People in fancy costumes. Slick photos. Cosplay sure can seem glamorous. But like on any photo shoot, loads of smart trickery that’s anything but lavish goes into pulling off those amazing photos.

Last year, Kotaku published photos showing the “fantasy” and “reality” of cosplay. These latest photos are in a similar series, showing behind-the-scenes pics of cosplay shoots. They were uploaded to Twitter under the tag #レイヤーの理想と現実 (The Ideal and Reality of Cosplayers).

This gap between the process and the final work is one of the things that the craft of cosplay so damn fascinating and impressive.

Let’s have a look:

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