Fanart Friday returns, slurring its words and walking with a limp--day after Halloween sales are brutal. Last week, we celebrated Halloween early, but parents beware, as this week's theme is rated ARRRR. Sorry, anyways--as many of you regular readers know, I announce Fanart Friday themes three weeks in advance, and I've had this week's PIRATES theme planned for a while, mainly in celebration of the recent release of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Then yesterday, it was announced that Crunchyroll will be simulcasting One Piece, the pirate anime to end all pirate anime, proving that insane coincidences do happen.
Of course, there's always Alestorm, who rock, but... how could I say no to Michael Bolton?
Pirates are and always will be a pretty popular theme--adventure, action, romance, heroics, and an overriding feeling of freedom are always some of the hallmarks of pirate stories. Now buckle your swash, put on your eyepatch, and look up some naval jargon--let's get started!
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Since I know there are some of you who've never played The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, let me preface this with a spoiler warning. Now, for the rest of us, I think Tetra's one of the coolest incarnations of Princess Zelda yet--mainly because she's a pirate with a fiercely loyal (if kinda dim-witted) crew!
You hear about pirates sailing the seas, or air pirates, or space pirates, but what about land pirates? Well, those exist, too... sorta. In Xenogears, exiled prince Bart leads a ragtag band (is there any other type?) of sand pirates in a giant submarine!
The last time I talked about The Pirates of Dark Water, it was way back in Classic Cartoon Cacophony Edition! I remember getting up early every Saturday morning to catch this show, and then it just vanished from the airwaves. I didn't get a chance to watch the whole thing until years later--well, the "whole" incomplete story, since they didn't collect all the treasures.
I wasn't able to find a suitably Halloweeny Shugo Chara pic for last week's installment, but here's one of Ikuto's Seven Seas Treasure transformation, which I think fits perfectly!
So after all this time, I can watch One Piece on Crunchyroll. I honestly never thought I'd see the day... but then again, I never thought a western company would license Hajime no Ippo again. For those of you who have yet to jump on the One Piece bandwagon, let me quickly describe it as an animated fountain of youth--it never fails to make me feel like a kid again, watching anime for the first time.
Rogue Galaxy kinda got swept under the rug when it came out in the US in 2007. It's understandable--the 360, PS3, and Wii were all out at that point and commanding public attention, so no matter how good a PS2 game was, it was still "just" a PS2 game. Seriously though, Rogue Galaxy is an amazing space pirate RPG, and it's by Level-5, who have one hell of a development pedigree.
Modern interest in pirates really took off with the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. When it was first announced, I was wondering how in the hell Disney was going to make a movie based on a ride, but I was pleasantly surprised... at least, by the first movie. Let's not talk about the other two, okay?
Here comes the part in every Fanart Friday where I say I haven't seen something (in this case, Last Exile), and I get told by you guys to check it out. I will, I will, I promise! Also, in this series, there are sky pirates in cool steampunk planes.
See, these dorks are the sky pirates I'm most familiar with--Don Karnage and his air pirates from TaleSpin. I've always wondered how the Iron Vulture stayed afloat, but I don't think physics really factor into cartoons.
It's safe to say that One Piece's pirates aren't very "piratey," at least until you get to Marshall D. Teach, alias Blackbeard. This guy's the rare villain that you actually straight-up hate, so I'm really looking forward to Luffy one day beating him half to death.
Okay, so I was able to keep my temper in check during the last Gotta Catch 'em All Edition, but can you think of a Pokémon villain who wasn't a gigantic moron? I mean, other than Giovanni--Team Aqua were pretty damn piratey, but what kind of brain-dead plan is it to flood areas of the world? That's just as idiotic as Team Magma's crackpot "drain the seas" goal! GOD I HATE THESE IDIOTS
Skies of Arcadia is a game that I have very fond memories of, despite only having played it once, over a decade ago on the Dreamcast. It was really nice to see air pirate Blue Rogue Vyse and his pal Aika (and Fina... sorta) show up in Valkyria Chronicles!
To be honest, I wasn't all that excited for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (which I still haven't tried yet--I'm kinda busy with Batman: Arkham Origins) until I saw that it was going a little farther back in time than ACIII, specifically dealing with pirates and the New World. I just hope there's an actual hat that you can wear instead of the (iconic, I know) hood. C'mon, Aveline wears a hat!
Oh look, we're back in the land of "shows I need to finish" with Bodacious Space Pirates! The sheer '90s-ness of the show felt very refreshing to me.
You really should take a moment to look at BoOoM's full gallery, because the guy has a really badass set of Disney villain portraits. I couldn't exclude Captain Hook, although I was tempted to use Treasure Planet's Silver instead...
So I know Fate's Rider as a big, burly Ganon-looking guy with a beard. Imagine my surprise when I look up Fate/EXTRA's Rider and find a curvy redheaded pirate!
May was never my main in any Guilty Gear, but for some reason my win percentage with her is pretty solid. I think it has to do with her giant anchor, her tremendous reach, and how her Great Yamada Attack is one of the easiest supers to link into. Think any of the other pirates will show up in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-?
Harlock is one of the most enduring pirate characters in all of anime, although lately he's branched out into CGI animation, and possibly live-action as well. What's next for Harlock, Miime, and Toichiro?
In a Metroid game, you feel unstoppable--at least, as far as you're able to explore until you need the next key item. And then, Ridley, leader of the Space Pirates, shows up. Then you're screaming "oh shit oh shit how do I kill it" and feebly launching every missile you have at him.
Whoa, is that really you, Olba? I mean, you're just a kid right now in Magi (albeit a creepy and obsessed kid), but here's hoping you grow up to be, uh... less insane! Am I the only one equally bothered and totally in love with Aum Madaura?
I really should just come clean with this now--there were a few requests I couldn't do. One of them was for VeggieTales' The Pirates Who Don't do Anything (I just couldn't find a piece I liked), so I went with the other pirates who don't do anything--namely, the members of the Black Lagoon company!
Yep, we all know that Sengoku Basara plays fast and loose with Japanese history, but I don't think Motochika Chosokabe was actually a pirate. The real question, though is who cares, because Sengoku Basara is an absolute blast, and one of the best (kinda inaccurate) history lessons ever.
Let's end with three of my favorite pirates in anime, starting with tough old Captain Dola from Castle in the Sky. Did you know that she shares the same Pixiv search tag as Dora the Explorer?
Okay, yes, Gargantia's Pirate Empress Lukkage is basically a bargain bin Boa Hancock, but I love her. Probably because I'm a pig, but that's a different matter entirely.
Obviously, aside from Tenchi, Ryoko is the one real constant in the Tenchi Muyo series. I mean, she's a ruthless space pirate who kicks all kinds of ass, but when you see her in action, she's basically a (very shapely) Saiyan.
And that's everything for this week! I'm kind of amazed I got through all that with only one "talk like a pirate" joke--who are your favorite pirates in anime, manga, games, and movies? There's no way I could have included every single one--sound off in the comments!
Your work is always welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience, so just PM me a link to your work and I'll be more than happy to show it off here! For those of you wanting to submit something, here are the next three installments of Fanart Friday:
-Next week, on NOVEMBER 8th, we celebrate our fighting men and women with a MILITARY-themed installment! THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Then, on NOVEMBER 15th, practice your finishing moves and polish up your mic skills, because it's time for a PRO WRESTLING theme!
-On NOVEMBER 22nd, one of my favorite games of all time is finally getting a true sequel with A Link Between Worlds--that's right, a full Fanart Friday dedicated to THE LEGEND OF ZELDA!
Thanks again for coming by to check out Fanart Friday! Have a great weekend, and be sure to drop by next week!