Canine Cosplayer Nails Okami's Amaterasu

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Canine Cosplayer Nails Okami's Amaterasu

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This fluffy quadruped will melt your heart with his divine power of cute.

It's no surprise that game characters are popular cosplay subjects - between their intricate costume designs, compelling stories, and entertaining personalities, they're just as fun to play in meatspace as they are in their virtual worlds. Unfortunately for us poor furless bipeds, the perfect cosplay for one much-beloved and strikingly beautiful character - the wolf goddess Amaterasu, from cult classic Okami - remains out of reach. While many fans have bravely made an attempt using fursuits and human re-interpretations of the character, Dante the adorable canine cosplayer has just shown them all up. Sorry everyone.

Since dogs have some issues designing costumes without opposable thumbs, Dante got a lot of help from his owner David Kogan, who goes by Volko-Dav online and is also a cosplayer. The costume itself includes the iconic divine instrument 'Divine Retribution,' which is attached to Dante's back using a padded custom-made harness that also attaches the wings to Dante's front legs. Kogan draws the facial markings on Dante using a non-toxic food-coloring marker. Missing pieces of the costume include the markings on the body, which would be hidden by Dante's long fur, and the clouds on his feet, which would impede his movement too much.

Kogan, who premiered the costume with Dante during Otakon 2011, takes great pains to ensure Dante has fun as Amaterasu. Fortunately Dante is a naturally social dog and enjoys all the attention he gets from Okami fans, but any dog gets anxious after too much new stimuli so cosplay sessions and photoshoots are kept fairly short. Dante is happy to carry things on his back, likely due to his Samoyed sled dog heritage, but the harness is well-padded to avoid strain and Kogan does not leave the costume on for long as it may cause overheating and matting.

To see the full development process, spray-paint-on-foam-insulation mistake and all, you can head over to Kogan's blog post about the costume's construction. If you can't get enough fluffy puppy Amaterasu, there are more photos in Kogan's deviantART gallery and his compilation of photos of Dante and other Amaterasu cosplayers. And if this inspires you to construct a costume for your own pet, please make sure it has fun and stays comfortable.

Kogan offers some final advice about cosplaying with pets in his blog post: "I do not recommend trying this with a cat."

Source: David Kogan via Destructoid

Photo Souce: Enchanted Cupcake, David Kogan

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"I do not recommend trying this with a cat."

Immortal words to live by...

Incoming Daystar in 3...2...1...

Very cute though.

Err didn't this happen a year ago? I'm pretty sure I've seen this before. Either way the dog is still cute thought.

Cosplaying Ammy? Pffft it's been done. Maximillain did it before it was cool. What a hipster icon...

Ok this one is a bit more impressive but shhhhhhhhhhhhh

In before Daystar! Muwahaha!

Also, that dog is adorable.

He's so freakin' adorable. I want to pet him. No,...I need to,...and I will - one day.

Looks simple yet very cute, too bad my dog is brown.

Also in before Daystar, hehe.

How long Before daystar kidnaps(Dognaps) that dog?

I've seen a person do this with a life size puppet at a con, both that and this are very awesome.

Da-fuck is Daystar?
Actually I think this is the one thread he wouldn't want to derail.

Yeah I rarely post unless I'm really riled up or interested in something, but even I can't resist getting in before Daystar on this one.

And good dog that god is gorgeous... I mean... No that's right.

13 posts in and no daystar in sight...

Daystar will be all over this!

OT: Cute as hell, I know I want that as my dog (as well as a certain someone else on this site)

MelasZepheos:
Incoming Daystar in 3...2...1...

Seriously, someone ninjad' me on this!!!!
-.- (just noticed how the sarcasm doesn't really shine through, it's sarkasm...)
Well nice looking dog. Just teach it to use a pencil and all's good.

MelasZepheos:
Incoming Daystar in 3...2...1...

still nothing. Where IS he?

very cute indeed. and yes, my first thought really was about how it would be to let my cat cosplay.

rhizhim:
13 posts in and no daystar in sight...

Rainforce:

MelasZepheos:
Incoming Daystar in 3...2...1...

still nothing. Where IS he?

very cute indeed. and yes, my first thought really was about how it would be to let my cat cosplay.

He's online but I don't think he's been on the escapist since 9 o'clock Eastern. Don't worry though I PM'd him, he'll be here.

There is only one response to this: D'awwwww! That's adorable!

Also INB4 Daystar :D

DVS BSTrD:

rhizhim:
13 posts in and no daystar in sight...

Rainforce:

MelasZepheos:
Incoming Daystar in 3...2...1...

still nothing. Where IS he?

very cute indeed. and yes, my first thought really was about how it would be to let my cat cosplay.

He's online but I don't think he's been on the escapist since 9 o'clock Eastern. Don't worry though I PM'd him, he'll be here.

its like comming to late to your sons birthday party or worse:

[Insert obligatory mention of Daystar here]

That is one cool dog. I'm totally jealous now.

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

WanderingFool:

"I do not recommend trying this with a cat."

Immortal words to live by...

BWAHAHAHA

but this is so cute. I'm glad to considerations are being made for doggies comfort too :3

Daystar Clarion:

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

Hit CTR-F and type in "Daystar" on this page. We are disappoint.

Sudden urge to dress my dog up...

You guys crack me up with the Daystar comments.

HAHA!

Angle of the trajectory, multiplied by the square root of an isosceles triangle, dividing Guttermeg's principle of opposing forces in motion, and adjusting for the difference in equilibrium... Dawson, at the exact moment I tell you, we must release the triggering mechanism. Get ready Dawson, steady...NOW!

I typed faster than I have ever typed before and I finally beat Daystar into a thread!

And no, I will never get tired of these Basil quotes.

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GAH! Picture 5 made me freak out for a moment, on first glance I thought the lady had stuffed the dog in a box!

Huh. So what do you know - people who own Cosplaying Canines also employ guards with above average body armour...

DayStar: I have the dog. Simply email me your one weakness and we can meet so that I may finally destroy you and conquer the world!!!

Um, I mean, so that I may hand over the dog. Yes, that's it...

Whew, close one...

No paintbrush tail?

TOTAL FAIL!!!

And seriously, the divine instrument should be on fire.

What kind of amaterasu-teuristic cosplayer is this guy?

Fappy:

Daystar Clarion:

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

Hit CTR-F and type in "Daystar" on this page. We are disappoint.

I hate you guys.

I hate you all so very much.

Daystar Clarion:

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

He has arrived \(^_^)/

on topic: that is cute. must have plz, k thx

know any tricks? that'd only be more epic. How dexterous is that puppy with a brush?

antipunt:

Daystar Clarion:

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

He has arrived \(^_^)/

on topic: that is cute. must have plz, k thx

know any tricks? that'd only be more epic. How dexterous is that puppy with a brush?

Yes, I have arrived.

And y'all gonna pay for not waiting for me to be first.

Daystar Clarion:

Fappy:

Daystar Clarion:

Da fuck is goin' on here?!

Be right back, booking plane tickets for a totally unrelated trip.

Totally not making an elaborate plan to steal that dog.

Nope.

Hit CTR-F and type in "Daystar" on this page. We are disappoint.

I hate you guys.

I hate you all so very much.

hmm i heard that before

and i wonder how much times he has bitten or eaten his costume while putting it on him.

rhizhim:

Daystar Clarion:

Fappy:

Hit CTR-F and type in "Daystar" on this page. We are disappoint.

I hate you guys.

I hate you all so very much.

hmm i heard that before

and i wonder how much times he has bitten or eaten his costume while putting it on him.

The dog knows how much of an honour it is to wear such a garb.

He'd never deface it.

Daystar Clarion:

rhizhim:

Daystar Clarion:

I hate you guys.

I hate you all so very much.

hmm i heard that before

and i wonder how much times he has bitten or eaten his costume while putting it on him.

The dog knows how much of an honour it is to wear such a garb.

He'd never deface it.

I'm just glad it's an actual dog wearing the dog costume, I was prepared to have memories ruined coming into this thread.

him over there:

Daystar Clarion:

rhizhim:

hmm i heard that before

and i wonder how much times he has bitten or eaten his costume while putting it on him.

The dog knows how much of an honour it is to wear such a garb.

He'd never deface it.

I'm just glad it's an actual dog wearing the dog costume, I was prepared to have memories ruined coming into this thread.

...

The furry horror.

The horror.

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