Fanart Friday returns, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed after a long weekend at FanimeCon--did you know that it was my tenth year there? Last week, Scott gave us a double-sized Memorial Day edition celebrating crazy crossovers, giving you plenty of nightmare fuel. This time around, we'll be riding off my dual marathon of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan with fanart of monster hunters, demon slayers, and supernatural investigators of all kinds!
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It's hard to find a more literal game title than Monster Hunter. Just, y'know... don't get "MonHun" fans started on the game--they'll never shut up about how awesome it is.
YEAH, BUFFY! YOU SHOW THAT SPARKLY MOFO WHAT-FOR! Actually, at this point Edward Cullen's been killed so many times in fanart that I could do a whole installment on just that. Makes you feel kinda bad for the guy, eh?
by 藤井 敏
Okay everybody--set your time machines way back to 1996 or so, when I first remember seeing ADV's big clamshell VHS cases for Devil Hunter Yohko, back when they were called A.D. Vision. "Fanservice" was still an alien word at the time--we'd usually just separate these kinds of series by saying "they get naked a lot."
This is quite possibly the coolest fanart of cocksure devil hunter Dante I've yet seen. I'm more of a Bayonetta fan myself now, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for Devil May Cry 3.
There are major character differences in the leading ladies of Blood: The Last Vampire, Blood+, and Blood-C, but two things are always the same: her name will always be Saya, and she will always be down for some vampire filleting.
Soul Eater was kind of a hard sell for me. How many times can you tell a story about kids hunting monsters (or demons, or whatever) as part of their school curriculum? Thankfully, Soul Eater had great characters that kept me watching--I've also gotta say, I really love the background effects on this picture.
Just stop and add 'em all up for a second: how many vampire hunters are there in anime? Not necessarily monster hunters or ghost hunters who happen to also hunt vampires, but we're talking dedicated vampire hunters here. Actually, with Alucard here, let's also add up how many vampires in anime hunt vampires themselves.
I'm so behind on D.Gray-Man that I can barely remember the series. I remember a friend describing it to me as "Fullmetal Exorcist," and he wasn't too far off with that. I read maybe 2-3 volumes of the manga--what do you guys think, should I catch up on it?
Chrono Crusade (don't ever let anybody tell you it's called Chrno Crusade) is one series that I really need to give a re-watch. I really, really liked it the first time I saw it, but never went back to it for how sad and bleak the ending was. Plus... nuns with guns!
The four heroes in Saiyuki spend more time arguing with each other, eating, and getting drunk than they do actually fighting demons and stopping the Ox King's revival. Yeah, yeah, every episode they're closer to the end of their journey, but you've gotta wonder how long (or short) the series would be if they actually just buckled down and focused on the job at hand.
Ghost Hunt isn't quite as action-packed as a lot of the entries here, but it's still pretty damn exciting. By focusing more on suspense and character development, you get a supernatural anime that (surprisingly) feels more like a live-action show for how much class and restraint it has.
Speaking of class, Mushishi is full of style and character. Ginko's not necessarily a "hunter" of the supernatural mushi, he's just a problem solver. He'll blow into town, fix whatever needs fixing, and leave just as quickly.
Now this brings me back: Vampire Hunter D. I love how the second movie, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, was originally shown in English with Japanese subtitles. So what has Yoshiaki Kawajiri been up to lately other than the less-than-impressive Highlander anime? I know a Ninja Scroll sequel is supposed to be on the way...
Maybe somebody should start keeping a running tally on how many times Blue Exorcist has shown up in Fanart Friday. I can't help it--it's a good series that happens to always have really good fanart!
by Jon Pinto
Of course, the correct answer to "Who ya gonna call" is this group of bumbling badasses. It's rare that a comedy--with Bill Murray saying it, no less--can have one of the coolest battlecries in film: "Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!"
And with that, we're all wrapped up for this week's Fanart Friday! Next week, we'll be celebrating the musical side of anime, manga, games and movies with our favorite musicians.
Who are some of your favorite ghost/monster/demon/vampire hunters in anime, manga, games and movies? Were there any I missed? Sound off in the comments and let us know! As always, your fanart will never be turned away. Send me a PM with a link to your work--stick figures, crayon drawings, weird abstractions drawn in poo--and I'll find a way to fit it into a future installment of Fanart Friday!
Thanks for checking out Fanart Friday this week, and we hope to see you next time!