FEATURE: Fanart Friday - Return to Winter Wonderland Edition

Got your mittens? Got your hat? Great! Zip up your jackets and join your favorite characters for some winter fun!

Fanart Friday returns, celebrating the "winter magic" of murderously slippery ice on the front porch. Last week, we cackled maniacally alongside our favorite villains, but this week it's a return to tradition--specifically, Winter Wonderland Edition!



I haven't seen a real winter for a very long time, but there's still something special about the season, about curling up and enjoying a movie or a book (or some anime... or a game!), and of course, the buildup to Christmas. Now, grab some hot cocoa or Ovaltine or egg nog or a hot toddy or, well... whatever you're in the mood for, and let's get started!


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by AnHellica

Let's start with that most wintry of Bleach captains, Hitsugaya! Armed with ice powers and a cold personality, Hitsugaya is so damn popular that he was the focus of one of the Bleach movies!



by ひろみや

Despite starting its season in the fall, basketball is generally considered a winter sport. Hell, in Kuroko's Basketball, everybody's gunning for a spot in the Winter Cup, so there you have it!



by 蒳言

RWBY's Ruby gets to stand out in the snow! Obviously, red's a good color for winter with Christmas and all, but it also reminds me of red plaid patterns on scarves, blankets, and jackets. We'd better move on before I write an entire article about how comfy flannel is.



by Alassa

Last year was all about the Great Snowball War, but Thor and Loki have better things to do! Well, Thor does--Loki looks more than just a little terrified.



by 五月福音

Kara no Kyokai shows up again! See what I was saying about red being a good winter color? Then again, red is a good protagonist color in general, and Shiki's a total badass, so...



by 速水仁

I was tempted to just write out ANPANANPANANPAN, but Anpanman deserves a little more respect than that. Series creator Takashi Yanase made a show that was all about teaching kids to be good people, kinda like an animated superhero version of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.



by 逆光剑

Last Blade's been in SNK's vault for a while now, but as a whole, the series feels very wintry to me. Two swordsmen, standing in an untouched, snowy field, preparing for a duel that could end in seconds? That's a classic image.



by 藤近みほ@12/29ス-24b

I was honestly very surprised to look for Free!-related art and not find many winter-related pieces. Like, barely any! This one's great, but I'd think the fans would be all up on getting the guys bundled up and huddled together for warmth.



by 道戯

Chrollo gets to chill in the snow between his now-rare appearances on Hunter X Hunter. I do like how Hunter X Hunter rotates its cast, but slowly brings past characters back, like all those random Hunters from the exam (not to mention the Phantom Brigade) showing up again in the current Chimera Ant arc.



by Twiggy McBones

When they say "winter is coming" in Game of Thrones, it isn't just to sound cool--it's because winters absolutely suck in the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, sometimes lasting years. Good thing Jon Snow's more or less used to all the crap that comes with the cold, being stuck up on the Wall for as long as he has!



by しゅんけつ

Miku's all bundled up! Well, sorta, you'd think she'd be wearing a heavier jacket or something. Why is it that sweaters are supposed to be kind of a frumpy outfit, and yet they can show off the contours of the body so well? Y'ever notice that in real life?



by 赤耳@ついった

Yes, animal-eared Levi, it is cold. The world of Attack on Titan is supposed to have pretty crappy winters, so I can imagine just how bad it would be cooped up in a giant multi-walled castle town. Of course, all the folks in Wall Sina probably have central heating.



by 梶 一花

Man, it's been a while since I've seen or read Cardcaptor Sakura, so I don't really remember much of The Snow's story. In any case, this is a gorgeous picture of the card's spirit!



by ピカじん

I'm gonna assume that X and Axel aren't just strolling around with a bunch of Pokemon--they're actually getting some Christmas shopping done! Maybe a nice "welcome back from the dead" card for Zero (again), some Acqua di Gio for Professor Sycamore (because he has class), and two truckfuls of coal for both Sigma and Lysandre?



by みなと

For those of you who's just jumped into the current arc of One Piece, Luffy and the gang (with Warlord Trafalgar Law in tow) are on an island where one half is a blazing inferno, and the other half is a frozen wasteland. Next up: war!



by 千比絽

I love how regular Christmas episodes are just a part of Gintama's complete package. Kagura does the smart thing: circle everything she wants in a toy catalog and dump it in Gintoki's lap. The only real problem? He doesn't have any money. You think she'd have learned this by now.


by auge

Despite being all into Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan about a year ago, I barely watched any of the second season and haven't touched the manga since then. I really need to get back into it, but for now, here's some Tsurara/Yuki!



by シャバーヂーズ

I haven't had a chance to check out Frozen yet, but if Tangled was any indication, Disney still has its usual magic when it comes to retelling classic fairy tales. Apparently my only concern--that freakin' annoying snowman--isn't even that big a deal. I'm looking forward to this one!



by はなめがね

Of course, I had to sneak a Christmas picture in before the annual X-Mas Xtravaganza XTREME Edition, much like you sneak a peek at presents or just have a vague idea of what you'll be getting. What I'm wondering is why Azusa and Mio have significantly less clothes than the other K-ON! girls--Mio in particular looks pretty distressed. Anybody here already know what they're getting for Christmas?




I'm not knowledgeable enough regarding Vocaloids to know who these folks are, but it was too beautiful to pass up! Vocaloid fans, wow us with your knowledge in the comments!



by Kanyn

I am, however, more than familiar with Rankin-Bass' timeless stop-motion animated Christmas specials (a staple for me every year), chief among them Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Bumble and Yukon Cornelius have never looked more badass!



by CrissCrossStreet

Just like the creator of this, ah, fine sculpture says, "it's not what it looks like." It really isn't: it's the mighty Neo Armstrong Cyclone Jet Armstrong Cannon, from Gintama!


And on that hilariously phallic cannon-like note, that's everything for this week! "Winter" is a pretty broad theme, so here's something a little more about you: what are your winter movies, TV, anime and games? Personally, I get in the mood for JRPGs (I almost never am--Tales of Xillia is next up), comedies like Christmas Vacation and The Ref, and Detective Conan.


Like I say every week, your work 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 make sure to include it in a future installment! Coming up, here are the next three installments for Fanart Friday:


-Next week, on DECEMBER 13, we're getting back in the game with our favorite SPORTS series! Just for the record, this column is not going to consist of 25 Kuroko's Basketball or Eyeshield 21 pictures (besides, I already did that earlier this year), and I'm gonna try to represent as many sports titles as possible! THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!

-Then, on DECEMBER 20th, we put on our gaudy knitted sweaters and exchange gifts a little early with our annual X-Mas Xtravaganza XTREME Edition!

-On DECEMBER 27th, we'll be celebrating that thing you've been celebrating, being thankful for, and just plain putting up with since late November: it's all about FAMILY in this installment, blood-related, adopted, and everything in-between!


Thanks again for coming by to check out Fanart Friday--have a great weekend, happy holidays, and I hope to see you next week!

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