Tempest’s Downpour – The Anime Girl

Posted on Oct 07 2012

A truly unusual person has been getting a lot of newsworthy attention lately. Anastasiya Shpagina, known as the “anime girl,” has twined the threshold between reality and fantasy in a beautiful and unsettling way. Using makeup, she crafts her face to look like her beloved anime characters.

I know what you’re thinking: cosplayers, right? You couldn’t be more wrong.

She goes beyond the false eyelashes and wigs of your average con-goer. Instead, she builds optical illusions to make her eyes resemble the anime stereotype and she dusts her nose in enough makeup to make it fade into non-existence. Her hair is a bright fire hydrant red and her eyebrows are penciled in entirely.

The effect dives headfirst into the uncanny valley. She honestly looks like a walking anime character in the real world. It reminds me of those big-head anime costumes: the full-body suits that are built to look like walking mascots.

Creativity and dedication are two words I’d use to describe the art this girl is doing. But there is, of course, a more unsettling side to this story.

This goes far beyond “cosplay” or “art” – Anastasiya transforms herself into an anime character every day. There’s the two-hour makeup process and then there’s the extreme dieting. She even wants surgery to make her eyes permanently huge. And once something so surreal becomes a lifestyle, it has complications.

She still wants to lose more weight.

Anastasiya has said that sometimes people react to her negatively. And if the published articles and interviews about her are any indication, many people think she has a mental disorder.

However, her facebook fan page boasts a whopping 6,917 members at last count, with over 4k likes and 4k people talking about it. So perhaps the opinions of some don’t reflect the opinions of all.

I tried to keep my opinions out of this one, but let your voices be heard! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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  • Kanashimi October 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Doll-like girls getting famous isn’t anything new. Dakota Rose and Venus Angelic have been doing it for awhile. The prior now a model in Japan for things like Ufufu (Japan) and Etude House (Korea).

    Some people decide to be hateful and will call them “special snowflakes”, but in the end I really don’t care what these girls do if that’s what they want beauty-wise. I’m particularly fond of Dakota Rose personally after I saw all her haters on Tumblr. The thing a lot of people don’t seem to understand is that all of these girls use photoshop (or some other editing program) to some degree to help enhance their appearance.

    Even Michelle Phan has been revealed to use Adobe products on her videos to enhance her look.

    Honestly, I’d rather see this trend be popular versus the Beckii Cruel “I can dance on YouTube to Japanese songs so hire me in Japan”.

  • Kayarath October 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    okay…. not weirded out by this at all…

  • adventurous1701 October 8, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    To each their own, but won’t this hobby ruin her skin over time? I mean she’s so young and I have this image of her looking like she’s 50 or 60 by the time she gets into her mid 20’s XD

    And I made the mistake of looking up Beckii Cruel…what the hell is wrong with this world?? Hai, I can “dance”…terribly and expect to be famous.

    That’s like me posting a bunch of videos of me playing the bass horribly and then asking all bands to hire me…wth!?!?!?!?!?! ?! and more !?!? LOL

    • Kanashimi October 8, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      I mean Beckii Cruel didn’t let the fame get to her head, but she dumped her Japanese management “due to funds being miscalculated”. Honestly, I think that’s bull and her father wants to make money out of her now. There’s a documentary on her and he’s wondering why she isn’t to a certain level of fame yet. It absolutely baffled me.

  • Mecha Girl October 9, 2012 at 5:09 AM

    This reminds me of a couple of the tales in Franken Fran. Hopefully this doesn’t have too many horrible results when she gets older; like it did for those in the manga.

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