Fanart Friday returns, proudly knowing the difference between a Type I and Type II phaser. Last week, we celebrated a recap episode featuring highlights from the last six months, but we're back to fresh content this week, searching the far reaches of space for fanart of our favorite aliens--invaders, visitors, and everything in-between!
To be fair, I should mention that this week's installment has a fair number of SPOILERS--oftentimes finding out a character is an alien is supposed to be a bit of a surprise, especially since so many aliens in anime and manga look like plain old humans. Now, let's get started!
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The Zentradi are a good place to start, even with a half-Zentradi like Macross Plus' Guld Goa Bowman. Originally the villains of Macross, since the end of the original war they'd integrated themselves and their culture into human society.
A somewhat-unexpected request from last week, Orbulon is a key character in the WarioWare series. For those of you who've never played the WarioWare games, 1- you're really missing out and 2- Orbulon was originally going to take over the planet, but ended up getting employed by Wario and shows up in tons of microgames.
The classic Superman story takes a complete left turn with Kakarot Goku and Vegeta, both members of the Saiyan warrior race. Not quite the samurai/viking warrior race that immediately comes to mind for me (Klingons!), Saiyans are a race of mercenaries who specialized in depopulating planets, making conquest easier for them or their allies.
What better way to follow up a fierce, action-driven series than with a goofy comedy? Yoshihiro Togashi is best-known for Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter, but Level E--about an ordinary guy who's forced to live with a complete blithering idiot who's also an alien prince--deserves just as much love.
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may not be as hardcore-badass as Gunbuster or Diebuster, but it has a similar spirit! Birdy herself is an Altan, gifted with insane strength and reflexes. There was an OAV a long time ago, and recently FUNimation picked up the TV series, so check it out if you get a chance!
Okay, I made jokes about Ano Natsu de Matteru when it was announced, and how the guy can only make one show, but when you put 'em right beside each other like that... seriously though, it's like comfort food. It's nice having a show about a milquetoast lead, a sexy older woman love interest, and the poor childhood friend who gets completely sidelined.
Urusei Yatsura, on the other hand, is one of those neverending sitcoms that defined a lot of expectations for early anime fans in the US. Even today, Lum is one of the most enduring female characters in anime, and did you know that the Urusei Yatsura anime is credited as the first one to use pop songs for opening and closing the show?
ONE SHALL STAND... ONE SHALL FALL. This fight has been replayed so many times in so many different continuities and movies and TV shows, and the gigantic transforming robots of Cybertron don't change much. Well, except for Megatron--Optimus is always a truck (sometimes a fire truck), but Megatron has changed from a gun to a cannon to a T-rex to a tank, and is now currently a jet.
The minute Kyon started rolling his eyes at "aliens and espers and time travellers," I knew they'd actually start showing up in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Of course, the point where Yuki officially reveals she's not of this world is during a surprisingly intense scene--a lot happens in those first five episodes!
While this is a jaw-droppingly beautiful picture of Maetel, I'm always a little unnerved by the sight of Leiji Matsumoto characters who aren't drawn in Leiji Matsumoto's style--it always takes me a second to recognize them. Now, where'd Maetel leave her luggage...?
Kyubey always makes me a little sad. I like cute things, and Kyubey's absolutely adorable... and then you see what he's really capable of. The first time I watched Puella Magi Madoka Magica, I was wondering how someone would want to kill this little guy(?), but now I'm not nearly as merciful about the whole thing. You got a little mini Elder God right here.
I don't know what I expected out of Tenchi Muyo, but it wasn't that Tenchi himself was some kind of superpowered alien prince. Y'know that I have a DVD copy of Tenchi Forever, the supposed "finale" movie, and I still haven't watched it, even after buying it years and years ago?
While it's easy to make a joke about how many aliens in anime and manga look like humans, you can also point out how many aliens in anime and manga resemble things we already have here on Earth, like frogs. I remember I wasn't too excited at the concept of Sgt. Frog, but actually watching the first episode hooked me onto the show for years.
Gurren Lagann was so full of weird and totally-out-there characters that any one of them could have been an alien, but I think it made the most sense with Nia. Letting her be the driving force for the last handful of episodes really gave the series one hell of an ending.
Another "proud warrior race," the Yato are some of Gintama's most feared fighters. You also get to see the best and worst of the race right here--Kagura is loveable and eager to live a normal life (more or less), but her brother Kamui is a bloodthirsty maniac who has no qualms about killing his own people.
Yet another warrior race, the Ctarl-Ctarl are described in Outlaw Star as "a combination between a human and a tiger." That's a pretty good description, especially when Aisha Clanclan here transforms and tears people apart--she's the Chewbacca of their team.
Assassination Classroom's Korosensei takes a different approach to his alien invasion--he's already shown that he's too much for Earth to handle, so he's giving a class of students one year to learn how to kill him, otherwise he'll wipe out the planet. How many of you wanna bet he's just preparing Earth for something worse on the horizon?
Last week, a reader asked for Phantasy Star IV's Raja, an alien priest who was a member of your party. Unfortunately, finding fanart of him was harder than I thought, so I went with another very important PSIV character--terrifying villain Zio, and the Dark Force, the antagonist of just about every Phantasy Star game so far.
For those of you who've read H.P. Lovecraft, the Elder Gods are malevolent alien creatures that live in the darkest depths of space, and even just knowing they actually exist is enough to break a person's mind. While the show itself is funny as hell, I'm pretty sure H.P. would have to make a SAN check at knowing of the existence of Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos!
I had to make a little extra room in this installment to include the most alien kind of alien--the xenomorph! Capcom's Linn Kurosawa here hasn't had much screentime since the arcade Aliens vs. Predator, so I'm hoping it eventually gets a re-release like the D&D brawlers did.
Wait, Tsuritama has aliens? I thought the show was about fishing! Are they... fishing for alien fish? Or is it just about aliens who like fishing? I've gotta watch this now.
I was pretty surprised that FLCL got aired on Toonami--not so much for its subject matter, but for the fact that it was only six episodes that got re-aired for what, like a year straight? To this day, I'll never, ever get tired of this show's soundtrack.
I can say the same about Arakawa Under the Bridge's soundtrack, since I was already into Suneohair from Honey & Clover. Now, I haven't finished the second season, so I'm not sure if Nino really is an alien or not... what did all of you think? Is she an alien, or just a crazy homeless girl?
My all-time favorite alien, though? Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Commander) Worf. Sure, he has a somewhat-embarassing trope named after him, but I appreciated his growth throughout The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Worf was raised by humans, so he took an almost obsessive interest in his alien heritage. The balancing act made for some great stories!
And that's everything for this week! There's no way I could have included everything--who are your favorite alien characters? Sound off in the comments!
Your work's always welcome on Fanart Friday, so just send me a link to your art and I'll be more than happy to show it off! Here are the next three upcoming installments of Fanart Friday:
-Next week, on OCTOBER 4th, we'll be visiting diagonally Diagon Alley with our favorite MAGIC-based characters! THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Then, on OCTOBER 11th, we celebrate the release of Pokémon X and Y with a return to GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL EDITION!
-On OCTOBER 18th, we're doing kind of a follow-up to Spandex Squadron Supreme Edition--this time, though, it's all KAIJU!
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