Good news! My proposal to do my final project on Revolutionary Girl Utena went through, so I’ll be starting to watch it pretty soon. I plan on taking pretty extensive notes due to the fact that it’s notoriously convoluted symbolically, and I certainly expect to drop a few posts on the show in here as I work my way through it—ideally, doing so will help me to come up with a solid essay for the project and make it easier to draw all the pieces together.
I’ll also be doing academic research on the show (and probably on the mahou shoujo genre, among other things) and reading other interpretations of the show. If you know of any good ones I probably wouldn’t find on my own, send them my way!
Now, on to the pictures!
Last week was a little light on the cute anime girls, so we’re making up for it this week! Chelsea’s one of the new additions to Akame ga Kill‘s Night Raid (in the anime), and a perfect example of what how the show really makes me sad. She’s far too deep in an auxiliary character role to survive for long (plus, she has very low combat ability and is a trickster-type fighter), so I’m preparing my heart for her inevitable death. Why, Akame ga Kill, why? Why must you inflict these pretty girls on me, only to tear them away in a depressing bloody manner? What did cute anime girls ever do to you?
Something something cute anime girls, amirite? Masomi Kida’s one of my all-time favorite characters (if you want to know why, I did an ask.fm answer on it a while back). Of course, that answer is filled with typical aniblogger stuff like motivations and stuff, and doesn’t say anything about his looks—which are, you know, pretty good. Especially with the head tilt in this image, which left his blonde hair fall a bit to the side, Kida’s a definite looker. And that collarbone…
This one was the top entry in Pixiv’s Albino Spotlight, and for good reason. It actually looks a tad bit too bright around the character to me, but otherwise it’s a gorgeous piece or artwork, with the lines of butterflies and floating fish guiding the eye to the character and then flowing with her dress down into the water. I also really appreciate the small details in the background’s trees and the little flowers in the foreground’s left corner. And I checked the tags this time! I’m sure it’s actually an original!
I also noticed this week that Pixiv is working on expanding its English tagging system (an effort for which I’m eternally grateful), which gave me the idea of going to see what Pixiv had to offer in the way of one of my top two favorite Pokemon, Altaria. A truly cute addition to any party, it was a rare game of Ruby or Emerald in which I didn’t have an Altaria with me (I also had a shiny one—yellow—at one point). And that Dragon-typing… ❤ I never really thought of Alataria as a winter Pokemon, but snowflake overlays in this picture are a nice touch that give the picture an increased sense of depth it wouldn’t otherwise have. I didn’t actually notice the one in the bottom right corner right away, but it’s there.
A bit scarier than the stuff I normally get for these, but it’s almost Halloween anyway, right? I found this one in the Female Demographic Rankings at #9 for 10/23. It looks to me like the girl is trying to keep the boy from barging in on her castle, and I really like how all the pumpkins (especially the ones on the right side) look like they’re staring directly at him. I also like the juxtaposition between the bright, star-filled sky and the grim, drab appearance of the girl’s castle. It also looks like there’s a small village off to the left. Is that where the boy (invader?) came from?
There’s not much fanart our there yet for YuYuYu, as can probably be expected for a show that more or less came out of nowhere this season (late double episode premiere, not much information prior to airing). However, this is as good a time as any to chat about Yuuna’s mahou shoujo outfit, which I quite like. I said elsewhere that hers reminds me of the character designs from SAO‘s Alfheim arc. I also appreciate the fact than Yuuna’s a redhead who’s not a tsundere. Don’t get me wrong—I like redtsuns. But it’s pleasant to see just a nice redheaded girl (or a blue-haired tsun, thank you based Twintails) every now and then.
It’s Chaikaaaaaa! Everyone’s (or at least she should be everyone’s) favorite moegirl magic-using possibly undead princess makes her first appearance in an Anime Artwork Adventures post, giant eyebrows and all. And what a way to do it. For some reason, this picture has Gothic feel to it—yes, I know about her outfit, but it’s more than that. I’m very much reminded of Gosick‘s Victorique (there’s another character I should invite over here sometime), more from the color and green and the sunlight than from Chaika’s clothes. It might have something to do with the her eyes, too, which are in my estimation the most striking part of the whole picture.
It’s basically impossible to find a cool picture just featuring Raku on Pixiv, so I had to give up on my original intention for the final spot in the post. Luckily, I stumbled on something even better: a genderbent battle between Chitoge-kun and Marika-sama over Raku-chan. It’s probably not surprising, but I prefer this Chitoge to Marika here again, with Rakuita mostly being dead weight. I do find it kind of amusing that Raku’s hair is pretty close to the same length it is when he’s a guy, but with a little more length, more swooshes, and less spikes, he takes on more of a feminine look. Also, #TeamChitoge.
Thanks for reading through! As always, feel free to drop some feedback in the comments about your favorite picture this week!