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.

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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."

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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.

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However, this year Kishida has pushed the envelope even further with his latest cosplay.

Amazing. He is cosplaying as a character from Kantai Collection.

How ever will he top this?

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Is it even possible?

Oh, and in case you were wondering, here is what that cosplay looked like before it was Photoshopped for the magazine:

Ladies and gentlemen, Mel Kishida.

初めて艦これの影響力ってすげーなーと思った [@syukumizu]

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【気になったネタ】 (岸田メル先生が「艦これ」島風のコスプレを披露www 他) [オタクの閉鎖空間]

ぜまかしコス [Iain]

Photos: mellco

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