Anime Makeover for SpongeBob

A common past time for bored artists is to give characters makeovers.
Chinese artist XiaozuoZ did just that with characters from the popular cartoon SpongeBob and the results are more beautiful than you’d think! You can find more of XiaozuoZ’s art HERE and HERE!

SpongeBob Squarepants

Patrick Star

Squidward Tentacles

Sandy Cheeks

Plankton

Mr.Krabs

Pearl Krabs

Larry the Lobster

Mrs.Puff

Garden of Fantasy Flora

You can’t have a proper fantasy world without some fantastic fantasy flora to go with it!
From the chomping teeth of the Pirahna Plants in Mario to the thrashing branches of the Whomping Willow in Harry Potter, AvasFlowers will make sure you know what you are up against with their incredible infograph called The Garden of Flora. Included is an astonishing 80 entries complete with pictures and descriptions. Check it out below and heck, maybe you’ll find the perfect fantasy bouquet just in time for Valentines Day!










In Times of Peace

It’s hard to remember that in between saving the world many of your favorite fantasy heros also have everyday lives.
In the Dragonball series, there are certainly moments of peace between the various number of baddies that pop up. Artist stupidoomdoodles gave us all an adorable SnapChat-style peek into the possible hum-drum life of Vegeta’s family when they AREN’T out saving the world or anyone else for that matter.

Ukiyo-E Heros

It’s always fun to see your favorite characters drawn in another artist’s style.
Disney characters drawn as anime characters, anime characters drawn as Simpson characters, Simpson characters drawn as Disney characters… the list goes on and on yet it never fails to fascinate! Illustrator Jed Henry and Woodblock Print-maker David Bull teamed up to create these gorgeous illustrations of popular pop culture characters from anime to video games in a style reminiscent of ancient Japanese prints! The results are stunning and you can even buy these prints and more for yourself HERE!

Manga Recommendation: Plus Alpha no Tachi Ichi

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Title: Plus Alpha no Tachiichi
By: GENI Yuu
Genre: Shoujo, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Supernatural

About:
If you were to fall into a world like one of your favorite manga or anime what would your role be? The lead hero or heroine? The loyal sidekick? The cool lone-wolf? The comic relief? Satoki Houma has determined that she is nowhere near pretty enough to be the main character even if such an absurd thing were to actually happen, especially if she fell into her favorite genre; Shoujo manga. Yet she mysteriously finds herself in this exact situation; An alternate world summons a Holy Maiden to save them and she ends up being whisked away to become their savior… except she wasn’t the only one caught up in the summoning! Her classmate Haruka Tendou ends up with her. Haruka, who certainly seemed to fit the role of Shoujo manga heroine, is immediately declared Holy Maiden, while Satoki is quickly brushed off to the side… but it wasn’t Haruka who was granted the powers of the Holy Maiden as they thought.
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I will always have a soft spot for shoujo manga since it was one of the first genres of manga I got into, especially those of the magical girl variety. I grew up reading series like Magic Knight Rayearth, Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, and Card Captor Sakura. Series like Puella Magi Madoka Magica pulled me back in with their dark and twisted plot lines when I began to feel like I was too old for the genre. Plus Alpha no Tachi Ichi has given me an incredible nostalgia bomb without feeling like something I’ve already read; a frequent problem I’ve run into after nearly two decades of manga reading. This is all possible due to the combination of Satoki and Haruka. Satoki is incredibly relatable; she struggles with her self-confidence, she’s shy, she often compares herself to others, she doesn’t like the stress of meeting other people’s expectations, and she feels that she doesn’t necessarily look as good in outfits as others do. On the other hand Haruka fits the stereotypical heroine roll like a glove; she has a kind-hearted nature, she has a bubbly personality, she is indecisive with those interested in an relationship around her, and doesn’t want to let anyone down. Of course, she has the looks to boot.
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So why should you read this manga? The manga doesn’t have a lot of translated chapters out yet and updates are running on the slow side but honestly I have yet to be let down by the story. Having been an avid shoujo manga reader myself I found this new take on magical girls to be a fantastic change of pace! The typical high school girl in a strange new world plot line is still there but with a unique twist that will keep you guess what will happen next and begging for more. I am eagerly awaiting more chapters because this series is looking very promising.
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Interested in reading this series yourself? Check it out HERE!

http://kissmanga.com/Manga/a-no-Tachiichi

Kungfu Cooking Girls

Kungfu Cooking Girls, made by the small but obviously talented animation studio WolfSmoke, is one of my favorite original animations. The story is simple: a young and hungry man walks into town looking for something delicious to eat. He ends up being caught in a literal food fight that would have Shokugeki No Soma fans wishing their chefs battled it out the way these women do!

Traditional Chinese food against westernized fast food! The question remains: who will win over the hungry customer? This animation made both look quiet tasty and the kungfu skills of each side are nothing to bat an eyelash at. With either side of this fight being as equally skilled as the other means this is a match that will not have an easy answer.

You can check out the entire video HERE!