Fanart Friday returns, having enjoyed looking up this week's art a little too much. Last week, we took a look at our favorite characters from nobility and royalty, but this week has a little less... class. Okay, not really, but you know what I mean.
So, with the articles I write here, I notice a trend. I notice that if I use a specific type of headline image, people get interested and look. It happens without fail--those are the articles that do unusually well. I wonder why?
So this week's Fanart Friday is all about those special characters in anime, manga and games who are blessed with ample frontal charms, and probably cursed with back pain and the hell of having to shop for bras in their size. Our very own Humberto Saabedra was very eager to help with this week's installment, and I thank him for his, er... insights.
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So a while back, when I was watching Code Geass with a friend I had a particular way of referring to characters when I talked to her about the show. Instead of saying "Cornelia, Viletta, and Kallen," I would instead say "Boobie Character #1, #2, and #3." Accurate enough, right? And Cornelia here really is #1 on that list.
Okay, fine, now I see why everybody wants a Final Fantasy VII remake with modern graphics. Just admit it already: you just want Tifa with modern graphics... and physics. On a less-hilarious note, did Monty Oum ever finish Dead Fantasy, where Dead or Alive and Final Fantasy heroines fought it out to Don Davis music?
The US release of The Book of Bantorra's DVD cover has a really over-the-top sexy picture of ruthless fighting librarian Hamyuts "Hamy" Meseta. I'm always wondering what kind of conversations go on when somebody brings the DVD to the counter and has to explain that what he's buying is about books and a library.
Yes, Highschool of the Dead is trash. But it's my kind of trash, especially hilariously ditzy teacher Shizuka Marikawa... although the second half of the series seemed to get a little too carried away with the fanservice.
Isn't it weird how I can look up the Japanese writing for "Guan Yu," and instead of finding a burly Chinese man with a flowing beard, instead I find Ikkitousen's curvy raven-haired schoolgirl? There's something a little off with that...
It was tough deciding between Ibanen's excellent SoulCalibur fanart (seen here) or the tons and tons of Dead or Alive work he's done. In the end, I went with this one because you hardly ever see Seung Mi-Na art, at least compared to Ivy, Sophitia, or Taki.
This is actually a cover for a collection of this artist's fanart, but it's pretty cool to see Dead or Alive's Kasumi paired off with gaming's original clothing-averse ninja, Mai Shiranui. One of the best parts of The King of Fighters XIII is the pre-fight dialogue, where almost every character has something to say about Mai's outfit.
Mirajane finally getting to kick some ass was one of my favorite parts of Fairy Tail. Elfman may be tough, but Mirajane's a whole hell of a lot scarier...
Just so we're all clear on this, Dragon's Crown hasn't been released yet. We've still got a ways to go before the PS3 brawler comes out, but just check out how much art there is for it--specifically, Sorceress! It's insane!
Poor Rangiku Matsumoto. She really only has one job in Bleach: drink and pass out on the 10th Division's couch. Oh sure, she gets into the thick of it sometimes and puts up a pretty good fight, but "get drunk and pass out" is her real job description.
Truth be told, most characters like this are pretty pleasant. They're usually friendly and playful, but every now and then you get one who can be a grade-A superbitch, like Dragonaut's Garnet MacLaine.
I'm willing to accept that Gundam 00's Sumeragi Lee Noriega is not the slightest bit Japanese. I'm also willing to accept that she's not a particularly good strategist, since her favorite tactic seems to be "wait for an opening, throw everything we have at them and somehow win." I'm willing to suspend my disbelief on those points.
Watch the original Fullmetal Alchemist anime, and Lust is a sympathetic character who's seeking closure. Read the manga or watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and she's a cold-blooded killer that you love to hate... although it's incredibly difficult for me to hate anybody who's voiced by Laura Bailey.
There's a lot of doujin featuring Naruto and Tsunade (file that in your "too much information" memory bank), which I always find to be seriously wrong. Naruto and Tsunade really have a grandma-grandson relationship, and even though Naruto is napping on the Best Pillows Ever, it feels very innocent. Ish.
After all the sexy, candid, and casual art, I think it's time to have another character who's ready to kick ass. Bridget may not have the easiest time in Freezing!, but she gives as good as she gets.
I was actually surprised at how little fanservice Star Driver had at first--its art practically lends itself to it--and then they introduced Kanoko. From that point on, while the series still kept its momentum and solid character development, every time she and the other members of the "secret organization" were in their uniforms, you'd get, well... you'd think the members of Kiraboshi Cross would recognize each other from their cleavage. "Oh, hers are bigger than her head! That has to be Kanoko!"
Masami Obari isn't as active in the anime scene as he was in the '90s, the heyday of OAVs. Thankfully, the two Gravion titles (and every Super Robot Wars installment) he's worked on has been solid gold--light on substance, but high on entertainment value. Gravion's Mizuki Tachibana earns both the coveted Nate Ming and Humberto Saabedra Seals of Fanboy Approval. Yes, we're pathetic.
Despite the fact that Faye Valentine wore very little clothing throughout all of Cowboy Bebop, I never really thought it was skeezy or overdone. Strangely enough, her sexiest outfit was the sleek black dress she wore in "Ballad of Fallen Angels."
Poor Orihime. She's loved Ichigo since, well... forever, and Ichigo only has eyes for an ancient dead girl who has about as much personality as he does.
One of these things is not like the other, one of these things does not belong. Seriously, what is Lina Inverse doing here? Naga the White Serpent definitely belongs on this list, but Lina falls a little... flat.
Sengoku Basara is the best history lesson ever. I really hope that there was some kid in Japan who had to do a report on the Battle of Sekigahara, and talked about explosions, horses with handlebars, one-on-one guts battles on a mountaintop, and an entire page dedicated to Kasuga's outfit.
In all honesty, just about every female character in Fairy Tail is welcome for this week's installment. Just... not Wendy. That's gross. Otherwise, though, Erza leads the charge for the rest of Fairy Tail's female members--it was a toss-up between her and Lucy, honestly. At that point, there's no question.
Kasumi, Ayane, Lei-fang and Kokoro are all pretty cool in their own ways, but none really stack up to hard-hitting hardbody Tina Armstrong. Here's hoping she's just as fun to play in Dead or Alive 5 as she has been in previous installments!
I think it's safe to say that very few of these characters would exist without Lupin III's Fujiko Mine. She's a classic!
Easy comedy and tragedy: dump Sanji into this pool. He'd die instantly from blood loss, and the world of One Piece would be a less fun place.
And that's all for this week, folks! While we tried to meet all of your requests, keep in mind that we only have so much space... and in some instances, it's almost impossible to find fanart of the series and characters you guys asked for!
As always, your art is welcome here no matter what--send me your stick figures, your crayon drawings, photos of your weird birthmark that kinda looks like Goku (please don't actually do this)--send 'em to me and I'll make sure to work them into a future installment!
Who are some of your favorite curvy characters in anime, manga, and games? I know we didn't get everybody--who did we miss? Also, be sure to tune in next week, as we come off our 4th of July barbecue-and-beer coma with an All-American installment celebrating our favorite characters from the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave! Who would you like to see in next week's Fanart Friday? Make sure you not only give us a name, but which series they're from as well!
Thanks for checking out Fanart Friday this week, and we hope to see you next week! Have a safe and happy 4th of July!