Fanart Friday returns, buying Q-tips in bulk. Last week, we got infected with sequelitis, but this week we're taking on a theme requested by reader bastet666--ANIMAL EARS! An unexpectedly popular design choice that's a unique quirk of anime and manga (that rarely appears elsewhere) literally just sticks a pair of animal ears onto an otherwise human-looking character. It's a good way to inject more character into a fairly "safe," basic design, and the animal traits can carry over to the character as well!
One allowance I made was the inclusion of "fake" animal ears, like cat-ear and bunny-ear headbands, hats, and the like. Sometimes, one pair of ears just isn't enough, I guess? Let's get started!
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Let's start off on a slightly different tack--animal-eared characters are often the cute ones, the funny ones, sometimes the sexy ones... but what about somebody as scary as Hunter x Hunter's Neferpitou?
Dominion Tank Police's AnnaPuma and UniPuma are bad guys, too, but they're more "mischievous and kinda destructive" as opposed to "ruthless psychopaths."
Okay, so some of you were asking for Blake from RWBY, but the problem is that it was pretty hard to find a piece that showed off her bow/"ears," and I couldn't find one with her and Velvet (who has straight-up bunny ears) in the same picture. Still, this one's awesome!
I'll once again bring up how I've never seen Inu x Boku Secret Service, but I had a feeling something actually dog-related would show up here--in this case, Soushi Miketsukami, a fox spirit!
Seeing Tokyo Mew Mew makes me kinda sad, because it reminds me of Tokyopop and how they spearheaded unflipped, smaller-size manga in the US. Back on-topic, I remember this being an uber-cute shoujo series about catgirls taking on aliens, which a lot of my guy friends were into, as well, but most of them would never admit it. Funny, that.
Every week, one of you gives a request that ends up with me digging through pages and pages of almost porn. Asobi ni Ikuyo was kinda fanservicey, but it was never as bad as what fan artists can cook up.
It's so hard not to make a "so ronery" joke--apologies to the artist. Now, Fruits Basket's Kyo kind of straddles the line here--ears pop up on him from time to time and he does transform into a cat, but I'm not sure what crazy genetic experimentation Tohru's been doing in this pic.
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I can't remember which reader I told I'd watch GJ Club if they watched some Fist of the North Star, but I've watched... two episodes now. I'm slowly working my way through my backlog of "shows I keep saying I'm gonna watch," and right now I'm halfway through Tsuritama (which is great) despite the growing backlog of stuff that just keeps popping up (like JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE holy crap).
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Digi Charat comes from a time when I was heavily involved with my college's anime club, and I remember it being insanely popular... but I never got around to actually watching it. It says something when I'm familiar with/can recognize characters from a show I passively avoided.
Oh lord, do I have stories to tell about Moon Phase, and my anime club's one die-hard fan (but I won't, because that's not cool). How many of you are going to have the opening theme for this series (this week's music video!) stuck in your head for the next couple days?
Inuyasha is one of the first characters that springs to mind when I think of animal-eared folk. Sure, he's a massive tool (and basically demon Ranma), but he and his brother Sesshoumaru (who only partially qualifies since he has "elf" ears) are just that memorable.
Okay, add Kamisama Kiss to the list of shows I need to watch (because I need my shoujo fix, too). Tomoe (which I always think of as a girl's name) is another fox spirit (because wolf spirits are kind of terrifying--more on that later) whose alternate form is a hot guy, because if you can set your appearance, you usually damn well try to look as awesome as possible.
I dunno, maybe the presence of animal ears is a factor that turns me away from shows (like how some people cringe at long fight scenes or overly-stupid comedy), but I had no idea that Infinite Stratos had one--Tabane, in this case!
There's another backlog title I'm working on--Bakemonogatari! Yes, I know I have a lot to catch up on, but the whole Tsubasa Hanekawa arc was really cool, and quickly cemented her as my current favorite in the series.
Oh, Loveless. Not even gonna lie, I kinda hate this series, but damn the art is pretty (and it makes the whole concept of animal ears kinda creepy, which is actually a good thing!). I was really happy when Yun Kouga was tapped to do character designs for Gundam 00.
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This one's kind of a spoiler for Bleach, so jump to the next entry if you don't want a peek at the future! Fair-enough warning? Cool! Anyways, this is Eighth (?) Squad Captain Komamura's super mode. He turns into a human with fox ears. I was honestly a little disappointed, but the fans seem to like it!
People ask me how I like Cuticle Detective Inaba, and I tell them I like it--but I also have to say that it's one of the most batshit bonkers shows we have here on Crunchyroll, up here with Ishida & Asakura. Seriously, it's that frenetic and weird.
I... what the hell is this from? (The answer is Cat God). Seriously, I can usually tell what a series is at first glance whether I've seen it or not, but this time I was completely stumped--before last week's request, I had no idea this show even existed. Thanks, readers, for increasing my knowledge of our library.
Perennial fangirl favorite Kurama (from Yu Yu Hakusho) also gets to call on his fox spirit powers (yes, his "human" mode is a hot guy as well) when he needs to brutally murder somebody. Did you ever notice that Kurama's kills were always the messiest and most painful? It also helped that he usually ended up fighting the enemy team's biggest douchebags, so you didn't feel bad at all.
I've made the joke that Spice & Wolf would be a much shorter series with much less in the way of "dialogue" and "diplomacy" and "dramatic tension" if Holo would spend more time in her gigantic carnivorous murder machine mode. "Oh, you don't think I'm right? Well, she thinks I'm right."
Dude, Asuka, do you have to butt in to every installment? Just barely skimming into this week's theme, Asuka wore this cool-looking cat-ear cap in Evangelion Q, the movie that I think is Eva doing what it does best: piss off fanboys and make them feel very uncomfortable.
Now, I haven't played Fate/Extra, but I've seen a ton of the character designs (and really love the official art), so I was pretty surprised to see this as their Caster. Considering that Fate/Zero's Caster is a terrifying freak, this was a welcome change!
Y'know, it's been a long time since I read Full Moon wo Sagashite, but I have to admit that the number one thing that kept me reading wasn't the story--it was Arina Tanemura's art.
With Aya Hirano heading next week's theme, I think it only makes sense to close up with The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's Haruhi and Mikuru in the (in)famous bunny outfits!
And that's everything for this week! Who are your favorite animal-eared characters, posers included? There's no way I could have included everybody--sound off in the comments and let us know your favorites!
As I say every week, your art is more than welcome here on Fanart Friday, regardless of your skill level or experience. Just PM me a link to your work, and I'll be sure to include it in a future installment! Here are the next three upcoming themes for Fanart Friday:
-Next week, on APRIL 18th, we continue our "voice actors" sorta-regular theme with AYA HIRANO! From Haruhi to Lucy, what are your favorite roles that she's done? THIS IS THE ONLY THEME I'M TAKING REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK!
-Then, on APRIL 25th, we take a trip through the library of STUDIO BONES! Funny how they have yet to make anything that's actually bad, huh?
-On MAY 2nd, we start a month-long look at the FIVE ELEMENTS (or at least, my interpretation--this isn't the Wu Xing) with EARTH!
Thanks again for coming by to check out Fanart Friday! Have a great weekend (even if you've been talking shit about me on Twitter--I was popular this week!), and I hope you drop by again next week!