The art of cosplay, dressing up to resemble a fictional character, gave us an idea of how our favorite cartoons might appear in real life. Now, an artistic style from Japan, also the original home of cosplay, explores this concept in reverse.
Called nijigenka, which literally translates to "two-dimensionalization," this style portrays real humans as their anime selves. The 2D trend gained popularity through Japanese online forums and Twitter, where people share their 2D selves with each other. Drawing yourself in "reverse cosplay" is also popular, because who doesn't like the 2D version of themselves in an elaborate outfit?
Below are included some wonderfully imaginative pieces of characters that "draw" inspiration from actual people. These people may lose their depth, but they gain a new allure.
Strawberries And Heart
This picture posted by mosug1192 transforms a decorated picture of two girls into what could be an anime opening song freeze-frame.
This colorful and sporty real-life girl and her 2D self both look ready to play.
Nine Lives In Two Dimensions
One of her nine lives takes place in a manga.
We Come In Pieces
This set of pictures posted by Twitter user Tan-Kun shows a group of girls dressed in red, white, and blue.