FEATURE: Fanart Friday - Tricks, Treats, and Trouble Edition

Start the party early as Fanart Friday celebrates its third Halloween!

Fanart Friday returns, coming right for your house with a truckload of TP. Last week, we flattened entire cities alongside the mightiest kaiju, but this week we're checking to see if our costumes still fit in preparation for that greatest of holidays, Halloween!


This is the longest video I've ever posted here, I think


We've done three Halloween installments previously--two in 2011 (Scary Movie Edition and Trick or Treat Edition) and 2012's Halloween Horrors Edition! Now sit back, grab a bowlful of fun-size candy (that was actually meant for the kids next Thursday), and let's get started!


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I'm not sure if Halloween is as big a tradition in Magi's fake Middle East as it is here, but at least these three will be having tons of fun! Alibaba's the type to just enjoy everything, Aladdin will go bonkers over the candy (and the occasional sexy costume), and Morgiana will look like she's not having fun, when it's really the exact opposite.



by nandomendonssa

I think this picture came out right around the time we got Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, which was a (slightly) more serious take on Scooby and the gang solving mysteries. With this, though, the eerie pentagram and everybody's "you gotta be f**king kidding me" expressions would make for a very different (but no less hilarious) show.



by 市村

I have a confession to make: while reading Japanese issues of Jump, I would regularly skip over Rosario + Vampire. The art's beautiful, and I know there's something to do with a female character shooting Dragonball-style beams out of her boobs, but it just wasn't my kinda thing. Was it more on the comedy-horror side, or more on the action-horror-but-it-looks-like-comedy side?



by TPollockJR

I'm a little disappointed that Freddy vs. Jason more or less ended both original series, even if it was a great finish. Then we got both remakes with Rorschach Freddy and skip-to-my-lou Jason, but hey, Hollywood and remakes, right? Freddy and Jason fans--what are your favorite films in their respective franchises?



by 成馬なる

Kuroko #2 looks a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of manservice overflowing from this picture. Y'know, I know that Kuroko's Basketball is kinda slash bait, but I can't help it, I'm hooked. It's a fun show where the main character hadoukens a basketball in the last few seconds of the opening, and that is not a bad thing at all.



by Dingoo

Right there in the first few seconds of Soul Eater's first opening (and kinda the second, with the rats in the sewer), you get a lot of cool, creepy Halloween-y vibes. With a lot of classic-styled monsters and imagery, like Blair the witch, or that hilarious asymmetrical mummy when Death the Kid first appears,



by Himitsuboy

I have a few "Halloween gaming" titles I play through every year, and one of them is the original Ghosts 'n Goblins. It's frustrating in a way because of how fierce the game is--it's not one I've memorized inside and out like the original Ninja Gaiden--but it's also refreshing, because here is a game that doesn't hold my hand, that will only let me pass if I'm good enough!



by まさち

While I see the irony in the girls of Puella Magi Madoka Magica dressing up as witches, I'm wondering why Homura's hanging out way down at the bottom--she's a loner, that doesn't mean she's the shy type... right?



by Satoaki Amatatsu

1987 was a big year for video games, and Castlevania has been with us every step of the way since, and has gone through some pretty drastic changes over time. I may not be as big a fan of the Lords of Shadow series as other people, but even I can admit that it retains that ineffable Castlevania "feel."



by みけ156

Princess Resurrection is another show I passed on (the somewhat-similar-on-the-surface Murder Princess came out at about the same time), but keep getting assured by friends is pretty awesome. I'm always up for a good horror-comedy!



by sharpie91

Danny Phantom was one of those shows I missed out on at the height of its popularity, but a year or so ago I watched a whole bunch of episodes on Netflix and really enjoyed it. I don't think it's on there any more, sadly.



by 新崎ちくわ

Seriously, Darkstalkers has one of the most varied and interesting female casts in video games, so it's a shame that only Morrigan (and sometimes Felicia or Hsien-ko) gets the spotlight. Chances for a new Darkstalkers game are kinda slim, but we'll see what the next generation brings, right?




A little while ago, Future Diary was the series I was telling everybody to read (or watch), and then they'd pass it on, and then it would just spread like wildfire. There's something strangely addicting about a series that has a literal "end of the world" countdown like this.



by ミノル

Okay, so Attack on Titan's been done for over a month now, but I'm still seeing people blogging about it--specifically, everybody who waited until the whole season was done to catch up all at once. Makes sense! Also, Levi would make for a pretty terrifying trick-or-treater, bounding around town with 3D Maneuver Gear.



by 粕民

What an insane haul! I'm pretty behind on the anime for Naruto Shippuden, but since the story has entered one of my favorite arcs I think I'm just gonna pick up here without catching up.



by オノ

Speaking of catching up, now that Free!'s done I'm going to have to marathon this show about really, really, ridiculously good-looking guys... and swimming. Every time I watch it, though, it's impossible to get this scene out of my head.



by 元村人

Ahh, Hellsing... I keep putting off buying the Blu-rays for Hellsing Ultimate. If there's anything I think is a perfect horror anime, combining strong supernatural elements, creepy atmosphere, woefully outmatched human characters fighting (and sometimes winning!) against impossible odds, and buckets of gore, I think Hellsing really sets the standard.



by 最果

Yes, Happy Halloween, Perona. Y'know, I can get that some people don't like One Piece, but the character abilities are some of the most imaginative and creatively-used I've ever seen. Where else do you find a spooky always-Halloween island where one of the main bad guys (even then, she's not really bad) fights using ghosts that make her opponents depressed?



by blitzcadet

With all said and done, there's really only one character who symbolizes the season for me, and that's Ashley Williams. No, not the poetry-spouting overly-attached ex-girlfriend from Mass Effect, but the guy who works Housewares in S-Mart and murders Deadites by the hundreds. Be sure to check out the rest of blitzcadet's gallery--the guy's got some great stuff!


And that's it for this week! Since "Halloween" is such a broad theme, let's go for a simpler question: those of you dressing up, what are going as for Halloween?


Got art you want shown off on Fanart Friday? Just PM me a link, and I'll make sure to include it in a future installment! For those of you wanting to submit a piece, here are the next three themes for Fanart Friday:


-Next week, on NOVEMBER 1st, we're hitting the high seas (and celebrating the release of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag) with some PIRATE-themed fanart! You could say this is an... arrrt column. Sorry, anyways--THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!

-Then, on NOVEMBER 8th, we run to cadence and make jokes about the other branches with a MILITARY-themed installment! This one's from CR user dmrscruz09!

-Normally, around this time of year I hijack the column because it's awful close to my birthday, but this time I'll use another reader suggestion--thank CR user trigunkwan for the upcoming PRO WRESTLING installment!


Thanks again for checking out Fanart Friday! Have a great weekend, and I hope you all drop by next time! Now... back to Arkham Origins!

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