You've seen the evolution chart, right? The one that starts with a monkey and ends up with a human. Imagine something kind of like that, but with cosplay.
This is Mel Kishida. He's an illustrator best know his work on anime Hanasaku Iroha and the Atelier video games.
A few years ago, he posted this photo online, wishing everyone a happy Halloween, adding, "Trying with all my might to be fashionable."
People were amused! Then, he posted this to mark the release of PS game Atelier Meruru: The Apprentice of Arland:
More amusement! The image was viewed over 400,000 times, and it became a meme of sorts in Japan.
But then, he did this:
Epic. Simply epic. Likewise, the image became a meme online in Japan.
However, this year Kishida has pushed the envelope even further with his latest cosplay.
Amazing. He is cosplaying as a character from Kantai Collection.