Fanart Friday returns, claiming it doesn't sunburn easily. Last week, we proudly waved the Stars and Stripes for our favorite American characters to celebrate the 4th of July, but this week it's all summer, all the time. Whether you head out to the beach, crash a pool party or head out to a festival for fireworks and food, there's plenty of ways to ring in the season.
So grab your inflatable dolphin (or other animal of choice), blow up your beach ball, slather on some sunblock and let's get started!
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Why yes, I like Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, and DoAX2 wasn't half bad either. They're two of the most surprisingly relaxing games I've ever played. Wait, why are you looking at me like that?
Trips to the beach are one thing--underwater adventures are completely different. I'm not that big a Miyazaki fan, so Ponyo didn't do much for me, but what about you? How did you like Miyazaki's cuter take on The Little Mermaid?
Even though a lot of it takes place during the school year, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya always has a really summery feel. Endless Eight was a (neverending) blast.
The artist got plenty of details right--the Strawhat Pirates are good at two things, one of them being "relaxing on the beach." But he/she missed one major character quirk: how could Sanji tear his eyes away from the female members of the crew? That's very out-of-character for him!
Not only is Ed's arm going to rust, that kickboard is gonna pop out from underneath him and give him a bloody nose. That's happened to me more times than I can count.
In Darker than Black, the sky is hidden by a massive wall. That must make trips to the beach kinda dull, since half the fun is watching the sun set over the ocean!
Alright, ladies, don't say I never gave you anything. The real question, though: what series is this from? It was a shock finding summer-related fanart of male characters (because apparently in anime, guys don't exist come summertime), but I had a hell of a time trying to figure out where it's from!
Blue Exorcist's Shiemi is looking mighty happy over the goldfish she caught--or did she cheat and have somebody else do it for her?
Listen to Deadpool's creepy backhanded message, folks--always wear sunblock. I'm an exception, since I spent a big chunk of my life in Okinawa and Hawaii and don't sunburn easily. Don't mind all the red on my arms and forehead, that's not sunburn.
Aint it always the way? The girls lounge on the beach looking good, while the guys head out into the water and start World War III... literally if it's the Metal Slug crew!
For those of you who haven't watched Kuroko's Basketball yet (and you really should), main character Tetsuya Kuroko (blue hair) is a basketball player who's good at disappearing, then reappearing suddenly. Can you imagine how terrifying a game of Marco Polo would be with him?
So this is what Vocaloids get up to when people aren't having them sing and dance for their amusement! What I'm really wondering: who is that buried with their feet sticking out of the sand?
Wild Tiger and Barnaby Brooks Jr., beachside battle bros! Although knowing Tiger's luck, Barnaby makes for a pretty terrible wingman--aw, who am I kidding? Tiger doesn't have any groupies!
Bad Dan! Your anti-air game is one-note and terrible (which makes it all the more awesome when people use you to dominate high-tier characters)! Actually, as much as I love seeing Dan Hibiki get punished and as infuriating and obnoxious as he is, I still really like him as a character for some reason.
While Another is a creepy horror series, I'm sure they find plenty of time to get out during the day and take a dip. If you ask me, Mei seriously needs some vitamin D--she's a little too pale.
Out of all the One Piece villains in the entire series, Perona is in the small category of "former villains I'd love to see again." Having the power to inflict paralyzing depression on your opponents is one of the best things I've ever seen in a manga--just don't bring it to the beach, where everybody's already a little self-conscious to begin with.
Here a quick list of sports I wouldn't mind seeing Mario versions of: boxing, MMA, American football, curling, hockey, and beach volleyball. Just... no Sigurd Hosenfeld art, please. His stuff gets kinda creepy.
Now, while Squid Girl here has the right idea, she's going about it the wrong way. YOU LIVE NEAR THE OCEAN. GO IN THE OCEAN. Don't fill up a kiddy pool with hose water when you can just jump in the ocean!
by Ran Acid/PK
There are more than enough characters in Bleach to feed a small army with a potluck--this is, of course, assuming everybody actually chips in. You know Matsumoto and Hisagi aren't bringing food and are just bringing booze.
Zoro's all ready for battle! Well, goldfish snatching, anyways--it's a type of battle! I don't think Zoro stands much of a chance, though--he's all power and very little finesse!
Case in point with Saint Seiya's Shura and Deathmask. Classic shounen heroes aren't known for using their heads, unless they were in JoJo or Yu Yu Hakusho.
No battles, no stress, no evolving, and no need to rush out and save the world--sometimes, Water-types just need to relax!
Impressive, Madoka! The only problem is that Kyubey's running that booth. Do you know how hard it is to talk about Puella Magi Madoka Magica without going into immense detail about the story?
I've watched anime and read manga for a very long time, from tons of different genres. Even so, I just can't find any drive to check out The Idol Master. Idol Master fans, sell me this series! What am I missing? Why should I give it a watch?
This is a nice way to end this week's installment! YuruYuri is another series I haven't gotten around to watching yet, but it's on the to-do list--extra-mellow fanart like this is good motivation!
Oh what the hell, here's one more:
I understand the sadistic pleasure of turning the faucet on while a cat's in the sink, but I don't think the Prince and his cousins would really mind...
And that's it for this week!
Don't forget that your art is always welcome here, so just PM me a link to your work and I'll find a way to fit it into a future installment! Also, make sure you drop by next week, where we celebrate the theatrical release of The Dark Knight Rises with a DC Comics-themed installment!
This theme wasn't as set-in-stone as the past week's themes--pretty much any anime or game can have summer-themed art. What are some of your favorite beach, pool, or festival-themed episodes from anime? And which characters would you like to see next week? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
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