Fanart Friday returns, getting all the girls' attention by skulking in the corner. Last week, we took a look at the rowdiest, most hot-headed characters around, so this week we're checking out the flipside of the coin with fanart of cool, level-headed characters--or at least the ones who are able to look the part!
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Ishida fits the "cool character" stereotype to a T. Although I do feel kinda bad for him, being permanently friend-zoned by Orihime and all...
Roger Smith always impresses me, despite his hilariously whitebread name. He's one classy mofo, and stays unflappable even while destruction rains down around him.
You'd think that the "ice" character on Fairy Tail, Grey, would be the cool one. While she has her moments where she gets really riled up, Erza Scarlett tends to fit the bill better, (mostly) keeping a level head while Natsu and Grey just make things worse, and Lucy runs and hides.
Black Butler's Sebastian really only has two expressions: "serious" (for when he's killing somebody with silverware) and "slightly amused" (for just about every word that comes out of his master's mouth).
I don't know whether to be impressed at Jin's change from Tekken's ice-cold leading hero to its even-colder leading villain, or just how much fanart this artist has done of him. Just him.
Y'know what Rei's problem is? She's a bitch. Maybe it's because she's one of the few "cool" characters that somehow has fire abilities, and the clashing themes just causes her to wig out at people and act all superior. But I like that. <3
Zoro is (believe it or not) one of the voices of reason for the Strawhats. I was originally considering Robin for this spot, but her sadistic streak rules her out--Zoro only does what's needed, shuts up, goes back to his corner, and continues working out.
Behind every great man (like Ouran High School Host Club's Tamaki) is another guy who knows how to smooth everything over and undo his boss's screwups. Kyouya is that man--and probably the only member of the Host Club (as far as I can remember) who never fell for Haruhi. Correct me if I'm wrong, I still have to read the whole series!
So, does anybody remember when Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe teased that Spike might not be dead? Not cool, guy! Not cool at all! And before anybody calls me out on spoilers, there's a statute of limitations on this kind of thing--if you haven't seen Cowboy Bebop by now, you probably aren't going to anytime soon, which is a shame.
Ryoma's kind of a punk, which made me not like The Prince of Tennis at first. However, as he developed, he became a much more interesting character, even with his ridiculous and flippant 'tude.
I've already mentioned how Rurouni Kenshin was unusual in how it used a cooler, more detached main character, especially for a high-energy shounen action series. However, Kenshin is one of the few characters who can pull off that attitude while also showing off his vulnerability and making him feel like a more believable character.
Man, the pages of Jump are just full of these guys! It seems like for every hot-blooded hero, there's a cooler-headed counterpart who's almost always an ally--and together, they're unstoppable. Slam Dunk's Rukawa was a great motivating force for Sakuragi, and put the team before any personal reservations he had about Sakuragi. Y'know what? As soon as I'm done with this week's Fanart Friday, I'm watching some Slam Dunk--that's a good series.
Koutetsu T. Kaburagi is an easily-riled simpleton with a heart of gold. Barnaby Brooks Jr. here never lets anything get under his skin (in public). TOGETHER, THEY FIGHT CRIME! Honestly, a lot of the dialogue in Tiger & Bunny feels more like a live-action drama than an anime, and I appreciate it for that.
Hunter X Hunter's Killua ripped a dude's heart out and didn't even care. While you could argue that Kurapika is the "cooler" of the two, Kurapika tends to let his emotions take over more often than Killua's do... and maybe that's a good thing.
Poor Yukio, always having to keep Rin in line. Honestly, half of Blue Exorcist is Rin running off to punch something in the face and Yukio sighing in exasperation and running after him.
Originally, we were going to put Sasuke here. But y'see, (especially right now in the series) Sasuke is a little too intense. Itachi kept the same detached, aloof attitude every time he showed up.
Sorry, fanboys and fangirls--Death the Kid was the single best part of Soul Eater. I mean, it's still an awesome series no matter what, but I love Death the Kid, his obsession with symmetry, and the fact that he just didn't give a crap about anything, ever. Except symmetry.
While we're on the subject of "greatest part of a series ever," here's Fullmetal Alchemist's Olivier Mira Armstrong. Her brother was my favorite character in anything ever... until she came around. She's terrifying!
You want me to say something about this? ...Whatever.
That was a little too much concentrated emo for me this week. While not all of the characters are as "deep" as our pal Squall up there, we're gonna need a change of pace for next week--we'll put on our black pajamas, tabi, and masks and get stealthy with our favorite ninja from anime, games, and more!
Thanks for coming by for another week of Fanart Friday--who are some of your favorite "cool" characters? Were there any that I missed? And why do yaoi fangirls love "cool" characters so much? Let us know in the comments!