Fanart Friday returns, having just kicked the habit--the habit in question being Cookie Clicker. Last week, we found out that not all aliens are little green men, and this week we're finding out that not all magic users put on a wizard robe and hat!
"Magic" as a driving plot device has never really fallen out of style, showing up in comics around the world, fantasy novels for kids and adults alike, and has been coming up more and more in movies and TV thanks to Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones. Now, let's get started!
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I am a man of massive double standards, because Maburaho is as cookie-cutter basic-ass harem comedy as it gets, and yet I absolutely love it. It's about a school for magic users where the main character doesn't have much magic power... but his kids will, so of course, all the ladies love him. Terrible Great stuff.
Of course, one of the most lasting "magic" properties around is card game Magic: The Gathering, which after an insane number of expansions feels like a very different game from the one I played in high school. I remember building straight burn decks, or decks about pumping Uncle Istvan full of steroids, but now I have friends who make saproling decks that hit you for X damage, "X" being a nine-digit number. Also, you should check out this artist's gallery and commissions if you'd like custom art for your cards, because god damn.
Rental Magica is a newer series that I haven't gotten around to watching yet, but its premise sounds pretty cool: a for-hire team of magicians (led by a guy who's not a magician) take on a variety of odd jobs dealing with rogue mages, monsters, and a dark magic society!
Adventure Time's Ice King is--more or less--a decent guy who just went absolutely insane one day after finding magical power that was just too much for him to control. While he's a goofy and over-the-top villain, it's hard for me not to feel bad for him.
Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière (that is one hell of a name) is a not-exactly-gifted sorceress--not exactly the best choice for the main character of a story! The Familiar of Zero proved us otherwise, though, even if she's kind of a colossal super-bitch (poor Saito).
Blair, you're a little early--the Halloween installment won't be for another couple weeks! In Soul Eater, part of a Meister/Weapon team's graduation process involves slaying a witch. While Blair looks the part, and can certainly fight the part with her impressive repertoire of spells, she's not exactly a witch...
Majin Buu represents kind of a homecoming for Dragonball--originally a story with lots of magic and extradimensional creatures, Dragonball eventually turned into a sci-fi story, with aliens and cyborgs and monsters created with biotechnology. Majin Buu is a powerful magic-based creature, even if it was an alien sorcerer who was trying to revive him. (By the way, he's singing this.)
Senyu is one of those shows where you have to be in a very specific mood to watch it--well, "you" in the general sense, because I watch Arakawa Under the Bridge to relax, so Senyu is right up my alley. Senyu is a great send-up of fantasy tropes, including some of the most bizarre magic spells I've seen in an anime.
Wow, what are the odds--two artists going by Mei (well, the last one was MEI) in a row? Coincidence aside, Negima started out as a standard school comedy with magic and eventually changed into a fast-paced action series dealing in magical battles.
One thing I appreciate about online Sorceress players in Dragon's Crown (as opposed to Magic Users in Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara) is that they aren't killstealing dirtbags who wait until all the enemies are at low health, then do a screen-clearing special and swoop up all the experience. They work for their loot!
In the world of Sorcerer Hunters, the magic-using elite trample the Muggles Parsoners under their oppressive heel. The Sorcerer Hunters are a special force trained to take out magical threats and keep the people safe--oh yeah, and some of them have a really hard time staying focused, what with the constant love triangle silliness going on and all.
So before I wrote this week's column, all I knew about Garden of Sinners/Kara no Kyoukai was that it was the prototype for Type-Moon's later work, like Tsukihime and the Fate series. There's no magic quite as effective as stabbing a dude, though... and did she lose an arm? How did that happen? Was magic involved? Please, Type-Moon fans, enlighten me, because I'm interested!
Speaking of straight shankin' fools, Gandalf the Grey (or Gandalf the White, depending on your preference) always has Glamdring, the Foe-Hammer, at the ready--at least when he's not chillin' with some Longbottom Leaf. I've always appreciated how the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies show Gandalf as a powerful wizard, but use very subtle visual effects for his magic.
There are magic books like the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis or the Enchiridion, and then you have a single massive magical library inside a person--in this case, Index! The driving force behind the plot of A Certain Magical Index, Index herself tends to be treated more as a "thing" than a person, which is just a little messed up.
Yeah, I've been making constant Harry Potter jokes since this theme was announced, but it's all out of love for the series. It's fair to say that the series ended on a less-than-graceful note (Albus Severus Potter? Really?), but as a whole it did something much more important to me: it got kids to read again, and not just because they had to.
In all that time reading (and then watching) Fairy Tail, I got used to the idea of crotchety old Makarov as the image of a "guild master." Then along comes Mavis, the original guild master of Fairy Tail, and it's hilarious to see a little girl and a tiny old man standing side-by-side who are both revered as walking forces of nature.
Think about this for a minute: Slayers originally debuted in 1989 as a light novel, and the first anime premiered in 1995. The series--about absolutely insane black mage Lina Inverse and her motley crew--always receives new fanart every day on Pixiv. I put on Slayers Try while working on this week's installment, and I'm still laughing at a lot of the jokes. Point is, I'm impressed at the legs this series has.
Even if, y'know... Lina's lacking a little up top.
Hot damn, do people love Tharja! In Fire Emblem: Awakening, you originally meet her on the battlefield, but you have to be careful not to just up and kill her--if she joins your party, you get some hilarious dialogue along with a ludicrously powerful sorceress to use in battle.
Final Fantasy VI is pretty awesome for how it changes lead characters every now and then, but the first half of the game mainly focuses on green-haired Terra, a young girl with immense magical power. I was thirteen when the game first came out, and I remember my "holy shit!" reaction at finding out the truth behind Terra's powers.
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Not all magic is about fighting and destruction. xxxHolic's Yuko goes for a more subtle approach, helping everyday people deal with their problems... for a price, of course. I really should get around to finishing this and Tsubasa at some point.
Oh, Witch Hunter Robin, I remember you from my first days with MPC Anime Club, which became my home away from home for a very long time. I wasn't particularly impressed the first time I saw Robin's darkly gothic adventures taking out modern-day witches, but it very quickly grew on me.
I've mentioned it before, but I'll say it again--Vivi is one of the most complete and developed characters in the entire Final Fantasy franchise. Final Fantasy IX really made us connect with Vivi, and his doubts about being an actual person as opposed to a magical weapon were contrasted by his fearlessness in protecting those close to him.
Blast of Tempest laid down its rules for magic pretty early in the series, introducing us to one magic family's internal war, and the terrifying outside forces that were slowly consuming entire towns. Caught in the middle are a young man and his best friend who he hasn't seen in a while (and has changed a lot since then). Things just get crazier from there.
I've been rushing to catch up on Magi before I start its second season, and I'm loving it! Based in a kinda-sorta-Middle-Eastern world where everybody is inexplicably white or Chinese, magic is powered by djinns (genies) in metal vessels, and its overuse can be lethal. This sets up a lot of tension in battles where the characters need to use their magic to come out alive.
And that's everything for this week! There's no way I could have included everybody--who are some of your favorite magic-powered characters? I'm honestly a little surprised that nobody requested any magical girls this week, but then again, we had an installment that was all about magical girls a while ago.
Like I say every week, your art is always welcome here on Fanart Friday! Don't be shy, just send me a link to your work and I'll be proud to include it in a future installment! For those of you wanting to submit some fanart, here are the next three installments of Fanart Friday:
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-Then, on OCTOBER 18th, in honor of Pacific Rim hitting Blu-ray/DVD and following up on Spandex Squadron Supreme Edition, we're focusing on KAIJU!
-Get your costumes and treat bags ready--on OCTOBER 25th, we're catching our favorite characters in costume for another HALLOWEEN installment!
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