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Cosplay: Bleach Toshiro Hitsugaya

Wednesday 8th August 2012


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Bleach Toshiro Hitsugaya CosplayRajan Patel suits up as Toshiro Hitsugaya, the ice-cool captain who is the youngest in the history of the Soul Society. Best known for his leading role in the Bleach movie Diamond Dust Rebellion, Toshiro is a popular cosplay character. In 2008, Japanese fans actually voted him as the most popular character in the series, beating the supposed lead Ichigo Kurosaki.

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Persona 4 The Animation - Complete Season Box Set (episodes 1-25)

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When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he's expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he's used to in the big city. What he isn't expecting is for his uncle's job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu's own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it!
Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer... or lead him to his doom.
Contains Episodes 1-25 of the Acclaimed Aniime Series
Languages include: Japanese, English and English Subtitles
Bonus: Episode 1 “Director’s Cut”, Japanese TV Spot, Omake Drama (Episodes 1-4), Episode 26 OVA, True End Spot, Clean Opening 2nd Period, Clean Ending Arcane

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