Hetalia x Nyotalia Pairing — Special Couple Cosplay of Genderbend

Nyotalia refers to the genderbent versions of the Axis Powers Hetalia (APH) characters.
It has become common to depict characters as the opposite gender in either fanart or fanfiction, which is also very popular among cosplayers.
Isn’t that a great cosplay idea? You can cosplay as someone who is both male and female. And you can also do hetalia cosplay with two of them together.

Nyotalia

If you want to know the names and personalities of both male and female characters from APH or looking for pictures of them, you may find this article useful.

Check to see which pair is your favorite. (Please note that there may be several names called by fandom for genderbent characters.)

 

Germany: Ludwig vs Monica/Louise

 

GermanyChibi  monica

Male: A tall, muscular man, with sleek blond hair and blue eyes. He is a tough, too-serious, and efficient man
Female: She does not wear her hair slicked back. She is reserved, serious like her male counterpart, and has large breasts. She’s tall and gives off a cool feeling.

 

North Italy: Feliciano Vargas vs Alice/Felicia

 

Italy Alice

Male: He has short brown hair and brown eyes, with a curl on the left side of his head, which acts as his erogenous zone when stroked or pulled. He is an energetic and friendly yet clumsy young man
Female: She has her hair tied back into a ponytail, and has a wild curl of hair dangling down at the side of her head. Her eyes are depicted in a more amber color than her male counterpart’s. Her hair is also curlier and a lighter shade of brown. She is a rather emotional, strong-willed, and cheerful big sister-type.

 

Japan: Honda Kiku vs Honda Sakura

 

Japan_Chibi  Sakura

Male: He is a short, slim man with black hair, dark brown eyes. A shy, quiet, and hard-working man.
Female: A short girl with a bob hairstyle, and has shine to her eyes unlike her male counterpart (her eyes are also more amber in color). She seems to always have a shy expression, befitting of one with a Yamato personality.

 

America: Alfred F. Jones vs Emily/Amelia

 

AmericaChibi  Emily

Male: He has short blond hair with an ahoge, representing Nantucket, sticking up and blue eyes. He is a cheerful, energetic, yet somewhat conceited young man who is obsessed with heroes, justice, and freedom.
Female: She has blue eyes and wavy, amber-colored hair that comes to her shoulders, with two star-shaped barrettes holding her bangs out of her face.

 

France: Francis Bonnefoy vs Francoise/Francine

 

FranceChibi  Francoise

Male: He has shoulder-length blond hair and blue eyes, and has a slight amount of facial hair. He often seems infatuated with most of the nations and is very affectionate.
Female: She is an elegantly-dressed woman with her hair tied back into a french knot, usually held back by a crown or something similar. Her hair is dark brown (or alternatively a dirty blonde) and her eyes are violet. A snobby woman, and she is much more argumentative than her male counterpart.

 

England: Arthur Kirkland vs Rosa

 

EnglandChibi  Rosa

Male: He has messy, short blond hair and green eyes. He is cynical, sharp-tongued, prone to rough speech and yearns for the golden years.
Female: She no longer has the signature thick eyebrows, and wears her hair in long pigtails that are either slightly curled or completely straight. She is trying to behave elegantly, but being quite punk.

 

China: Wang Yao vs Wang Chun-Yan

ChinaChibi  wangchunyan
Male: He has dark hair tied back into a ponytail. He happens to be extremely superstitious, but not at all religious.
Female: She has her deep auburn hair tied up in a set of buns. She is a type of girl whose emotions cannot be read easily, but is most often depicted with a very similar personality as her male counterpart.
Russia: Anya Braginskaya vs Anya Braginskaya

Russia_Chibi Anya

Male: The tallest guy. He has a round, childish face with a more prominent nose. His hair is a light beige-blond, and his eyes are violet (purple). A large young man who is seemingly bighearted and innocent, but is in reality childishly cruel often coming off as villainous to those who fear him.
Female: A modestly-dressed woman with long beige-blonde hair. her personality is akin to a wearied mother figure who is emotionally unstable rather than childishly cruel.

 

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How to Crossplay (Male to Female)?

Male-to-female crossplay requires males to dress up as female characters. But this is unequal to easily put on a woman’s dress. To make up to cover male features like joint, shoulder breadth and facial form is necessary. Substantial items are needed to help males seem more beautiful. Also, attire and makeup are essential. Males who plan to crossplay don’t need to be pretty and slim. Just grasp some tips.

pic from: deviantart

Tip 1: decrease differences between males and females’ physiques.

1. Body silhouettes between men and women are different. Females’ faces and body outlines seem curvilinear. But silhouettes on males are straight. To fit into women’s wear, fat males need to lose weight firstly. Besides, men can make their waists much slimmer and asses as protruding as women’s by exercise.

2. Women have less body hair than men. Exuberant body hair will damage the beautiful sense. It’s a must to deal with body hair on some exposed parts and especially beards.

3. Hair is a symbol for females. It’s often said to be life for females. Long hair is a symbol for femininity. Men can remain long hair or put on a cosplay wig to accent the feminine sense.

Tip 2: choose the costume.

1. Select the underwear. Even though underwear can’t be seen when clothes are put on, males are asked to wear a bra to show up the shape of chest. Thus, undergarment becomes a must-have item in women’s wear. Males can fill something into the cup to make their chest as plump as they want. But an extremely large breast will seem unnatural. Cup C is okay. Silk stockings can make legs seem more slender and wearers will also seem much sexier. In this case, you don’t need to unhair too.

pic from: cosplay.com

2. Select clothes to conceal males’ body outlines.

i. Make wide shoulders seem narrower. Avoid wearing skinny jeans or dresses. Choose dresses with ribbon or lace clothes that seem lightsome and dreamlike. A harmonious volume between the waistline and shoulders will help you seem better.

“Alice transsexuals group” from China

ii. Hide knees and ankles. Males’ features are easily discovered on knees and ankles. In any case, men’s knees and ankles will seem stouter. It’s of great necessity to hide them while wearing women’s wear. The simplest way is to wear trousers like jeans. Besides, wear shoes that make ankles less obvious, like tall boots. Knees will be seen anyhow while wearing dresses. Just put on stockings.

iii. Hide the shape of hands. Gloves are the best method. If the cosplay role doesn’t wear gloves, you can wear a large bracelet, which helps your hands seem smaller.

iv. Select the cosplay wig. Men with lanky face shapes will make their faces seem rather long if using long wig. Thus, they should choose middle or short wig that reaches to the shoulder. If the wig color is bright, the volume of hair will become much bigger. Thus, choose wig with less hair.

Tip 3: Make up.

Huge transformations can be made by cosmetics, which will totally change people’s images. To make the facial silhouette more obvious or to make men with dark skin tones seem more feminine, making-up is a must. Below is a frequently used cosmetic checklist. Make sure you have already gotten them ready first of all.

Mirror
Eyebrow tweezers
Eyebrow cut
Makeup cotton
Facial tissues
Cosmetics case
Facial cleanser
Makeup remover
Freshener
Color corrector
Foundation make-up
Concealer
Sponge
Lipstick
Lip brush
Lip liner
Lip gloss
Eyeliner
Eye shadow
Eye black
Eyebrow pencil
Blush
Blusher
Nail polish

How to use these cosmetics can be learned from make-up forums. Then, pay special attention to these points:

1. More obvious edges can be seen on males’ faces. To emphasize these edges while making up will make the appearance more chiseled.

2. Foundation make-up can help the complexion seem whiter. But don’t make it so white that a big difference forms among face, neck and shoulders. This won’t seem natural.

3. Spots and pockmark on face can be hidden by concealer.

4. Men’s eyebrows are thicker and darker than women’s. To tweeze or draw the eyebrows by eyebrow pencil to be thinner is better.

Tip 4: Notice the gesture while going out.

Gender can be distinguished not only by face, but also by figure, attire, hairstyle, movement and gesture. That is to say, even though you are rather masculine and tall, you can well dissimulate and become rather feminine.

1. Make your body shape feminine. Bra and filler can make a plump chest. Corrective underwear can help the hip seem perfectly round. Corset can make the waist more slender. Underskirt can be used to hide the hipline.

2. Make your gesture feminine. Stretch the waist and look at the front horizontally. Don’t split your legs to be too wide. Walk slowly and lightly. Keep legs together while standing and sitting.

3. Take photos. Hide defective parts while taking a photo, such as shoulder width, elbow, knees, hands and height. Keep arms on the back and lean on the wall; you can hide your arms. When the picture is taken with camera placed around your knees, you will seem rather slim and shoulders will seem much narrower. Like this picture below.

A book named “Wanna be a pretty girl!” and a program called “Josou Paradise” in Japan show us useful tips on male-to-female crossplay. Take a look if you are interested!

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