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After a series of cosplay efforts which seemed more designed to provoke angry fans into a publicity inducing furore than win them over with cuteness, SKE48’s Rena Matsui and Nogizaka46’s Rina Ikoma have saved the day by earning much praise for their “too cute” portrayals of magical puellae Homura and Madoka.

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The cosplay appears in the September issue of fashion rag “Smart,” with Rina also providing some additional Madoka by way of an omake on her blog:

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Nogizaka46, though billed as an AKB48 “rival” group, is managed by Akimoto as well and so probably owes more to his canny efforts to create some pro-wrestling style inter-group tension than any actual rivalry.

SKE48’s Airi Furukawa has also previously been noted for her efforts:

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