But is all as it seems? Over on Facebook, one guy claims that these costumes do not depict the 9/11 attacks at all. Kurt Kessler says that's they're a tribute to the Japanese anime series Terror in Resonance, in which a pair of teenagers trigger terrorist attacks in Japan. In the series, two high-rise buildings are bombed (although not at the same time) and some people are forced to jump from the burning wreckage.
In an alternate iteration of the present, Tokyo has been hit by a terrorist attack that has devastated the city. The only evidence of the culprits is a cryptic video uploaded to the Internet, which sparks paranoia across Japan. Unbeknownst to the authorities is that the terrorist masterminds—who call themselves "Sphinx" (スピンクス Supinkusu)—are two teenaged boys who go by the names Nine and Twelve. Though they apparently should not exist, they have nonetheless decided to "wake up the world" with their heinous plans of destruction, with their fingers on the trigger.
That surely looks like the New York skyline above ... but then this is an "alternate" vision of Tokyo -- just like the fictional city of Belleville looked just like New York in the animated film The Triplets of Belleville.
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Of course all of this is conjecture, because the cosplay duo left the convention floor before anyone could quiz them on the inspiration for their costumes. According to Twitter accounts, security was on its way to throw them out, but they had left before anyone arrived.
But what their costumes provided in shock value, this tiny cosplayer made up for by being adorable:
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