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These Sketches Brilliantly Transform People Into Anime Characters

Updated June 14, 2019 3.9k votes 806 voters 21.8k views10 items

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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.

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    Game-Show Gag

    Game-show girl on TV transformed into an eerily similar game show from the anime world, illustrated by 毛²@LLer Mode ON.

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    Cosplay Couple

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    A colorful and awesomely detailed 2D version of aki_noti and sor0131755, illustrated by 538kaduki.

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    We Come In Pieces

    Photo: flickr / CC0

    This set of pictures posted by Twitter user Tan-Kun shows a group of girls dressed in red, white, and blue.

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    News Flash

    Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY

    We interrupt this slideshow for an important bulletin: live-action TV girl accurately transforms into her anime self.

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