Fanart Friday returns, and it wants you to stop hitting yourself. Last week, we caught up with the last six months of Fanart Friday with a recap episode, but this week we're back to fresh content, focusing on younger brothers and sisters! Now, I'm trying to avoid younger twins, but don't worry--there'll be a special twins-centric installment farther down the line.
Truth be told, I'm an only child, but it's amazing just how many brothers and sisters there are in fiction, to the point that there's no way in hell I could have included every single one of them. Let's get started!
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And what better place to start than with School Rumble's Yakumo, who is literally referred to as "Imouto-san" by lovestruck delinquent Harima? I love how she's a fan-favorite "quiet type" character who isn't afraid to speak her mind or take action when necessary.
More often than not, though, you'll find that a main character happens to be a younger sibling. Cardcaptor Sakura herself has an older brother, and you get to see alternate-universe versions of them in Tsubasa!
Then you have the younger siblings who are the driving force for the entire plot. While there was plenty of motivation to stop Fullmetal Alchemist's brutal villains, in the end it was all about getting Alphonse's body back.
Uh... nice hat, Lisanna? Fairy Tail tends to have all the characters treat each other as family and all the cool storytelling that entails, but the trio of Strauss siblings (Mirajane, Elfman, and Lisanna here) get a lot of special, bittersweet moments of their own.
Sket Dance's Switch isn't a younger brother, but he does have his younger brother with him at all times. What does that mean? Well, without spoiling anything, it's a heart-wrenching, kind of difficult-to-watch segment of an anime that's otherwise a total laugh riot.
Okay, so technically Suguha is the younger cousin of Sword Art Online's Kirito, but they've been raised as brother and sister for most of their lives. She really should be nicer to her creeper, though--he's not that bad a guy.
Early-on in Inuyasha, our titular hero gets his ass handed to him by his older brother Sesshoumaru on a regular basis. With rare exceptions, that's usually how fights between siblings go--the older sibling is bigger and stronger, so they usually win. Hilariously huge demon swords usually don't factor into the equation.
With a second season of Oreimo coming out, it's time for a whole new wave of imouto obsession and awkwardness. Now that I think about it, maybe I should've picked a different music video for this week...
If you've never seen Code Geass, let me start by explaining that main character Lelouch has a younger sister named Nunnally--she's very important throughout the story because she's his only surviving immediate family. Then, after the absolutely insane events at the end of the first series, the second series picks up some time after, following Lelouch and his younger brother Rolo. Everybody who'd been watching the series all stopped at the same time and said "wait... what happened to Nunnally?" GOOD QUESTION! Thankfully, it's nothing like...
...this frickin' guy. Seriously, Dilandau Albatou was one of the outright craziest characters in all of The Vision of Escaflowne, and he made my hair stand on end every time he showed up. Finding out he's related to one of the lead heroes (and not in the way you think) comes as a real shock.
Sometimes, the big brother/little brother relationship takes up a portion of a series' story, but there are times when it's a character's single driving motivation. A ways into Naruto Shippuden, Sasuke actually meets with his brother and settles things, but the aftermath takes him places you wouldn't expect. It's still not a very cut-and-dry situation.
Y'know, sometimes I really like the random three-to-five-minute anime that we stream, like Recorder and Randsell. In this one, the younger brother is a fifth-grader with the body of a grown man, who constantly gets arrested because he's walking his classmates home. Poor kid.
You don't see Shun very often in Saint Seiya Omega, but rest assured, in the original series his little brother status was played at every possible opportunity. Seriously, it's like the guy couldn't settle his own fights--his badass big brother Ikki had to jump in regularly and stomp all kinds of ass, because apparently little brothers are male damsels in distress in anime.
So here's something interesting--watch The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and tell me what the name of Kyon's sister is. Seriously, they don't mention it once in the entire series--her name is "Kyon's sister."
I've heard plenty of horror stories about people playing games with their siblings, but can you imagine how bad Mokuba Kaiba must have had it? Yu-gi-Oh! probably didn't cover all those times Seto Kaiba did his "screw the rules" schtick while playing Battleship or Operation.
Now, I've never seen Baka and Test, but I think it's nice to step out of my personal box and showcase fanart from titles I'm not as familiar with--Hazuki here is the younger sister of leading lady Minami, and that's all I know. The way a friend described it to me, it sounds all right--should I give it a shot?
"Mad Dog" Seiji Sawamura is the tough-as-nails main character of Midori Days, but his nickname isn't very fitting--Seiji is deathly afraid of dogs, no thanks to his terrifying older sister!
While they're not really anyone's younger siblings, I thought it was appropriate to bring up Bioshock's Little Sisters for this week's theme. I love how this little girl got the attitude dead-on!
As probably the most badass little brother in anime and manga right now, Monkey D. Luffy has one hell of a reputation to live up to. One Piece fans--how long do you think it'll be until his other older brother shows up in the New World?
There are several younger siblings in Gintama, but there's one that really stands out... sort of. I remember his name (Shinpachi) and his glasses, but his features are so average that I can't remember what he looks like. Oh well, just the glasses will do.
That was kind of a low blow, but hey, we're done for the week! Who are some of your favorite younger siblings? Sound off in the comments!
Your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience, so if you'd like to have your work featured here, just PM me a link to your work and I'll make sure to include it in a future installment! For the month of April, I'm actually going to try something different, and go with a different theme from what we've been doing here. Next week, we'll be focusing on the color RED, and all the characters related to it! Which characters make you think of the color red? Which characters best symbolize red? Let us know in the comments!
Of course, to all of you who offered suggestions for future Fanart Fridays, many of them are being worked into the schedule for the coming months--I just really wanted to do this "color" thing for April, and I think it'll make for some interesting installments! If any of you have any suggestions for future Fanart Friday themes, don't hesitate to let us know!
Thanks again for checking out Fanart Friday--have a great weekend, and we hope to see you next time!