Monday, July 15, 2013

My Favorite Character Designs Round 4

Juri (Street Fighter)

Juri is one of my favorite character designs of recent times, maybe because she's the first straight-forward evil female character in a long time, and Capcom nailed it with Juri. One of my favorite aspects of her design is how much movement there is to her design. Her hands are always open, her arms and legs are often in a pose, and her eyes are very, pardon the pun, eye-catching; all of this comes together to form a character whose entire body grabs attention.


Rouge the Bat (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Rouge the Bat is the Jessica Rabbit of the anthropomorphic character world. She is sexy, pure and simple. To the point where its awkward looking at her art; because, you know, she's a freakin' bat, heh. Still, I'm a fan of anthropomorphic characters, because I always like to see how artists combine animal traits with human traits in different ways to make a character, and the Sonic series has my favorite anthropomorphic designs, and Rouge is right at the top. A great combination of cute, sexy, and cool; Fujiko Mine had to be an inspiration here. Speaking of ....


Fujiko Mine (Lupin III)

THE quintessential sexy anime woman. Fujiko is perhaps the most influential woman in anime when it coems to being attractive and mysterious. And that's what was so much fun about her. I find Fujiko to be at her best in the classic anime series and the Castle of Cagliostro. Her sex appeal isn't obvious in her clothong but in her eyes and body language. She's just a perfect example of a femme-fattale. Something attempted in other designs, but can not be replicated. 


Sonic the Hedgehog (Sonic the Hedgehog)

Sonic is cool. Really, really cool. How cool is he? Even through many sub-par entries in his game franchise, his games are still successful thanks to how cool he his. And I love this character design. Classic Sonic was great too, but I love Modern Sonic even more. His sleek design and long spikes are a natural evolution of his classic design, and the blue color scheme contrasted by his signature red shoes and white gloves are perfect. A near-perfect character design.


Onion Knight (Dissidia: Final Fantasy)

I love how beautiful and detailed this character design is. From the tuffs on his helmet and ornate sword to his cape and many accessories, OK's design is bursting with so much color and flash that his presence is immense despite his small size. Dissidia is a plethora of incredible character designs, but OK's really sytands out, which is really saying something. 


Exdeath (Dissidia: Final Fantasy)

Bascially exactly what I said for Onion Knight except even more so. Perhaps what is most impressive about Exdeath is his color scheme of light blue. Tetsuya Nomura manage to make the normally calming color of light blue into a regal menace. What I love the most about this character design is how it is a superb combination of beauty and power. A wonder of a design. 


Epyon (Gundam Wing)

Epyon was the first Gundam I saw where I thought right away: "Wow! That is cool!". I love everything about Epyon, from the beautiful color scheme to the menacing wings. I know that he is basically Wing Zero with a different color scheme, but Epyon's design just gives him such a stronger presence than Wing Zero, imo. 


Casshern (Casshern Sins)

I'm a huge fan of Yoshihiko Umakoshi's character design and animation style, and it is perhaps seen best here in this reboot of a classic series. Reimagining a classic character design is a big risk, but this design really puled it off. Casshern's design is so perfect for the type of action that takes place in Casshern Sins, and I love that about the design. This design is intense and powerful while still keeping the classic color scheme and symbol; its almost satisfyingly juxtaposing. A beautiful and intense character design. 

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