When it comes to anime waifus, which one attracts you the most — cute or cool girls?

Titular protagonist Shikimori from “Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie” is both. She has an adorable and sweet appearance, but as the series title suggests, she also has a hidden, badass side to her.

Breaking gender stereotypes in anime, Shikimori shined as one of the best girls of the Spring 2022 season, alongside Spy x Family’s Yor Forger and Kaguya-sama: Love is War’s Kaguya Shinomiya.

Anime singer and Japanese model Akase Akari has cosplayed all three above-mentioned waifus, with her Shikimori cosplay being her latest work.

Akase Akari stuns anime fans with her perfect Shikimori cosplay

Shikimori cosplay by Akase Akari
Credit: Akase Akari

Akari’s Shikimori cosplay saw her don the character’s high school uniform layered with a plain black sweater.

But what impressed us was the J-pop singer’s attention to detail. While the cosplay looks simple at first glance, Akari has been nothing if not meticulous, pairing vivid blue contact lenses with a long, pink wig. The wig’s bangs were also parted into three sections, exactly the way Shikimori wears her hair.

Wallpaper for Shikimori's Not Just A Cutie anime
Credit: Doga Kobo

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie follows the story of high school sweethearts Izumi and Shikimori, and is based on the romantic comedy manga series by Keigo Maki.

Shikimori is also extremely protective over Izumi. The anime’s pilot showcased her ultra-fast reflexes and strength. She has saved Izumi from countless hazards both big and small, such as almost getting hit by a speeding car, almost getting hit on the head by an eraser, and a falling sign.

The series aired on April 9 with a total of 12 episodes. Fans can check out Akari’s other cosplays on her Twitter account (@akase_official).

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