Sunday, February 27, 2011


CHARACTER: Usada Hikaru Cosplay
FROM: Di Gi Charat Anime, and Manga
ARTIST: Eri Minami, Japanese Cosplayer Girl
CATEGORY: Cute Cosplay Costume

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Usada Hikaru "Rabi~en~Rose"

Rabi~en~Rose is revealed to the viewer to be Dejiko's rival. Her name was decided following a request for reader submissions, and may be a play on a number of things. "Rabi~en~Rose" may be a play on the common French saying "La Vie en Rose" which means "life in rose-pink". The Japanese expression "spend a life in rose-pink" means to spend a life without any worries. "Rabi" which resembles the English word "rabbit" replaced "La vie" to form a pun to mean "Rabbit in life without worries", which suggests her personality.

Her real name is Usada Hikaru, which she hates being called. The name resembles Hikaru Utada (best known in the West for her theme songs for the Kingdom Hearts series) but that was officially commented as a mere coincidence since the story and names were decided before Hikaru Utada's debut in Japan. Her "Usada" surname also is a pun, as the "Usa" part is a shortening of the word "usagi", which means "rabbit" in Japanese.

In the original anime, she is seen as a normal girl who uses dice to transform into her bunnygirl outfit: a pink, white and red dress with large white rabbit ears and a large round cotton tail. Her parents left her to live on her own in an attempt to help her become an idol. Rabi~en~Rose does not end her sentences with a rabbit sound (typically pyo in anime) and is the only character with kemonomimi animal traits other than Rik, Ky, and Coo in the Di Gi Charat franchise not to do so.

Di Gi Charat (デ・ジ・キャラット, De Ji Kyaratto)

Is a Japanese anime, and manga series created by Koge-Donbo. The series follows a catgirl named Di Gi Charat, "Dejiko" who was adopted as the mascot of Broccoli's retail chain store, Gamers. The original anime series, and its original video animations (OVAs), are set in a Gamers store. There are twenty Gamers stores across Japan. Gamers opened a store in the United States in 2001, Anime Gamers, that is located in Los Angeles.

The characters of Di Gi Charat, and her sidekick Gema first appeared in July 1998 in From Gamers, a promotional magazine for the Akihabara store, Gamers. In August of that year, the two appeared in Gema Gema, a four-panel comic-strip in From Gamers drawn by dōjin artist Koge-Donbo. Dejiko was later adopted as the mascot of Gamers. An animated Dejiko and her sidekick Gema first appeared on in a television advertisement for Gamers, set to the store's theme song, Welcome! by Hiroko Kato. Dejiko soon starred in her own animated series. Further characters gradually appeared in Gema Gema, and were later included in each of the anime series.

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