Fanart Friday returns, strongly suggesting that you buy this shirt (and if you don't get it, you need to watch better TV). Last week, we got to see fanart of our favorite younger siblings, but this week--and for most of this month--we'll be focusing more on the art side of "fanart," specifically dealing in color. This week, it's all about the color RED!
Red can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but in many cultures it represents courage, happiness, power, passion, and even danger. Red is an easily-recognized color that's used for a wide variety of characters and character types, so let's get started and see who shows up this week!
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What better way to start than with a character whose name is actually "Red?" For all my griping about Ash, I think having Red take the lead in a Pokémon cartoon would be a little too intense...
Or Madame Red, from Black Butler? I don't know too much about this series, but it's on the to-watch list... right after I marathon like thirty episodes of Saint Seiya Omega.
Other times, characters' names can be pretty misleading--Proto Man goes by "Blues" in Japan, following the musically-named Rock (Mega Man) and Roll. His red armor also serves as a nice counterpoint to the Blue Bomber--how many of you got your asses kicked when he first showed up in Mega Man 3?
My all-time favorite redhead ever is Christina Hendricks (Emma Stone and Alyson Hannigan are next), but Jessica Rabbit holds a special place in my, uh... heart.
Char Aznable! The Red freakin' Comet! An antagonist so influential that almost every Gundam series has a masked pilot character, many of whom wear red! I originally wanted to find a pic that included Char's signature Red Zaku (or the really cool Sazabi), but I just couldn't pass up this piece.
Evangelion doesn't really color-code its pilots to its mecha--Shinji wears white and blue, but his Eva is purple and green. Rei wears white and light blue, but her Eva is either yellow or blue. Only Asuka gets appropriately color-coded--her plugsuit and Eva Unit-02 are both hot rod red!
There's more purple in this pic of Sailor Mars than I would have expected, but between her fire-based powers and the red highlights on her outfit, she more than fits the theme!
This isn't meant to offend any Ken players out there, but during the entire lifespan of vanilla Street Fighter IV, I chose Dan every time my opponent chose Ken, and taunted constantly, regardless of winning or losing. I just got sick and tired of everybody and their mother picking this guy, and then adhering to the Ken Flowchart perfectly. Then again, sometimes you don't even need a flowchart to win with Ken... just one or two moves. Now, it seems most people online are actually serious about playing the game, so Flowchart Kens are a refreshing and hilarious rarity.
With Ranma 1/2 already chock-full of Chinese style, it makes sense to have the hero/heroine decked out in red, a color representing good luck and joy! It's too bad that Ranma actually has really shitty luck, and is usually only happy when he's kicking somebody's ass...
The world of TRIGUN is a barren and dead desert world, and Vash the Stampede--scourge of the planet Gun-Smoke--is described as "a tall man in a red coat with a huge gun." While we find out that he's certainly more than just that description, that red coat gets him (and several other people in red) in a lot of trouble in the very first episode!
Morgiana's distinct scarlet hair is actually pretty important in Magi--so much that when you see someone else with that hair color, you're automatically in awe of them, and for good reason!
SANADA YUKIMURA NEEDS NO VOLUME CONTROL, FOR SANADA YUKIMURA SPEAKS IN ALL-CAPS AT ALL TIMES! THEREFORE, WE WILL HONOR THE HERO OF THE WARRING STATES ERA AND SENGOKU BASARA BY SHOUTING AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS UNTIL WE GET HOARSE AND TALK LIKE STEVEN SEAGAL OR MARLON BRANDO! OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *cough cough*
While we're talking about being GAR, let's bring up the man who birthed the meme, Fate's very own Archer! It's been a long while since I've seen Fate/stay-Night, and I still have to actually sit down and watch Fate/zero, but the one thing I never forgot is how much of a badass Archer is!
One Piece author Eiichiro Oda has described at length the Straw Hat Pirates' theme colors, and Luffy is very distinctly red. He's courageous and straightforward, kind of flashy and full of fierce heroic passion. So yeah, red's a perfect fit!
We only caught a glimpse of the color-coded Generation of Miracles' captain Akashi in Kuroko's Basketball, but I still don't think their "red leader" best represents the color. No, that would be...
...Kagami, who plays second fiddle (or is it the other way around?) to the titular Kuroko. Aside from his blood-red hair, his fierce personality just feels more like the color red than Akashi's absolutely psychotic attitude.
I've tried to watch Shakugan no Shana so many times already--I get through the first two or three episodes and quickly get sick of it. Then I say I'm going to "take a break," which means I forget the show exists for a few years, and then another friend recommends it to me, and then I try it again, and then the cycle begins anew. Y'know what? Painfully bland hero and shrieking, irritating heroine be damned, I'm going to give it another go--I like the idea of the series, I just can't stand the characters. Anybody else have shows like this in their backlog?
For every vicious Red Riding Hood-alike (like Darkstalkers' B.B. Hood), there's someone like Chacha, whose charming antics made Akazukin Chacha a timeless classic.
WHOA, uh... hey, Alucard! So here's a weird translation story: in the Japanese version of Hellsing, Alucard's name is written アーカード (Aakado). A lot of early fansubs translated it as Arcard or Arucard (and one I particularly liked translated it as Alcarde), but the official English translation settled on "Alucard." So how is "Alucard" written in Japanese? Going by Castlevania's Alucard as an example, it's actually アルカード (Arukaado)... SO WHAT THE HELL IS THIS GUY'S NAME ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO BE?!
What's up with Japanese-designed gunslinging badasses and red trenchcoats? The newer Dante may have more black on his coat than red, but original Devil May Cry's Dante stood out with a bright red overcoat that whipped around during the game's acrobatic fight scenes. Awesome stuff!
The Fullmetal Alchemist himself, Edward Elric, makes another Fanart Friday appearance! Right before the final arc of the manga and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the good guys asks Ed why he's wearing a red overcoat as he gets ready to charge into battle. "To feel like a badass!" Ed says (sorta). That's a good-enough reason for me!
And that's a wrap for this week! Which characters do you associate with the color red? What types of characters best embody the color, even in the rare cases where they don't have any red on them?
We're suspending our regular programming and doing something special for Fanart Friday next week--to celebrate the release of Marvel's Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, we'll be dedicating an entire installment specifically to IRON MAN, along with a few of his Marvel Universe allies and enemies! As always, your work is welcome on Fanart Friday regardless of your skill level or experience, so just PM me a link to your work, and I'll be sure to include it in a future installment. The following week, we'll pick back up with our color theme and see which characters embody BLUE!
Thanks again for checking out Fanart Friday! Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you next time!