Kantai Collection (艦隊これくしょん) is a Japanese online card game that gained explosive popularity with its one-of-a-kind characters: personified battleships. Kantai (艦隊) means “fleet” in Japanese, and the motive of the game is to collect and sail into battle with the various battleships that are represented in the form of cute girls, collectively known as Kanmusu (艦娘; fleet girls).
Kantai Collection has not only gained a huge following among gamers, but among cosplayers as well thanks to its eye-catching character designs. Japanese cosplayer Nonomy is one of the many who have done a rendition of one of the Kanmusu, but what makes his cosplay photos stand out among the sea of cosplayers is the impressive combination of photography techniques and computer graphics, which have resulted in these stunning shots!
In case you were wondering if that was a typo earlier, no. Nonomy is a male cosplayer who specializes in cosplaying female characters, but that’s besides the point.
In Nonomy’s cosplay photobook, 戦艦長門 -A SYMBOL OF BATTLESHIP-, he does two variations of battleship Nagato, who is one of the Big Seven (the seven battleships involved in World War II). He comments in his book that he wishes to express the “strength”, “coolness” and “way of life” of Nagato through his cosplay and photos. Just look at these surreal shots!
▼ This is how Nagato looks like in the game.
▼ Nonomy as Nagato.
The fantasy-like production was made possible thanks to a team of 10 members, which included professionals in the fields of photography, character design, costume production and computer graphics, and of course, the star of the show Nonomy himself. Also something of a photographer (though not in this production), Nonomy often combines the art of cosplay, physical expression, photography techniques and computer graphics, a production technique he calls “cosplay graphics”, to achieve his ideal level of realism for his masterpieces.
▼ The 32-page photobook opens up to A2-size awesomeness of high-quality cosplay shots.