Alodia and Ashley Cosplay Japanese Superheroes

Ashley Gosiengfiao (left) and Alodia Gosiengfiao (right)

Ashley Gosiengfiao (left) and Alodia Gosiengfiao (right)

Having endorsed everything from anime DVDs to video games to Japanese skincare products, Filipina cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao has become an icon of Japanese pop culture in the Philippines. That’s why Alodia and her sister Ashley were the obvious choice to endorse Robot, a trendy new sushi bar in the Philippines’ central business district. Instead of putting the girls in traditional Japanese kimonos, however, Robot chose a more modern artistic direction for their new models’ outfits.

To understand why these young ladies are wearing flashy unitards for a sushi bar, you’d have to understand a recent cultural trend in the Philippines. Japanese pop culture fandom in the Philippines started flourishing when the country first went online in 1994, and completely exploded during the first decade of the new millennium. Now more and more Japanese pop culture fans are moving up in the corporate world.

As you might have guessed from the restaurant’s geeky name, Robot hopes to tap into that increasingly affluent market. That’s why they dressed Alodia and Ashley as staple characters from popular Japanese fiction: sentai, a class of high-kicking, robot-riding Japanese costumed superheroes. If you’re familiar with Power Rangers, those guys are sentai.

That Alodia and Ashley themselves are Japanese pop culture mavens certainly adds to the credibility of their endorsement. As you can see from these photos of the sisters in their superhero tights, these fine Filipina cosplayers can save the world with their looks alone.

Alodia Gosiengfiao (left) and Ashley Gosiengfiao (right)

Alodia Gosiengfiao (left) and Ashley Gosiengfiao (right)

(Photos by Nick Santiago.)

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8 Comments (with 1 Conversation) on “Alodia and Ashley Cosplay Japanese Superheroes”
  1. rhai says:

    “That’s why they dressed Alodia and Ashley as staple characters from popular Japanese fiction: sentai, a class of high-kicking, (ROBOT-RIDING) Japanese costumed superheroes. If you’re familiar with Power Rangers, those guys are sentai.”

    @masahiko read….
    @cheeny pity you..
    @tony don’t read if you don’t like, nobody’s pushing you to like this article
    @the author good job man,, just dont mind other people..

  2. Kelleth says:

    Thought it started with Liveman, Kamen Rider Black and the Space Sheriffs in the late 80’s? (Gavan not counted as he was Skyrider)

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