With its immense popularity, it’s no surprise that Attack on Titan has spawned some amazing cosplay photos. We’ve shown you a brilliant Serbian’s take on Erwin Smith, and today we’re heading back to Eastern Europe to show you someone the Internet apparently thinks looks exactly like Mikasa Ackerman.

Or maybe they’re actual photos of Mikasa running around in the real world? Everyone, be on guard just in case any titans show up!

When the Internet develops a crush, it doesn’t take long for that crush to develop from casual lust into pure, unadulterated obsession. The latest object of networked love is a young Russian named Katya Lischina, who has attracted attention from around the world in both the West and in Japan.

▼Transforming from normal girl into anime character in three easy steps!

While Katya is certainly an attractive girl, what seems to have really gotten fans of the young woman excited is just how similar she looks to a certain anime character: Attack on Titan’s Mikasa Ackerman. This comparison photo, for example, doesn’t even to seem to a proper attempt at cosplay–someone simply noticed that Katya happens to look a lot the Survey Corps member. We have to admit that the resemblance is nothing short of striking!

▼She really nails that solemn look.

Fortunately (or perhaps unfortunately, depending on your perspective), Attack on Titan is still fiction, though Katya is certainly real! We think…

▼We don’t remember any camera phones in the anime, after all.

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Katya was elevated to minor Internet celebrity status just this month when a photo of her appeared on 9Gag, spurring infatuated Internet users to learn more about her. Since then, numerous fan communities have appeared on Instagram and Facebook, where one page has accumulated over 41,000 likes since it was established on July 11.

The young Russian woman is not even a model it turns out–she’s apparently a university student and an artist. With so many fan pages floating around, it’s hard to tell what’s real, but it looks like she has a DeviantArt account with some pretty damn good illustrations.

▼Katya’s take on Chell from Portal

▼”Gamer Girl,” also by Katya

Finally, here’s a cat cosplay video from Katya. We’re starting to see why so many have fallen so fast!

Unfortunately, as we mentioned before, there’s not a lot of information about this young woman. With so many fans, it’s hard to separate fact from fantasy, though there’s no denying that she does look an awful lot like Mikasa. That said, we’re not even sure if she likes Attack on Titan–though we expect she probably does.

Regardless, we can’t help thinking that maybe people should really stop bombarding her with “marry me” messages. Call us old-fashioned, but that doesn’t seem like the best way to get to know someone…

Sources/images: Instagram, Facebook, DeviantArt, VK
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