderful to see the living form of your name, and I'm so interesting in seeing more of him from you.

When I first found you on DA, I searched the name because I liked the way it sounded. XD You and Zetsuai is like me and Angel Sanctuary - it's the artwork. I'll search that compilation; I'm interested in hearing it.
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:iconcherri-aeron:
Cherri-Aeron Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
That is an awesome looking cosplay. And now I'm interested in learning more about the series. *wanders over to YouTube to watch Cathexis*
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:iconladyberii:
LadyBerii Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Scheiße, ist das heiß.
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guardianxofxmoon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
yep, he does look full of himself...lol. not refering to you but character.
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KingdomFreak Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Very Interesting. Nice shot/s Koji looks like a very rich boy in this photo. Nice job.
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lolosamonkey Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
wow very cool i love it!
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AgeofZero Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
That's a long history of fandom.
Although I find it sad that you grew out of manga, it's good to have a solid fandom in my opinion.
And hey; you look freaking rich in that picture.
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Amaya-Zorifuki Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
/Stare/ I don't even have to know who it is, but thanks for explaining anyway. My point was that t looks awesome anyway!
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tealgeezus Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Oh that's just some SEX right there. Mmm...Koji <3 Now I just need to find a Shibuya and I can die happy <3
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kunoichinikoru Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
Great costume!
The hair looks smexy!
:heart:
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:iconladysocrates:
LadySocrates Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
Waah, I love Zetsuai (and Bronze)! :heart: I thought that was why your username was so.. >_< You make a great Koji. ^_^ (All you need now is an Izumi beside you.. XD)
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Zelriku Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o3o ~ <3

I was actually kinda urged about Zetsuai's style. Meh... Guess it wasn't my cup of coffee. But there's no denying that Koji was awesome, and I actually did like the story. Great job cosplaying him, it looks really good.

Imma go read Bronze now just for the heck of it. xD
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:iconmassat:
Massat Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008   Photographer
I've noticed

you never ever ever smile on your pictures


show your teeth woman, is good to have a laugh



why so serious?
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