Fanart Friday returns, way more cuddly than normal. Last week, it was rainin' men as we took a look at the hottest (fictional) men to grace your TV screen, but this week it's all about adorable mascots and sidekicks! I wasn't particularly clear last week, but when I said "sidekick," I meant more the mascot-type "Scooby-Doo" sidekick and less "Robin the Boy Wonder" type. So let's get this party started!
Maru is the mascot of the entire internet. I'm a dog person and I'm perfectly fine with this.
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I guess this counts as a two-fer, since we not only have Cowboy Bebop's Ein, but Ed! She's pretty much an animal mascot all on her own!
And here, Al shows just how good he is with animals--he's one of the few people that Xiao-Mei won't attack!
Dog is a delicacy in many parts of the world, but I could never bring myself to eat one--even an Emergency Food Supply like Menchi here. Poor girl just goes through so much, even being forced to sing the show's ending theme!
Haro has made an appearance in almost every Gundam series, but practically disappeared from the franchise for a while. I'm partial to the original UC 0079 Haro, but which one is your favorite?
Moogles play many roles throughout Final Fantasy, from shopkeepers to party members. Personally, I will always kind of hate them, because I cannot tell you how many freakin' times I had to play and replay "Mog House" in Final Fantasy VII because I refused to use a strategy guide.
Poor, terrified Plue somehow managed to get through all the epic battles of Rave!/Rave Master without dying, and has become something of a mascot for author Hiro Mashima as well. It was pretty cool to see him turn up in Mashima's next work, Fairy Tail!
You can't have a magical girl without her animal sidekick! Luna is surprisingly serious and motherly, though--most magical girl mascot characters are the comic relief.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica did plenty of things to play with the magical girl formula, but nobody could have guessed just how important the mascot, Kyubey, would be to the plot!
Pika! Chu chu pika pi pikachu pika pi chu Pikachu!
Yeah, Chopper has a real role among the Strawhats--he's their doctor, and a damn good one (in addition to being one of the most dangerous fighters on the crew), but I cannot tell you just how hard I was laughing at how according to his wanted poster, he's just their pet.
I'm not gonna lie--while I've mentioned several times that Erza is my favorite character on Fairy Tail, Happy is an easy second... followed by Panther Lily. He's just a badass. Charle/Carla's okay too, I guess.
Blue Exorcist went on for quite a while without Rin and Yukio getting a furry little sidekick, but Kuro here got a surprisingly emotional introduction. It turned him from your standard animal mascot into an actual character you gave a crap about.
Kero's not the kind of mascot I'd trust in the house by himself--the hungry little bastard will eat you out of house and home if you're not careful!
Out of all the truly messed-up people in Evangelion, it's kind of sad when the most emotionally stable character in the series is the penguin. I'd trust Pen-Pen to pilot an Eva, actually.
Ryo-Ohki is another O.G. adorable anime mascot. Just the name brings me back to the days of Yahoo! Chat, Angelfire and Geocities fan pages, and digging for subtitled Tenchi tapes at Suncoast--they were usually in clamshell packaging.
It takes a special man to take a character as cute as Bonta-kun and turn him into an instrument of warfare and destruction. Full Metal Panic's Sagara Sousuke is such a man, and thus the battlecry of "FUMOFFU" was heard and feared by yakuza and weird horse-mask-wearing perverts everywhere.
This is probably what was happening every single time Yamcha and Tien were training--Puar and Chiaotzu just sat around and gorged themselves. They're smart.
Yeah, Kon feels kind of left out. I really don't care, because the last time he took center stage in Bleach, he brought a bunch of annoying anime-only stuffed animal characters with him!
by 星河 昂（旧名：草河）
The Slimes are easily the best part of an already-great series like Dragon Quest, but for some reason it's even better to see them assaulting DBZ villain Broly. Can't exactly say why.
And that's all for this week, folks--who are some of your favorite mascot-type sidekicks? I know I wasn't able to get everybody, so sound off in the comments!
Like I say every week, your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday--send me your crayon drawings, abstract sculptures, and weird toast markings that look like Vash the Stampede, and I'll fit them into a future installment! Next week, we're arming up with some of the most memorable SIGNATURE WEAPONS in anime, comics, movies, games and more! Remember, I haven't seen everything, so all requests should mention a CHARACTER'S FULL NAME in addition to the SERIES THEY'RE FROM.
Once again, thanks for checking out Fanart Friday, and we hope to see you next week! Enjoy your weekend, everybody!