Meet the group that cosplayers and fans are falling in love with.
Nearly all the thousands of wide-eyed, mini-skirted 2-D anime characters that exist in Japan have one thing in common: idealised, slender physiques. And when big conventions like Comiket roll around twice a year, cosplayers come out in hordes to bring these characters to life with as much stylised realism as possible, often showing off taut stomachs and toned thighs to the delight of fans and photographers.
One group of cosplayers, however, is throwing convention to the wind and winning fans of their own in the process with their take on the hugely popular franchise Love Live! Calling themselves “Debu Raibu!”, or “Tub Live!”, these girls are happy to be who they are, proving that you don’t have to be thin to indulge in a love of cosplay.
シロガネ・スラッシュ・コウヘイ (@neo_slash2714) August 14, 2016
The nine girls recreate idol group μ’s from the Love Live! series with all the cuteness and charm of the original characters.
デブライブ!サンゲントン! 東1トラックヤードにて!!!! https://t.co/qr1JjiwLVx—
こぽたん@デ!サンゲントン!桜肉梨子 (@tarutarukopotan) August 14, 2016
Since making their debut at Comiket Summer 2015, they’ve been drawing constant crowds of fans and photographers.
レイヤーの理想と現実 #デブライブ http://t.co/7ZjzYpIY5S—
せつなあやめ@うしじまわるい肉(公式) (@setsuna_ayame) August 14, 2015
They were also spotted at winter Comiket 2015, keeping warm with some fluffy accessories.
スモーハレーション #デブライブ https://t.co/KEkCHBC8XI—
よこ (@yoko_orz) December 29, 2015
This year, at Comiket 90, the girls were still as popular as ever, showing off their cute poses and gorgeous bespoke costumes.
このツイートから1年経ちますね。デブライブ！1st Anniversaryでデブライブ！サンシャ…ん？ https://t.co/npTpn3q48u—
ミクロス＠コミティア ぬ29a (@micross_) August 14, 2016
Fellow cosplayers have been quick to show their love for the beauties, eagerly posing for photos with the unit.
ミコ・ヴォイド@ﾀｽｹﾃ… (@makai_miko) August 14, 2016
あ、写真間違えた・・・w #ラブライブ6周年 #デブライブ https://t.co/OYN2tEjysL—
中丸 翼 (@accell_trial) June 30, 2016
And fans are also smitten, sending in adorable artworks and illustrations.
【むちフェス03～肉感アート展～】 むちフェス当日に頂いた、あきはさんが描いたデブライブの皆さんのイラスト #むちフェス03 #デブライブ https://t.co/YEtpKuuDNi—
むちフェス04～肉感アート展～@未定 (@muchifes) December 19, 2015
わかむ@デ！サンゲントン！巨腹鞠莉 (@wakamu_m) August 16, 2016
With their growing popularity and increasingly cute costumes, we can’t wait to see what the girls have in store for the next Comiket event, scheduled for December this year!