Fanart Friday returns, coquettishly asking you not to look. Actually, let's not do that again. Last week, we took a trip through Crunchyroll's anime library, but this week we're killing the cold of winter with a hot springs episode! It's kind of a standing tradition in anime--beach episodes, unnecessarily fanservicey episodes, epic battle episodes--so I thought it was high time to give Fanart Friday its own trip to the onsen.
Y'know what's weird? I thought this one would be easy to put together, but it was a lot more difficult than I ever expected! Let's get this show on the road!
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Better to just get it all out in the open--hot springs episodes are a safe, culturally-acceptable (sorta) way to show some skin. Read or Die didn't exactly have a shortage of fanservice, but I don't remember it having a hot springs episode, either.
Of course, it's a double-edged sword--every now and then, some comedic genius has designs on traumatizing fanboys (and giving the fangirls a fair shake) with a hearty dose of male nudity. What, hot springs episodes constantly have female characters talking about how smooth each others' skin is and groping each other, so it works both ways. One Piece isn't afraid to break a few brains.
Another part of these story arcs is what goes on after a dip in the springs--mainly card games, ping-pong, and those awesome shiatsu chairs. For some reason, I can see Tiger & Bunny's Koutetsu and Barnaby getting really obnoxious on opposite ends of a ping-pong table.
It's almost like half of every full season of Tenchi was spent in the hot spring, so it was weird that this woodblock-looking Ayeka piece was one of the only recent pics I could find. It's still awesome, I'm just surprised. Has the fandom forgotten all about Tenchi Muyo?
Black Lagoon's Russian mob boss Balalaika is all prepped for a dip--what you don't see is the small army of men in suits with submachine guns. They're slightly off-panel.
I know I posted the hot springs hilarity from Persona 4 up top, but Persona 3 Portable also featured its own goofy scene. It's just kind of a standard thing for Atlus' supernatural RPGs at this point.
Getting away from the fanservice for a moment, here's a nice, mellow Idolmaster pic. Hot springs just seem so relaxing, don't you think? My only concern would be cash--when I lived in Japan, canned drinks were about a dollar each, so I'd probably just bring a 12-pack of soda with me to the spring.
Is anyone dumb enough to jump in for a swim with Pikachu? Seriously, if he sneezes he's gonna fry everyone else in the spring!
Muramasa: The Demon Blade is coming to the Vita! Now, all of you ill-informed people who said "the Wii never has any good games" can now play one of the Wii's best games on the go! BUY THE DAMN GAME, it's too good to be relegated to bargain bins!
I know the Monster Hunter games are great on a technical level and provide an awesome challenge, but something's always held me back from following them. I only played the original on PS2 (for like two or three weeks straight), but I think the upcoming Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be the one to suck me back in.
Longtime SNK fans will recognize this hot spring from any one of Geese Howard's stages in Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters. Even an aiki-jujutsu-practicing mob boss like Geese needs to unwind after beating all the money out of you in the arcade.
How many times have I mentioned how disappointed I was that K-ON! wasn't about learning how to play guitar or start a band, and was just about cute girls doing cute things? I was hoping for something along the lines of BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, but instead I got Lucky Star with sharper art and a better soundtrack.
It's one thing to see Conan get a few minutes to himself to relax, but it's another to imagine the unbearable tension of having to hop in the hot spring with Ran. If he says one wrong thing, if he lets on anything as to his true identity, she'll rip him in half with her bare hands. You think I'm exaggerating, don't you?
Ranma 1/2 is all about hot springs--or at least the cursed Jusenkyo Hot Springs in China where the hilariously racist guide is happy to inform us about all the people and animals that drowned there hundreds of years ago! So WHY THE F**K is it so hard to find fanart of Ranma and company in a hot spring?! I NEED TO KNOW!
I'm not one to call Hakuouki all that historically accurate, but at least it gets the part of "the Shinsengumi were all bros, all the way." They were so manly that they didn't need the company of women.
Gurren-Lagann's hot springs episode was a thing of beauty. It was pure, constantly-escalating chaos that didn't stop until the credits rolled. It wasn't nearly as chill as this picture.
It always makes me a little sad seeing the cast of Puella Magi Madoka Magica getting to just kick back like this, considering how dark the series is. On the other hand, there has never been a better time to just drown Kyubey. DO IT, TOMOE!
We haven't seen him Stateside in a while, but Goemon (i.e. "The Mystical Ninja") needs a new platformer. I'm surprised he didn't make an appearance during Joseph's turn on Fanart Friday!
Naruto had better rest up while he can--the "Power" arc is over, and after that it's back to the war! What was everybody's thoughts on this recent five-part arc? It was surprisingly cohesive for filler...
Here's where I'd normally say something about Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, but, uh... I've only seen one episode. And that was a long time ago. So yeah!
Amagami SS looked so basic at first, but I loved its idea of telling almost the same story with three different leading ladies. Also, the art was surprisingly gorgeous--before, anime based on romantic visual novels tended to phone it in with the actual animation.
I'm gonna piss a lot of you off by saying this, but HAL Laboratory needs to stop making Smash Bros. games. What they really need to do is make a new MOTHER/Earthbound. Oh yeah, and bring that bad boy to North America.
Have you noticed how many surprisingly good anime are adaptations of Capcom games? Sengoku Basara here, Ixion Saga DT and, uh... okay, fine, that's it, but they're both still really good!
The Fate series is always pretty free with the amount of fanservice it shows, so this pic didn't really surprise me when I came across it on Pixiv. But don't worry, folks--I saved the raciest one for last.
I really did.
I mean, it's not often that I find a picture with this kind of impact, but this one immediately jumped out as the single naughtiest picture I've ever put up on Fanart Friday.
Our own illustrious Scott Green has shown just how much we can get away with in Pixiv Prime, but here at Fanart Friday, I try and keep myself on a leash. After people were so distraught over seeing big boobs in Brick House Edition, I decided I'd pull back a little, keep the sexiness to a minimum.
Well, no more! None of that! HEEEEEEEERE WE GO--
Seriously though, Ixion Saga DT is awesome. Watch it! It gives us men a better appreciation for our man parts--Prince E.D. here is kind of lacking. Maybe that's why he's so desperate to keep his pants on around Variation.
And with that really drawn-out joke, we're done for this week! My all-time favorite hot springs episode in anything ever is in Full Metal Panic? FUMOFFU!, but what about you?
Like I say every week, your art is always welcome here regardless of your skill level or experience. Send me a link to your work, and I'll make sure to include it in a future installment! For everybody who wants to get started for next week's Fanart Friday, we'll be celebrating the release of DmC: Devil May Cry with a look at CAPCOM's library of video game legends!
Thanks again for checking out Fanart Friday--have a great weekend, and we hope to see you next time!