Sunday, March 31, 2013

One Piece

Every once in a while I'll find a fandom/character to get fascinated by so today I'm going to share him. I have been a longtime fan of One Piece (on again off again - it is, admittedly a long series). I like the design of his characters and Oda-sensei has the ever important storytelling gift of understanding humanity and writing those characters in a way in which the viewer may relate to them, have empathy for them, and ultimately feel as though they know the characters. That's why the Strawhats are so popular; we know them, suffered with them, laughed with them. One Piece remains an enduring epic work of fantasy for these reasons.

Of the current arcs the story is on is Punk Hazard (we're barely three chapters into Dressrosa so I'm not counting that yet) and the ever epic Trafalgar Law, new fan favorite.

There are obvious reasons for his popularity; his character design is just wonderful, and let's admit it- he's just...pretty.

He has those things that make us interested in him; he's smart, ruthless, a planner, snarky, proud and we don't know what side he falls on. He has been described as a cruel, ruthless pirate of the One Piece world and he is. However, he's shown a surprisingly lenient side for a cutthroat war lord. His tolerance of Luffy (and the fact he saved him for no apparent reason), his warning to everyone that Punk Hazard would be flooded by poisonous gas and anyone left behind would die and in recent chapters his increasing show of his humanity - the first we've seen since the Punk Hazard arc. Surrounded by the influence of Luffy and the Strawhats he's acting like a normal human being. Oda, as always, has managed to create a well rounded interesting character. I want to know more about Trafalgar Law and am super happy that he seems to be appearing within the next two arcs, at least. We may even eventually get a back story for him.

What makes me really, REALLY happy is the fact that his popularity means massive fan works by amazing artists. These are all yanked from Pivix (and credit goes to the artists which I would have posted but I can't translate Japanese so...) That is my recent obsession.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I remember I found this short animated clip some time ago in one of my meandering searches on youtube and was really, really impressed by it. Of course, I love kung fu action so that's probably why. Anyhoo, I should add that parts of this have been censored just a bit because obviously fanservice is in full effect with the design. But its still a fun, short watch.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wooooo, its a double post because of guilty feelings! Other things I'm obsessing about; Monster High Dolls. HAVE YOU SEEN THESE THINGS?!?! Not to mention the evil money making marketing scheme of having to buy sets to make a complete doll. Uuuggghhh, I can't stop buying theeemmm. If I can't afford the Blythe Dolls then I can afford theses ones. I think I own about twelve already, oh God....
ahhh, the bad blogger returns with more things. The good news is I have been doing a lot of art things. Bad news is I am entering Grad school and its scary and takes up lots of time. wooow. I've had this thing for a really really REALLY long time. This is my Steampunk hat for the Steampunk Expo being held in my city this year. I cannot even tell you how painful and long it was to make this thing. Embroidery is not for the weak of heart. I BLED, SWEATED AND CRIED to make this thing and I will NEVER make another one if it can be helped. Massive amount of hours went into this and it will SPARKLE LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SUN when I wear and all will turn to me and look in AWE. besides I found an actual copper colored prom dress to go with it, HA! can't wait for that Expo. Its in May. Looots of photos shall be taken.