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Yoko Littner (Katyuska Moonfox) Wants to Know Whether You Like Anime

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

There have been a lot of changes in this world since 1977, the year Heavy Metal debuted. Our little magazine helped bring many European writers and artists—French, Italian and Spanish, primarily—to American readers. Following a different but ultimately successful path, Japanese graphic storytelling in the form of manga (comics and graphic novels, basically) and anime (animation) gained fans in America, starting in the mid-1980s. Translated, serialized comics of Lone Wolf & Cub (published by First Comics, beginning in 1987) and Akira (published by Marvel’s Epic Comics, beginning in 1988) paved the way for an explosion of interest in manga. Anime, too, saw its popularity take off around the same time, when shows like Robotech, Voltron, and Dragon Ball began to find American audiences.

American releases, or re-releases, of Hayao Mizaki films like My Neighbor Totoro and Castle in the Sky solidified the trend. Anime was here to stay. We’d be interested to know whether today’s Heavy Metal fan cares much for manga or anime. If you feel like weighing in with a comment here or on Facebook, please do.

In one week, Anime Expo 2015 will get underway in Los Angeles. It’s by far the biggest gathering of anime fans in the U.S.; last year, 86,000 people attended—more than double the attendance of the next-biggest con. Creators, animators, voice artists, and KISS (yes, that KISS) will be at Anime Expo 2015. And like any con worth a damn, the place will be crawling with cosplayers.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

It’s likely that Yoko Littner will be there. Perhaps a handful of Yoko Littners, maybe dozens of Yoko Littners. According to a 2014 poll at Anime-Source.com, Yoko (from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, everybody knows that) is the second-sexiest anime character of all time. It’s easy to see why: the hot pants, thigh-highs, flame-decorated bikini, candy-apple red hair and six-foot-long sniper rifle—she’s got something for every fanboy.

This is one of the better Yokos you’ll see, by an Australian cosplayer named Katyuska Moonfox. To see more of her work, check out her DeviantArt page and join the nearly 750,000 fans who follow her on Facebook. (Her store at katyuskamoonfox.storenvy.com is currently being revamped—maybe bookmark it and check back later.)

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Andy Wana.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Andy Wana.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by John Pryke.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

Yoko Littner by Katyuska Moonfox

Cosplayer Katyuska Moonfox as Yoko Littner from “Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann”. Photo by Beethy.

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Published on: June 25, 2015

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9 Responses to Yoko Littner (Katyuska Moonfox) Wants to Know Whether You Like Anime

  1. Anime can be ok, i definitely prefer adult oriented (including detective/noir, steampunk, and sci fi) anime as opposed to highschool fish out of water, or drama themes.

  2. I am more of a fan of manga and anime than westren comic books to be honest …. thou I still like you guya just as much

  3. Love Anime especially the Ecchi I guess just depends on the Story but I didn't miss the Gurran Lagan series where sexy Yoko came out

  4. Karmin Carr says:

    I love anime. Ever since I was a child watching Kimba and Speed Racer I knew there was more to it than the average American cartoons. And even though more and more American shows (Batman, etc) are taking their animation more seriously and putting more effort into the look and feel of their shows, I still find myself leaning towards it as my prefered form of animated entertainment.

  5. Dan Caporale says:

    Racer X and Tobor "The Eighth Man" is were it started for me and I still love Anime!

  6. Dan Caporale says:

    Racer X and Tobor "The Eighth Man" is were it started for me and I still love Anime!

  7. Ghost in the Shell, Metropolis, Appleseed, Paranoia Agent. Anime deals with things that American cartoons don't want to touch.

  8. Bas Snabilie says:

    No, not a fan. Never got into it. Don't get it. I always preferred Franco-Belgian style comics.

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