The world is in for a lot of Pain in this epic Naruto cosplay.
Uploaded onto the Chinese streaming platform Douyin, the cosplayer 貂蝉的腿毛 showed the step-by-step process of turning into Nagato, set to "Girei," otherwise known as "Pain's Theme." They first drew eight dots on their face to imitate the chakra rods the character has on his face. Afterward, they slip on long black heel socks before wrapping their legs in white gauze. With a small stack of padded mats to give the cosplayer some extra height, they sit down on a stool with one leg raised and gaze contemplatively. The screen fades to black before smashing into a CG display of a famous scene from Naruto Shippuden where Nagato is sitting on the tongue of one of the faces from Pain's Tower in Amegakure.
The Philosophy of Peace Through Pain
Nagato is a complicated antagonist. After his parents died saving him, Nagato wandered around as a war orphan until he encountered Konan and Yahiko, where Jiraiya trained them. The training lasted for three years before the three of them decided to create an organization called Akatsuki to advocate for the end of the war. The death of his friend Yahiko forced Nagato to realize that the only way anyone could achieve peace was if they experienced pain and death directly, and through those experiences, would they understand the horrors of war.
Nagato's alias "Pain" doesn't just reflect his philosophy. After his battle with Hanzō, Nagato was left crippled. As a Rinnegan user, Nagato can control and manipulate six corpses by inserting black receivers into their bodies and into his own. In the Naruto Shippuden anime, the first body he uses is Yahiko. Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto, created Nagato in the hopes that his character and backstory would be able to truly highlight the tragedies of war. The fight between Nagato and Naruto has been noted to be one of the best battles in the Naruto series due to the conflicting philosophies around war and peace.
Kishimoto published Naruto in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1999 to 2014. Two anime adaptations, Naruto and Naruto Shippuden, adapted the two parts from the manga. The first part focuses on the titular character's pre-teen years, and the second on his teen years. Naruto is one of the most popular shōnen series worldwide and, as such, is part of the Big Three of shōnen. The manga has sold over 250 million copies worldwide and has appeared multiple times on the New York Times Bestseller List.
Naruto and Naruto Shippuden are both available on Crunchyroll and Hulu. Naruto recently left Netflix at the end of October.