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This Last of Us Part II Cosplay Is So Perfect Even Naughty Dog Noticed

December 30, 2021

Ellie and Dina from The Last of Us Part II look even sweeter in this incredible cosplay photoshoot.

There’s no doubt that Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II left a lasting impression after it launched. With powerful and tragic characters and an intense dystopian environment, the game truly had some unforgettable moments.

Though the game had its share of heavy horror, it balanced itself out with some touching moments of warmth. Many fans were especially drawn toward Ellie and Dina’s relationship, which added a touch of sweetness to the game’s darkness – even if for a short while. Following that, two Russian cosplayers were particularly drawn to the pair, recreating scenes from The Last of Us Part II in a heartwarming display.

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It goes without saying that Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part II has some dedicated and incredibly talented fans, and cosplayers MeowMei/Anna (IG: meowmei_) and AliceWake/Natali Bragina (IG: alice.wake.95) are definitely no different. In a collection of photos taken by Photographer RmeGusta (IG: rmegusta_photo), the two are the spitting image of Ellie and Dina.

The two capture both the sweet in-between moments of calm and the high-action defensive moments. Their cosplay evokes the exact frontier dystopia of the games, and you almost expect a clicker to appear at any moment.

Looking at their photos, it’s clear that MeowMei and AliceWake skillfully balance their character’s softness and toughness. The two look ready to fight, the dark frame of the alleyway adding the perfect ominous ambiance. Additionally, the stray enemy in the background keeps the viewer in suspense, encapsulating the ever-present sense of danger in TLOU.

Though, what really takes their cosplay over the top is their lovely recreation of the dance scene. Surrounded by warm sparkly lighting, their soft expressions recall some of the most romantic moments in the game. It’s amazing to see cosplayers embody all aspects of their characters, and these two have really hit it out of the park.

Though MeowMei and AliceWake look straight out of the game, it’s their personalities that bring the characters to life. It’s obvious they have real charisma in front of the camera, and the photographer did a fantastic job creating photos that burst full of emotion.

If you can’t get enough Ellie and Dina content, check out their recent winter-themed TLOU photoshoot on their Instagrams. For a chance to be featured by Naughty Dog yourself, you can submit your own cosplays through their tumblr page here.

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Natalie Schmidt

Natalie (She/Her) is a writer and game design enthusiast hailing from way-too-sunny Los Angeles. She loves to dissect game narrative and analyze mechanics, but she doesn’t even want to think about how many hours she’s spent playing D&D or The Witcher 3. Aside from triple-A adventures, she’s passionate about RPGs of all kinds and meaningful representation in games

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