Fanart Friday returns, appreciating and respecting the fact that haters will hate. Don't take this so seriously, guys, it's bad for your blood pressure. Last week, we capped off July's unofficial look at "specialist genres" with a seedy trip through the backstreets of the noir genre, but this week we're running full-speed in the opposite direction, revisiting the curvy goddesses of Brick House Edition! Ease up, folks, I'm keeping this installment pretty tame, just like the last one!
Ladies (and gentlemen who like gentlemen), don't fret--we're also going to revisit our other "sexy" installment, Total Studmuffin Edition, in two weeks' time. Funny how both of those got like a bajillion pageviews and a nice handful of comments, but nobody liked or shared them on Facebook. It's okay, I understand--I don't think I'd want to have to explain who Matsumoto Rangiku is to my elderly relatives either. Now, let's get started!
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I learned a valuable lesson playing Project X Zone: Monolith loves Selvaria Bles. Seriously, the Valkyria Chronicles villain is ice-cold, kinda racist, and just a little genocidal, but that did not stop them from animating the hell out of her every movement during her special attacks.
To be honest, I haven't followed a lot of the newer harem/comedy-type series lately, so I've passed on The Devil is a Part-Timer. Last week, a reader made a joke about "Chiho's quarter-pounders," so I decided to find out how much the average (large-ish) bust weighs, and came across this. Important phrase? "A pair of D-cup breasts weighs between 15 and 23 pounds--the equivalent of carrying around two small turkeys." God damn.
Let's take the conversation elsewhere for a bit, and discuss Lucy's pretty slick magic in Fairy Tail. Whatever misgivings I may have with her as a character (Erza and Elfman are my favorites), I always loved how Lucy has to work out specific contracts with her summoned spirits, and often has to break the rules when a bad guy's about to murder her. Can't Aquarius go on one date without being called in to work?
About a year ago, I was at a friend's house, and they were on the PS3 trying to figure out what to leave on for a party. They ended up choosing Queen's Blade for some reason, and I got to hear a very strange story about how it was on their queue because the dad of Guy Whose Account it Was just watched through the entire show from start to finish. It was... unexpected.
I haven't watched Sekirei, so I can't give any informative or amusing commentary. But it was one that I missed on the last go-around (sorry, probably never going to include Heaven's Lost Property--that goes into weird Seikon no Qwaser territory, if I recall right), and I can tell you for a certainty that robes don't work like that.
Whoa, who the hell is this? I watched through most of A Certain Magical Index and enjoyed it pretty well, but further research tells me that Shokuhou Misaki here gets introduced in the follow-up series, A Certain Scientific Railgun. Dude, Misaka's all right, but I love Touma as a main character--does he appear all that often in Railgun?
Aside from a few throwaway jokes at Black Widow's expense, Marvel doesn't really have a character quite like DC's Power Girl. Sure, she exists for the obvious "cleavage window" joke, but she's also a very fun character when she's in the hands of the right creators.
I say it every time the series comes up, but I should get back to watching Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari. My real question, though--didn't Tsubasa Hanekawa have white hair? Or is that just some kind of Yoko Kurama-type alternate mode?
Going from badass resistance marksman to prim-and-proper schoolteacher to incredibly-badass mecha pilot sounds pretty difficult, but Yoko Littner didn't have too tough a time in Gurren-Lagann. I love the episode where they all take a break at the beach, and Yoko's beachwear is, well... not what everybody expects.
Kagura normally wouldn't show up in an installment like this, but in the latest movie (and that one hilarious "two years later" arc that started Gintama's fifth season) we find that Kagura will grow up to have quite the figure. Maybe. I mean, those are alternate realities (or crazy alien wart infections).
Now, I'm not gonna knock anybody for having a wandering eye (it happens, sometimes it's hard not to), but there's a big difference between "sneaking a peek" and "having a conversation with a woman's cleavage." In Maoyu, the Hero is actually pretty bad about this, constantly getting distracted by the Demon King's neckline. C'mon, dude, you've been around her for how long now?
I'm wondering at what point Medaka Box makes the straight-up change from "school comedy with action" to "straight-up battle series." I mean, it took REBORN! the better part of like forty episodes, so I'm pretty curious.
There are times when a series' honesty is refreshing. Mushibugyo doesn't pretend it's anything but a monster-of-the-week series, but for all I know it could quickly change into a more standard battle series with more human-like enemies controlling the bugs. Or Oharu here could turn evil. Or any number of shocking plot twists!
Although on that same note, saying Senran Kagura is about warring ninja clans is like saying that Queen's Blade is about a tournament for succession in a matriarchal government. You never see news about this series any more--did Japan just fall out of love with it or something?
On my first viewing, Majestic Prince struck me as kinda kiddy. It's not an insult to the series, but there's just something about it (along with my personal dislike of Hisashi Hirai's samey character designs) that pulls me away from it. I'm not sure why, either, because I actually like a lot of the characters, not just limited to Tamaki here.
I always make jokes that Nami is the second coming of the Devil, but her defining moment in One Piece (at least to me) was making it look like she killed Usopp in order to save him. At that point, I still thought she was a bad guy--I was pissed at her!--but seeing that she still cared enough about the Straw Hats and her town showed that she was still a hero. Oda hasn't been having her do as much lately, though, which is strange...
Good news, everybody--Dragon's Crown comes out this coming Tuesday! Then I'm going to do a review on it later in the week and then I'll finally shut up about it! Victoria's called dibs on the Tales of Xillia review, for those who were wondering. That's all right--between Pikmin 3 and Dragon's Crown, I'm gonna be kinda busy.
Lucy (abbreviated) Yamagami, we may have to talk about appropriate workplace attire. Oh, and appropriate workplace discipline--we do not use flying binder strikes on fellow employees. Yeah, Servant X Service is pretty darn fun.
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It was honestly a tough call between Gargantia's Bellows (seen here) and Ridget and Pirate Empress Lukkage, but I ended up going with Bellows. Did anybody else notice that she just kind of disappeared from the series after the first handful of episodes?
Samurai Girls (and its sequel Samurai Bride) make no bones about what they are--silly, sexy action romps set within a thinly-veiled pseudo-historical context. But damn, do I love the thick-outlined art style for both of them! And I don't even normally like these kinds of shows!
And that's everything for this week! There's no way I could have included everybody--and I tried avoiding characters I used in the original Brick House Edition--so sound off in the comments with your favorites who didn't make the cut!
I say it every week, and I mean it--your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience. Just PM me a link to your work, and I'll be sure to include it in a future installment, as well as answer any questions you might have. Just so you guys can get together pieces you're proud of, here are the next three upcoming themes for Fanart Friday!
-Next week, on AUGUST 9th, we're searching every inch of the crime scene with our favorite DETECTIVES! Which super (and not-so-super) sleuths will show up next week? THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Warm up, stretch out, and be sure to wear your mouthguard and cup--on AUGUST 23rd, we'll be taking a look at our favorite MARTIAL ARTISTS! I'm aiming more for specific styles and forms, with less of the "generic fighting ability" that so many characters have.
Thanks again for dropping by to check out Fanart Friday! Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you next time!