Popular actress, idol and singer, Kawashima Umika from girls group 9nine cosplayed as Ayanami Rei from the famous anime series, “Neon Genesis Evangelion”. The cosplay was for a photo exhibition project titled “J:COM presents Evangelion X Bishojo Shashinten – Girls Collection of EVANGELION-”. About 30 models and idols participated in this joint project between “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Collaboration Concept Photo Exhibition”.
Fellow 9nine member Murata Hirona was dressed up as Soryu Asuka Langley, another major character in the “Evangelion” series. Murata commented about her cosplay, “For this photoshoot, I’m no longer Murata Hirona, I have become Asuka. Asuka is a girl with a strong will, and I have become the same.”
Kawashima also made a comment about cosplaying the major anime character Ayanami Rei, “I felt a lot of pressure and was uneasy. I was very nervous during the photo-shoot and think I forgot to breathe!” adding, “I hope that the people at the exhibition will be brought into the world of EVA when they see these pictures!” She also revealed, “I get comments that the blue hair is unexpectedly suitable for me, so (my favorite part is) the wig.”
In addition to Kawashima and Morita, Kato Natsuki and Triendl Reina are also involved in the exhibition. The photo exhibition will be held from 8/1 – 8/6 at Ikebukuro, Tokyo at the Seibu Ikebukuro flagship store, and from 8/15-8/21 at Shisaibashi, Osaka at the Daimaru Shisaibashi flagship store. Check out the exhibition website for more details!