Celebrate four years of Fanart Friday with this special recap episode... and more!
Fanart Friday returns, and thank you for keeping us alive this long! Last week, we grumbled along with our favorite "heart of gold" characters, but this week we're doing a biannual tradition: the recap episode! We're celebrating a little early, but it's also the fourth anniversary of the Fanart Friday column--the original, Fanart Friday's First Flight, was published on September 23, 2011! We literally started from the bottom, and now we here. No, that is not the cue to play a Drake song.
In addition to a recap of the past six months' Fanart Friday installments, I'm getting some special help from our most regular contributors! Now, grab some cake and a Yoo-Hoo, and let's get started!
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The following week, I started a crazy (for me) convention season at Anime St. Louis, so Humberto helped out with his very own Humberto's Favorite Classy Ladies Edition!
With the start of Gintama's third run, I just had to do a Gintama-only installment, and Silver Soul Edition touched on the funny, the fierce, and the f**ked-up parts of this awesome long-runner!
Okay, so the best part of Earth's Mightiest Heroes Edition--the "We Will Rock You" video--got taken down, but there was still a bunch of great fanart for the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron!
Speaking of music videos, do you know how hard it was to not use "Stacy's Mom" for All About the Moms Edition? Also, this column got temporarily hijacked by Daniktoria, it was a weird out-of-body experience.
Jose took over for a week with Digital World Edition, bringing back the love for Digimon!
It's actually okay to be a fanboy (or a fangirl), and we celebrated these folks with Fanning the Flames of Fandom Edition!
I think what made me happiest about The Ones We've Lost Edition is that nobody cried "spoilers." Jesus, guys, you know I just don't give a shit.
A month-long theme of character archetypes took off with tsundere in It's Not Like I Want You to Read This Edition!
by Teng Zi
Following that, we put the spotlight on the adorably clumsy dojikko type with Totally Aderpable Edition!
Things got uncomfortably close with a focus on yandere with Crazy For You Edition!
Princes and princesses--or at least characters who earned the nickname--took the throne for Not Quite Royalty Edition, where I got to talk about how Tamaki is the best (again).
Shane Lewis--of Shane-Nanigans fame--took over for a week with, uh... SHANE-NANIGANS EDITION, all in caps 'cause that's how he rolls?
Back home again, I decided to take on characters who were full of crap with Talk the Walk Edition! Yeah, Kuno, you're full of crap.
Doing awesome things doesn't mean you have to be a giant bragging dick about it--No Spotlight Needed Edition covered the heroes who do their duty without taking any thanks!
Moving on from characters who didn't take their due credit, we then focused on characters who didn't receive their due credit in Those Worth Admiring Edition!
Who do you love to hate? We had some real monsters alongside characters who were just punks (like Umaru here) in The Healthy Kind of Hate Edition!
The title tells you everything you need to know with Summer Fun 2015 Edition! My best summer memory is, well... cons. Lots of them. Lots of pictures, too.
Hoo boy was Drunkyroll Edition a ride. Basically, for this edition, I had a bunch of my CR friends find art, then I got drunk, and wrote the column. Enjoy the drunken video intro and outro!
lugiamania and celebistar took over for Saturday Morning Favorites Edition, but... you guys realize it's a Friday column, right? Somebody had to have been at least a little confused over that.
Then, since I was on a crazy travel schedule and headed to PAX, Peter took over for Peter's Choice Edition! In our house, we use "a Hisoka" as a measure of how depraved a person is.
I think I've officially broken up with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain now: "you have to get 100% to see the real ending," f**k that. I actually have things to do and other games to play. That being said, we celebrated Snake's latest roaring rampage of revengeance in Tactical Espionage Edition!
And that brings us all the way back to last week, with Heart of Gold Edition! You don't necessarily have to be nice to realize that it's nice to do nice things.
Now, a special word from our contributors, along with some fanart picks and commentary from them! But first, a reader submission from one of our new Fanart Friday faces, GooBlessings, and previous contributor Jackie Lo, aka pennydox!
Baccano is one of those shows I need to actually finish up, much like the ongoing Durarara, but Brains Base really can do no wrong.
by Jackie Lo/pennydox
Okay, okay, I make jokes about how Monster Musume is the punishment of an angry god and this is what your moe hath wrought, etc. but I appreciate how up-front it is about what it is. It only gets squicky sometimes, instead of making me headdesk so hard that I go down a floor.
Now for that special word--first up, ULTMTE!
I really just want to thank everyone in the community and at Crunchyroll for letting me submit my artwork here. I love that you guys look forward to seeing me every week, and it makes me feel awesome, so this drawing is to thank everyone--including the other submitters--on keeping an article I love to read and submit to going every week.
Honestly, Gangsta surprised me. I'm not much of a gang-related anime fan, but this show is a work of art. The way they tell the story is great and the characters are well-designed. If you haven't seen Gangsta, I definitely recommend it.
Now, it's CELEBISTAR's turn!
I was going through a phase of re-designing the Nobunagun suits to be a little 'sexier,' haha. I like the round hands/feet but it does seem just a tad odd at times...
by Jackie Lo/pennydox
I've always loved pineapplepocky's style, ever since I first realized she was one of the (few) folks who actually watched Nobunagun. In fact, that's how she ended up as my partner-in-crime for the Sio Anthology Project http://celebistar.storenvy.com ^^; But gushing aside, I've always loved how she can seamlessly blend traditional and digital; this piece features William Tell, who shows up later in the Nobunagun manga (not the anime sadly) and is basically a motherf*cking badass who literally air-surfs on a freaking JET PLANE as part of his AU weapon. Also he shoots explosive arrows from mechanical crossbows and there's a heart on his hat. It's kind of hard to be more badass than that.
Next up, MADPANDAKIRA!
When I first started watching anime I saw a commercial for the dub of One Piece and said "Ugh, that looks so weird, I'll never watch it!" Luckily my sister wanted to see it, and five episodes in I was hooked. Moral of the story? Always listen to your onee-san.
Gangsta is my new obsession right now. I love the characters. Nicolas being my favorite, my sis and I argue over who's better Nic or Worick. But we both agree that the show is great.
You may see the name AKAKIBA here on CR, but his artist's name is ORONODA on Deviantart!
Gintama remains my all-time favorite series, because the gorilla author has a knack for creating some truly memorable arcs, including the Soul Switch Arc! He elevates the Freaky Friday concept to new and hilarious heights by taking half of Gintoki's soul...
... and shoving it up the booty-hole of a dead cat, bringing to life this adorably frightening monstrosity.
Now, time for KODA89's picks!
Gatchaman Crowds Insight is my favorite show of the season and is up there amongst my favorites for the whole year so far. I love the many layers to the series and its great commentary on modern society. For this picture I decided to go a minimalist route, representing the Gatchaman as the bird logo on their NOTEs with each one colored the same as their respective NOTE. I was trying to go for an "organized few vs. the chaotic many" theme by placing the Gatchaman in a neat little formation with Hajime at the point. On the other side is a massive chaotic clutter of Gelsadra's "speech bubbles" that expose everyone's real thoughts for all to see. As an added touch I made each other Gatchaman significantly bigger than any individual speech bubble to highlight that while the Gatchaman are stronger on an individual level, even their solo might is eclipsed by the crushing wave of the crowd.
I love pretty much everything about Vandread, from its hilarious yet biting commentary on the battle of the sexes, to how it has several openly gay characters, to how despite the bright shiny colors it can get extremely grim at times. But what especially stands out to me nowadays is how well its visuals have held up. Time has not been kind to the animation for most shows from that era of early digital animation, but Vandread made it out just fine. Hell I even think it looks better than some shows from recent years.
He's on CR as NOIRBLADE257, but he's on Deviantart as BLACKADAM009, and he's up next!
The Black Getter Robo from Getter Robo Armageddon is one of the coolest mechs I've ever seen, and I love everything about it. I mean sure, it's just a recycled version of the old Getter Robo model, but that's what makes it cool! Not a lot of people can just one day wake up on a moon base after traveling across the cosmos for about a decade, and successfully reconstruct a broken robot into an ever cooler death machine. I also like to imagine that when Ryoma was working on it, he somehow KNEW that the Getter Robo would turn from red to black during atmospheric re-entry and based the redesign around that, but that's just wishful thinking on my part.
While we're talking about Getter Robo Armageddon, let's talk about the Shinespark scene. I'm a huge sucker for final team attacks, but more than that, I love speed lines on attacks PERIOD. I get super hyped every time I see them incorporated on just one character, so speed lines shown on a team of characters(like the Steven Universe cast for example, I've been watching a lot of it lately) just amps up the hype even more. And in case you couldn't tell, I am very excited for Getter Robo Devolution manga AND the new episodes of Steven Universe airing every week.
Little does KAIZOKU5493 know, but I am Fanart Friday's staff! This is a one-man operation, baby!
Thank you Nate, the Fanart Friday staff, and actually the entire Crunchyroll staff for making, not just this column but also the entire site, a reality. I also want to thank ultmte for being an inspiration--seeing you submit your art every week without fail (except last week, we missed you ;_;) was really awesome, and around a year ago it made me want to pick up drawing again. Thanks.
Imagine your typical fantasy world with monsters, and your trusty band of heroes adventuring to the Northern Capital to defeat the dreaded Demon King--pretty typical, right? Now imagine that the main character kills 20-ft.-tall orcs with a VIOLIN. It’s so ridiculous, my sister and I had a huge kick out of it when we discovered this series 10 years ago. The Violinist of Hamelin (which takes its name from “the Pied Piper of Hamelin” who piped away all the children from a small German village (the pied piper also symbolizes the devil)) is a real gem that nearly nobody has heard of, running 1991-2001 and totaling to 37 volumes. The style runs like Gintama, a roller-coaster ride of emotions with heart-wrenching drama and comedy peppered throughout. There’s also great character development; you’ll absolutely hate the douchebag-of-a-main-character Hamel in the beginning, but as the story progresses, you’ll realize that his extroverted and obnoxious self is just a cover used to hide a lot of insecurities that he’s struggled with since childhood (e.g. abandonment, abuse, psychotic demon king fathers, etc.) I highly, HIGHLY recommend this to those of you who are fans of series like Gintama or Sket Dance, and especially to music aficionados because every darn town and character (sans main character and one other) is named after a musical term or instrument, respectively, and there’re a ton of classical music references and analysis tossed in nonchalantly here and there. All whilst fighting anthropomorphic cows.
And with that, let's call it a wrap for year four of Fanart Friday! I was planning on having a contest this week, but unfortunately I'm going to have to put that off until the October 2nd installment. I'll also be announcing the winner of the Tactical Espionage Edition giveaway in that installment as well! So, this is just to see what you guys are thinking: what has been your favorite installment of Fanart Friday so far? Which one was your least favorite? I WANT TO KNOW!
For those of you wanting to submit your art here, behold--the FIVE FIATS OF FANART FRIDAY!
1. Your work is always welcome here, regardless of your skill level or experience. To submit work to Fanart Friday, please PM me (username Anonymooo) with a link to your work.
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3. Your work must be hosted on a site like Deviantart or Pixiv (or your own official art website), not on Imgur, Photobucket,Crunchyroll Photos, or anything along those lines. This provides a verifiable source for the work.
4. I, and by extension Crunchyroll, reserve the right to remove or not share your work if it is deemed inappropriate. Any submissions that don't follow these rules will not be permitted in Fanart Friday.
5. Be excellent to each other. Don't steal anyone else's work or make fun of artists' submissions.
Now, here are the next three themes for Fanart Friday!
-Next week, on SEPTEMBER 25th, I'll be out at ANIME WEEKEND ATLANTA (all you Southern CR fans stop by and say hey!), so ISAAC AKERS--otherwise known as IBLESSALL--will be taking over the column! Want some ideas of what he likes? Check out his column ANIWORDS to find out! NO REQUESTS FOR THIS WEEK, BUT SUBMISSIONS ARE WELCOME!
-Then, on OCTOBER 2nd, we're gonna celebrate Halloween for an entire month, starting with MONSTER BOYS!
-On OCTOBER 9th, of course we follow up with MONSTER GIRLS! No, I am not just going to post a bunch of Monster Musume fanart for both of these installments, you're actually going to have to choose older stuff too!
Big thanks to everybody who shows up week after week for Fanart Friday, whether you've helped write, or you've contributed art, or you "just" come by and read, all of you are appreciated and loved.
It's with that heartfelt thanks that I announce that we're starting the last year of Fanart Friday. Much like the original Star Trek, I was initially aiming for a five-year mission, and I've got enough gas to see this through to the end. Between going to more conventions with Crunchyroll and how rough it can be running the Customer Support department (this week's Loot Crate issue has been especially harrowing, thank you all for your patience and understanding, EVERYONE WHO EMAILED US GOT A RESPONSE, I STAYED UP 'TIL 4AM TO DO THAT), I want to take a little time off from regular column writing and focus on other projects.
One year is still time for one hell of a victory lap--not only will we revisit some of our most popular themes (like our holiday themes, The Hawtness Edition, and more!), but we'll also do a bunch of fresh new installments! Remember, no crying 'til the end--have a great weekend, and let's get started on the final year of Fanart Friday!
Nate Ming is the Features and Reviews Editor for Crunchyroll News, creator of the long-running Fanart Friday column, and the Customer Support Lead for Crunchyroll. You can follow him on Twitter at @NateMing.